Love's First Bloom (Hearts Along The River #2)
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Love's First Bloom (Hearts Along The River #2)

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Ruth Livingstone's life changes drastically the day her father puts a young child in her arms and sends her to a small village in New Jersey under an assumed name. There Ruth pretends to be a widow and quietly secludes herself until her father is acquitted of a crime. But with the emergence of the penny press, the imagination of the reading public is stirred, and her fathe...more
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Published September 1st 2010 by Bethany House Publishers
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Renee
Having loved Hearts Awakening I was so excited to read Delia's next book. I'm sorry to say that, for me, it didn't live up to my expectations despite it's beautiful cover. I really enjoy a good love story but it just wasn't there for me in this book. Sure, the characters were nice but I just did not feel the connection between Ruth and Jake. For one thing their entire relationship was based on secrets, both constantly had to hide their pasts. I did like that the characters learned to forgive one...more
Laura
New York City 1838. Ruth Livingstone is sent away in hiding by her father, Reverend Livingstone, while he awaits acquittal from the accusation that he killed a prostitute named Rosalie Peale. Rev Livingstone has spent most of his life helping prostitutes regain their faith and relocating them where they could start anew. Rosalie also had a secret child—Lily, an 18-month old—that no one knows about and Ruth takes her away with her to protect her.

The newspapers are having a field day and news of t...more
Wendi
When a prostitute is found murdered, fingers quickly point to the widower, Reverend Livingstone, who frequented many of New York’s brothels in an attempt to return these fallen women to the faith. Fearing for his only daughter and the secret child of the slain woman, he sends them into hiding until he can clear his name and find a permanent home for the orphaned girl.

Under the guise of being recently widowed, Ruth (Livingstone) Malloy, with little Lilly in tow, reluctantly moves into the home of...more
Cindy
Set in the 1830's, Ruth Livingstone finds herself in a position she never would have imagined. Her father, controversial minister who ministers to the prostitutes in New York City, is being tried for the murder of one of the "fallen angels" he has managed to lead to the Lord. Rosalie Peale, a young prostitute was found murdered and he has been accused of being her murderer. He is greatly concerned for his daughter Ruth, and for Rosalie's sweet baby girl Lily, he makes plans to send her away, to...more
Carly
Delia Parr is a new author to me, but Love's First Bloom sounded like a story that was perfect for me. After a somewhat slow start, I really started to enjoy the story more and more as I got into it. There were moments when the story would slow down again, but Delia made the plot and the characters interesting enough to keep me interested through the slower parts. I especially like her portrayal of the media. Things have not changed much as far as the media's tendency to twist the facts without...more
Clockstein Lockstein
Love's First Bloom by Delia Parr is a historical romance filled with many twists. Ruth Livingstone's father is a pastor in New York, well-known for his work getting prostitutes to turn to Jesus. When he is accused of murdering one of them, he forces Ruth to take the prostitute's secret toddler daughter, Lily, and take on the identity of a woman in his program to protect the child while he is tried for the crime. Ruth moves to New Jersey and lives with a family who takes in former prostitutes try...more
Karen
Ruth Livingstone is on a mission, but not one she's chosen. Her father, Reverend Livingstone, is accused of murdering a prostitute in New York City. He sends Ruth to Toms River, New Jersey with a small package. The package is eighteen month old Lily, the prostitute's daughter. Few people know that the child exists; the Reverend wishes to keep her out of harm's way. Ruth is the solution.

The Garners take Ruth and Lily in, assuming that Ruth is a reformed prostitute in need of shelter. Ruth hates s...more
Cafelilybookreviews


Love’s First Bloom is the second book I’ve read by Delia Parr. I have to agree with my fellow reviewers who enjoyed her previous book, Hearts Awakening more than her newest title. Although this story had an unusual plot and the author included some interesting twists, this book was much harder for me to get into.


Love’s First Bloom centers around Ruth Livingstone, daughter of the controversial Reverend Gersham Livingstone, who has to leave her hometown of New York City and go into hiding when he...more
Kathryn
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Jodie
Love's First Bloom by Delia Parr is is my first book by this author that I have read. Ruth's father, Reverend Livingstone a man determined to reach the wayward, is falsely accused of murdering a prostitute in a brothel house. Ruth is then sent to live with a couple, the Garners, in his group of followers for her protection along with the daughter of the murdered prostitute. Waiting for her father's trial to end so she can return to her father, a tragedy occurs that forces her to stay in Tom's Ri...more
Amber Stokes
This book is slow to fully bloom, but the resulting flower is a lovely sight to see.

I confess that I was not fully drawn into the story right away, and it was hard for me to completely sympathize with Ruth because the situation seemed to be more the exception than the rule. That is to say, Ruth's plight was not one that most people could relate to, and the requests of her father seemed rather strange.

As for Jake, his first appearance suggests that he's had a "turn-around" in his life, but many o...more
Trinity Rose
This is the second book I read of Delia Parr’s and I enjoy her style of writing very much. In this book Ruth Livingstone's father is accused of killing a prostitute, he is a minister, her father sends Ruth into hiding with the murdered woman's secret child. Many reporters are trying to find out all they can about Ruth and her father, so they follow here everywhere. Ruth gets herself into a new life. She makes believe she is the recently widowed, Ruth Malloy, with her child little Lilly. She move...more
Giovanni Gelati
Delia Parr writes historical romance. Her previous novel, Hearts Awakening, was a Romantic Times Top Pick. I am sure that this novel will find its way there also. I am relatively new at reading this type of novel and it was fun; a nice break from the other stuff I usually read. Let me set this up by starting with the synopsis from the back page: ”Life changes drastically for Ruth Livingstone the day her father puts a young child in her arms and sends her under an assumed name to a small village...more
Elizabeth
Love's First Bloom tells the story of Ruth Livingstone who must leave her home in New York and relocate to a small town near New Jersey when her Father a minister is accused of the murder of one of the young prostitutes who he (her Father) helps in the ministry he runs helping the young fallen women of New York restart their lives in new places. Ruth takes on a new identity, and takes care of the young murdered women's child. As she adjusts to her new life Ruth must learn to rely on God, and the...more
F.
Cover: Peaceful, colors blend well together.


Love's First BloomRuth Livingstone and a toddler named Lily is sent to hiding after Ruth's father, Reverend Livingstone was charged for allegedly murdering a prostitute. Ruth becomes Widow Ruth Malloy and pretends Lily is her daughter. Ruth pretends that she was a prostitute herself, but has made amends and trying to get her life back together. Living in a rural area, Ruth and Lily live with a childless couple who are part Reverend Livingstone's networ...more
Brenda
Ruth Livingstone's life is turned upside down when her father is falsely accused of murdering a prostitute. Her father gives her the deceased woman's child and sends her to a small town to stay with a family he knows. That family thinks Ruth is a former prostitute, but they allow the town to believe she is a widow, with a small child. Her only solace is tending a once abandoned garden.

Because of a mistake two years ago Asher "Jake" Tripp walked away from the "Galaxy", the newspaper he and his b...more
Liz
Ruth Livingstone, the daughter of a minister and a woman of faith, flees town and resumes a fake name when her father is accused of murdering a prostitute. Assuming the name Widow Ruth Malloy, her father has also entrusted her with the care of a young child who must be protected.

Ruth struggles with keeping her secret, but she believes she can follow through with the plan for a short while for the sake of the child because she knows her father will be soon acquitted and then send for her to retu...more
Hattie
Ruth Livingstone's father is a preacher. His name is Rev. Gershom Livingstone. He is a kind man with a daughter named Ruth. Rev. Livingstone's mission in life is to save the Fallen Angels in New York City. His desire is to give these young women the chance to meet the Lord and live clean, wholesome lives. Rev. Livingstone's whole life changes when he becomes convicted for murdering one of these women. Not only does his life change, his daughter, Ruth's life, changes also. Ruth will begin a new c...more
Yiya
Ruth, a minister's daughter, sees her life changing when, without explanation, her father puts her in a carriage, hands her a baby and sends her to live with a family, part of the net supporting his ministry - relocating prostitutes in new areas, so that they can begin a new life after making a decision for Christ, without a tinted reputation. She has always been a good daughter and a godly woman, but now, she is just another prostitute needing a new beginning. Only after getting to hr new house...more
April
LOVE'S FIRST BLOOM by Delia Parr is a inspirational historical fiction set in 1838 New York City. It is well written with depth, details and the characters are enchanting,and enduring. It has romance, forgiveness, hope, faith, love,heartache, secrets, tragedy,turbulent times, injustice, web of deception,false identity, and the danger of media coverage. The characters are engaging, timid, learning to trust, and moving along with their lives ever through tragedy. The hero, Jake, is a newspaperman,...more
Elizabeth
Set in 1838, this historical romance about young Ruth Livingstone’s life as Widow Malloy told quite a few history lessons along the way. Things we take for granted in the 21st century were definitely not commonplace during this time.

Widow Malloy arrives in a small village in New Jersey with a toddler in arms, staying with some friends of her father. After some tragic events transpire she’s not really sure what she will do next, all the while trying to figure out the feelings she’s starting to ha...more
Valerie
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Evelyn Cox
This was an enjoyable read. A bit predictable, as many love stories are, but that was okay with me. There were plenty of different twists and turns unraveling in the book to keep it quite interesting, and it held my attention well! There is a heartfelt, heartbreaking story woven in, which adds a depth to the book that many romantic stories do not have. As always, I appreciated the "appropriate-ness" of the book. No sex scenes or foul language, which allowed me to focus on the story itself. I rea...more
Marnie
I'm finished with Love's First Bloom: I liked it, but I didn't love it. The storyline was worthy. It was about a reverend's daughter who feels alone as her dad dedicates more time to saving soiled doves than to her. The end was surprising. I expected her hosts to have a part in her past and was surprised. I don't expect a sequel as you can now imagine everything to be "happily ever after". This book was sent to me by Bethany House for review Thank you for Bethany House for sending me a copy. I a...more
Carman
I’m giving this 3 stars, not because I disliked the book, but because I didn’t really enjoy it. The writing was interesting, but I wasn’t wowed by it. However, I couldn’t really find anything to fault it for, either. (Except for a couple of places where a character’s name would be misspelled into a different name.) It just wasn’t my cup of tea. I liked the characters and setting, but the story didn’t keep me engaged. I wasn’t flipping through the pages as fast as I could to see what would happen...more
Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
Delia Parr seems to like unconventional heroines and unusual settings! Hearts Awakening was that way, and so is Love's First Bloom. When Ruth Livingstone's father is accused of murdering a prostitute, he sends Ruth into hiding with the murdered woman's secret child. With journalists on her tail, Ruth integrates herself into a new community even as she awaits word of her father's trial.

Like Hearts Awakening, this is a light Christian novel. Even with its theme of murder and reformed prostitutes,...more
Pam
Christian Romance.
Amanda
Would you live a lie to protect someone you loved? That’s the dilemma Ruth Livingstone faces in Delia Parr’s gentle but powerful tale of two people whose love of family tangles them in a web of deception. With beautiful prose and vivid descriptions, Parr brings nineteenth century New Jersey to life at the same time that she creates an unforgettable portrait of two people whose pasts put them on a collision course. This is a story that will linger in your heart long after you’ve turned the last p...more
Angela
I would probably give this 2.5 stars if I could. The writing was good with enjoyable descriptions but I found myself lost with the storyline and glancing back to make sure I hadn't skipped a page. Things were mentioned as if I was supposed to know the details but I didn't remember reading them. I also had a hard time feeling sorry for the hero. How they fell in love is still a mystery. But I'll give the author another chance, just to enjoy her writing style.
Megan
Keeping in mind that it has been 4 months since I read this, my review will be somewhat brief. This was a quick read. I especially enjoyed the personal discovery and growth of the main character, Ruth. The story included both mystery and romance with a surprising twist at the end. I have passed the book on to family and know that others will enjoy it as well.
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Delia is the author of fifteen historical novels who now devotes herself to writing inspirational historical romance. The mother of three grown children, she is a full-time high school teacher in southern New Jersey who spends her summers writing on Anna Maria Island in Florida.
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