I love stories like this. The governess comes into the home and transforms the entire household starting with the little ones. Yes, it's predictable,...moreI love stories like this. The governess comes into the home and transforms the entire household starting with the little ones. Yes, it's predictable, but it's the journey and characters that make this story come alive. Julia Foster is a missionary's daughter. She's a devout Christian and strives to please God and her parents in everything she does. She take a job as governess at a wealthy estate to help her parents with financial support. Widow William Ramsey has two young children as well as his brother's two rebellious teenage daughters. If there was every a man needing help, William is the one. Sweet, gentle Julie is the perfect person for the job.
The book held my interest all the way through. Carrie Turansky did a wonderful job keeping the story flowing and not letting die out flat. So, even though you might find the storyline a little predictable, the writing more than makes up for that. Well done! I'll be checking out the rest of her books too!(less)
Yes, yes, yes! This was my kind of fiction. :) If you love historical romance with intrigue and storyline that grips your heart from the very beginnin...moreYes, yes, yes! This was my kind of fiction. :) If you love historical romance with intrigue and storyline that grips your heart from the very beginning, you must give this book a try.
The Christian values, the story, the characters, the regency setting – I loved it all.
Okay, so let me stop gushing for a moment to tell you the storyline.
I’m going to copy this from the back cover, because I can’t think of a better way to tell it:
Darbury, England, 1814
Amelia Barrett, heiress to an estate nestled in the English moors, defies family expectations and promises to raise her dying friend’s baby. She’ll risk everything to keep her word—even to the point of proposing to the child’s father—a sea captain she’s never met.
When the child vanishes with little more than an ominous ransom note hinting to her whereabouts, Amelia and Graham are driven to test the boundaries of their love for this little one.
Amelia’s detailed plans would normally see her through any trial, but now, desperate and shaken, she’s forced to examine her soul and face her one weakness: pride.
Graham’s strength and self-control have served him well and earned him much respect, but chasing perfection has kept him a prisoner of his own discipline. And away from the family he has sworn to love and protect.
Both must learn to accept God’s sovereignty and relinquish control so they can grasp the future He has for planned for them.
I think what I loved most about this book was the damsel in distress who really didn’t want or think she needed to be rescued. :) Amelia was a strong heroine with a strong sense of honor and a deep love for a young child, who wasn’t even hers. She held to a promise she had made with strong conviction and courage.
Captain Graham was also a strong character and his strong sense of protection and love for his first wife melted my heart.
The whole story was set during the Regency period in England. Perhaps because of my love for all things Jane Austen, this story drew me. However, I have read several Regency period stories and not like them nearly as well. I think that Sarah Ladd is an excellent writer.
This is her debut book and if all debut authors could write like this, we’d be hard pressed to vote on favorite books. Excellent story, excellent writing. Read it and let me know if you agree! :) (less)
Alessandra Willow Smythson-Drake was widowed at the young age of twenty-four. But while losing a husband at such a young age would be a hardship for m...moreAlessandra Willow Smythson-Drake was widowed at the young age of twenty-four. But while losing a husband at such a young age would be a hardship for most, for Alessandra it marked the end of years of suffering. A new beginning if she can manage to let go of her past.
The Marquess of Heavonsford, Simon Thane Bevan was a childhood friend of Alessandra and her brother, Sebastian. Upon hearing of Alessandra’s return to England, he tries to kindle the one lost childhood love. However, even he is unprepared for the physical and emotional scars Alessandra is harboring in solitude.
First of all, I’ll be the first to say that I love the Regency time period. I’m a huge fan of Jane Austen and anything set in England during the days of Dukes and Marquess’, so when I was given the opportunity to review this book, I jumped at it!
While I think the story was intriguing and fresh, there were just a few things that didn’t set with me. These are personal preferences so it may be that my take will be different than yours.
First, I had a very hard time relating to Alessandra. She was abused and hurt beyond imagination, but for some reason I couldn’t get the empathy for her. Her hurts and emotions almost felt too stiff and toward the end of the book, I was frustrated that she couldn’t move past them.
Second, Simon (the hero) and Sebastian (Alessandra’s brother) were both unbelievable as men to me. This was most especially noticeable in their dialogue with each other. Being married and having grown up with brothers, I just couldn’t see two grown men in the types of conversations they had. Too touchy, feely, if those are words :)
However, I will also say that I did really like Simon. He was the character who redeemed the book for me. He was patient, kind and a protector.
Overall, the story didn’t work for me. However, if you are a fan of Regency, take this review lightly and try the book for yourself.
Many thanks to the author for my review copy of this book. All of the opinions expressed here are mine and I was not paid to give a positive review.(less)
I found this story line to be very interesting and engaging. Adalia flees a life of slavery and boards a ship bound for America. She manages to secure...moreI found this story line to be very interesting and engaging. Adalia flees a life of slavery and boards a ship bound for America. She manages to secure a position with a respected physician and settles quietly into life. However she is always having to look over her shoulder. Her owner wants her back.
Morgan is a slave in his own right too. Although he is the son of a wealthy plantation owner, he is slave to the ideal and principles that are expected of him. All he wants is to be able to captain his own ship and sail the seas. His father has different ideas and threatens to disown him and ruin his life if Morgan doesn't bow to his will.
It's a clash of interests. Adalia desperately wants to see all slaves set free. Morgan doesn't care, he just want to live life in his own way and preferably with the pretty Adalia on his arm. Neither one is willing to bend.
I think what I loved most about this book was the friction and dialogue between Adalia and Morgan. There were times that I laughed out loud at the hilarious responses and outrageous scenes. Even though Morgan was rough around the edges (quite the ladies' man) he was very lovable and endearing. I loved how he continued to pursue Adalia and didn't give up.
Sure, the overlying message in this book is about slavery being wrong. However, there was so much more to it than just that. The book also carried undertones of loyalty, and being yourself. The message that sang the loudest to me was the one about being who God made me to be. Not to worry about what others think, but to be my own person and serve Him to the very best of my abilities.
It's adventure, turmoil and sweet romance, but most of all it's a message that rings loud and clear. Tyndall does a great job weaving the themes into the book without being preachy. I like that. A wholesome book where the storyline is so engaging you forget you are reading.
So grab a copy for yourself, put up your feet for a spell and go on a journey. It's worth it.(less)
Ariana Forsythe is determined to keep her faith in God and marry their local pastor. The problem comes when her parents forbid it! They so much don't...moreAriana Forsythe is determined to keep her faith in God and marry their local pastor. The problem comes when her parents forbid it! They so much don't want her marrying this man that they send her away to stay with her wealthy aunt in London. Ariana finds her Aunt determined to give Ariana a proper taste of high society. She is also determined to find a husband for her niece and all before the season ends! Dashing, scowling Philip Mornay wins Ariana's heart, but he does not have her faith. Will Ariana give up her promise to marry a man of God to be with the man she loves?
I really liked this book. It's so much like a "Christian" Jane Austen. Very enjoyable read.(less)