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A Path Toward Love by Cara Lynn James
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Aug 12, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: historical-romance, inspirational
Read in August, 2012

I very much enjoyed "A Path Toward Love" from author Cara Lynn James. Set in America's "Gilded Age" and written in an easy-flowing, well-paced style, the book was a pleasure to read all in one sitting. What a great heroine! Katherine Osborne married on impulse, against her family's wishes, and left the known comfort of her New York society life behind. Her husband, Charles, was owner of a small citrus grove in Florida. After his untimely death, Katherine finds herself a young widow far from home, struggling to save a mismanaged business that she has come to love. After eight years of separation from her family, Katherine receives a letter from her mother informing her of her father's upcoming visit to see her in Florida. Accompanying him will be Andrew Townsend, her lifelong friend who had warned her against marrying Charles. His warning had proved true, and the marriage had been one of unhappiness. Katherine's joy at seeing her father and Andrew is dampened by the news that she has been turned down for a much-needed business loan. When she asks her father for assistance, her initially turns her down. The purpose of his visit has been to persuade her to return to the family home in New York. She and her father reach a compromise: he will loan her just enough for a modest reprieve for the citrus grove if she will join the family for a month at their Summer home. After some serious soul-searching, during which she discovers a devastating secret about her late husband, Katherine agrees. Andrew, who is delighted that she will make the journey, has very deep feelings for her which go beyond friendship. Once Katherine is back in the circle of her family, behind the scenes scheming begins to find Katherine a "suitable society match". While Andrew works for her father's railroad as an attorney, he knows that they are not society equals in the eyes of her family and the rest of the world. Being with her family, Katherine feels the pressure to resolve her personal life and decide the fate of the citrus grove. She must also face her true feelings for Andrew. Will these two longtime friends, who truly care for each other's happiness, find the "path toward love"? I highly recommend this lovely read for those who enjoy inspirational historical romance. The heroine is intelligent and appealing, the setting and era are freshly intriguing, and the story line is very well-written. I look forward to reading more works from talented author Cara Lynn James.

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