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Thorns of Eden by Diana Ballew
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Feb 10, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: nance-rr-2012-challenge, historical-romance, books-read-2012

Was this author, Diana Ballew’s, first novel? I am positively nodding and saying, “Yes” it was with an appreciative smile on my face. Ms. Bellow creates an exciting and romantically enticing addition to the historical romance genre with her new novel, “Thorns of Eden”. The novel takes place during one of America’s most pivotal time in history, The Civil War, which pits countryman against countryman fighting for the right of slavery and the additional quest for each state to decide and create its own laws. It was also a very romantic time in America’s history with the womenfolk pining for the men off fighting as a means to support either the North or the South. Not so much was thought about losing one’s life, but more was thought about fighting for their specific cause regardless of the final outcome. In this particular novel, the author does not deviate from the heroine, Eden Blair, being a strong and independent beauty supporting and doing what she can to help the cause in the South. Eden has lost her father and is afraid for her brother, Isaac, who is now off fighting with his friend, Jimmy, while leaving his wife, Lucy, behind. As the novel progresses, Eden meets and is at first seemingly revolted by the audicity of the devishly handsome Major Rayce Hampton when it comes to his forward and disrespectful manner. When Eden realizes that Rayce is her sister-in-law’s cousin, she decides to give the man a chance and ends up not being to forget his smoldering and desirable advances towards her. The novel is filled with tender and explicit moments between the lovers that leaves the reader holding their breath for want of more contact between the two. Looking forward to reading more from this very promising and authentic author.
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Reading Progress

February 10, 2012 – Shelved
February 11, 2012 – Started Reading
February 19, 2012 –
page 116
February 27, 2012 – Finished Reading
March 8, 2012 – Shelved as: nance-rr-2012-challenge
April 16, 2012 – Shelved as: historical-romance
June 27, 2012 – Shelved as: books-read-2012

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