Monday, February 20, 2012

Words Spoken True by Ann H. Gabhart

Words Spoken True
by Ann H. Gabhart
Christian Fiction / Historical / Romance / Suspense
Published February 2012
Revell
356 pages



About the Book
Adriane Darcy was practically raised in her father's newspaper offices. She can't imagine life without the clatter of the press and the push to be first to write the news that matters. Their Tribune is the leading paper in Louisville in 1855. Then Blake Garrett, a brash young editor from the North with a controversial new style of reporting, takes over failing competitor the Herald, and the battle for readers gets fierce.

When Adriane and Blake meet at a benefit tea, their surprising mutual attraction is hard to ignore. Still, Blake is the enemy, and Adriane is engaged to the son of a powerful businessman who holds the keys to the Tribune's future. Blake will stop at almost nothing to get the story--and the girl. Can he do both before it's too late?

Set against the volatile backdrop of political and civil unrest in 1850s Louisville, this exciting story of love and loyalty will hold readers in its grip until the very last page. Bestselling author Ann H. Gabhart once again delivers an enthralling and enduring tale for her loyal and ever-expanding fan base.

My Thoughts
Words Spoken True is a fascinating book that gives readers insight into the tensions in Louisville during the 1850s. Ann H. Gabhart does an incredible job of balancing the history of the time with the fictitious story of Adriane, Blake, and their friends and family.

The characters were captivating. I felt an instant connection with Adriane. She loves her life but bucks against the constraints of proper society—especially since society says she can't help her father run his newspaper. Blake was dashing and I loved the tension between Blake and Adriane. It was obvious that there was a connection there but they fought against it with everything they had. They were supposed to be enemies, after all! Plus, their relationship was just so . . . romantic! Blake is a true hero, and I absolutely loved him! I also found myself having very strong reactions (both good and bad!) to some of the secondary characters, which just goes to show you how great Ann is at character development.

There were a couple of scenes that probably would be somewhat "steamy" if shown in a movie, but Ann handled these scenes quite tastefully—showing the depth of Adriane and Blake's relationship but also keeping it clean enough for a Christian fiction novel. (I don't want to give anything away, but the scenes were totally appropriate for the situation.)

I thoroughly enjoyed this book  look forward to reading more by Ann H. Gabhart. [5 stars]

Available February 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. I received a free copy of this book from Revell in exchange for my fair and honest review.

About the Author
Ann H. Gabhart is the bestselling author of several novels, including Angel Sister, The Outsider, The Believer, The Seeker, and The Blessed. She lives with her husband a mile from where she was born in Kentucky.

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