It seems like everyone is going on vacation or just taking time off and looking for a book recommendation. I thought I'd highlight a few of my recommendations in case you're looking for a book but don't want to wade through the entire blog to find one that strikes your fancy.
I didn't like historical fiction until the last couple of years. Now, I read a TON of it ... and have found some really wonderful books in the process! Here are three of my favorites so far this year. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!
Published January 2012
Pampered Margaret Macy flees London in disguise to escape pressure to
marry a dishonorable man. With no money and nowhere else to go, she
takes a position as a housemaid in the home of Nathaniel Upchurch, a
suitor she once rejected in hopes of winning his dashing brother.
Praying no one will recognize her, Margaret fumbles through the first
real work of her life. If she can last until her next birthday, she will
gain an inheritance from a spinster aunt--and sweet independence. But
can she remain hidden as a servant even when prying eyes visit
Observing both brothers as an "invisible"
servant, Margaret learns she may have misjudged Nathaniel. Is it too
late to rekindle his admiration? And when one of the family is nearly
killed, Margaret alone discovers who was responsible. Should she come
forward, even at the risk of her reputation and perhaps her life? And
can she avoid an obvious trap meant to force her from hiding?
her journey from wellborn lady to servant to uncertain future, Margaret
must learn to look past appearances and find the true meaning of "serve
one another in love."
Published February 2012
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.
Published October 2011
Past promises will be tested as new ones are given...
When Clayton Proffitt, foreman of the Circle Z Ranch in Texas, discovers
Vanessa Grant is the victim of her stepfather’s advances, Clayton knows
he must protect her honor and move her far away from the ranch—and from
the man she fears.
As they make their way West, an unexpected, deep bond develops between
Vanessa and Clayton—far more powerful than a mere friendship or his
sense of duty to her. But Vanessa’s stepfather won’t let her go so
easily. As Clayton and Vanessa place their faith in God and their trust
in each other, will they find healing and hope for the future together?
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