Blessing - Book Review

How can I convince thee I cannot afford to love thee?

An impetuous love swept Blessing Brightman away from the Quaker community
and into the highest ranks of Cincinnati society.
But behind the glitter of ballroom and parlor,
an increasingly dangerous marriage eroded her spirit.
Widowed young, Blessing reclaimed her faith and vowed to use her influence
to fight for women's rights and abolition, determined never to lose her independence again.

But a chance encounter with Gerard Ramsay, 
scion of a wealthy Boston family, threatens that resolve.
He arrives in Cincinnati with a plan to gain freedom from his father's clutches,
one that might determine all Blessing has worked for.
Yet she can't help but admire his character,
and never before has Gerard found a woman so enchanting.

Though united by a common foe and drawn together by an attraction neither can deny,
their ambitions couldn't be more different.
In a city ablaze with tensions tearing the country asunder,
can two people worlds apart possibly find love?

My Thoughts
Blessing is the second book in the Quaker Bride series
and let me say that it is oh-so-rich and extremely compelling.
This wonderful story will win your heart from the very first chapter.
The characters are well-portrayed and within minutes of opening the book
they will begin to weave themselves into your life and heart
making you wish you could jump into their world and fight alongside them
as they face dramatic events that will change the world they live in. . .

Blessing is quite the inspirational woman. . .
she is a woman who has faced many struggles and heartaches,
but those trials have only made her stronger.
Because of her past she wants to change the future for women and slaves
and as she fights for what she believes in 
she will face even more difficulties and several dangerous situations,
but through it all she clings to her faith and trusts God above 
to move and work in all that is taking place.

Once again Lyn Cote does a wonderful job of intertwining fiction with fact
and if you are a historical fiction lover than this book/series is for you.
As you turn the pages you will be blessed with romance, suspense, action, and history.
As I said, Blessing is the second book in the Quaker Bride series,
but you could read it as a stand-alone book.
I highly recommend Blessing and the Quaker Bride series.
Happy reading, my friends!

** I was given a free copy of this book from Tyndale Publishers for an honest review.
All thoughts are my own. No other compensation was received. **

About the Author
Lyn Cote is the award-winning, critically acclaimed author
of more than thirty-five novels.
Her books have been RITA Award finalists and Holt Medallion and Carol Award winners.
Lyn and her husband have two grown children 
and live on a small, beautiful lake in northern Wisconsin.
Visit her online at www.lyncote.com 


Wanda said...

Sounds wonderful. You give good book reviews. Have a great weekend. Hugs

Denise said...

sounds like good reading.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for a great review. Wishes for a wonderful weekend, Stephanie.

Christine said...

This is exactly the kind of book I love! I will be on the look out for it!
Thanks so much for your review, Stephanie!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

And that is a great way to start any story: to immediately grab the reader's attention with details and a feeling that you have known the characters for a long time! And I love her name: BLESSING! That rings beautifully! Oh my friend, reading in the summer is SO DELICIOUS! I sat on my porch yesterday with a gentle breeze. I read some poetry ALOUD, and you can almost taste the words....Ah....what a good life.

May you enjoy another fruitful day of LOVE!

Betsy said...

A fine book review, I must read this one.

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