Monday, February 20, 2012

Book Review - "Words Spoken True"

Ann H. Gabhart's latest novel, "Words Spoken True," is my favorite of all of her books that I have read! I was immediately drawn into the time period, the characters' lives and loved every page!

Adriane Darcy has never been viewed as being an appropriate lady of society as she was raised in her father's newspaper office (and does much of the writing herself) and is outspoken and lively. This is not considered to be society norm for the 1850"s in Louisville, Kentucky. Therefore, Adriane is surprised and dismayed when Stanley Jimson plans to marry her. Stanley is the son of an affluent family and his father is running for political office. Adriane's father is one of Coleman Jimson's supporters and also it is revealed that he is in debt to him financially. Adriane does not love Stanley, but she is willing to marry him if it is what pleases her father. Adriane meets Blake Garrett, a competing newspaper editor, and although he is the enemy, Adriane cannot deny her feelings for him. When Adriane learns things about the Jimson family, she decides that she cannot marry Stanley, yet she is not prepared for the aftermath of her refusal.

I loved the characters in this story, there is so much depth to them. Adriane and Blake are both confronting and dealing with issues from their past and at the same time learning they need each other. Beck, Duff and Joe are such wonderful characters as well and their friendships and role in the story add so much. The political tensions and the mystery and fear surrounding the "river slasher" adds suspense and emotion to the story as well. A wonderful historical novel that will keep you turning the pages and loving the characters!

“Available February 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

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