It seems that I have been on a little bit of a novella kick these last few days. Sometimes novellas are just the right length for me when I have been reading a lot of full-sized novels. So, when I read the book blurb for A Proper Marriage by Dorothy Love, I couldn’t resist buying the kindle copy.
What I found was a story that I became totally engrossed in from start to finish. Yes, it was shorter than a full-length novel…I knew that going in! And, ok, I might have liked one more chapter or an epilogue at the end…simply because I really love epilogues and like to peek back into the characters lives down the road a bit. But, in all seriousness, this was a great novella.
As you will see from the “About the Book” section below, the premise of the story ensures that there will be lots of tension between Luke and Olivia right from the start. Both of these characters are really likeable. They both have flaws, and Olivia struggles with putting the past behind her. Luke was a great hero, stepping up to care for Olivia.
I really enjoyed this novella and feel that the author did a great job of writing interesting characters, putting them in a situation of great tension, and providing a glimpse into the lives of the Quakers who came to their rescue. (5 stars)
ABOUT THE BOOK:
From a hasty union begun in shame, two young outcasts struggle to build a lasting love.
Following a brief romance with George Mackenzie, Blue Gap’s most desirable suitor, Olivia Brooks finds herself abandoned and expecting a child. Cast out of her father’s house, Olivia hastily weds George’s brother Luke whom she has known since childhood. Luke hopes that giving his brother’s child a name will prove his worth, and provide a home for the woman he has long admired.
An accident on the road delivers the young couple into the care of a Tennessee Quaker family. As Olivia and Luke recover from their injuries and await the birth of the child, they struggle to make peace with their pasts and to forge at last a proper marriage.
Readers familiar with Dorothy Love’s Hickory Ridge series will enjoy another installment of memorable characters and settings.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Born in the middle of the twentieth century, Dorothy Love is certain she arrived on Planet Earth a hundred years too late. An avid scholar of 19th century American history, she spends most of her time poking through museums, reading dusty books, and studying the journals of the Victorian-era women whose lives inspire her Southern historical novels.
She prefers a fountain pen to a computer keyboard, print books to digital downloads, and face to face conversations to 140 character tweets. Though she admits that modern technology makes it easier to stay in touch with her readers, whenever possible she avoids automated phone systems, online banking, and booking her own airline tickets. When she’s not busy researching or writing books or avoiding technology, she enjoys teaching at writers conferences. She is a former associate writer in residence at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach, FL. She has taught at dozens of writers conferences nationwide including the Florida First Coast Writers Conference, the Columbus Ohio Writers Conference, the South Carolina Writers Workshop, and the graduate program at Hollins University in Roanoke, VA, and was a featured author on the Writer to Writer series for Florida Public Television.
Dorothy enjoys traveling with her husband, collecting antique ephemera, and playing Frisbee with Jake, the couple’s golden retriever. A native Southerner, she currently lives in the Texas hill country.