I thoroughly enjoyed this historical romance. I loved that it was set just after the American Civil War, yet it almost exclusively took place in England. That made it a unique setting for me for that time period.
The characters, John and Penelope, were captivating! Both of them had heavy guilt hanging over them. John especially struggled with guilt. Penelope had a better acceptance of the fact that God’s grace could cover anything. Yet, she still carried some immense sadness from past events.
I loved the medical setting and situation that these characters must persevere through. I thought the author did a very good job of showing how even good doctors, who were very well trained, could be reluctant to accept a new philosphy or idea, preferring to believe things that we now know were incorrect. It rang of authenticity to me as I read these scenes.
This novel kept me intrigued from beginning to end, felt very true to the times, and had some twists and turns thrown in, as well.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
The Civil War left its mark on Dr. John Turner. He turns his back on medicine and sees his unexpected inheritance in England as an opportunity to start over. But he never imagines how God intends to use his new role as lord of Ashford Hall or the beautiful woman he finds there to ease his troubled soul.
A tragic loss led Penelope Howard to bury her heart and dreams in her work for the Hall and the village of Woodley. But the arrival of the new heir stirs not only her discarded longings but her compassion as well. What burden does he carry that he can’t accept that grace covers the darkest of sins?
A deadly epidemic sweeps through Woodley revealing secrets which threaten everything. The doctor faces a choice: leave or dare to believe what the Lord whispers through the woman John has come to love.
No one is beyond redemption.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
I love a good book. Not only do I read and write them, I get to take care of them at my part-time job at my local library. I reside in central Ohio with my husband and two children, I’m a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), and a graduate of The Ohio State University. I make room to write in between being a busy wife and mom and despite the fact my cats like to walk on my keyboard.