I enjoyed listening to this sweet tale of two people from different social classes, back in a time and place where your social standing clearly defined how you were treated and what opportunities you had.
This story took place in Newport, Rhode Island, which is a location that I have visited twice in my life and toured the grand “cottages” of the wealthy. These summer home “cottages” were in actuality grand mansions for the upper crust of society.
I liked the two main characters, Arthur and Josie, as well as the side characters of Josie’s mother and the local doctor. All four of these people valued following God’s leading for their lives.
This was a sweet novel, which was enjoyable to listen to. The narrator did not do separate voices for each of the characters, yet that was not a drawback at all. She had such a lovely voice, it was as if I was sitting in a room, listening to someone read to me. I definitely liked listening to it and would recommend it to those who enjoy clean, Christian historical novels.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
His love for her is the key to his happiness.
Arthur Davenport has it all: looks, money, and a successful future planned by his parents. He knows that something is missing, but when he and Josie, his mother’s maid, develop a friendship that can only be based on Christian values, he realizes that his love for her is the key to his happiness. Can he convince her that he would gladly give up his life of luxury for a life of service with her?
Newport, Rhode Island in the last decades of the nineteenth century was a stunningly beautiful and glamorous playground for the rich during the summer months, and a perfect setting for a romance between a rich young man from New York City and a local girl who works for his family. The two couldn’t possibly expect to have anything in common, as he is expected to follow his father in a financial career and she is merely a maid with a mother who takes care of local children while their parents work. Arthur Davenport, spoiled and bored, unsure of his place in his family and in the eyes of God, truly meets his match in Josie Warren, who is often just a bit hard on herself for not being the perfect Christian in thought as well as deed. The two meet on the famous Cliff Walk, and neither of them can imagine where or how their instant attraction will take them as he struggles to makes his parents understand that his calling is the same as hers, to help those less fortunate. He has no money of his own, and if they disinherit him out of disapproval, how can he help Josie, who has spent her life working hard to help support herself and her mother? More importantly, how can he convince her that he would gladly give up his life of luxury just to be with her?
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Cecily Wolfe writes contemporary young adult and women’s fiction, as well as contemporary sweet romance with her teenage daughter under the name Alessa Martel. She is also the author of the award-winning, best selling Cliff Walk Courtships Christian historical romance series as well as the upcoming sequel series, Cliff Walk Cousins, under the name Cecily K. Wolfe. She graduated from Kent State University with degrees in English and library science, and enjoys her career as a librarian in Cleveland, Ohio, where she lives with her daughters – both of whom are published authors.