Having listened to book one in the Cliff Walk Courtships, it was such a pleasure to return to Newport, Rhode Island for the second book in the series. The narrator did a nice job and pulled me into the story with a pleasant reading voice.
Arthur’s sister, Catherine, is the main character in this novel. Events from book one have opened Catherine’s eyes a bit and has made her begin to see things in a less spoiled fashion. As the story progressed, I enjoyed seeing Catherine “awaken” to the servants around her, realizing that they were people with hopes, too. I liked reading about her time at the shelter and how she met Will.
Will had a sad backstory and he had a lot to overcome. His decision to lie was not a good one, however, it did lead to major spiritual and emotional changes that would help him grow into the man God wanted him to be. The ending felt a bit rushed to me, but it might just have been that I wasn’t ready to leave the story yet! I was really enjoying it. I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
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 make 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.