Review: Katherine’s Arrangement by Blossom Turner

Katherine's ArrangementKatherine’s Arrangement is not your typical marriage of convenience story. It was a definite page turner for me, full of twists and turns, heartache, jealousy, temptations, misunderstandings, and much more.

I was very impressed with Josiah for the first portion of the book. His love and patience for Katherine, as he waited for her to overcome her fears and was aware that she did not love him, made my heart tug. I felt bad for him as things spiraled out of control and frustrated with Katherine for a portion of the story. It was interesting how the author was able to make my feelings change as the characters and situations changed. I then felt sympathy for Katherine and was intensely frustrated with Josiah. There were times when a simple and straightforward conversation could have solved problems in their lives, however stubbornness and sinfulness took over instead.

Toward the last half of the book, there were a few conversations and arguments that felt a bit too modern, using language that made me feel as if the story was in current times, rather than in the post civil war era. But, I was still able to enjoy this complex tale. I thought the author did a good job of showing the change that took place in various characters lives as they came to know Christ and how that affected the way they treated others.

(4.5 stars)

I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Katherine's ArrangementMarrying him is her only choice to save her family, but Josiah Richardson isn’t at all the man she expected.

Katherine William’s family was left destitute when their home was burned to the ground by Yankee soldiers, so the ready solution presented by the prominent Mr. Josiah Richardson seems almost too good to believe. He’ll provide a home, work for her pa, and a new beginning for her family…if only Katherine will accept his proposal. A marriage of convenience is the last thing she wants, but there doesn’t seem to be a better option for her family or herself. Setting aside her dreams of love, Katherine agrees to the arrangement.

The gentleman in Josiah Richardson can no more force his frightened bride into his bed, than he can force her into loving him, so he sets out to gently woo her. He works hard to befriend her, to earn her trust and win her love.

Katherine is pleasantly surprised to find herself drawn to the man she thought she would never love, until an unexpected friendship tears apart all they’ve worked for. Where once the promise of love had budded between Josiah and Katherine, now they wonder what to do with their so-called marriage. Is love strong enough to weave its healing power through two broken hearts?

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Blossom Turner

Blossom Turner is a free-lance writer published in Chicken Soup and Kernels of Hope anthologies, former newspaper columnist on health and fitness, and an avid blogger. She lives in British Columbia, Canada, with her husband, David, of thirty-six years. A former business woman, personal trainer, and mother of two grown children she is now pursuing her lifelong dream of writing full-time.

A hopeless romantic at heart, she believes all story should give the reader significant entertainment value. However, her writing embodies the struggles of real life. She infuses the reality of suffering with the hope of Christ to give a healthy dose of relatable encouragement to her reader. Her desire is to leave the reader with a yearning to live for Christ on a deeper level, or at the very least, create a hunger to seek for more.

She is an avid blogger who has contributed to the Mount Hermon Blog, Christian Devotions blog, and writes a weekly devotional blog on the names of God. Read more at blossomturner.com.

Her authenticity comes from the crucible of suffering having undergone years of child abuse, infidelity in her marriage and brokenness of spirit. Through understanding the restorative power of God’s forgiveness when humanity fails, she could write Anna’s Secret in a way that grips the reader on a profound level. A strong thread of hope is woven through this compelling novel where failure, love and romance collide.

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About Brittany

As a homeschooling mom and avid reader, I get great joy through reading and reviewing books. I focus my reading and my reviews on Christian fiction, primarily Christian romantic fiction. I also review sweet, clean fiction. I hope you will find my reviews helpful in your decisions on what books to read.
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