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Okay. So, now that is out of the way, I want to tell you about the latest book I have read. I literally just finished this book. I have only been away from it for enough time to make the header image above. First I should tell you a bit about why I chose to read this book...again. (That's right! Again.)
This book is FREE as I am writing this blog post.
That isn't the reason I am re-reading it though. This book was published the same year my son was born. I was pregnant and looking for something to occupy my time. I was at the local book store and came across this book. I couldn't tell you 9 years later why I bought it. I can tell you though that I was not a christian fiction reader up to that point. I had tried reading that genre before and didn't like it. Most likely because up to this point I didn't like being preached to and that is what a lot of Christian Fiction does.
I bought this book anyway. Started to read it and didn't put it down until I was done with it. I couldn't wait for the next books to come out. I thought that enough time had passed since I last read it that I could read it an enjoy it again. Here is my review on this book. (Below is the snip-it from Amazon. Does give away a bit of the plot.
When Life Seemed Its Worst, Gresham Awaited Julia Hollis' opulent life in Victorian London crashes to pieces when her husband passes away. Worse, she is told by his bankers that he gambled away their fortune. Now, the family's hope rests on The Larkspur, an old abandoned coaching inn in the quaint village of Gresham. Driven by dread and her desire to provide for her children, Julia decides to turn the dilapidated inn into a lodging house. But can she--who was accustomed to servants attending to every need--do what needs to be done and cope when boarders begin arriving? And then an eligible new vicar moves into town...
"The Widow of Larkspur Inn", #1 in the "Gresham Chronicles" series by Lawana Blackwell, is a historical Christian fiction with a touch of romance. This book will transport you back to Victorian England and it's quieter countryside. When women wore black for a year in mourning of their husbands, when children fished as a past-time, when people sat down and wrote letters, and when people spent their evenings around the fire together. This is a place and time I would love to be, but they don't have air conditioning! Lawana's "The Widow of Larkspur Inn" allows you to experience all the beauty that comes with that time and place.
The plot is a bit predictable; but, that didn't deter me from the story. It just gave more weight to the simpler times and the simpler story. Love abounds, God is throughout it, and it is all wrapped up nicely in the end.
This book is a feel-good story that gets the message of God out without shoving it down your throat. Throughout the book you will see people praying to God, reading their Bible, and coming to know the Lord as their savior.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for an easy read, a christian message, and a warm and inviting story. You cannot beat that it is free at the moment!
I will say that it is a might slow to start out. Stay with it though. Let the Hollis family to get the countryside and really get into their lives there before you put it down. Before you know it, you will be enjoying the slower pace of the story as they are living their slower paced lives.
All-in-all "The Widow of Larkspur Inn" is a wholesome and warm read. It does have a touch of romance in it but isn't the main theme. If you are anything like me, you will finish with this book emotionally attached to the charaters and reaching for the 2nd book in the series.
If you do read this or have read this book, let me know what you think! If you have a book suggestion, I am up for that too!