~~~"HOPEFUL ROMANTIC"~~~ ***Love All Romances.....Especially Detailed Historical Type*** ~~ "Reviews Should Never Contain Spoilers"~~
This is such a sweet wholesome story. It's filled with adventure, chivalry, faith, and love. It is truly a feel-good book that reminds me of a "Hallmark" story. It is a Christian romance, so if you are a Christian like me, you will definitely enjoy this book. If you aren't.....I think you will still like the feel-good aspect. Its worth a listen.
This story takes place in New Mexico in 1898 and is very heartwarming and touching. I was drawn into the story immediately and really liked the characters. It is a Christian romance so anything that happens in the bedroom is left to your imagination. Such a simple sweet romance between Jeb and Beth. I will definitely listen again in the future.
I purchased this book during a sale on Audible a while ago and tucked it away for a rainy day (it rained yesterday!). This is a Christian historical that is a bit slow going at first but speeds up as the story progresses. (Now that I finished the book I appreciate the unhurriedness of the beginning as it proved beneficial for story and character development)
Without giving too much away, the main character Meg was sent to an elite boarding school as a child by her thieving father because he wanted a better life for her. As a result Meg feels abandoned, unloved and makes bad decisions that bring consequences. Along the way she meets good and bad people who influence her life in ways she never dreamed. She learns life lessons that effect not only herself but those close to her.
Although there is a bit of romance in the story the real "love" story God's love, grace, forgiveness, and mercy for those who feel unwanted, unloved, and undeserving. It's a story of faith that everyone can relate to at one time or another.
I have to also say the narrator did a wonderful job. Her voices for both the male and female as well as younger or older people was spot on. She made the listen even better.
I recommend this book If you enjoy good faith based Christian stories with a good message of true Love. It is a book that leaves you believing there is hope!. ;-)
I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!
This is the first novel I've read by Tamera Alexander, and I'm starting to think that she won't make my top list of Historical Romance authors. There are MANY things going for this novel: the depth and beauty of the setting, the side characters are well fleshed out and endearing, and the parallel Alexander makes between Ridley's work with a mare and his pursuit of Olivia is brilliant.
And yet---I found myself eagerly reading for the romantic scenes I was hoping for: a deep and revealing conversation about Olivia's past marriage (didn't happen), a rescue during a dangerous situation (no rescue, and actually, any "dangerous" situation in the book is quickly dealt with little consequence)....just MORE. I wanted MORE out of their conversations. It felt like the romance piece was being ushered along to speed up Olivia's obligatory mourning period for her first husband. Therefore, weeks go by without her seeing Ridley, and when they finally interact, it isn't very exciting!
All in all, days later I am still thinking about the Belle Meade plantation and the characters. I just wish the romance had been more satisfying.
Those who don't like any sex scenes in a romantic book then this one is for you