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1876, Philadelphia.

Religious fiction. Mature themes. Caroline Martin's life has finally taken a turn for the better.

After years of hard work, she has met a virtuous and wealthy man whose love seems to promise the kind of life realized only within the comforting novels she keeps on her night table.

Tragedy, however, will teach Caroline of the complexity with which God himself authors the lives of those who turn toward him. Gold Medal winner for Religious Fiction in the 2010 IPPY Awards.

©2009 Ellen Gable (P)2019 Ellen Gable

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Religious Historical Romance

This is the first book I've read or listened to by this author, although I've enjoyed this narrator a few times! She is the reason I took a chance on this book.

There is much grief and joy in this story. There is also a lot about the Catholic faith helping the characters get through their struggles. I know many people follow this faith, but I completely disagree with it as a Christian faith, so I have not labeled this story as Christian, although others may do so.
The story was fascinating yet evil in the sexual life of David before he married Caroline. There is much emphasis on his mistreatment of women and the callousness of his lifestyle while focusing on the compassion and forgiveness of Caroline as she tries to repair much of the damage he has committed.
Gryphon did an amazing job narrating this story. From the sweet voice of Caroline and the children, to the boisterous voice of an Irish servant and the drunken David. I was quite impressed!

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great read!

**I am reviewing the audio version of this book.**
I really enjoyed this book.
I love historical romance fiction, and even more so when there is a faith based story. All the characters were very real and relatable.
I looked at some reviews before reading this book. Some reviewers felt that there was too much talk about what david did with women etc. I however, feel that was necessary, so we could really see how much David had changed throughout the story.
I actually think the topic was dealt with very well.
WE also got to see how much Caroline grew and matured. I think the children were portrayed very well. there were some very cute moments especially with little cat.
I love the way scripture was woven in to the story.
I also enjoyed the way the relationship between David and Caroline developed slowly.
There were also a few twists and turns I wasn’t expecting.
Once i got started with this book, it was hard to put down.
As for the Narration, it was top notch. I have heard this Narrator before and absolutely love her narrating style. She reads with so much emotion, and gives the characters their own distinct voices and sometimes accents.
A great read. Would highly recommend.

note: I waS given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.