At Home in Persimmon Hollow is the first book in a series chronicling the world of Agnes Foster and the people of frontier era Florida. In 1886, Agnes Foster is forced to leave the Catholic orphanage in New York where she grew up, to start a new life as a teacher in Persimmon Hollow, Florida, a town she has only ever seen in a newspaper ad.
With nothing but her strong Catholic faith to sustain her, she leaves behind the only home she's ever known and the little girl she hopes to adopt. She encounters a wild and beautiful new landscape and a town full of hardworking, faith-filled people. She also meets difficult yet handsome and hard-to-ignore Seth Taylor, a man whose heart has been hardened to God after a terrible loss.
Just as Agnes starts to feel Persimmon Hollow could be a good home for her and her daughter, and that Seth could be her love, tragedy strikes in the form of a trio of evil men from both their pasts, intent on doing them more harm. Will their fragile new love survive? Will Seth return to his faith? Can Agnes finally escape her dark past and find a bright new future?
If you could sum up At Home in Persimmon Hollow in three words, what would they be?
Heartwarming Catholic Romance
What other book might you compare At Home in Persimmon Hollow to and why?
What a joy it has been to read an inspirational romance that included the beauty of the Catholic faith in its characters! Other inspirational romances that I have read previously were always Protestant, and they left me wishing that the couple could have brought to their relationship the graces of the Mass, the sacraments, the saints, and the teachings of the Church, in addition to prayer and the Bible. In this story, it was truly inspirational to experience the Catholic faith of Agnes and Seth in action!
What does Angela Grayden bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Angela Grayden's versatile voices make the characters come alive--both the "good guys" and the "bad guys."
Any additional comments?
I was initially attracted to this book because I am Catholic, because I enjoy inspiration romances, and because Gerri Bauer is a local author. Once I discovered that it was available as an audiobook, I was sold. I found this audiobook to be both delightful and uplifting, and I'm sure you will, too!