Published by Waterbrook PressDate Published: 2 April, 2019
Genres: Christian Fiction, Historical, Romance
Source: Waterbrook Press
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For readers who love a heartwarming romance and a rich historical setting comes a tale of a young woman with a heavy burden, the International Cotton Exposition, and the pursuit of true love.
Eighteen-year-old Laurel Millard, youngest of seven children, is expected to stay home and "take care of Mama" by her older siblings, but Laurel has dreams of starting her own family. Operating a silk loom at the Atlanta Exposition will give her the chance to capture the heart of a man wealthy enough to take care of Laurel and any children she might bear, as well as her mother.
Langdon Rochester's parents have given him an ultimatum: settle down with a wife or lose his family inheritance. At the Exposition, Langdon meets Laurel. Marrying her would satisfy his parents's command, she would look lovely on his arm for social events, and in her besotted state, he believes she would overlook him continuing pursuing rowdy adventures with his unmarried buddies. Langdon decides to woo Laurel. Willie Sharp is not well-off and must take on an extra job at the Atlanta Exposition as a security guard. When mischief-makers cause trouble in the Women's Building, Willie is put in charge of keeping the building secure. He enjoys visiting with Laurel, who seems like the little sister he never had, but his feelings for Laurel change to something much deeper. Can Willie convince Laurel that he can give her better life--even with so little to offer?
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Waterbrook Press and was under no obligation to post a review, positive or negative.
As a long time Kim Vogel Sawyer fan, I always get excited when a new novel releases. I was super excited about this one. I mean, look at the cover. It is absolutely gorgeous and takes my breath away. The story within was the same….breath taking and absolutely gorgeous.
Laurel, Langdon, Quincy and Willie are absolutely stunning. I loved their characters and how Ms. Sawyer added vivid detail when describing them. They popped off the page and came to life. I loved watching Laurel interact with Langdon and Willie, loved watching her come to terms with her feelings about both men. And Quincy and Willie…..I adored them! I loved how Sawyer weaved a delicate topic into the story and blended it beautifully among the plot line so it didn’t overtake the story, yet shows up just how things were back in those days.
Filled with tender, inspiring messages of acceptance, hope, faith and love, Sawyer gives her readers another fabulous novel that will steal your heart forever. With rich historical detail, her research of times past is evident in this novel. Definitely worthy of 4 stars, two thumbs up and high recommendations from this reader and fan! Well done, Ms. Sawyer. Well done.