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Ruth Livingstone’s father has worked tirelessly over the years to rescue prostitutes from the streets and brothels of 19th century New York City. When he is accused of killing one of the women, he sends Ruth away to avoid the media frenzy, but also to help protect someone else innocent ~ the woman’s 18 month old daughter.
Ruth assumes a different name and in the her new village she is known as Widow Malloy. She waits anxiously for news of her father’s trial and is unable to tell anyone her true identity. Reporters are searching for Ruth, including Jake Spencer. After he moves to Ruth’s village and gets to know her better, he is torn between revealing the secrets Ruth holds or protecting her because of the growing affection he has toward her.
At first I though I had the storyline in Love’s First Bloom by Delia Parr all figured out, but there were several twists that kept me interested until the very end of the story ~ enough that I stayed up way too late one night. One of the things that really struck me is the tendency we have to gossip and believe stories that are ‘sensationalized’ just for the sake of selling news. Love’s First Bloom is a wonderful story of God’s redemption and the importance of following God’s principles ~ not man’s.
Find Out More
~ Visit Delia Parr’s website
~ Buy Delia’s book at Amazon
~ Read my review of another of Delia’s recent books, Hearts Awakening
Would you like to win a copy of Love’s First Bloom? I have one copy to mail to one of my readers! Leave a comment on this post ~ be sure there is a way for me to contact you. The giveaway will be open until Tuesday, October 12th at 8pm.This book was provided for review by Bethany House. All opinions expressed in this review are solely my own.