I know this is a fictional story, but it read more like a diary of these two fascinating women. Mrs. Lee and Mrs. Gray both lived in real life and they certainly lived vibrantly inside the pages of this book. Told in first person, the book sweeps readers through several decades alongside Mary and Selina. I loved the way the historical facts were woven around the fictional parts. It felt very real and realistic to me, almost like I’d stepped back in time myself.
The various settings were rich and colorful, especially Arlington. By the end of the book, I found myself as sentimental and attached to the home as Mary was herself. I hope to visit there in person some day.
This book may just be my favorite of this author’s yet. It has all the elements that I love to find in a historical romance. The hero and heroine were both strong and likeable from the start, with obvious goals, and watching their relationship unfold was pure entertainment. And the historical details and romantic plot intertwined perfectly.
The story seemed to develop so naturally. The characters grew and changed, the obstacles in their way increased as well, binding me to pages. I had my guesses as to how the story would unfold, but I was pleasantly surprised as the chapters flew by. There is a certain intrigue over how these characters will work through their problems. Their willing, charitable hearts are courageous and inspiring. Read more ›
Where Healing Starts is a story that reveals a heartbroken family struggling to find their way in the world and with each other. Each sibling we meet has been scarred in their own way from past hurts and is in need of God’s healing grace. My heart broke for their brokenness as I eagerly watched and waited for them to find their hope in God.
This story so captured my heart that I’ve had a hard time moving on since turning the last page. I’m not even sure how to find the words to review it. The Lady and the Lionheart swept me away with its emotional tale and changed me along with the characters. Days later, I actually find myself missing Charlie and Ella so much I’m tempted to pick the book back up and read it all over again. 😉
I stepped inside their fascinating world and had a difficult time leaving. I would think about the story during the day and count down until I could return to reading at night. The setting was so intriguing and mysterious. The life of the circus was painted so well I felt like I was walking inside the Big Top myself and watching the show with my own eyes.