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The Widow of Larkspur Inn (The Gresham Chronicles Book #1) par [Blackwell, Lawana]
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When Life Seemed Its Worst, Gresham Awaited

Julia Hollis' opulent life in Victorian London crashes to pieces when her husband passes away. Worse, she is told by his bankers that he gambled away their fortune. Now, the family's hope rests on The Larkspur, an old abandoned coaching inn in the quaint village of Gresham.

Driven by dread and her desire to provide for her children, Julia decides to turn the dilapidated inn into a lodging house. But can she--who was accustomed to servants attending to every need--do what needs to be done and cope when boarders begin arriving? And then an eligible new vicar moves into town...

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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 436 pages
  • Editeur : Bethany House Publishers; Édition : Repack (1 juin 2007)
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Once started could not stop - in fact I read through in one night. It was so good to read a
lovely romantic story where the love of God was the center and not the lust of man - I want to read the next one
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Sweet historical Christian fiction with a touch of romance 13 mai 2016
Par Marlene H. - Publié sur
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"The Widow of Larkspur Inn", #1 in the "Gresham Chronicles" series by Lawana Blackwell, is a historical Christian fiction with a touch of romance. It opens in London in 1869 during the Victorian period, which is well past the Regency period that I usually read.

Though the book opens in London, very little of the story is spent there. Julia Hollis, a well-to-do doctor's wife, has recently become a widow. After her husband passes away, Julia is told that he was a gambler and that pretty much everything needs to be sold... including her London home. Julia learns that she owns a property the bank deems as worthless: an old coaching inn in the small town of Gresham, which has been abandoned for the past eight years. She and her three children Philip, Aleda, and Grace move there, and Julia hopes to gain enough income to live on by making it into a boarding house.

I purchased this book because I thought it would be a romance. I actually would not consider it as such. There are three romances in the story, but each comprises only a very small portion of the 400+ pages. That said, I think the book itself is beautifully and excellently written. I consider this to be a wonderful slice-of-life kind of story.

What I like:

*The Christian aspect of it is very well done, in my opinion. I like how it shows Julia making brief prayers throughout her days. Later on in the book, it does become a bit more preachy, but it's in the context of a vicar helping a struggling believer.

*I loved the cast of varied and realistic characters.

What I didn't like:

*It's fine for a story to be a fiction rather than a romance. Some people definitely prefer that. But I still feel that one of the romances really needed to be given more time.

*I liked the story but feel that it needs a little more to keep the reader's interest. I like slow-paced stories, but I struggled with momentum a bit on this one. It took me almost two months to finish it.

This is a high quality Christian historical fiction. It's very clean and from that respect, it's appropriate for any age. I will try another Lawana Blackwell book before deciding whether she's one of "my authors."
8 internautes sur 8 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Completely enjoyable 11 juin 2016
Par Gabrielle F Cazayoux - Publié sur
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While I wouldn't describe the story as suspenseful, it clipped along at an interest-maintaining pace. Blackwell was faithful to the time period. At any moment I expected a shift so that an issue or conflict would be resolved in a way most appealing to modern sensibilities, which would have annoyed me, but not so. Yet while the resolutions were realistic to the setting, they were nonetheless satisfying. The characters were very believable and thoroughly likable. I wanted to follow their lives. I was invested in them.

The spiritual or religious references were plenty and blatant, but the story didn't feel at all preachy to me. I think anyone, no matter how non-religious they may be, who enjoys the classics and is not turned off by the religious references in them will find those in this book in keeping. For those who are seeking stories that do not stray out of a certain set of moral standards, this is a book for you, especially if you are also wanting a little romance and a window into village life in Victorian England.

I find very few novels written in the last 100 years to be worth the time it takes to read them. I looked forward to every moment I could spend reading this one. It does not have the wit of a book by Austen, the intensity of a Hardy novel, the quirkiness of Dickens, or the poignancy of George Eliot, but I would put it on the same shelf in my library.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Wonderful! 20 avril 2016
Par Swamp Girl - Publié sur
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Great Christian fiction novels are few and far between. There are a lot of novels marketed as Christian, but to me, for it to be truly Christian fiction, then God is a main character, not a bit character. And if the main characters of the novel are Christian, I don't expect them to be perfect by any means. Not of us are. But, I do expect them to act in godly ways. So, many times in most "Christian fiction" novels, the characters lie, deceive, even use profanity, and act like it's acceptible, or they make excuses for it.
But, the characters that Lawana Blackwell brings to life are different. They are very human, and sometimes, one of the characters does willfully sin. But, instead of making excuses or trying to justify the sin, they end up regretting it, carry the guilt of it, and eventually make confession of it, asking for forgiveness. This is more like the true Christians I know and want to be like - not perfect, but honest when we do mess up, not making excuses or justifications. I also love the way the main characters seek God, admit when they haven't like they should have, and look to God for guidance and get it - that check in our hearts or confirmations that He gives us when we feel led by Him to act. This is true to life to me - these are the kind of people I go to church with.
This novel made me laugh, made me cry, and pricked at my heart. I cannot express how delighted I am to have found this author. I look forward to delving into more of her work.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A lovely book that is refreshing to the soul 4 juillet 2015
Par Lisa A. Woodward - Publié sur
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I enjoyed this book tremendously. After having read, lately, several very deep and complicated books that required constant diligence to follow, I found it refreshing to read this lovely, uncomplicated book with very real characters and easy pacing. Some have said it was boring, but I found the daily joys and struggles - both internal with each character and external to the whole - very real and quite compelling. Of course with a book of this nature there are not a lot of plot twists or surprises, but that is part of its charm, not a deterrent to a very well written, lovely story.

I find it surprising that some reviewers were taken aback by the Christian theme of the book, considering that the description contains the fact that it's number one in CHRISTIAN FICTION right there in the part about page length, publisher, etc. I guess not all people pay attention to that sort of thing when considering their choices. I for one found the faith (or lack thereof) of the characters an integral part of their makeup, and certainly an impetus for most of their decisions and actions. If not for the faith of the lead character, Julie, I am sure she would have failed miserably at most of her endeavors.

Ms Blackwells' writing is wonderful. She has a beautiful way of expressing emotion, character and description that is just right; not too effusive nor too bland. The editing is good with few grammatical mistakes and I found only one place in the book where it appears a question was answered before asked. (In other words, a paragraph was accidently moved above where it should have been.). My one complaint would be that in the middle of the book, there is a rather jarring change of POV from our heroine to the main hero. I had to back-track a bit to see if I'd missed something. But once that jolt was registered, it flowed nicely from there.

I highly recommend this book as a nice relaxing read that is refreshing to the soul and easy on the mind. I am looking forward to the rest of the series!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Very lovely, inspirational story. 29 juin 2016
Par kitkat - Publié sur
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The Widow of the Larkspur Inn, is a delightful, inspirational story of Julia, who became a young widow, with 3 children, when her husband, who was a doctor at the local hospital had a sudden heart attack. Julia was a bit younger then her husband, and had no experience for fending for herself, let alone managing a home on her own. Julia always had servants to see to her and the children's needs. At times, Julia even felt as a visitor with her children, not always able to rock the youngest, or read to the others, without the nanny insisting on a strict schedule. However, with her husbands sudden death, Julia was left to take care of running the home, and seeing that the servants had their orders and children's care and education continued. As she is struggling to deal with her husbands death, she has a gentleman calling asking for payment on a loan note, due to a gambling debt. Then a sudden appearance of the bank officers, informing her, that her husband had left her and the children so far in debt, that the home, furnishings, jewels were to be auctioned off and ownership of home and servants were to go to a new owner in a weeks time. With having no place to go, she had asked the bankers for more time, but was informed that any extra time had already expired, but that there was a property that the bank hadn't wanted. The property was in the country and an Inn, that had been vacant for 8 years. That is where the story really begins, at The Larkspur Inn. Julia and the children, with some small momentos, few cherished toys, books and clothing, were heading to the Larkspur Inn, with only the money she had left, from her house budget and a loan investment the butler gave her. Julia did sell some of her gowns, which gave her a bit more money to get the Inn going. Julia's maid, Fiona went with them, as Julia had given her a chance when no other had, and Fiona was very close to Julia and the children, and wanted to help. Julia, set forth, not knowing how she would ever manage an Inn, learned to rely on her faith, which was fortified by the encouragement of Fiona, and the strong desire to take care of the children.
Julia's story of faith, tested by doubt, and courage to work hard, and not give up, is truly inspirational.

To see how Julia, a sweet, caring lady, learned to rely on faith to see her through dealing with her husbands hidden vises, and left with nothing material, but a rundown Inn, care and nurture the children's grief, is something that I'd truly would hope I'd be able to do. With her friend Fiona, the children, learned to work together to shape the Inn into their home for themselves and others, that needed a place that was quiet, but offered a caring atmosphere, where all were able to work through issues that made Larkspur, not just an Inn, but a home. It's a joy to read. It gives hope, for when all is what seems at it's worse, can be just a new beginning and the best thing to happen.
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