Monday, December 27, 2010

Love's First Bloom by Delia Parr

Bethany House; (September 1, 2010) 320 pages

Description: (from Amazon)
Ruth Livingstone's life changes drastically the day her father puts a young child in her arms and sends her to a small village in New Jersey under an assumed name. There Ruth pretends to be a widow and quietly secludes herself until her father is acquitted of a crime. But with the emergence of the penny press, the imagination of the reading public is stirred, and her father's trial stands center stage. Asher Tripp is the brash newspaperman who determines that this case is the event he can use to redeem himself as a journalist. Ruth finds solace tending a garden along the banks of the Toms River--a place where she can find a measure of peace in the midst of the sorrow that continues to build. It is also here that Asher Tripp finds a temporary residence, all in an attempt to discover if the lovely creature known as Widow Malloy is truly Ruth Livingstone, the woman every newspaper has been looking for. Love begins to slowly bloom...but is the affection they share strong enough to withstand the secrets that separate them?

My Review:
I had a really hard time getting into this book. I set it aside several times, trying to give it a fair chance, but I was never drawn into it. I agreed to review it, though, so I finished it, but if it was my own personal reading, I probably would have given up on it. I've heard nothing but great things about Delia Parr's other book, Heart's Awakening, so I won't hesitate a bit to read something else by Delia!!
I really didn't understand the point of ALL the lying in the book. It's hard for me to see any kind of relationship forming with so many lies. It just didn't seem very Christian-like of the main characters. If Ruth's life was on the line, I would understand more!! Newspaper gossip isn't the end of the world, or maybe I missed other reasons for hiding. Ruth seemed to stay mad at God more than anything.
I just didn't connect with the characters. I actually didn't like Ruth or Jake. My favorite characters were the Jones cousins and the Spinster(I forgot her last name, and can't seem to locate it). They had relatively small parts, though.
Again, I won't let this one keep me from Delia's other books.

*Thanks to Jim Hart @ Bethany House for my review copy.

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