If you like the novels of Deanne Gist and Lauraine Snelling, you’ll love USA Today bestselling author Stacy Henrie’s inspirational romance set against the backdrop of World War One!
Even at a young age, Ada Thorne knew that she would marry only for love, never money. So when she finds herself irrevocably drawn to Ned Henley, the lowly gamekeeper on a neighboring estate, she defies her parents and society by eloping with him to London to build a new life.
Without her family’s support, life in the city is far more difficult than the one of ease and privilege Ada has always known. She’ll find herself relentlessly tested in ways she never imagined—especially when Ned, answering the call of duty, enlists to serve his country in World War One.
Alone and near poverty with a child to raise, Ada’s resolve will be strained at every turn. And as she struggles to remain true to her convictions and live life on her own terms, Ada will embark on a journey of courage, faith, and love that will surpass even her own humble dreams . . .
Advanced Praise for the Book
“Stacy Henrie possesses superior storytelling skills, her historical accuracy and attention to detail are unsurpassed, and she knows how to create characters we can identify with and whom we really care for.” —Fresh Fiction
My Review: 4 Stars
Stacy Henrie is a master at historical fiction, especially during the World Wars. In this offering, we are treated to the story of Ada, a young woman of class, in the early 1900s in England. Ada wants to marry for love and is determined to do just that, even if it means losing her relationship with her family. The story slowly builds as Ada forges a new life for herself and her new husband. Although it's not full of action at first, the plot isn't overly wordy and key points for Ada's story are shown, which play important roles as the book progresses.
The way things unfold allow the reader to emotionally invest in Ada's life, whether it be joyous times, hard times, or even surprises. I felt like I grew right along with her and especially enjoyed the tremendous growth that she did develop in many aspects of her life. Her strength is to be admired and she's a women whom I would love to be friends with.
A few things that I took away from this book: It's so easy to dream about how you hope your future will be and a completely different story to actually live it--it never works out how you think it will. You don't always realize what you have until it's gone and my heart broke for Ada a few different times, especially regarding the relationship with her parents. And finally, life isn't perfect; it requires a lot of hard work, but the joys can help balance the disappointments. Attitude is key.
This is a time period that I love learning more about, because I don't think it's written about very often--or maybe it's just that I don't read it often--but I found it fascinating and loved watching Stacy Henrie bring this time in history to life in a way that I never could have imagined.
Content: mild romance; mild violence; mild religious elements
*I received a copy, which didn't affect or influence my opinion in any way.*
About the Author
USA Today bestselling author Stacy Henrie is the author of western romances and the Of Love and War series, which includes Hope at Dawn, a 2015 RITA Award finalist for excellence in romance. She was born and raised in the West, where she currently resides with her family. She enjoys reading, road trips, interior decorating, chocolate, and most of all, laughing with her husband and kids.
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