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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Tyndale- Blessing by Lyn Cote

Good HOT July morning to you all! Since we leave for the lake tomorrow, I am exceedingly busy so I am speed-typing to say the least. 



An impetuous love swept Blessing Brightman away from the Quaker community, into the highest ranks of Cincinnati society. But behind the glitter of ballroom and parlor, her spirit slowly eroded in an increasingly dangerous marriage. Widowed young, determined never to lose her independence again, Blessing reclaimed her faith and vowed to use her influence to fight for women’s rights and abolition.

Gerard Ramsay, scion of a wealthy Boston family, arrives in Cincinnati hoping to escape his father’s clutches with a strategy that will gain him independence. His plan is soon complicated, however, by the enchanting widow. Never before has a woman spoken as if she’s his equal—or challenged him to consider the lives of others.

In a city nearly ablaze with racial tensions quickly dividing
the country, can two people worlds apart possibly find common ground?

 *My Thoughts*

When I started reading Lyn's first book in this series, Honor, it did not interest me at all. Then I got to about chapter three on a long trip and I was hooked. It was the same with this one although it was more like chapter five. I was skeptical that it was going to pick up, but by the end, I was really glad I read this novel. Lyn is a wonderful writer of all things quaker and as fierce lover of civil war novels, this series had my vote from the start.

One of the reasons I struggled at the beginning of the book was the male protagonist-Gerald Ramsey. He drove me crazy with some of his thoughts and opinions in the very beginning but I grew to love him as time went on and he changed. Blessing is one of my new favorite "strong women". (Yes, I even have a shelf for this on goodreads!) She was feisty and she did whatever it took to see what she believed was wrong put to justice. She didn't let her fears of what people might think of her stop her from doing what was right.

A strong sense of faith and history is woven throughout the pages. You can imagine yourself walking through the streets with a sense of wonder of when things would all be over. You can understand the pain people are going through but still feel their hope that it would all come to an end. 

All in all, it was a wonderful book and I can't wait for the next installment!


      This book is a must read if you are into Quaker or Shaker history or if you love historical novels in civil war era time period. It would appeal to lovers of Mary Ellis and Ann H. Gabhart!

 *My overall thoughts*

Blessing by Lyn Cote is a Civil war era Quaker historical novel and one I thoroughly enjoyed. It took some time to get into but once I did, I loved the story and it's characters. 

 *My Rating*

I give Blessing by Lyn Cote...

4 1/2 stars!! 


 *Where to get it*

*I received this book from the the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review, which I have given. All thoughts were my own and I was not compensated in any other way.

Happy Reading,


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