Friday, May 13, 2011

CFBA: Hidden Affections by Delia Parr

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This week, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance is introducing:

Hidden Affections

Bethany House (May 1, 2011)


Delia Parr


Who doesn't love a good shotgun wedding story? Seven Brides For Seven Brothers has got to be one of my favorites, but the Pontapy brother's ended their story with shotguns and very willing brides. Delia Parr has stepped up the tension and told the story in a new way.

I was surprised to find the first page marrying Annabelle and Harrison. Whoa! What happened? How did they get here? Why are they handcuffed? Although answers come quickly enough, there are always fresh questions to keep you reading. Harrison tries to be unlikable, or at least make you believe he doesn't care if he's liked, yet through Annabelle's eyes you see right past his defenses. He's wonderful hero and you quickly forgive his flaws because you know deep down, he's a real man. Annabelle is strong and independent and loving. She has her weaknesses, but she's not a helpless flower and together they make a perfect match. I loved watching what seemed to be an impossible situation become the perfect plan God intended it to be for Harrison and Annabelle.


Betrayed by her husband, Annabelle Tyler wears the burden of legally being a divorcee, a difficult position for an upstanding young woman to find herself in.

While attempting to start a new life for herself, an unexpected turn of events once again has Annabelle married--this time to Harrison Graymoor, the most eligible, yet elusive, bachelor in Philadelphia. Harrison assures her that he will secure an annulment immediately, unaware that the constable has sent word of the marriage to the press in Philadelphia. And here things continue to go awry.

Harrison's past, a philanthropic cousin with his eye on Annabelle, and the appearance of Annabelle's ex-husband threaten the tentative relationship growing between Harrison and his "wife." For two individuals set against marriage, there are certainly a lot of second thoughts regarding the one forced upon them.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Hidden Affections, go HERE.


Delia Parr, pen name for Mary Lechleidner, is the author of 10 historical novels and the winner of several awards, including the Laurel Wreath Award for Historical Romance and the Aspen Gold Award for Best Inspirational Book. She is a full-time high school teacher who spends her summer vacations writing and kayaking. The mother of three grown children, she lives in Collingswood, New Jersey.

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