Friday, September 24, 2010

CFBA: Love's First Bloom by Delia Parr

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This week, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance is introducing:

Love's First Bloom

Bethany House; Original edition (September 1, 2010)


Delia Parr


This was such a great read. Ruth's situation as the reviled minister's daughter in hiding, was a fantastic premise. Delia did a great job of really backing Ruth into a corner so to speak, showing just how much our lives can fall apart, and yet we still find love and hope. I love to find characters I can identify with, and Ruth's loss hit home. So did her care of little Lilly. I've been there. It's a great love story, with mystery and spunk to keep it lively.


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?

If you would like to read the first chapter of Love's First Bloom, 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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