mary's book basket - "words spoken true" by ann b. gabhart...

Wow! it has been several months since I have added a new review to the book basket. I will need to do better with that. I have read so many great books in the last few months. I look forward to shairng more with you.

First up, we have the lovely Ann B. Gabhart who has written an Inspirational Historical Romance taking place in Louisville, Kentucky in 1855. Words Spoken True brings together two individuals with strong wills, both pursuing their individual dreams in the newspaper world.

Book Description:

Adriane Darcy was practically raised in her father's newspaper offices. She can't imagine life without the clatter of the press and the push to be first to write the news that matters. Their Tribune is the leading paper in Louisville in 1855. Then Blake Garrett, a brash young editor from the North with a controversial new style of reporting, takes over failing competitor the Herald, and the battle for readers gets fierce.

When Adriane and Blake meet at a benefit tea, their surprising mutual attraction is hard to ignore. Still, Blake is the enemy, and Adriane is engaged to the son of a powerful businessman who holds the keys to the Tribune's future. Blake will stop at almost nothing to get the story--and the girl. Can he do both before it's too late?

Set against the volatile backdrop of political and civil unrest in 1850s Louisville, this exciting story of love and loyalty will hold readers in its grip until the very last page. 

Our heroine Adriane Darcy, does not follow the social conventions of the day. Blake Garrett is the editor of the rival newspaper with his own agenda. What I loved most about the book was the relationship between these two. They are thrown together from the very beginning of the story when they are pursuing details on a serial killer "The River Slasher".  Miss Darcy is passionate about her father's newspaper and wants nothing more than to continue writing. Unlike her hideous fiancĂ©e Stanley, Blake Garrett understands this and encourages and challenges her in this pursuit.

This book is packed with intrigue and constant action. It is a tumultuous time in Louisville and these two are right in the midst of it all. As the town is thrown into political upheaval, Blake and Adriane find safety and security in their blooming relationship. Not to worry, no improper lines are crossed. This is an inspirational romance after all. The tenderness Blake shows towards the end of the book is what every girls dreams about in her own hero. It's so well written.

I enjoyed this read very much. It has also piqued my curiosity about this time in American history. I look forward to reading more form this author.