(I received a free copy of this book from Moody Publishers to review here on Book and Beverages)
I wanted to throw this book across the room at least once. As well as yell “You jerk!!” towards some of the characters. That and “You wench!”
Here’s the breakdown:
- Takes place in 1890 in the thriving coastal town of Holliston, Maine (I kept picturing Portland, Maine because that’s the only place in Maine I’ve ever been).
- There’s a good looking fellow (the leading lumber baron’s son) named Warren Brentwood, III, who returns to town after years of college and travel.
- Throw in Esperanza Estrada, daughter of a Portuguese immigrant fisherman and a local woman, who lives on the wrong side of town, but wants more and takes a job in town as a housekeeper. She kinda has a thing for Warren (you can’t really blame her though).
- Then shady rumors fly about Espy and her respected employer. Drama for your mama people. Drama.
- Warren believes the lie and his loss of faith in her causes Espy to give up without a fight. I would unlike this status if I could.
- She leaves town, so what will happen next???
This was my first read of Axtell’s and in case you didn’t pick up on it, I loved it! She creates passionate characters, a great story and one that I got hooked on almost instantly. A fantastic story and I can’t wait to read more from Axtell (like her new novel coming out soon!).
I’ve decided I have a talent for picking out really good authors. And I totally deserve an award for this feat. Say like free books for the rest of my life. Who wants to make this self-awarded honor possible? Anyone?
P.S. If you like Ruth Axtell’s books, keep following the blog, there might be an awesome interview coming up!