Happy Cyber Monday! In honor of the biggest internet shopping day of the year, or at least one of them, Faith Blum decided to do a blog tour release of her newest novel, Lily of the Valley. There are two giveaway opportunities and lots of fun interviews and excerpts.
About the Book
Howdy, Teacher! You don’t know me, but my kids talk bout you a lot. I been lookin fer a wife and mother fer a few years and was wonderin iffen we cood meet and get to no each other a bit. I’ll come after skool to git yer answer. Grover MillerUnruly schoolchildren, three suitors, and too many things to do. When Ruth Brookings rejects one of the suitors, he refuses to accept no for an answer. To make matters worse, when she prays for guidance, she’s answered with a challenge instead: To encourage her friend to find a wife—whether he wants one or not. Will she lose her friend just when she needs a friend the most? Will she be able to weather the storms she’s about to face?
About the Author
Lily of the Valley, by Faith Blum, was a lovely historical romance. The fifth book in the Hymns of the West Series, this book is set in the same western town as the previous novels and tells the story of several other young couples, friends or family members of those in the previous novels. I enjoyed the adventures of Ruth, Micah, Annabel, and William as they sought to know God and each other better. The danger created by the antagonist added to my interest in the story as I wondered what would happen to the main characters and the children.
It was easy to see some of the growth that took place in the characters' lives. Each one of them had struggles to overcome. Although they did not always succeed on the first try, their ultimate successes were an encouragement.
I could hardly believe the extent the town leaders went to on account of an unverifiable rumor. I cannot say any more on the matter without revealing something, however.
The restrictions that Ruth and her parents made for her courtship were interesting to say the least. She was asked not to form an emotional attachment to her beau until they were engaged, among other things. She struggled, of course, but I could not help thinking that it might be a smart way to date someone in the present, because it would allow a dating couple to see each other a little more objectively at first and to make marriage or break-up decisions without so much heartache. But without real-life testimonies, it is hard to know if it is even possible in the non-fictional world, besides the fact that dating/courting relationships have changed dramatically since the nineteenth century. All that to say, I admired their way of courting somewhat.
Lily of the Valley was interesting on a number of levels and I enjoyed it because of that. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys clean historical romance or inspirational fiction.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Today is the last day to get Be Thou My Vision (Hymns of the West #2) free! Here is the link: Amazon
GiveawayFaith has a Goodreads giveaway going on through November 30th! Be sure to check it out and enter to win one of two signed paperback copies of Lily of the Valley.
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