A Tale of Unexpected Romance
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
How could you not want to read a book with a first line like... “Annabelle Taylor may have hoped she would marry again someday, but she never dreamed she would be wearing handcuffs during the ceremony when she did.” ? Annabelle’s story is this – she marries a man , who after a week, leaves her only to return months later with the news that while he was away, he had divorced her and married a wealthier woman. She is left with no option but to leave her hometown in disgrace and look for employment elsewhere. This is where chapter one begins. Through a series of unfortunate and stressful events she again finds herself married to a man who has no interest in marriage. This time, it is she who keeps her past a secret. As they spend more time together, Annabelle and Harrison form a guarded friendship.
There are many interesting characters in this book, and I think for me the most memorable, other than the two main characters, was Irene, the housekeeper. She dispenses wise counsel, offers a shoulder to cry on and at times is comically manipulative, in her own loving way. Her faith is evident in her life.
The setting was also very intriguing as most of the story takes place in a country home inspired by an historic home now located in the Philadelphia Zoo. You can read more about it here : http://www.philadelphiazoo.org/about/AboutZoo/Zoo-History/The-Solitude-House.htm
I won’t give away the outcome, but I will tell you that many times while I was reading , I wished I could reach into the book and grab these two folks and give them both a good shaking!
This was a very enjoyable and easy book to read. If you’re looking for a book with deep, profound lessons and doctrinal statements, this isn’t for you. But, if you are looking for a book with enjoyable characters, interesting historical settings from a Christian fiction point of view then you will want to read this.
Read the first three chapters here:
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