Louisville, Kentucky, 19th century, the newspaper business and a woman reporter in a city that wasn’t too keen on her canvassing the streets.
This story has a lot of unique going for it, which is what drew me to it in the first place. Louisville has a rich southern history and a healthy dose is shared with the reader in “Words Spoken True”. Adraine is a strong character who knows what she wants and isn’t afraid to chase after it and for that I enjoyed her character. She wasn’t easily bowled over by the expectations of her day, but with that courage, brought a dose of heartache.
I thought the first third of the book moved too slowly for my reading taste. I felt it lost some of the forward motion of the story amongst the description and words, but as the plot picked up pace so did my interest. A slight twist was thrown my direction and took my attention a bit deeper.
While this novel wasn’t completely within my interests- much as I wanted it to be, I can certainly appreciate the depth of research and plot of the story. I’m glad I gave it a shot; I would say it was worth it.
This review is my honest opinion. Thanks to the publishers for my copy to review.
**Available February 2012 from Revell, a division of Baker Publishers**
More about the novel...
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. Bestselling author Ann H. Gabhart once again delivers an enthralling and enduring tale for her loyal and ever-expanding fan base.
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