Friday, February 24, 2012

Words Spoken True by Ann H. Gabhart ~ Review

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.

Friday's Note:
The winner of Firethorn by Ronie Kendig is...

Wendy!! (wsmarple...)

Be watching for my email, Wendy, you have one week to reply! You're in for a great read. :-))

Happy weekend, everyone!


  1. Casey, I love your sweet, honest reviews! Thanks!

    1. Thanks Jessica. I have a hard time writing reviews for books I wasn't crazy about, but I want to do it in a nice way.

  2. Even though I don't always agree with your reviews I love reading them!


    1. LOL, Judy! And thanks for stopping by and reading it anyway. :-))

  3. I just reviewed this one today -- it was my first Gabhart book, and overall I was pretty favorably impressed. But I don't have any interest in checking out her Shaker novels...however, if she does something similar in this vein I'm definitely interested in at least giving it a 2nd try. Good to read your thoughts!

    1. This was definitely a departure for her in her writing, but I think it's struck a great cord with a lot of readers. :)

  4. Casey - Want to add my thanks for an honest review. I still plan on reading the book because it sounds like something I will enjoy. Being a coordinator of a book club has taught me that each book speaks to everyone differently. I think every book club selection has been one person's favorite and another person's least favorite.

    1. There are SO many different reading tastes, aren't there, Sharon? Blows. Me. Away. But it's also really encouraging, because it means there are so many writers out there, waiting for the right readers. :)

  5. The cover and title of Ann's new book are captivating. Since I live in southern IN and work in Louisville, I'm going to have to read this one (especially since my husband works for the Louisville newspaper). Hopefully, I'll get to meet Ann face-to-face one of these days, too! Thanks for your review, as always, Casey. Blessings.


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