I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Heart of a Dove by Abbie Williams
Series: Dove #1
Published by Central Avenue Publishing on December 5, 2014
Genres: Historical Romance
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The Civil War has ended, leaving the country with a gaping wound. Lorie Blake, a southern orphan sold into prostitution at fifteen, has carefully guarded her aching soul from the disgrace forced upon her every evening. Two years have passed, leaving her with little hope of anything more. Meanwhile, three men – longtime friends – and a young boy with a heart of gold are traveling northward, planning to rebuild their lives in the north and leave behind the horrors of their time as soldiers in the Confederate Army.
Fate, however, has plans of its own, causing their lives collide in a river town whorehouse. Forced to flee, Lorie escapes and joins them on the journey north. But danger stalks them all in the form of a vindictive whorehouse madam and an ex-Union soldier, insane and bent on exacting revenge. At last, Lorie must come to terms with her past and devastating secrets that she cannot yet bear to reveal.
Heart of a Dove is the first book in a gripping, sweeping romantic saga of pain, unbearable choices, loss and true love set against the backdrop of a scarred, post-Civil War America.
Lorie Blake grew up in a loving family in Tennessee. At the age of 15, her world was horribly altered after losing her entire family to the Civil War and typhoid fever. She was sold to a brothel in St. Louis by someone who was supposed to provide for her care. The next three years were a struggle of survival until her liberation by four unknown men from her home town. Their subsequent odyssey to Minnesota for a fresh start bonds them for life and begins an extraordinary romance.
What’s to love
This story haunted me so much I gave up trying to sleep and just finished it. It’s beautifully done, even those miserable moments that were painful to follow. We experience everything through Lorie’s point of view, including the charm of her Southern roots through flashback memories as well as the rigors of the travel through the prairie. Her relationship with the three men and the young Malcolm was special, her burgeoning romance with one of them extraordinary.
I’ve read and loved Abbie Williams’ contemporary series, the Shore Leave Café, and expected to be completely absorbed by her characters and her ability to sink me emotionally. I was unprepared for the depth of the historical aspects, providing unique perspectives about the war and its aftermath. And, the suspense and intrigue made everything more fascinating. This book is historical fiction, romance, suspense and a western saga all in one.
The bottom line
I agreed to read this only because of my history with the author and my love of her contemporary series. She not only didn’t let me down, she blew me away. It’s not an easy story and that just makes it even more interesting. I’m dying to read the next book when it’s released.
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