Series: Crawford Family

Jennifer’s Triumph! Her Safe Harbor by Holly Bush

Posted April 11, 2016 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 7 Comments

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Jennifer’s Triumph! Her Safe Harbor by Holly BushHer Safe Harbor by Holly Bush
Series: Crawford Family #3
Published by Self Published on March 10, 2016
Genres: Historical Romance
Pages: 163
Format: eARC
Source: Author
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1893 . . . Jennifer Crawford, the peacekeeper in a well-to-do Boston family rife with anger, deceit, and even treachery. A woman born to solve mathematical mysteries at a time when women were only beginning to venture from home and into the world of commerce and politics. Beautiful and shy, will she have the courage to face a scheming mother, and guide a father denying their familial dysfunction and his hesitancy to traverse the volatile economics banks faced in 1893? When danger threatens, will Jennifer Crawford triumph?

Zebediah Moran, Georgia-born chief of staff for a new United States Senator in Washington is reacquainted with his employer’s sister-in-law and is determined to uncover her secrets and guard her from danger. Will his sacrifices keep her safe? Will he be ‘Her Safe Harbor?’

 

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Jennifer Crawford, the youngest sister, is trapped in an abusive relationship with a man, Jeffrey Rothchild, who is determined to force her into marriage. Jennifer doesn’t want to create a scandal for her family and suffers in silence. Zebidiah Moran, her brother-in-law’s chief of staff, is determined to intervene and provide safe harbor.

 
As awful as modern-day domestic violence is it has to have been even more horrific in an era when wives were deemed to be their husbands’ property. Jennifer’s struggle was heartbreaking, made more so by her dysfunctional and unsupportive parents. Her desire to manage the situation on her own while remaining steadfast in her refusal to marry Jeffrey was admirable. Jennifer’s relationship with Zeb developed slowly as a result but that just made it more compelling.

 
I wasn’t as eager for this story because Jennifer hadn’t seemed that interesting in the earlier books. That’s what I get for assuming because I literally couldn’t put this book down, finishing it in a day. Though the subject matter is disturbing, Jennifer’s triumph is uplifting. And, it’s handled sensitively and in keeping with the historical period. It is a fitting and satisfying end to a wonderful series.

About Holly Bush

Holly Bush was born in western Pennsylvania to two avid readers. There was not a room in her home that did not hold a full bookcase. She worked in the hospitality industry, owning a restaurant for twenty years and recently worked as the sales and marketing director in the hospitality/tourism industry and is credited with building traffic to capacity for a local farm tour, bringing guests from twenty-two states, booked two years out. Holly has been a marketing consultant to start-up businesses and has done public speaking on the subject.

Holly has been writing all of her life and is a voracious reader of a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction, particularly political and historical works. She has written four romance novels, all set in the U.S. West in the mid 1800’s. She frequently attends writing conferences, and has always been a member of a writer’s group. She is always a member of Romance Writers of America.

Holly is a gardener, a news junkie, and was the vice-president of her local library board for years. She loves to spend time near the ocean and is the proud mother of two daughters and the wife of a man more than a few years her junior.


Review & Giveaway! The Maid’s Quarters by Holly Bush

Review & Giveaway! The Maid’s Quarters by Holly Bush

Posted July 23, 2015 by Jonetta in Book Review | 5 Comments

     I knew Alice Porterman had heart when she risked her life during the influenza outbreak at Jolene’s Texas ranch and helped tend to those afflicted. Now she’s come back home to Boston to help her mother and sickly young brother. When she arrives, she discovers they’ve been unfairly evicted from their house. Alice decides she’s going to take on Albert Donahue, the new landlord.   In this short novella, there’s a mystery with action, romance and heartbreak. Alice is a formidable heroine in an understated way in keeping with the era. She puts herself at risk and Albert was cagier and more interesting than I first thought. While their romance heats up pretty quickly, it still was lovely to see develop. And, it’s […]


An Amazing Transformation! Contract to Wed by Holly Bush

An Amazing Transformation! Contract to Wed by Holly Bush

Posted March 13, 2015 by Jonetta in Book Review | 2 Comments

  I have to admit that I wasn’t looking forward to this character’s story. If you read the first book, you’ll know why and by the way…read that first! Quick summary At the end of the first book, Boston socialite Jolene was married to Turner Crenshaw and the mother of three-year old William. When this story begins, she’s lost both of them, is facing a serious change in her financial situation and is trying to determine her next direction. When she learns Maxmillian Shelby, a wealthy Texas rancher and oilman, is looking for a wife to help him prepare for a political state-wide office run and is willing to pay handsomely, Jolene jumps at the opportunity.   About Jolene Jolene is beautiful, socially skilled and […]


Train Station Bride by Holly Bush

Train Station Bride by Holly Bush

Posted March 10, 2015 by Jonetta in Book Review | 4 Comments

Quick summary Julia Crawford, beaten down by her family’s ridicule, decided to respond to an ad for a bride by a South Dakota man. She secretly takes the train to Cedar Ridge and meets Jake Shelling who shows up with the the preacher by his side and marries her right there at the depot.   A bit of background Julia comes from a wealthy, prestigious Boston family. Her mother is the ultimate Mommie Dearest only crueler. They won’t actually miss her but don’t want her to leave because it would be a society embarrassment. She has an older, beautiful sister who married the man Julia was in love with. Jake raised his two sisters following their parents’ deaths and now that they’re both married he’s […]