Saturday, December 13, 2014

Book Review: The Widow of Larkspur Inn by Lawana Blackwell

The Widow of Larskpur Inn
(Gresham Chronicles, #1)
by Lawana Blackwell
Asked to Review
Adult Christian Historical Romance
Average Goodreads Rating: 
Published by: Bethany House Publishers
Published on: June 1, 2007
Pages: 432
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Before I get into my review, here's the synopsis from Goodreads:

When Life Seemed Its Worst, Gresham Awaited



Julia Hollis' opulent life in Victorian London crashes to pieces when her husband passes away. Worse, she is told by his bankers that he gambled away their fortune. Now, the family's hope rests on The Larkspur, an old abandoned coaching inn in the quaint village of Gresham. 

Driven by dread and her desire to provide for her children, Julia decides to turn the dilapidated inn into a lodging house. But can she--who was accustomed to servants attending to every need--do what needs to be done and cope when boarders begin arriving? And then an eligible new vicar moves into town.... 

My Rating: 3 out of 5. 

Disclaimers: I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.

An overview of the Novel: Julia Hollis' world comes crumbling down when her husband dies. She discovers that her husband, in whom she could see no wrong, was actually a gambling addict. She finds herself penniless and homeless.  Not sure what can be done to help her family, Julia starts searching for some way to provide them.

The answer is an old inn The Larkspur. Julia determines to open it up as a lodging home and begins praying that somehow they'll make it through the storm. What she didn't expect was to find new friends and maybe even a new love. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: This novel is a cute read about a family who was dealt a hardblow and how they overcome it. I really loved the characterization in the novel and the plot. I felt the novel was maybe a tad long, and yet I really enjoyed reading it.

The plot was well-paced and I enjoyed watching Julia's growth. The novel is a cute read about overcoming loss and learning to depend on Christ. 

So why 3 stars? While I really enjoyed it, it just lacked that extra something to really stand out to me enough to get 4. 

Warnings/Side-notes: None.

The Wrap-up: This novel is really intriguing. A cute read about how we can overcome our trials and come to Christ. The Christian elements are woven nicely throughout the tale as to be not overbearing. 

Love,

Danica Page

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