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Diamond Duo, Texas Fortunes Series #1
Barbour Publishing / 2008 / Paperback
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when Bertha Biddle meets an enigmatic charmer named Annie Monroe in 1877 Jefferson, Texas, she's hoping to learn the art of how to woo a man. But just how far will she go to win her heart's desire? Thaddeus Bloom is torn between meeting his father's demands and declaring his love for Bertha. Which path will he choose? When faced with racial bigotry, Sarah King is in danger of losing respect for her husband and perhaps his love. Will she stand by her man? Or will a woman's murder provoke a startling twist of all their fates?
Get ready to burn the midnight oil with Diamond Duo, a suspense-filled historical romance that will keep you reading with a white-knuckled grip. When Bertha Biddle meets an enigmatic charmer named Annie Monroe, she's hoping to learn from her the art of how to woo a man. But just how far will Bertha go to win her heart's desire? One woman's miserable end still haunts the town of Jefferson, Texas, today.
Marcia Gruvers Diamond Duo, the first book in her Texas Fortunes historical fiction series, portrays the 1877 adventure of two small town Texas sweethearts as they put aside their personal dreams in order to help Diamond Bessie, a kind-hearted prostitute. It is the life and death of Bessie, known also as Annie, which adds the flavor of a Texas legend to the primarily fictional story.
Smartly interlaced with biblical wisdom and a touching sense of humor, Gruvers storytelling makes Diamond Duo a page-turner and, while the dialogue slows the pleasing pace at times, readers will be enchanted by the spirit of each character. Also interwoven within the main conflicts are themes of race, biblical and unbiblical marriage, honoring ones parents, and the importance of community.
The sweethearts and main characters of the book, assertive Bertha Biddie and genteel Thaddeus Thad Bloom, endure disappointment and heartbreak as the desires to marry, help Annie, and follow Gods will collide. Tying these conflicts throughout the book is the principle of trust. Berthas father often reminds her to let God handle the details, and Thad often references the Psalms and other Scripture in his trials.
I was truly inspired by the genuine humanity inherent in Gruvers main characters. The smaller, heart-warming lessons of friendship tucked away in the plot are sure to delight the readers who love a good story. Diamond Duo will please romance and historical fiction readers alike and is certainly worthy of its upcoming sequel. -- Holly Savage, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
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