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Women of Unfailing Conviction
Virginia - 1864
When Therese Jennings' mother inherited a plantation, Therese could not bear the thought of owning slaves. She left her mother and went to work as a governess during the day and helped wounded soldiers at night. When her family needed help, she had to decide whether to help them or stay strong in her beliefs.
Virginia - present
After years of substance abuse, Nicole Talbot finally has her life back on track. Is it time to openly share the traumatic childhood experience? When her family legacy is at stake, she must decide if it is worth the risk.
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Harvest House Publishers
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
Series: Cousins of the Dove
lmbarteltMyerstown, PAAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5A satisfying conclusionJuly 21, 2017lmbarteltMyerstown, PAAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 3This was a satisfying conclusion to the series with its own share of surprises. The mystery deepens and is finally laid to rest as the cousins come together again for the annual reunion. (Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book. Review reflects my honest opinion.)
The historical storyline is set in Civil War era Virginia and features a Southern woman who cannot abide slavery. Her struggle to assist in a hospital while keeping her values mostly a secret is an interesting take on this time period. I enjoyed Therese's dilemma between suitors, both of whom had the last name Talbot. I was never quite sure who she was going to choose in the end.
The present day scenario picks up a year after the second book and is told from Nicole's perspective. Her struggle is with recovery from addiction and finally telling the truth about what she knows about the mystery.
This book ends the series well, though again, I felt like some portions were wrapped up too quickly and easily, almost as if an afterthought. Still, I would recommend this series to historical fiction fans or those who enjoy the split-time novels. While I'm not sure you must read them in order, I think it helps to get to know the characters. And it's fun to see the Talbot ancestors and how they progressed from the Old World to the New.
Vik Tory Arch5 Stars Out Of 5Two People, One HeritageJuly 21, 2017Vik Tory ArchQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The story unites two distant relatives in one beautiful tale Nicole Talbot and Therese Jennings.
Nicole Talbot is in sobriety program, and free from the forbidden liquid for a year. Keeping her promise to her aunty, she does even more than she signed for. But when she receives such a precious gift on her graduation day, a car, yet it threatens to stop her from the telling one heavy secret she carried her whole life Would be she able to spill the beans and loose the car, or will she keep the secret to her grave and have a chance to drive the car; that is the toughest choice she ever made She knew on the line is her deceased grandfathers reputation And with a new job, she finally met the most stubborn and untrusty man she ever knew Why he doesnt like her and always look for the excuse to make her life miserable and hostile on the ranch? Diving deep into the past
While Nicole questions her shaken name and history, she learns undying truth about her great-grand ancestors What a courage they had. Will she be able to outlive the brave legacy and be worthy for the name she carried from the birth? Or will it crumble from the accusation she was ready to reveal to the current investigator?
Therese Jennings was Nicoles great-gran-granmama
I love how the two stories combined in one timeline The author has a great skills in storytelling, and there were no confusion on who is who, and what happens when. Two strong women in one bloodline, thats a power of strong legacy and well-developed character. The details of the plot instantly transferred me into the story time Amazing book.
MaureenTSyracuse NYGender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Answers UnfoldJuly 19, 2017MaureenTSyracuse NYGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4This conclusion to the Cousins To The Dove series will have you page turning right to the end as answers begin to unfold.
When this book opens we are with Nicole as she has completed her college year and is heading home to again live with her sister, and life is looking so much brighter.
The story in all three books are about strong Talbot woman, and this like the former books spans generations, with one being current time and the other during the Civil War.
As we span the centuries we are caught up quickly in each of the stories that come together and conclude over an artifact, but how it ends is amazing. I was quickly absorbed in Therese life and her beliefs against slavery, and how she played a part in fighting the injustice.
Then we have current day Nicole, she has fought and will continue to take her life back from her addiction, and this summer she is an intern at a horse stable. Loved how the horses are used to help people, and will this hold answers for Nicole, and will she be able to offer help to the horses?
There is a bit of romance, as we cross the centuries and we hope with some trepidation that these women will pick the right man, and one will have you wondering.
This is a book that will be lingering long after the last page has been turned.
I received this book through Lit Fuse Publicity Book Tours, and was not required to give a positive review.
Conniet19825 Stars Out Of 5WOWJuly 18, 2017Conniet1982Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5WOW. That is what I have to say about this book. I did my capstone for my Masters on the use of women and African Americans as slaves during the American Civil War -- and this book had so many similarities to what some had faced during those times. I could NOT put this book down. Now, I had not read any of the previous books in this series, but I will be going back and picking those up. This book has dual time periods. Part of the story is set in 1864 Virginia. The other part is contemporary. These characters are well written and seem so tangible. There are twists and turns and I could not wait to get to the next page. Kudos to the authors for a great book that kept me on the edge of my seat.
I received a courtesy copy of this book through the Litfuse Blogging program. All opinions are my own .
MrsTinaFrederick, MDAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5My Daughter's Legacy by Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie GouldJuly 17, 2017MrsTinaFrederick, MDAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5My Daughter's Legacy # 3 Cousins of the Dove
by Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould
Virginia, 1864...Richmond, Virginia...Therese Jennings, governess by day, tends to wounded soldiers at night and prays for this dreadful war to end. She is drawn to one of the doctors attending the wounded soldiers, but her heart grieves over the change in a childhood friend, James Talbot, now a soldier, who she had given her heart to long ago. Therese's heart aches for those who are enslaved and hopes to help free them, if only she can find a way, prays to find a way. We get a glimpse, in great detail, of the constant struggle to get food, clothing and daily needs, but also medical supplies and medicines for the hospitals/field hospitals as well. There are secrets and things going on behind closed doors, or rather "underground", that could be life-threatening if found out. Surprises and suspense moments add to the story-line as we follow Therese, Polly and those caught in Richmond in the last days of the Civil War. I admire Therese's courage and integrity and how she held onto her faith in difficult times. Therese is my favorite character, along with her best friend Polly, in this story.
Virginia, present day...Nicole Talbot is home from college for the summer and has found work at an equestrian therapy center. She has finally gotten her life back on track after years of substance abuse and is ready to reveal a shocking secret. A secret she has carried with her since that long ago traumatic experience she had as a child, along with her cousins. But will they believe her? Once revealed, will this cast doubts on a loved one's integrity and legacy? Will it help in unraveling clues to the, as yet unsolved, mystery? Nicole has come a long way since My Sister's Prayer, book 2 in the series. It is good to see how much she has turned her life around and the direction she plans to go. I admire her courage in finally opening up and revealing this long-held secret, knowing that her family may not believe her. It is good to see all the cousins come back together to gather more clues on this long ago mystery and hope to finally discover who is responsible. There are more clues uncovered that may help solve the as yet unsolved mystery. However, will the clues reveal involvement of a beloved family member? Oh, the surprises and suspense that awaits the readers as the clues are unraveled revealing that person!
My Daughter's Legacy is the third in the Cousins of the Dove series, but can be read as a stand-alone book. However, I would recommend reading the books in order, to better understand and follow the thread of the mystery (from the first book, My Brother's Crown and has continued throughout all three books) and appreciate the history of the Talbot family.
The story-line goes back and forth from Virginia of 1864 to present day and back again, but is easy to follow the time-lines as they are clearly marked. I love the historical elements in this story, as in the other two books (my favorite part of the story/series) and the way the authors tied the two time-periods together bringing the past to the present in this family's lives. This is an amazing historical story full of suspense, mystery, romance, danger, love and strong faith. The strong characters drew me into their lives--on a journey of adventure, betrayal, joy, slavery and indentured servants, guilt, healing, forgiveness, and love--and kept me turning the pages to find out what would happen next. I love the theme of strong family, faith, prayer and God's grace. The authors' research is shown in the historical details and descriptions...I felt as if I walked among the characters. A well written and captivating story (actually two-in-one).
~I received a copy of this book from the authors and publisher (no monetary gain were exchanged), this is my honest review~