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Number of Pages: 336
Vendor: Abingdon Press
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After the tragic death of her closest friend, 20-year-old Celia Thatcher is sent to work in the bookstore of family friends. Hoping the new surroundings in Massachusetts will help her regain a happy outlook on life, Celia catches the eye of not one, but two men: the elite, but unkempt Bostonian-turned-hermit, Edward Lyons, who is clearly trying to run from his past and from God, and Charles Harrod, a charming Harvard law student who promotes a religious belief Celia has never before considered. With both men vying for her attention, Celias world is again turned upside down when one of her beaus is accused of murder. Suddenly realizing where her heart lies, Celia is now challenged with a choice bigger than man: should she follow her heart or her God?
lcjohnson1988IndianaAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5November 12, 2013lcjohnson1988IndianaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4This is just a lovely romantic story set in Massachusetts in 1876. If you are looking for action, then this isn't the book for you. It is a charming romance set in a time that some of the more romantic of us long for, but one that has passed on. There is also a potential murderer thrown in!
Celia Thatcher has been sent to live with good friends, the Chestleys, of her parents upon the death of her best friend, a friend with whom Celia had yet to share the gospel. Celia is really having a hard time coming to terms with her role or lack thereof in her friend's faith. Celia is put to work in a bookstore, which she finds as no work at all as she loves books and soon is charming all the customers with her intelligent dialogue. She participates in the local book discussion group and gains the attention of two different men as suitors. She has a deep faith in the Lord and can defend her faith intelligently without condescension or condemnation.
Edward Lyons is the town hermit. It hasn't always been this way. Since the death of his wife at a young age, suspicion has run rampant that he might have killed his young wife. He only comes out at night and keeps to the company of his books rather than people. He is quickly drawn to Celia's quick mind and thorough thoughts on various books as well as religion and science. He is a man who has been avoiding God and soon sees that Celia is a woman who embraces Him. Edward feels he is the only man who can truly appreciate Celia for her mind and not just her beauty. He has a rival in courting her in Charles Harrod, a young law student who also garners Celia's attention with his discussion of books and a take on religion that Celia has never heard before. Does Charles really want Celia for herself? Will Celia choose the older Edward over young Charles?
I thought this book had very good dialogue between characters and the way the rose theme was woven throughout was done smartly. Added to the romance is also some mystery surrounding one of the characters. I loved the interaction between Mr. and Mrs. Chestley and their willingness to show affection for one another. The language and/or phraseology may make some readers slow down to decipher the meaning, but the story is worth the time. The thoughts and beliefs discussed will make readers think, something every good book should do for readers. I hope to read more books by Ruth Trippy and commend her for her well-written and interesting story.
EJHSMILECypress, TXAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Great novelNovember 6, 2013EJHSMILECypress, TXAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Excellent reading and well worth the purchase!
The story unfolds in such a wonderful way, keeping the reader intrigued and unable to put the book down.
KatharinaNorth CarolinaAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Great book that I'll reread many timesOctober 20, 2013KatharinaNorth CarolinaAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5What an enjoyable read! A beautiful romance, intellectual discussions, a bookstore, poetry. What more can you ask for in a novel? This is a book I will very likely be buying for my personal library, one I will certainly recommend when discussing books, and one I will very likely buy as a gift for friends.
Celia is a delightful heroine, she's smart as well as pretty, but the focus is on her love for books, flowers and art, not her appearance. She can hold her own when conversation involves Tennyson, Thoreau, Hawthorne, Pascal, Dickens, and Josephus just to name a few. Yes, this book has plenty of literary discussions.
I don't know anything about the author as I type this but it is amply evident that she understands literature, loves roses, understands Christian apologetics and is a talented writer who can weave all of that into a Beauty and the Beast like tale.
All of the characters were important to the story and there were plenty of them. There were a few times I couldn't quite remember which lady in the town was who but that really didn't detract from the story and there was always a reminder in the scene or conversation that followed. Often times recently written historical romances only contain a handful of characters but I enjoyed the richness of a full cast.
Some might say parts of the book get "preachy" but it is a very important part of the plot and is line with the other intellectual literary discussions in the story - the only difference being the subject matter. The vocabulary is on a higher grade level than most fiction written today which might slow down or turn some people off as well. I ended up reading this book in two sessions even though I can usually manage a book of this length in one sitting.
The romance is clean and the gentlemanly restraint is heartwarming even as the intense physical desire is acknowledged. The tender affection that the Chestleys show for one another is endearing and sweet.
I highly recommend this to anyone who loves a good discussion about literature and who loves romance set in 1876 Massachusetts.
Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher via NetGalley. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
VicsMediaRoomIrvine, CAAge: 55-65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5What Do We Believe?October 14, 2013VicsMediaRoomIrvine, CAAge: 55-65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Ruth Trippy in her new book, "The Soul Of The Rose" published by Abingdon Press takes us into the life of Celia Thatcher.
From the back cover: "And the soul of the rose went into my blood_"
This line from a Tennyson poem enchants young Celia Thatcher, who supposes every woman's heart hopes to be the rose that captivates a man.
Celia is searching for her own sense of hope after the tragic death of her closest friend. Moving in 1876 to work in a Massachusetts bookstore, to start life afresh, she soon catches the eye of not one, but two men: the elite but unkempt Edward Lyons and the charming law student Charles Harrod. One is hiding from his past and from God. The other promotes a religious belief Celia had never before considered. Both leave Celia wondering if either are right for her.
When one of her suitors is accused of murder, Celia is challenged with a deeper choice: should she follow her heart or her faith?
What do we get from reading books? Reading books opens up new worlds and new thoughts for us and when we find others who share our reading choices the discussions we can have can really broaden our knowledge. And it is so with Celia and Edward and then there are new thoughts with Charles. But what happens when some of these thoughts challenge your core beliefs of Christianity? And what about this murder mystery? It is into this environment that Ms. Trippy manages to weave a romance that just captivates you. She makes you care for all the characters and their journey. Ms. Trippy has given us an interesting book with an interesting topic that will leave you asking questions.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Abingdon Press. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: Female3 Stars Out Of 5OK historical novel debutOctober 13, 2013bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: FemaleQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3This is a novel written in the style of, say 150 years ago. The progress of the action is very slow, with lots of reflection done by the characters. Readers who like Jane Eyre would probably like this novel.
Celia has not recovered from the death of her friend, a friend with whom she had not shared the gospel. Her parents send her to another town to work in a bookstore owned by a couple they know. There she meets several people, including two men who are attracted to her. She also has a good male friend back home so there are three potential suitors.
The one pursuing her most intensely is Edward. Raised a Boston Brahmin, he does not share Celia's faith and that is a serious problem. Also, his first wife died under mysterious circumstances and there are mixed feelings about him in the village.
This is a novel more about ideas than action. There is much talk about science and the promotion of the (new) scientific method of investigation and its claim to be the only means to true knowledge. Darwin's book is also discussed along with the claims that science refutes religion. There are also conversations about literature and authors of the time. Counter to the science arguments are those of Pascal.
I found it hard to identify with the characters and I did not like Edward as a potential suitor. He could act like a gentlemen when needed, but the way he was portrayed, I would never have trusted him. When I finished the book, I did not have that "ah" feeling nor did I reach for a tissue. I had a bit of tension, wondering what the future would actually bring.
I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review.