I worked in a newspaper printing office in the l940's so this book was of special interest to me. Not only did I get the real feel of being a part of the newspaper publishing business as I read this book, but I got so involved in the passion, danger and "feel" of the 1850's on so many levels: socially, politically and very involved in their personal lives -- experiencing love, tragedy, loss and spiritual growth. I found myself elated over the characters successes -- the beautiful depth of love and trust -- their hurts when they faced great loss and sadness. I was swept away with the political drama of the day and extremes of opinions. Words Spoken True is a book you can't put down. A tender love story that is so vividly worded you can't help but feel a part of its drama. Don't miss the tale of the century!
"Words Spoken True" is a book that stirred my heart like few have. I love historical fiction full of real history and events that happened so long ago. This book has it all--history come to life as well as a love story that stirred me from head to toes. I, too, grew up in my father's "print shop" about 65 years after Adriane Darcy did so I related to the intricate details of setting print as well as setting up the presses for production. The writer caught it all--from start to finish--and makes the reader feel like they, too, are a part of it. The love story is so touching, so tender and moves one's heart and soul. This truly is one of my most favorite books.
Once again, I found myself reading a rivalry romance. I can't seem to help myself. They draw me like a candle in a dark room. It's an age old tale. I mean, fan the flames of anger and you'll only get more sparks...
Adriane Darcy. All around, not a bad character and although we have to put up with her nasty fiancee for far too long, her motives are understandable and I sympathized with her plight. I loved Blake Garrett. I mean, even his name is amazing. I've got a weakness for the chivalrous rogue and he pretty much fit the bill. The ending to this book also came together pretty well and, although I won't give any spoilers, it went exactly how I wanted it to go. :)
I gave this book five stars because I personally enjoy this kind of novel. It was my first by Ann Gabhart and although it wasn't astoundingly remarkable or anything, I found it well written and the plot was pretty solid. I'd read another of her books and I hope you take the time to do the same.
Words Spoken True is an intriguing book. I don't recommend it to young teen readers.
Set in one of my favorite time periods, this novel takes me to a part of the 1800s I haven't yet explored: the newspaper. You see, back in the day of 1855 before radios and TVs they had the newspaper. The two fictional presses we focus on in Words Spoken True are the Tribune and the Herald. These presses battle it out using their newspaper only, in hopes to achieve the town of Louisville's loyalty and readership.
First, we meet Adriane Darcy. She's a woman who's had little training to be a proper lady, in upper society's eyes. She isn't afraid to speak her mind and loves her job at her father's paper the Tribune. Her faith in God is what has kept her going after dealing with an evil stepmother who used to lock her in a closet as a child. She struggles with darkness and tries clinging to God's light.
Next we meet Blake Garrett, a stubborn gentleman who is the editor of the Herald. He tries to forget the skeletons in his closet and wants the Herald to become the top paper in Louisville. But when he meets Adriane and her fiancee Stanley he becomes determined to save Adriane from her annoying (jerk!) of a fiancee.
I liked Miss Gabhart's writing style a lot! I also really liked Duff, who became my favorite side character. However, I did feel like the romance was a little rushed near the end and I felt awkward reading the bedroom scene. (Nothing is explicit or overtly bad. Just know it's there.) But that may just be a personal quirk. Miss Gabhart gives you a real feel for the time period and brings to life an actual occurrence in history. I'll end my review here, because there's a lot I could spoil if I go on. Hehehe. :-)