Love's First Bloom
by Delia Parr
From the book: Life changes drastically for Ruth Livingstone the day her father puts a young child in her arms and sends her under an assumed name to a small village in New Jersey. There she dutifully awaits his acquittal, certain her father, Reverend Livingstone, soon will be cleared of the outrageous accusations against him.
When tragic events transpire, Ruth finds solace tending a garden along the banks of the Toms River - a place where she can find a measure of peace, amid her growing heartache. It is also here that she meets Jake Spencer, a man who both fruatrates her and intrigues her. Fearful of the newspapermen intent on tracking her down and unsure of whom to trust, Ruth knows she must carefeully maintain her identity as Widow Malloy. But as love begins to slowly bloom, can the tenuous affection growing between Ruth and Jake withstand the secrets the separate them?
From me: The only thing that keeps me away from a Christian historical romance is bad writing and Love's First Bloom had none of that! The story was well-written and reminded me a bit of Janette Oke's writing, deep and interesting, but not intricate, I really liked it and will be looking to read more novels by Delia Parr in the future!
Thanks to Bethany House for offering a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.