Saturday, August 12, 2017

The Courtship of the Vicar's Daughter

GIVEAWAY
BLACKWELL, LAWANA
THE COURTSHIP OF THE VICAR'S DAUGHTER

Love has found it's way to Gresham!

As the wedding of Julia Hollis and Vicar Andrew Phelps approaches, the quaint English village of Gresham buzzes with thoughts and feelings of love. And it seems no one is immune. From Squire Bartley to kindhearted Mercy Sanders, the townsfolk of Gresham are feeling the effects of Cupid's arrow.

Affected most distinctly is Elizabeth Phelps. With her father about to remarry, Elizabeth discovers she's captured the attention of a dashing young curate determined to win her hand. But before she can determine if she truly returns his admiration, the man who once broke her heart returns, seeking to prove he's changed and he's now worthy of her affection. Who will win the hand of the vicar's daughter?

My Review:

Published in 1998

The Courtship of the Vicar's Daughter reads like a classic BBC series. Think Cranford and Lark Rise to Candleford. Blackwell shares the idiosyncrasies of village life in Victorian England with such vivid descriptions that I was hard pressed to put this book down. A captivating mix of laughter and drama and no shortage of quirky. Told from multiple points of view, I was soon engrossed in all the struggles and strife of some engaging characters. In fact, the whole village is a character unto itself. Love stories both tender and funny...even a little bit tragic...add to the regular village shenanigans.

If you are a fan of Jan Karon or Julie Klassen's most recent Tales of Ivy Hill series you'll definitely want to read Blackwell's Gresham Chronicles. This is Book Two but I think it can be read fairly well as a standalone -- you just need to go with the flow in the first few chapters since there are a lot of characters (a village full!) to acquaint yourself with but it won't take long to sort them out.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

This giveaway if or an ebook format only

If you would like a chance to win an ebook copy of The Courtship of the Vicar's Daughter, leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you add your email to your comment, make sure to use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in order to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email, please add the title to the subject line so it's easier for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday August 13 2017. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!

26 comments:

  1. This truly is a retro read :-) I already know I'll love it because you mentioned Julie Klassen in your review, only my most favorite author ever! I

    teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. This is very similar to Julie Klassen's newest series -- a real slice of village life. I absolutely adore this kind of book. Good luck, Trixi.

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  2. Looks good and Julies books always sound good. Thanks 😁 iamabho at gmail dot com 🏵

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    1. Thanks
      I went to check them out and I have book 1 already 😊

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  3. Looking forward to this one!
    Elly -Indiana-

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  4. Sounds like a great book and I really love the cover! Thank you for sharing, Kav!

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. You're welcome, Melanie. Good luck.

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  5. I'm completely on board with starting this series. This review of the second book has me convinced. I downloaded the first When it was free at some point, but have yet to read it. Thank you for your retro Saturday selections that draw notice to books I've often missed in my early and all-encompassing child-rearing years. tlhcoupon(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. And much as I adore my paperbacks (thankfully my library had a hard copy of this book) ebooks come in handy to keep these retro beauties available for us to enjoy. Good luck, Terrill.

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  6. Sounds great and a lovely cover.
    karenskrayons(at)gmail(dot)com

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  7. Love love Lawana's stories, and I've read most of them but not this one. becci43atgmaildotcom

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    1. I have to read more! Good luck, Becky.

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  8. I have not had the pleasure of reading Lawana Blackwell yet, though I do have a couple of her free books on my Kindle and Nook. This would be a great one to start with!

    mindyhoungATmsnDOTcom

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    1. She's worth reading, Mindy. Hope you get a chance soon. Good luck!

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  9. Classic BBC sounds good! Haven't read this one.
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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    1. It's excellent. Good luck, rubynreba.

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  10. I haven't read this series, but do love England, Julie Klassen, and Jan Karon. BBC period dramas are usually lovely. This seems like an excellent series.

    nina4sm at gmail do com

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    1. It's a fabulous series. Good luck, Sylvia.

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  11. What a dilemma for our heroine! We should all be so lucky to have two men vying for our love and attention, right? Thanks Kav!

    Dblaser(at)windstream(dot)net

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    1. It's an interesting conundrum for sure. Good luck, Diane.

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  12. This sounds like Elizabeth has some hard choices to make. Thanks for the review and giveaway. d[dot]brookmyer[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  13. Here's another one that sounds good! Count me in if it's not too late! I seem to be getting these emails a day behind! Thanks. paulams49ATsbcglobalDOTnet

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