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?
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.
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