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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Book Review: A Time for Everything by Mysti Parker

Title: A Time for Everything

Author: Mysti Parker
Publisher: esKape Press

Genre: Historical Romance

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I don't read a lot of historical romance novels, A Time For Everything is the first one I've read and after reading it I'm hooked on historical romances.

Portia McAllister and Beau Stanford are the main characters in the book. Portia is a Civil War widow, following the death of her husband and daughter, she moves to Lebanon and takes a job tutoring Beau's son, Jonny. Portia and Beau's relationship gets off to a rocky start, but over time they develop feelings for each other. However, their road to romance is filled with obstacles, including Lydia Clemons, who has her heart set on marrying Beau.

Throughout the story, I felt for Portia who was mourning the loss of her family while struggling to move on with her life. I loved the bond she formed with Jonny and how she was able to bring him out of his shell and get him talking. As for Beau, I felt for him too with the loss of his wife, the strained relationship with his son, and the financial troubles he faced. However, there were a few times where he came across as harsh, but once I learned about what happened to him in the war you get an understanding of his behavior.

The supporting characters of Isaac, Bessie, Ezra, Frank, and Ellen; I loved and they added a lot of depth to the story. Lydia is someone I didn't like at first, because she acted like a spoiled brat, but as the story went on she began to take on a more mature side, especially when she comforts Portia after a tragedy. Even though I didn't like Lydia, I found myself warming up to her and towards the end I had trouble with the way she was written out.

The author did a wonderful job with her research and as you're reading the story you get a glimpse of life during and after the Civil War. Her details are so vivid, it feels as if you're transported back to that time.

If you're a fan of historical romance with a heartwarming feel, I recommend A Time for Everything.

Rating: 4 stars 

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