Book Description from Amazon.com:
Publication Date: February 1, 2012
Adriane Darcy was practically raised in her father's newspaper offices. She can't imagine life without the clatter of the press and the push to be first to write the news that matters. Their Tribune is the leading paper in Louisville in 1855. Then Blake Garrett, a brash young editor from the North with a controversial new style of reporting, takes over failing competitor the Herald, and the battle for readers gets fierce.
When Adriane and Blake meet at a benefit tea, their surprising mutual attraction is hard to ignore. Still, Blake is the enemy, and Adriane is engaged to the son of a powerful businessman who holds the keys to the Tribune's future. Blake will stop at almost nothing to get the story--and the girl. Can he do both before it's too late?
Set against the volatile backdrop of political and civil unrest in 1850s Louisville, this exciting story of love and loyalty will hold readers in its grip until the very last page. Bestselling author Ann H. Gabhart once again delivers an enthralling and enduring tale for her loyal and ever-expanding fan base.
My take on this book:
The year is 1855 and the setting is Louisville Ky. Adriane Darcy is a journalist for her father's newspaper The Tribune. Her father's newspaper has always been the best in Louisville, but things begin to change when Blake Garrett comes in to revive the failing Herald. It becomes sort of a competition to see who can crack a story first, so when someone starts killing women in the city Adriane wants to beat Blake to the story. Thing is she is starting to have feelings for Blake, but she is engaged to another. How will things work out for Adriane, and who is killing women in Lexington?
I really fell in love with Ms. Gabhart's writing after reading her wonderful book titled "Angel Sister" so I was anxious to give this one a read. What I found was a historical fiction story that was really quite different. The beginning of the story was a bit slow to capture my attention but once it grabbed it, at about the eighth chapter, I found it a story that I didn't want to put down.I really enjoyed the characters of Adriane and Blake and thought the author did a great job of allowing them to develop through out the story. The character of Adriane was strong, but she also felt the pressure of wanting to do what her father expected of her. While this book is labeled a historical romance fiction the author actually weaves a bit of suspense and mystery into this one that really made this story stand out for me. There were a few twists that wrapped up the ending quite nicely. If your looking for something that's not your typical historical romance then your going to want to give this story a try.
A complimentary copy of this book was provided in exchange for an honest review.
**Available February 2012 from Revell, a division of Baker Publishers**