Wednesday, March 24, 2021

THE PURPLE NIGHTGOWN by A.D. Lawrence, Reviewed by Paula Shreckhise

“God hadn’t changed-His love hadn’t changed.”
Stella Burke is a pampered, sheltered heiress who has a good heart but not much practice in doing good for others. She suffers from migraines. Ms. Lawrence did an admirable job of how Stella experiences these debilitating headaches as well as the remedies of the times. These headaches are the impetus for seeking out Dr. Linda Hazzard and her Wilderness Heights clinic. 
What she finds is chilling and she can not escape. The fear is palpable as Stella tries to flee the clutches of the malicious woman. It is hard to believe this was based on a real person, but the author made this very convincing.
Despite the evil portrayed, there is also hope, faith, forgiveness and charity. This story contains a favorite trope: friends to more. Henry is a staunch friend and he comes to life under the pen of Ms. Lawrence. This nicely rounds out the story from becoming too grim.
I like the way scriptures return to Stella to give her encouragement in her time of need. 
The scenes kept me turning pages well into the night.
This was a very well done debut from a favorite series.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the authors. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.* 4 stars and a solid faith thread.
BackCover Blurb
Step into True Colors -- a series of Historical Stories of Romance and True American Crime

Marvel at true but forgotten history when patients check into Linda Hazzard’s Washington state spa in 1912 and soon become victim of her twisted greed.

Heiress Stella Burke is plagued by insincere suitors and nonstop headaches. Exhausting all other medical aides for her migraines, Stella reads Fasting for the Cure of Disease by Linda Hazzard and determines to go to the spa the author runs. Stella’s chauffer and long-time friend, Henry Clayton, is reluctant to leave her at the spa. Something doesn’t feel right to him, still Stella submits herself into Linda Hazzard’s care. Stella soon learns the spa has a dark side and Linda a mean streak. But when Stella has had enough, all ways to leave are suddenly blocked. Will Stella become a walking skeleton like many of the other patients or succumb to a worse fate?

Barbour Publishing, March 2021
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