Tuesday, August 31, 2021

CROSSED LINES by Jennifer Delamere, Reviewed by Paula Shreckhise #ReleaseDay

I usually am not in favor of love triangles but this was cute and showed the heart of the three characters. We see flawed humans and spiritual growth in the story.

Emma is a telegrapher at the Central Telegraph Office in 1881 London and we see how important her job is. She has a sunny disposition but at the same time she is looking for adventure and romance. Mitchell and childhood best friend Christopher also work at CTO and are both infatuated with Emma. Mitchell has a poetic soul, is hardworking and is trying to overcome a disability that he hopes no one will notice. He is a loyal friend to Christopher and agrees to help him win Emma, since he is often tongue tied in the presence of ladies. This has clear vibes of Cyrano De Bergerac but with a much happier ending.

Ms. Delamere depicts the CTO as a buzzing place and gives interesting historical information. She also includes a comet watching party.

Emma has a staunch friend in Rose and confides in her. She also befriends a gardener, Mr. Frye, who gives sound spiritual advice: “God has a way of knowing our needs and providing for them, even before we know what they are. You must trust in His timing,” She loves working in her garden: “I live in expectation. When the Bible tells us to live in hope, it is easy for me to see it in terms of my garden.”

This was an interesting, absorbing, sometimes funny read and gave us a hint that Rose’s story is next!

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House on behalf of the author. I was not 
required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*4 stars and a solid Faith thread

BackCover Blurb:
When romance finally blossoms in her life, will it grow in the right direction?

Emma Sutton knows she should be satisfied with her life. She has a position at London's Central Telegraph Office, and behind her rented rooms is a small plot where she can indulge her passion for gardening. But ever since she was orphaned as a child, she has longed for a family of her own and the stability and consistency it provides. Her deepest wish appears realized when a handsome engineer is thrown into her orbit and sends her a thrilling love note.

Mitchell Harris's sharp wit and facility with a pen have enabled him to thrive despite serious obstacles. That the woman of his dreams works just two floors above his should make life perfect. But a childhood accident has left Mitchell convinced he'll never draw a woman's affection, especially from someone like Emma. When his best friend--who once saved his life--falls in love with Emma too and asks for help writing her love letters, Mitchell must choose between desire and loyalty. 

Bethany House Publishers, August, 2021
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  1. Wasn’t this a great read. I enjoyed it very much. Happy Release Day to Jennifer.

  2. I just finished this wonderful story! Thanks for the great review, Paula! I'll be posting my review for it soon!


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