Monday, September 30, 2013

Love's Awakening - A Review

Ellie Ballantyne comes home suddenly to find her parents on a trip and her siblings busy with other things. To keep herself from being bored, Ellie decides to start tutoring the young ladies of Pittsburg in the social graces. When one of her students is discovered to be a Turlock, tension already high between the two families escalates even higher. As Ellie finds herself drawn more and more to the secrets her family is hiding and to one of the Turlock men, Jack, she soon finds herself torn in two directions. What price will she pay for falling in love with the enemy?

When I read the first book in this series last year, Love's Reckoning, I was amazed at how beautifully written and engrossing it was. I had high hopes for this book. I was not disappointed. It was just as beautiful and emotionally gripping as the first. I loved how Jack wanted to be his own man and not live under the stigma of his family's misdeeds. I didn't like Ellie at first. I thought that she was, for lack of a better word, a wimp. But as her story progressed and I began to see the layers to her character, she grew on me.

I really loved this book. I highly recommend it.

I received a copy for free to review from Revell Books. My thoughts and opinions are my own.

Recommended to fans of JoAnne Bischof, Laura Frantz, drama, Julie Lessman

Rating - 5 stars - well deserving for a beautiful story

Available September 2014 at your local bookstore from Revell Books, a divisihon of Baker Publishing Group.


  1. Dawn, Love your review! It's honest and refreshing and you caught the layers and meaning of the story so well. Smiling over your Ellie comment. So true! Glad she won you over. She was more her mother while Andra has a little of Elspeth in her!

    Thanks for the time you took to read LA and for posting such a great review and sharing the link with me. I wouldn't have wanted to miss it. Can't wait for you to meet Wren!

  2. I haven't read any of Laura's books, but this one is definitely one I am looking forward to reading. I enjoyed the review, especially your comments on Ellie.


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