Book Review: “Blessing” by Lyn Cote

July 3, 2015 at 12:21 am | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Lyn Cote in her new book “blessing book coveerBlessing” Book Two in the Quaker Brides series published by Tyndale House Publishers introduces us to Blessing Brightman.

From the back cover:  “How can I convince thee that I cannot afford to love thee?”

An impetuous love swept Blessing Brightman away from the Quaker community, into the highest ranks of Cincinnati society. But behind the glitter of ballroom and parlor, her spirit slowly eroded in an increasingly dangerous marriage. Widowed young, determined never to lose her independence again, Blessing reclaimed her faith and vowed to use her influence to fight for women’s rights and abolition.

Gerard Ramsay, scion of a wealthy Boston family, arrives in Cincinnati hoping to escape his father’s clutches with a strategy that will gain him independence. His plan is soon complicated, however, by the enchanting widow. Never before has a woman spoken as if she’s his equal―or challenged him to consider the lives of others.

Though united by a common foe and drawn together by an attraction that neither can deny, Their ambitions couldn’t Be more different. In a city ablaze with tensions tearing the country asunder, can two people worlds apart possibly find love?

Strong women. Brave stories.

Set against the backdrop of dramatic and pivotal moments in American history, the Quaker Brides series chronicles the lives of brave heroines fighting to uphold their principles of freedom while navigating the terrain of faith, family, and the heart.

America in 1848 was an entirely different world than what exists today. Well maybe not so different. There were race riots, whites against free blacks, and lack of women’s rights. This is the environment that Blessing finds herself in. She is a widow that was fortunate that her husband left a will giving everything he had to her otherwise she would have lost everything including her home. So Blessing is fighting for women’s rights in a time when women were supposed to be invisible.  Ms. Cote has given us a very exciting story. She has also given us plenty to think about: how Black people were treated, how women were treated and how God has to work through individual problems so that each can heal and move into destiny. And then there is the romance. Both Blessing and Gerard are terrific characters that we fall in love with and root for to succeed. Great stuff and I am so looking forward to the next book in this series.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Tyndale House Publishers.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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