Words Spoken True, written by Ann H. Gabhart, is a book that looks at Adriane Darcy during the 1850s in Louisville. Adriane’s father has a newspaper, The Tribune, where Adriane likes to spend her time and also writes as a journalist. Unfortunately, since she is a woman, she doesn’t have the same opportunities as others to work for the newspaper. In order to save her father’s newspaper, she must marry Stanley Jimson, the son of a wealthy businessman. When competition starts with another newspaper in the town, even more romance and suspense ensues as Adriane and Blake, from the competing newspaper, find themselves feeling attraction to one another.
I enjoy reading historical fiction books, and this story was no exception. Adriane was a brave character who was willing to do whatever was necessary to save her father’s newspaper. She was strong in her faith, and she also set a great example for women in that time who were unable to follow their dreams. I also liked the relationship between Blake and Adriane; Blake felt protective over Adriane and felt her relationship with Stanley would not be the best fit for her. This truly shows his feelings for her, even when she is supposed to be his “enemy” because they are running competing newspapers.
I’m glad I had the opportunity to read this book, and I really enjoyed learning more about what life was like for people trying to recover after the Civil War. I will definitely recommend this book to others, and I look forward to reading more stories written by Ann Gabhart!!
Available February 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
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