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Words Spoken True: A Novel

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  • Posted May 27, 2012

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    Slow at the beginning...keep reading.

    Words Spoken True is a novel based in Kentucky. In fact, that is the reason, I really wanted to review it being my hubby is from there.

    I was hoping to learn a little about the culture and time back then. However, it was more of a love story with a little mystery thrown in.

    Having read Ann H. Gabhart in the past, I was a little surprised at this novel. It was definitely suspenseful with a killer on the loose. It also had the romance that kept me intrigued.

    For some reason, the first part of the book it was like a slow movie. I wish the author would have sped up the plot, just a little. By the end, it was worth the read.

    I still would recommend this book for mature eyes. Some of the scenes portrayed are rather violent in nature.

    This would be a cute movie.

    Blessings to you! You are loved!

    Available February 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

    Note: I was sent complimentary copy for review purposes only. This review has not been monetarily compensated. The review was my honest opinion and views and not influenced by the sponsor in

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 26, 2012

    Richly Layered Historical

    The cover is what grabbed my attention on this book. But it didn't take many pages before I was pulled into the story of a strong-willed independent woman who was trying to find her place in a world that severely constrained the opportunities available to women. Imagine 1855 Louisville. It's a time just a handful of years before the Civil War. A time when politics is heating up and cities like Louisville had several newspapers competing for the right to communicate their spin on current happenings.

    A new editor is in town and the news leader is feeling the pressure -- at least his daughter is. To the point she is willing to take crazy risks to track down the person who is killing poor women on the wrong side of town. Problem is her father has agreed to an engagement for her to a man she likes but doesn't love. Then she collides with the new editor and the sparks fly even as her intended pushes her to rush forward.

    This book has touches of suspense, undertones of political scandal, and a romance that will bring you back to the book again and again.

    The publisher provided a copy of the book, but the opinions are mine alone.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2014

    Loved It!

    Great book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2013

    Pretty good

    The book drug on a little to much. The story could have been a little shorter and been better. I like an epilog at the end of a book too or I feel like it is left without an ending.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2013

    Couldn't put it down!

    One of my favorite books! Very well written.
    I recommend this to anyone looking for a bit of everything; romance, suspence, and a christian fictional flair.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2012

    An ok read

    I had a hard time getting into the story and I did not finish reading the book. Try your luck. The historical aspects and love story are interesting but I got bored reading. Hope you have a better experience...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2012

    Love...Love...Loved it!

    This was very easy reading for me.

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  • Posted June 8, 2012

    High Recommended.

    A wonderful book I couldn't put down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2012

    Must read

    A great historical novel. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It can be read alone or you can purchase the sequels. I know I will.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2012


    I have to agree with some of the other ratings and admit the book was a task until halfway through. Even with a predictable outcome its worth reading. Blake and Adriane meet during a social gathering for their hostess wants to see the reaction. Blake is Adrian's enemy in another newspaper. Her father and Blake have fired editorials at each other. The political climate starts heating up along with several girls being murdered. I was surprised in good ways towards the end.

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  • Posted March 15, 2012

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    Not A Bad Book

    Reviewed By~Babs
    Review Copy Provided By~Nancy Breland Public Relations

    It took me a while to get into the book. I almost put it down, but decided to preserver. The book starts out really slow. I didn't think the book was ever going to take off. The first 70 pages were rough getting through, but once you can get past it Adriane and Blake's relationship starts taking off. The book adds a little suspense with the River slasher, otherwise the verbal battles started getting humorous and I wanted to see what else was going to happen. The book has some love scenes that are tasteful and not graphic at all. The political tension and riot was fascinating to read. There is a lot of history involved and the author did well in her research.

    I enjoyed the book after it picked up and the characters were well done. The plot was great loved the twists and the history. I vaguely remember the riot from high school and was fascinated to read more about it. After I got done with the book I told my two oldest sons about what happened and the time period. My 15-year-old knew some of the history and asked to read the book. I am glad I stuck it out it was nice talking to me children about and book and one wanting to actually read it.

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  • Posted February 26, 2012

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    Words Spoken True by Ann H. Gabhart

    Christian fiction and Inspirational readers have long known that Ann H. Gabhart is a giant among the writers of this genre. Her books have always captivated and inspired in a way that many authors cannot approach. Gabhart's latest novel, Words Spoken True, will appeal to and reach a much greater audience than her previous books. There is so much more going on in this book than the genre describes. Historical fiction fans, romantic suspense readers and Christian fiction enthusiasts will all find something for them here. There are a lot of things to like about this novel. The historical setting is 1850's Louisville, Kentucky. Being from Kentucky I am always interested to see how authors from any genre depict the people and events in Kentucky's past. Gabhart never ceases to amaze with her rich period detail and understanding of the political and emotional climate of the time. She obviously has a penchant for research and takes those tidbits of information gleaned and uses them to their utmost potential. There descriptions are both vivid and revealing. I appreciate an author who can make the history take on a life of its own in any story and Gabhart excels at that. Gabhart's characters are both genuine and compelling. Adrianne is a woman who is independent minded and able to buck against the conventions of the time and the role of women within the constraints of society. She is unexpected and exceptional. But she isn't perfect and that makes her a very emotionally satisfying character. During this time period it would have been unusual for a young woman to be interested in or take part in the newspaper business, but Adrianne proves to be an exception to the rule in almost everything. She was refreshing and original. Her loyalty ran deep, but she knew she had to trust her heart as well as her head. Blake was also another great example of great character development. Here is an attractive young man with a passion for reporting the truth. He is all about justice and getting the story out to the masses. He realizes that a relationship with Adrianne goes against the rules. She is the daughter of the enemy so to speak, but also feels the attraction between them. I liked the fact that doesn't back down from what he wants, even when he knew it wouldn't be easy. That's a real hero! The historical aspect of the book was really well done, but Gabhart doesn't stop there. She gives readers who appreciate a little suspense with their romance something to whet their appetites as well. The addition of a mystery or suspense theme really sets this book apart for the genre. Most of the historical inspirationals don't come anywhere close to the drama that readers will find in this book. Words Spoken True, has a villain that will make the readers skin crawl. A serial killer who is adept at hiding his true colors. I thought Gabhart did an amazing job of incorporating this into the story. Newspapers are all about the headlines and Gabhart creates a few that are hard to put down. I really enjoyed this book and I think it goes beyond the boundaries of genre. It will appeal to many types of readers and does not hesitate or try to hide its overall message. It's about truth and standing up for it. It's about the symbolism between light and dark and basically doing what's right despite the consequences. It's about laying it all on the line for your dreams and your hopes and not backing down when the going gets rough. Now that's a good book!

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  • Posted February 25, 2012

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    A Truly Captivating Novel!

    Another fabulous novel by the extremely talented Ann H. Gabhart! She has, once again, taken deeply detailed historical elements and blended them in a beautifully written plot line, spiced it up with sweet and loving characters, and threw her fans and new readers a book that will keep the reader on edge until the last page. Adriane Darcy is a journalist for her father's newspaper. But, it's not doing as great as the newspaper down the street, for it's newly run by a handsome new owner. Adriane's practically engaged to a handsome, rich man-arranged by her father to save the paper. Determined to help her father out, and not be forced into a loveless marriage, she sets out to capture anything news worthy. Enlisting the help of her father's young helper, she is awoken one night to find another body has been found in their quiet town. But, whose body is it? Why is someone killing the young women? She finally realizes that just maybe she has newsworthy articles and can help save her father's paper. Blake Garret. A true competitor if ever there was one and will also capture anything newsworthy to print. After all, he's new and has to keep this paper thriving to beat the competition out down the street. But, what happens when he meets the beautiful Adriane Darcy at a benefit? She's a beauty for certain and there is a strong attraction there. But, there's a problem.....she's his competitor's daughter. Will he be able to convince her that words spoken true is the way to win? Or will it be too late when she's the next targeted victim? An absolutely mind-blowing, head-spinning novel! I felt the transformation into a different era instantly and loved the atmosphere and suspense that surrounded these amazing characters. The romance, the messages from God, and speaking the truth speak loudly through Ms. Gabhart's words. A true talent in creating 5 Book worthy novels, Ms. Gabhart is high on my list for recommended authors, and this novel is definitely a keeper on my shelves! This review originated at Reviews By Molly in part with a blog tour.

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  • Posted February 23, 2012

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    Great book, rich in detail and well written

    What I really liked about this story is the rich historical detail and effort put into it. The setting is easy to picture, and as the story progresses, you certainly can feel the tension and the civil unrest there was during this particular time. So this aspect of the book was exceptionally well done. I really liked reading the characters in this book as well. I loved Adriane! she certainly was a very strong character (although, it was also good that she displayed her vulnerabilities as well, to make her more ‘real’). However what I liked about her the most is her strong independence and her willingness to make her own proper choices despite her betrothal and her social status. I liked how she made her own decisions and was willing to accept those consequences - even to the point of disappointing her own father. I also thought the villain in this book was very well done. He’s creepy enough while maintaining a facade and fooling others (he fooled me at first). Blake on the other hand is also well done (although he’s your typical gentleman you find in these kinds of novels) but the chemistry he has between himself and Adriane is well written and they go well together. The plot is well written, and the mystery part of the book is all right although it was rather predictable who the culprit is. The pacing is also well done although I thought it did drag its’ feet towards the last third of the book. Despite this small shortcoming, the book was still a great read and I absolutely enjoyed it. Most definitely recommended for those who like a nice clean historical romance with a rich setting, or those who are into inspirational fiction.

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  • Posted February 19, 2012

    Authentic Historical Fiction

    Words Spoken True is a fascinating book that gives readers insight into the tensions in Louisville during the 1850s. Ann H. Gabhart does an incredible job of balancing the history of the time with the fictitious story of Adriane, Blake, and their friends and family.

    The characters were captivating. I felt an instant connection with Adriane. She loves her life but bucks against the constraints of proper society—especially since society says she can't help her father run his newspaper. Blake was dashing and I loved the tension between Blake and Adriane. It was obvious that there was a connection there but they fought against it with everything they had. They were supposed to be enemies, after all! Plus, their relationship was just so . . . romantic! Blake is a true hero, and I absolutely loved him! I also found myself having very strong reactions (both good and bad!) to some of the secondary characters, which just goes to show you how great Ann is at character development.

    There were a couple of scenes that probably would be somewhat "steamy" if shown in a movie, but Ann handled these scenes quite tastefully—showing the depth of Adriane and Blake's relationship but also keeping it clean enough for a Christian fiction novel. (I don't want to give anything away, but the scenes were totally appropriate for the situation.)

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book look forward to reading more by Ann H. Gabhart. [5 stars]

    Available February 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. I received a free copy of this book from Revell in exchange for my fair and honest review.

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  • Posted February 19, 2012

    Great read!

    I love stories of women stepping out of societal norms. I wasn't disappointed with her shenanigans to get the latest scoop (read: dressing like a boy! Gotta love that!).

    And above all, this was a romance. The chemistry between Adriane and Blake left me absolutely breathless. Of course there were plenty of hurdles for them to overcome, mainly that Blake is Adriane's father's enemy.

    I liked the picture of a father raising a daughter, and the relationship between them. Adriane has significant PTSD-like symptoms of being locked in a dark closet by her stepmother, and her thoughts on darkness and light serve a symbolic purpose in the book that I really appreciated.

    Blake's backstory contributes to his motivation to see justice brought about for the River Slasher serial killer. (An aside here....but any romance book that also contains a serial killer is a major plus in my book). I was very curious as to what his deal was, so much so that I wanted to skip pages to find out. You won't be disappointed. :)

    And last but not least...the way Ann handled the serial killer was well done. She gave him just the right amount of motivation and backstory to make his actions believable.

    I'd recommend this to anyone in a heartbeat!

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  • Posted February 18, 2012

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    WORDS SPOKEN TRUE by Ann H. Gabhart is amazing inspirational historical romance set in 1855 Louisville, Kentucky. The plot is not only fast paced,but emotional with characters that are full of life and determination. "Words Spoken True" is the story of Adrian Darcy,a newspaperman's daughter,who is unconventional but beautiful and love the newspaper business. And Blake Garrett,a newspaperman from New York City,who has re-located to Louisville, to leave his past behind and start a new life. What both Blake, and Adrian find is a continued passion to learn the truth,a desire for happiness, a need to find a serial killer,tragedy,romance and the love of a lifetime. "Words Spoken True" has suspense,drama,passion,a serial killer,loyalty,murder,political and civil unrest in the biggest city in Kentucky,during the 1850's. With political and civil unrest Blade and Adrian will find who is friend and who is foe.Who will stand together with them as they try to get the newspaper to the public even though,some would rather they did not. A nail-biting story from the very first page to the last past. A must read for anyone who enjoys inspirational,Americana,historical,and romance.What a wonderful love story weaved with drama,faith and controversy. Received for and honest review from the publisher. Details can be found at Revell, a division of Baker publishing Group, the author's website and My Book Addiction and More/My Book Addiction Reviews.

    **Available in February from Revell,a division of Baker Publishing Group**

    RATING: 5


    REVIEWED BY: AprilR,My Book Addiction and More/My Book Addiction Reviews

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  • Posted February 16, 2012

    Another Winner from Gabhart!

    Adriane Darcy has a nose for news. Growing up at her father’s side in the pressroom of the Tribune has helped hone her ability to write and report the latest happenings in Louisville, KY. Miss Adriane is anything but your typical 1855 society flower. She goes through the polite and expected motions, of course, but she’s not averse to disguising as a man and hiding in the shadows at crime scenes to get a scoop. Blake Garrett’s senses are attuned to the news as well, having worked as a journalist in New York City before relocating to Louisville. He’s well known about town as the controversial editor of the Herald newspaper. Adriane and Garrett haven’t met yet, but naturally, each one is curious about the other since the Herald and Tribune have long been rivals. Adriane and Blake finally meet at a fundraiser, and although both resist it, sparks seem to fly, much to the chagrin of Adriane’s intended, Stanley Jimson. Jimson is the milquetoast son of a local candidate for senator. Adriane is a reluctant party to the engagement, and struggles to keep her head above water amongst the rising tide of wedding plans and society’s expectations. Meanwhile, Garrett works to investigate the mystery of the River Slasher, a ruthless killer who has claimed the lives of several young Irish women. Blake also targets Jimson’s father’s campaign in his editorials, for he senses corruption is afoot. Garrett’s father, a newspaperman as well, raised him to stand up for the truth. Blake and Adriane are thrown together in social and other unexpected circumstances, and despite Adriane’s wariness at consorting with this rival editor, they form a cautious friendship. As Stanley and Adriane’s wedding date draws near, the city’s political unrest escalates into a near frenzy. Trials and sorrow follow, and even allies cannot be trusted. Words Spoken True is a departure from Ann’s normal fare, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I’m happy to say, though, that I enjoyed it very much. Ann creates engaging characters and paints a picture of historical Louisville that surrounds and entertains the reader. She is indeed a talented writer. I liked the main players immediately, and found their strengths and flaws believable and similar to my own. Were there twists and turns? Oh my, yes! This book was hard to put down. I was riveted by one scene in particular, and admired Ann’s ability to pull it off so seamlessly. I give it two thumbs up!

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    Posted October 18, 2012

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