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Posted October 30, 2013
After reading Roseanna White's free (eBook version) novella this summer, I decided she was someone I needed to read more of. So, I went to my library website and placed a hold on her stand-alone book, Love Finds You in Annapolis, Maryland.
I've only read one other "Love Finds You" book by Summerside Press and took away the idea that they didn't necessarily go by the formulaic way of having a story plotted out or written that so many people write by--which sounded grand to me. It's not really how my ADD-brain creates stories either. In LFY in Annapolis, Maryland, for instance, the heroine is already engaged to someone before the beginning of the book. (In the other book, the hero and heroine do not meet until at least page 140). A little different--but refreshing nonetheless!
There were also three character POVs in this book, which, at least for half of the book, made me wonder exactly who the true hero was going to be... the inattentive fiance or the new acquaintance who sees the heroine's worth right away?
This was a very entertaining book without being over-the-top in any way, and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a good Colonial romance.
Posted February 8, 2013
I really wanted to slap Emerson for along time, then as he and Lark really started to see each other for who they really were the love bloomed, the historical factor is excellant!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 15, 2012
I gave "Love Finds You in Annapolis, Maryland to my daughter for her thirtieth birthday. She loves Roseanna White's novels, so I knew this would be a hit. It is. Roseanna tells a great story and infuses her work with delicious details from her research. You can never go wrong giving a book by Roseanna White to a loved one. Our family loves her creativity and heart.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 26, 2012
I’ll admit I am a huge fan of Roseanna White’s novels. And in her latest book, Love Finds You in Annapolis, I am treated once again to characters with emotional and spiritual depth, and believable plot twists that keep me entranced.
I thoroughly enjoy how the hero of the story, Emerson, is a truly human character. The man has faults!!!! At the beginning of the story he is treating the heroine of the story, his fiancé Lark, with a callousness that makes me want to smack him. Yet White manages to make Emerson attractive and likeable even before he begins to learn what he really needs to learn. It takes a gifted literary hand to do that.
Same thing with White’s female lead, Lark—what a heroine!! Lark is also a believable human character that suits the era in which she lives, but also a woman I can relate to in this century. Lark is being neglected and mistreated, and yet has the gumption to stand up for herself in ending her engagement to Emerson.
I highly recommend this story to readers of Christian romance between the ages 12 to 96. As a lover of history I was delightfully educated while watching the character development during the era of General Washington. White did this educating with a light touch. And it was such great fun to watch Emerson work like mad to try to win back the hand of Lark.
Roseanna White’s writing style is fast-paced. Yet within a few aptly chosen words she is able to convey the deepest of human emotions. Bravo once again to Roseanna White and her growing list of wonderful books.
Posted February 18, 2012
The history of Annapolis after the Revolutionary War comes alive in this beautiful story. The discrimination and mistreatment of the Tories was well-written and believable. I appreciated how Ms White showed American treatment toward the Tories in comparison to the treatment from England’s tyranny.
It was also a beautiful love story. Our heroine always acted the way she assumed was expected. Our hero placed duty above feelings, even duty to our heroine. It wasn’t until he made a horrible mistake that these two people begin to know and appreciate each other, and each learns a lot about themselves in the process. Secondary characters in the novel enrich the story and help our hero and heroine in the growth.
Posted January 16, 2012
I’ve never read a book from the Love Finds You series—until now. I purchased Annapolis because it was written by an author I trust, an author who doesn’t disappoint.
And again, Roseanna White didn’t disappoint.
After reading the book jacket description, I really wondered how Ms. White would pull off a love story when the hero betrays the heroine. But she did it in a believable manner and even drew me in so well that I found myself cheering, not only for the heroine, but the hero! Both Lark and Emerson had some growing up to do, and it was a delightful ride to be a part of that growth.
It was so nice to sit back, relax, and be able to savor a good story. I felt like I was right there. Even the characters’ voices made me feel like I’d traveled back in time. Ms. White also did a wonderful job at weaving in history, the issue of slavery, and history that was new to me, such as the Tories. I never felt like I was getting a “history lesson,” instead, history became its own character, and it naturally moved forward with the plot and other wonderful characters. Annapolis had so much richness to it!
I was really sorry when this story had to end. Roseanna White is my new favorite author.
Posted December 22, 2011
As a lover of the colonial time period as well as the city of Annapolis, which I have visited often, I was excited to pick up Ms. White's latest novel. But after only a few chapters, I have to say that I was completely absorbed in both the time period and the characters! Not typical for someone like me who is not only an author herself, but who has read a gazillion historical romances! Ms. White has a wonderful way with language that makes it seem like you are gliding across the pages as one would skate effortlessly over ice. Her characters are charming and interesting. The heroine is someone every woman can relate to, and you'll meet other characters who will invoke your anger one minute and your affection the next. I love the history in Annapolis right after the Revolutionary War and Ms. White injects it beautifully within the story without making it seem like a history lesson. I must admit, this was one book which I adored every minute of and which I anxiously waited until I could pick it up again and immerse myself in the romance and adventure. MaryLu TyndallWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 1, 2011
This book entranced me from the first page. I found myself feeling so bad for Lark and hoping she could do better than marry a rich man who wouldn't care if the earth opened and swallowed her whole. I was rooting for her the entire story, as she leaves the protection of her family in rural Virginia and heads to the nation's capitol in 1783 to put some space between her and her scoundrel of a fiance.
Lark is bold and daring and unwilling to accept what life conveniently tries to hand her, and I loved her for fighting for happiness instead. And though I wanted to be angry at her fiance for the way he ignores her at the beginning of the book, I couldn't stay angry for long, as he has some haunting scars from the Revolutionary War that hold him back from loving Lark the way he should.
All in all, this is a great story of love and redemption, happiness and second chances. The author made me feel like I was in 1783 Annapolis, with all these important founders like Thomas Jefferson and George Washington walking around, and treaties with England being ratified, and hatred toward the Tories. It's a book I plan to keep on my shelf. And trust me, I don't keep everything I read.
Posted December 1, 2011
Roseanna has done it again! The story line is different than the norm. They don't just meet and have to deal with difficult situations. They have known each other all their lives. They are betrothed. And yet, it is not the happy relationship that it should be. They are strangers. He is just going through the motions and she decides she can't live that way despite the fact that she has loved him all of her life.
The old saying "You don't know what you have until you've lost it" rings true in this story. When Lark leaves without telling him where she is going, Emerson sees for once what he had missed all along, a woman with fire and spirit. The adventure begins when he finally finds out where she is and follows her there to win her back.
The historical content makes the book even more appealing. I am a homeschool mom and we are learning about the American Revolution and George Washington. Both of those topics are a part of this book. It brought out the facts of the war that some might have forgotten, the emotional struggles of those on both sides of the war that considered American their home but were on different sides of the conflict. It brought out what the war was all about, freedom to choose. Freedom for all, not just a few.
I loved the characters in this story, as I do in all of her books. They are alive and vibrant. The banter between the young people in the story is fun and entertaining. She doesn't just make the main characters interesting but each and every character is detailed. They all seem like main characters because she does that. It was so easy to get caught up in the book. If you are like me and will stay up all night reading a great book, then prepare yourself to do that with this one. You will not want to put it down.
Posted November 30, 2011
I love historical fiction, but I've never before read anything set in the colonial era. One of the ways I was immediately drawn into the time period was with the dialogue. I think Ms. White did a great job capturing the unique phrasings of the time.
I, of course, studied the Revolutionary War in school, but I was amazed by how fresh the author made it feel. Ms. White pointed out issues to me that I'd been completely ignorant of, like how loyalists were treated after the war ended and slavery during those times. The author pushed me out of my modern mindset and had me fretting about the future of America along with her characters.
Another thing I loved about this book was the uniqueness of the romance story line in that when the novel opens, Lark and Emerson are engaged. Their story felt like something that would actually happen because it wasn't perfect or magical. They were broken people trying to make their relationship work for reasons like convenience and family expectations. I loved watching Lark grow into the person she was meant to be, and I loved watching Emerson wake up to the world around him.
A wonderful, witty read. The best of the "Love Finds You" books that I've read!
Posted November 22, 2011
Love Finds You in Annapolis, Maryland by Roseanna M. White is one of those books that once you pick it up it's almost impossible to put down. I started one evening and finished the next day. The book drew me so much that I rushed through what I knew I HAD to finish so I could get to my reading. I also found that at the end I didn't want it to be finished. Though the story wrapped up neatly, I just wanted to keep reading. I didn't want it to be over. The characters became real to me and I wanted to learn more about the rest of their lives. Can you tell I enjoyed it immensely?Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 27, 2012
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