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Regina Jennings is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University with a degree in English and a history minor. She is the author of Sixty Acres and a Bride. Regina has worked at The Mustang News and First Baptist Church of Mustang, along with time at the Oklahoma National Stockyards and various livestock shows. She lives outside Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, with her husband and four children. Learn more at reginajennings.com.
Posted September 16, 2013
I loved the first book written by Regina Jennings "Sixty Acres and a Bride." Molly was introduced to us in that novel and I have to say I didn't think much of her in that first book. However, In "Love in the Balance" You really get to know her in a new light. (You don't have to read her first book to understand this one, but I would recommend reading it anyway, if you like Historical romance.)
With out giving to much away, this book has many unexpected turns and twist that keep you wondering what will happen next. I enjoyed the book in many ways. You see how people, who love the Lord, still have choices to make and consequences to face when the decision is made. How our decisions effect not only ourself but others as well. Yet, wether we make the best decision or not God is not finished with us and life is not over. We can still be used to do what God would have us.
You will fall in love with Bailey and Molly and probably be mad at both of them at times as well. Learn how sometimes our upbringing effects our outlook on life and people.
I really enjoyed the book and can't wait for her next one, I know it will be great too.
Posted July 14, 2013
What a beautiful story. There is a lot of joy and sorrow happening in this book. The characters go on an emotional and spiritual roller coaster, taking the reader along with them. Regina Jennings is truly a great contender in Christian Fiction.
While faith and devotion play a large role in this book, it is never preachy. It fits with the story and what is happening in the character's lives. The characters themselves are beautifully flawed and have you cheering for them through every page. This book is so much more than just a fluffy romance. It is about growing pains, forgiveness, and new beginnings.
Posted May 30, 2013
LOVE IN THE BALANCE by Regina Jennings is an exciting inspirational Historical Fiction set in 1879 Lockhart, Texas. Follow, Molly Lovelace,Bailey Garner and Edward Pierrepont on a journey of faith, and love. Filled with secrets,betrayal,healing,forgiveness and romance. Molly is swept off her feet when stranger Edward Pierrepont comes to town,but all is not what is appears. Bailey has loved Molly all his love it seems. With pressure from her parents Molly makes a decision that not only could destroy her life but damage her reputation as well. She must chose between the handsome stranger,who is a debonair Tycoon and her steadfast friend the handsome Cowboy,Bailey. A very compelling tale of how our decisions effects those around us as well as our future. Ms. Jennings is a wonderful storyteller who has engaging characters,her stories are filled with rich historical details as well as a intriguing plot. A must read! I would recommend this title to those readers who enjoy rich historical details,a bit of romance,lots of drama, with a bit of mystery along the way. Received for an honest review from the publisher.
HEAT RATING: SWEET
REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Review courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
Posted May 9, 2013
I'll be truthful here. When I first started this book, I didn't care for Molly Lovelace at all. She was a self-absorbed, self-centered twit without regard to anyone but her own selfish desires. After reading further on, I learned to love Molly ~ even with all her issues because not all is as it seems. Raised in a home where she's groomed to marry for money or 'the family business will go under,' Molly is forced to make some very adult decisions ~ and they come with disastrous consequences.
But, like the story of the Prodigal Son, sometimes we learn the most from the mistakes we've made and we're better because of them. Such is the intricate story woven into this book.
Although fiction, this book packs a punch, and teaches some very valuable lessons for everyone. From parents that have their own selfish desires rather than the good of their children at heart, church people who are quick to judge without knowing the entire story ~ or without enough sense to realize that all are sinners who must be saved by grace, to people who learn that owning up to their mistakes is always the best course of action, this book is a winner.
**My thanks to Bethany House for providing me a copy in exchange for my honest review. I am not required they be positive. These thoughts are my own.**
Posted April 15, 2013
Love in the Balance stars Molly and Bailey (who we first met in Sixty Acres and a Bride). Molly is a smart, independent, and feisty
working girl. Bailey's a former cowboy searching to find his way in the world. They were both raised in the same small Texas town.
(I have to confess I have a soft spot in my heart for love stories that begin with childhood friendships.)
In an effective flip-flop of the way things usually progress in a romance novel, the hero and heroine are a happily dating couple on
the first page. Things quickly unravel! Molly's head is turned by a wealthy suitor. Bailey struggles to find the calling that the Lord
has placed on his life. Over the course of the story, the reader follows Molly and Bailey through their good and regrettable decisions
both and waits eagerly to see whether they'll make it back together by the final page.
Regina's voice as an author beautifully suits the Old West setting. She's funny and you can tell, reading her books, that she's a
southern girl herself. There's a down home flavor to her writing that brings to mind church picnics, quilts, and churning butter.
Fans of Karen Witemeyer and Mary Connealy should definitely give Regina a try!
Posted April 9, 2013
Regina Jennings story Love in the Balance starts off with us meeting the main Character Molly Lovelace a young girl living in the small town of Prairie Lea, spoiled by her father and forced by her parents to find a man that can “afford” her. Molly is torn between the love of her childhood sweetheart and a rich stranger from back East.
As with most books I read this is the second book to a series and I have yet to read the first book (Sixty Acres and a Bride.) Regina has done an amazing job at explaining the characters and past stories so you can follow along with the story without getting confused because you haven’t read the first book.
What I loved the most about this book is that you can’t guess what’s going to happen next. Regina keeps you trapped in the story always wanting more, trying to guess, and being surprised when you’re never right. It’s a love story like none other.
The book starts with Molly working in town at a Court house to earn some extra cash, trying to be independent and being put there by her parents to meet a wealthy man. The pressures of society and what her parents expect of Molly has her torn between the love she has for her Christian friend Bailey and a stranger from back east Edward who promises her riches and a adventures around the world. What’s a girl to do when her father is pressuring her that the company is failing and that they will lose everything unless she finds someone to take care of her and help with the business? Will Bailey find work and save enough money to win Molly’s affection and her father’s approval? Or will he lose to Edward the rich stranger from back East?
Here’s the back cover of the Book:
Molly Lovelace dreams of a life without cares in Lockhart, Texas. She also dreams of handsome wrangler Bailey Garner, her ardent but inconsistent beau. The problem is, with Bailey’s poor prospects, she just can’t fit the two dreams together.
Then mysterious stranger Edward Pierrepont sweeps into town–and her life–and for the first time Molly wonders if she’s met the man who can give her everything. But he won’t be in Lockhart long and while it certainly seems like he talks about their glorious future together, she can’t quite get Bailey out of her mind.
What’s a girl to do with all these decisions when love is in the balance?
It’s an amazing story of a spoiled girl blinded by money and riches of the world that, due to life’s experiences, has a change of heart and soul. Now I’m sad to put the book down and move on, because I loved this book so much in my heart I just want it to continue. I will now move to the first book to enjoy the story from the beginning. Watch out for my next review of Sixty Acres and a Bride and do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of Regina Jennings Love in the Balance.
Posted April 8, 2013
Molly needs to marry someone with money to help keep the family saw mill running but she is in love with Bailey who is just an average cowboy. Bailey knows he needs to find a job that he can support a wife but finding that job is none to easy. When Molly's dad starts to have health issues finding a husband becomes even more urgent. When a rich and handsome man enters her life she thinks maybe its time to forget Bailey and do what her family has been asking. Can she let her true love go and meet her obligation to her family?
We first meet Molly in Sixty Acres and a Bride when she tried to steal the male love interest affections. When I saw that she was going to be the main character in this book I was not sure if I would like it. The book was okay but I did not like it near as much as the first book.
What I liked: I liked how this book took people who had troubles and with God's help they found a better path but getting to that path was met with bad choices. With forgiveness and God's grace they found happiness once again. I really like Bailey and I think a lot of people could relate to him and his struggle to find his purpose in life. Even when things looked really gloomy he did not give up.
What I did not like: Honestly I did not really like Molly. I admit in the first book I ended with a negative opinion of her so it was hard to try and give her a clean slate. I really did not like her at all as the book began. As it progressed I tolerated her but even by the end I still was not that fond of her. Yes she changed her ways some but honestly Bailey could have done better. The book also seemed to have a slow start and took me a while to get into it.
Over all this book was okay. The story was interesting but my dislike for Molly just made it hard to really like this book. The author is a great writer though and I look forward to more books from her.
Posted April 7, 2013
Everyone in Lockhart, Texas has expectations. Molly Lovelace's parents expect her to pick a suitable husband and settle down. Molly expects wrangler Bailey Garner to pick a more stable job. And Bailey expects Molly to accept him as he is.
It's a bumpy beginning for the folks of Lockhart in 1879. But the opening scene of the book, which takes places in church during the Sunday service, literally made me laugh out loud.
I had a lot of fun becoming a part of Lockhart. Jennings paints a vivid picture of the Texas town and its cast of characters that absorbed me into the story. I loved going to work each day with Molly at the courthouse.
I don't read a lot of historical novels but the characters in this book are identifiable with us today. Molly in particular has a lot of room for spiritual growth. Her actions aren't always the most likeable. But neither are mine. I appreciated the authenticity of Molly's character. The journey to defining love is exciting and real. Jennings has written a story that subtly reminds us the importance of acceptance.
I chatted with Regina recently about the characters spiritual journey.
Me: All of the characters seemed to have expectations of one another in the book. And often they let one another down. Did this figure into how you wanted the spiritual plot to play out.
Regina: You know, a character doesn't grow or mature without trouble. Often we don't turn to God until everyone else has let us down. I wanted the growth to be realistic, and for that to happen they had to be desperate.
I received a copy of "Love in the Balance" from Litfuse Publicity in exchange for an honest review. The opinions are my own.
Posted April 2, 2013
Molly Lovelace is in love with a penniless wrangler, only her well-to-do parents don't approve of their match. She longs for a life without concerns, but unfortunately Bailey Garner isn't the man to fill that role, despite her affection for him.
When an interesting, wealthy stranger stirs her interest, will she follow after wealth and prestige or find predilection in the simple, home-spun love of a good man?
Love in the Balance is not your typical 'formula' romance novel. It is a tale of love, loss, poor choices, mercy, redemption and second chances.
This book was provided free for review by Bethany House Publishers.
Posted March 31, 2013
Regina Jennings has done it--she's topped her debut novel (Sixty Acres and a Bride) with the second book in the series, Love in the Balance. Molly is a fascinating, multi-faceted character who must constantly balance her desire for her parents' love and devotion against her personal desires--and those two are always in opposition. Bailey's character is so authentic as he balances his desire to please God with his love for Molly.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, because I never knew what was going to happen next. Just when I thought I had the story figured out, Jennings threw in a new twist. A delightful, sometimes funny, sometimes serious story that will leave you smiling.
Posted March 31, 2013
From the back cover: Handsome Cowboy or Debonair Tycoon.
How's a Girl to Choose?
Molly Lovelace dreams of a life without cares in Lockhart, Texas. She also dreams of handsome wrangler Bailey Garner, her ardent but inconsistent beau. The problem is, with Bailey's poor prospects, she just can't fit the two dreams together.
Then mysterious stranger Edward Pierrepont sweeps into town-and her life-and for the first time Molly wonders if she's met the man who can give her everything. But he won't be in Lockhart long and while it certainly seems like he talks about their glorious future together, she can't quite get Bailey out of her mind.
What's a girl to do with all these decisions when love is in the balance?
How do you define security? Some people, like Molly, at the beginning of the book, will say security is in money. Life can throw what it wants at you but with money you can afford your way out of trouble. Others will say stability, like Bailey, a hardworking, honest man who loves Molly. Life throws all kinds of curves at Molly and she begins to make decisions that will drastically alter her future based on her definition of security. Ms. Jennings has given us a wonderful romance with a fateful decision that has to be made by Molly over which man she will choose for her husband. This is a book about family and what is important in life. Ms. Jennings knows how to create characters that live on the page and that we get to know and love. Get ready for an exciting read that will keep you flipping pages and keep you emotionally involved.
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Posted March 28, 2013
One unusual thing about Jennings’s Love in the Balance is that it begins with a hero and heroine who have already been romantically entangled. Molly Lovelace’s parents are high society and she struggles with the approval of her parents and finding her own way in the world. When she meets a man who seems mysterious and exciting, not to mention financially stable Molly is swept off her feet. When her father is injured, Molly feels an even stronger pull to help keep her family afloat. Bailey has seen the dangers of following his feelings, yet he can’t seem to shake the memory of Molly and what they shared from his mind. These longings sometimes seem to contrast with the calling he feels towards full-time ministry.
There is a strong redemption thread running through this novel. Molly’s faith as the story begins is shallow and easily shaken. The novel begins with a strong repentance theme shown through Bailey’s character as he gives his feelings toward Molly to the Lord and asks forgiveness for failing to keep a pure heart. This emphasis on purity in relationships is a theme that I would love to see tackled more often in Christian fiction. As the reader cheers for Bailey, Molly is beginning to see her need for surrender and looking to the Lord as she makes decisions. Even her sins are used in the hands of a mighty God to bring her to this point of surrender. At times it is hard to accept the hardness of Molly’s heart and her slowness in changing, perhaps because we see these same qualities in ourselves. I enjoyed Regina Jenning’s second novel and look forward to her next volume.
Posted March 21, 2013
We have all heard the saying “the couple that prays together, stays together.” I also say “the couple that laughs together, lasts forever!” If you can make me laugh, you instantly have a friend in me! In Love in the Balance, Molly and Bailey cracked me up continuously. They are so playful and funny I instantly thought they were destined to spend forever together.
But wait…along comes Edward who is the complete opposite of Bailey and the complete package! He has everything that Bailey lacks: money, class, fancy upbringing and security. He’s not bad to look at either! Molly faces the dilemma of choosing between two men. Personally, I’m not feeling too sorry for her at this point!
Will Molly choose the man she grew up with and has always loved or the newcomer with an exciting life that promises money, adventure and security! When she’s forced to make a decision, she must think clearly because most decisions made in haste are not made well! Only by putting God back in the decision will she find Love in the Balance!
Jenning’s writing is simply delightful and I did not expect to laugh so much in a romance novel. Jenning’s found a fan in me with Love in the Balance!
Posted March 20, 2013
You’ve probably heard it said in a movie or by some famous figure, that it’s our choices in life which define us. Love in the Balance draws you into the lives of characters that are human and real, struggling with their imperfections, and making choices which may lead them in the right, or wrong direction. The main character, Molly Lovelace is the kind of person who you would expect to make all the right choices and lead a perfect life. But when she struggles with the choices before her, the story gets really interesting and takes some unexpected turns.
Mrs. Jennings has done a wonderful job tying in little bits about the characters from her first book, while keeping Love in the Balance a stand-alone novel in its own right. There’s just enough reference to Rosa and the other main characters from Sixty Acres and a Bride to ensure fans of the first book, their favorite character’s stories are continuing on. I really like that you don’t have to read the first in the series to enjoy Molly’s captivating story.
At times I wanted to laugh, to cry, and scream at both the main characters Molly & Bailey (because of course, we readers would never make the same mistakes), and that experience made the book all the more enjoyable to me. Any book that I can get that emotionally invested in while reading has done a good job of stringing me long. I read the book in 2 days, not being able to put it down once I started.
Overall, the story has a plot that keeps you reading, impatient for what will happen next, but the book goes much deeper than just leading you through a sequence of events. You get to know the main characters’ thoughts, and are shown a glimpse into their hearts. These characters have souls, and not only relationships with each other but with God. Themes of guilt, forgiveness, and love are all addressed in a way that isn’t preachy, but serves to bring the characters to life. Although I’ve never been in the same situations as Molly and Bailey, at times I could personally relate my own struggles and feelings to each of them.
Parts of the story were hard to read as the characters choices lead them astray at certain points, but that’s also what made them so real to me. Life is not perfect, and neither are we. Mrs. Jennings takes her characters to the point of no return and then reveals that there is still hope. Life goes on, and when you trust in God new beginnings will begin to bloom. I highly recommend delving into Love in the Balance when you’ve got a good block of time free because you won’t want to put it down!
I received a copy of “Love in the Balance” from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.
Posted March 19, 2013
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A Tale of Two Beaus!
Molly Lovelace in her father's eyes is an empty headed female that has no interest other than shopping for frivolous things. When in fact she has a gift for numbers and mathematical figures. The only reason she prances around like a her daddy's Princess is because that is what people expect of her. Her father even feels as if she should not have any say as to whom she marries,
mainly because he wants her and her future husband to be an asset to his pocketbook. But Molly has very strong feelings for Bailey Garner a young man that has been in her life since she was a little girl. Her father sees Bailey as a waste of time because he is basically penniless
The golden boy Edward Pierrepont enters her life when he visits her home town to experience a cattle drive. The minute she sets eyes on him she knows this is the man her father would choose as her future husband. How right she was, her father starts making plans for the dandy and it includes his daughter and his pocketbook.
It all hits the fan when Bailey finds out about Mr. Lovelace's choice of husband for Molly. How can Bailey dissuade Molly and her father. If he were financially stable he would be able to marry Molly but just maybe there is another way.
When Molly's father becomes so ill that he is unable to return to work it pushes Molly to make a decision between the dandy or the country boy from her childhood. The turn of events are mind boggling.
This story is a stand alone but I did recognize characters from the author's other book "Sixty Acres and a Bride" such as Rosa, Anne Tillerton, Molly and more. In "Love In The Balance" she writes a story of intrigue, humor, romance and on the edge of your seat action. At first I did not like Molly because she tried so hard to be what her parents expected her to be but then when the pressure was on and she had reconciled her differences with God and by accepting his Grace in forgiveness she stood up to what she believed was right and just and she prevailed. She was committed to help her parents out of financial debt. God had truly blessed her!
I highly recommend this book.
I rated this book a 5 out of 5.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House/Litfuse Publicity Group for review. I was in no way compensated for this review. This review is my honest opinion.
Posted March 18, 2013
There is something to be said for romance back in the days of cowboys, western towns in the middle of nowhere and swooning women. Where reading about their lives gives you a breath of fresh air and you hear yourself sighing when their eyes meet from across the room and sparks fly whenever they are close to one another, even if they never touch.
Well have I got a great one to review and share with you. Love in the Balance by Regina Jennings takes us back to the town of Prairie Lea, Texas in 1879. We are introduced to the character of Molly Lovelace who has been raised by her family to marry into an appropriate well to do family that would benefit a women of her social graces and have a place in the community. Only that's not quite the way Molly feels. Sure she goes about doing all the right things and attends the right schools but only to make her parents happy and to ensure that their comments to her are few and far in between. Her father, Thomas Lovelace is the owner of the town's sawmill and he's hoping for Molly to marry into money that might benefit the business more than it will benefit Molly's heart.
No matter how much she tries to tell her parents she wants to marry for love and not money, they insist on setting her up with whatever prospects might bring about the results her father wants for his future and ultimately Molly's future as well. In fact, they can both be downright pushy.
But Molly's heart has belonged to Bailey Garner, who she has grown up with most of her life and hopes he can find a way to make a living so he'll finally propose. But Molly's parents don't think that Bailey is the right man for her. He can't hold down a job long enough to make a name for himself and his family doesn't come from money either. In fact even Bailey's parents look down upon Molly thinking she'll never be worthy enough to capture Bailey's heart. Molly insists on keeping up appearances, looking like the latest cover model from the catalogs she shops from and believes at some point Bailey might come to his senses and find a job that will earn enough money to keep her family happy.
Unfortunately that isn't the case as Bailey bounces from one job to the next in the neighboring town of Lockhart. He's worked as a blacksmith apprentice but can't handle working around the fumes, attempted to gain a job as the local courthouse as a baliff, but someone else beat him to it, and so the story goes. Bailey believes this is God's way of telling him that now is not the time to propose to Molly. However, Molly believes that if Bailey really loved her, he would get serious with a job, stick with it and ask her to marry him.
But things about to get interesting when a suave and good-looking man, Edward Pierrepont comes to town with all the right makings for a husband that may satisfy both her parents and perhaps her need to see the world. Oh how is a woman to choose?
You'll have to pick up a copy of Love in the Balance by Regina Jennings to find out. I received this novel compliments of Litfuse Publicity and Bethany House Publishers for my honest review and in no way did I receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review. I love romance because I think women have always wanted to be pursued and rescued by some handsome man and whisked away to a life of happily ever after. In this case, it's a version of a wonderful western struggle where poor Molly has a difficult dilemma to face. Who to marry? The man who makes her heart race whenever they look into one another's eyes or will it be the man who can literally solve all her problems with one proposal? I for one, was rooting for her to chose Edward Pierrepont from the first time we meet him. Did I make the right choice? Was it the same Molly picked as well? I mean, who wants to wait for a man to finally get his act together if he really loves her as much as he says he does. Why doesn't he make more of an effort? The answers lie within these wonderful pages. I enjoyed the whimsical adventure from the very first page and can't wait to see if Regina Jennings will add novels to this one. One can hope can't they? This is the second book in the Ladies of Caldwell County Series. If you have read Sixty Acres and A Bride, the first book in this series, then Molly will be familiar to you. I rate this one a hands down winner with 5 out of 5 stars!
Posted March 18, 2013
Monday, March 18, 2013
Love in the Balance by Regina Jennings, ©2013
Love in the Balance opens with a morning church service in Prairie Lea, Texas, in the mild October of 1879. It is getting close to lunch on the grounds and prayer requests are getting a little close to home for our protagonist, Miss Molly Parmelia Lovelace. So much so, her father, Thomas Lovelace, decides it is time to move her on.
"Remember," her father continued, "your stay in Lockhart is dependent on your finding a husband. If you aren't becoming acquainted with the right sort of gentlemen, you might as well come home. No sense spending all that money on gowns if no one appreciates them. Besides, unless the sawmill does better, there won't be any money for gowns."
For the past year, Molly has boarded in the next town for her job at the courthouse. Plenty of time to meet industrious investors.
"If you want to help your father," her mother said, "go back to Lockhart and find a man with income."
"And connections." Thomas said. "Someone with capital who's interested in investing."
"And, of course, a society leader. We aren't completely merciless, Molly. There'd be something in it for you."
But there is Bailey, Molly's constant dream of a future. Bailey with no prospect of a future to help her father's vision of a son-in-law. Molly's family decides on a beau for her, but then she finds one on her own sure to please her father. But what about Molly?
My favorite is definitely rooting for Bailey. He is steadfast, open with God, and giving to others in his community. He tries first one job and then another, trying to find his niche. Finally, in helping a family in need, he finds his place.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
I like the growth in the characters, and the wholesomeness of the story. Being open and led by God is the best way to find your way. I especially liked how the story ended, but don't go there first. Enjoy Love in the Balance all the way through, and the lessons to be learned. This quote from page 210 speaks volumes:
Odd how opinion was formed. Odd how people thought they could sum up a person's character by the news of the day.
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Remember this one??? You will want to be sure to read Love in the Balance ~ and... if you haven't read Sixty Acres and a a Bride ~ what are you waiting for???
***Thank you to Litfuse Blog Tour for inviting me to be a part of the Bethany House Historical Fiction book tour and author Regina Jennings for sending me a copy of Love in the Balance in exchange for my review in my own words. No other compensation was received.***
Posted March 16, 2013
As the title, Love in the Balance, might indicate, this is a study of balance. And my emotions were all over the place starting with frustration at the heroine, Molly who was not balanced. The story is well written, showing the scene from Molly's point of view, as well as the hero's point of view. I definitely got involved, from the first page on. The novel flows at a fast enough pace, with lots of action and intrique that the reader keeps turning pages until the last one sort of surprises. I was sad to see it end, though the conflicts and questions were resolved.
As I was thinking about writing this review, I stopped and wondered, how different am I from the characters, even though I was upset at them (or maybe because of the similarities?). Do I act a certain way because of what I think those around me expect me to? Following the story line, I saw that I do. Which is perhaps why I reacted so strongly in my feelings. And that is what a good or superb story or novel means to me, that I take something away with me. Will I focus on what God wants of me instead of what others require of me?
A great novel, one that I am honored to review on my blog, and one I am thrilled to talk and blog about.
Thank you to Bethany House and Litfuse Publicity for this book, which I received free for the purpose of writing an honest review
A positive critique was not required. The opinions stated are my own.
Posted March 11, 2013
Molly Lovelace loves her independence and wishes that she could marry Bailey Garner, her longtime friend, who happens to be a handsome wrangler. However, Bailey’s lack of financial and social status holds her back, as her parents expect her marriage to be one that helps their family. Enter Edward Pierrepont. An extremely wealthy gentleman who hails from the East, he sweeps Molly off her feet with extravagant gifts and promises to travel the world. After a series of unfortunate events, Molly feels even more pressure to sacrifice herself for the good of her family. However, she can’t let Bailey go…with love in the balance, will she choose luxury or honesty?
Jennings’ novel weaves themes from prominent fictional works together, creating somewhat of a hybrid between The Scarlet Letter and The Princess Bride. Readers easily relate to Molly’s plight and quickly learn to love her genuine heart. Bailey’s sincerity and struggle to throw off sinful behavior is inspirational. However, in the midst of all this, the novel is not that can be recommended for all ages, as some of the more intimate scenes are overly described. Despite this, the novel ends on a bright note and leaves readers waiting for the next Jennings novel.
Posted March 9, 2013
In a world that disregards purity, this book shines out. I loved the fact that Bailey realized that his intentions with Molly were wrong even though nothing physical actually happened between them. That the liberties he took with Molly were kisses he was stealing from another man's wife (even though they occurred while she was unmarried).
As a young woman, I found Molly to be a character I could connect to. She likes her finery and the idea of being rich and adored, however as she discovers those aren't character traits that can leave you happy in the long run.
It did take me a little while to get into the story, but over all it was an excellent read.