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Friday, September 12, 2014

The Dowry of Miss Lydia Clark...Review

About the book:
New Love Blooms as Spring Falls on Gresham.

As Andrew and Julia Phelps enjoy newly married life, the town of Gresham awaits the next big romance. Surely with spring around the corner, new love must soon arrive, but few could predict where it would blossom.

Reserved schoolmistress Lydia Clark had resigned herself to solitary life when she suddenly finds herself with two eligible men seeking her hand. But even as she considers their offers, her heart is drawn to someone else. Newcomer Noelle Somerville has settled in Gresham with secrets to hide, and nursing a broken heart. An unexpected turn of events makes her wildest dreams seem possible at last.

More than one unlikely romance blooms among the villagers, and readers will be delighted as timid hearts are renewed by the joy of unforeseen love.

Like the first two books in the series, The Widow of Larkspur Inn and The Courtship of the Vicar's Daughter, the story is about the quaint dairy village of Gresham and not just about the title character.

Lydia is courted by the rugged and coarse Harold Sanders, but finds her heart stolen by archaeologist Jacob Pitney who is interested in the distant overly romantic Miss Rawlins.  Pretending to be a widow, Noelle Somerville arrives in Gresham having been sent away by her married lover and finds herself residing at the Larkspur Inn with its quirky lodgers.  Spoiled and petulant, Noelle's transformation is one I enjoyed as much as I did Harold Sanders'.

I love the village of Gresham.  I adore the villagers and their personalities and quirks.  I love the progression and growth they show.  Old favorites return, new residents arrive and as always, finding your true path is the most important thing of all.

Third in the Gresham Chronicles series, the book could stand alone, but is all the richer if you have read the first two books.

Thanks to my local library for having a copy I could borrow.  You can purchase your own copy here.

Read 8/14

* * * *
4/5 Stars

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