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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Words Spoken True...Review

About the book:
Adriane Darcy was practically raised in her father's newspaper offices. She can't imagine life without the clatter of the press and the push to be first to write the news that matters. Their Tribune is the leading paper in Louisville in 1855. Then Blake Garrett, a brash young editor from the North with a controversial new style of reporting, takes over failing competitor the Herald, and the battle for readers gets fierce.

When Adriane and Blake meet at a benefit tea, their surprising mutual attraction is hard to ignore. Still, Blake is the enemy, and Adriane is engaged to the son of a powerful businessman who holds the keys to the Tribune's future. Blake will stop at almost nothing to get the story—and the girl. Can he do both before it's too late?

Set against the volatile backdrop of political and civil unrest in 1850s Louisville, this exciting story of love and loyalty will hold readers in its grip until the very last page. Bestselling author Ann H. Gabhart once again delivers an enthralling and enduring tale for her loyal and ever-expanding fan base.

Raised by a newspaper editor father, Adriane knows her own mind and struggles with a world that relegates women to the the society pages and not the editorial ones.  Spunky and feisty, Adriane will do whatever it takes to get the story and get it ahead of the rival paper, even if that means dressing like a man and visiting the site of a serial killer's latest crime.

When her path crosses that of Blake Garrett, new editor of that rival newspaper, sparks fly.  Adriane is being forced to wed the son of a politician, and a man to whom her father is indebted.  Attracted to Blake, Adriane must do what is right for her peace of mind as well as what may save her father's paper.

Historically, this is a richly detailed account of life in pre-Civil War Kentucky with the clash of the immigrant Irish Catholics and the American Protestants. This was a period of history that I was unaware of before reading Words Spoken True and it fascinated me.  Ann Gabhart has done her research well and the story is enthralling and well written with well developed characters. Adriane and Blake are terrific and I love the supporting cast as well: Duff and Beck were wonderful.    

I have enjoyed every Ann H. Gabhart book I've read, but this one is definitely my favorite so far.  I'm glad to see her moving beyond the Shaker books.

Available February 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. Thanks to Donna Hausler of Baker Publishing for the opportunity to review this book. You can learn more about Ann H. Gabhart here. You can purchase your own copy here.


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5/5 Stars


  1. I haven't heard of this author but this book sounds great. Thanks for the introduction.

  2. I've read a lot of good things about this one - I'll have to check it out. =)

  3. I THOROUGHLY enjoyed this book, a very happy introduction to Gabhart's work for me!