An impetuous love swept Blessing Brightman away from the Quaker community, into the highest ranks of Cincinnati society. But behind the glitter of ballroom and parlor, her spirit slowly eroded in an increasingly dangerous marriage. Widowed young, determined never to lose her independence again, Blessing reclaimed her faith and vowed to use her influence to fight for women’s rights and abolition.
Gerard Ramsay, scion of a wealthy Boston family, arrives in Cincinnati hoping to escape his father’s clutches with a strategy that will gain him independence. His plan is soon complicated, however, by the enchanting widow. Never before has a woman spoken as if she’s his equal—or challenged him to consider the lives of others.
In a city nearly ablaze with racial tensions quickly dividing the country, can two people worlds apart possibly find common ground?
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Blessing is the second book in Lyn Cote’s Quaker Bride Series. I have not read the first book, Honor, and this did not impede my enjoyment of this installment. A third book in the series, Faith, is due to come out in September 2016.
Blessing Brightman is a strong woman in her faith and beliefs. Her heart is a Quaker heart, one given to upholding and ministering to the downtrodden. In Blessing’s case, her service is generally focused on ensuring orphans have their needs met.
Blessing’s marriage into Cincinnati society is difficult, not to mention the difficult man she married, Gerard Ramsey. Boorish and not a man of faith when the story begins, the powers held by strength and faith come down on Gerard from both Blessing and God. His changes are almost miraculous and by the end of the book I found myself inclined to even give up a good word on the man’s behalf.
The love between Ramsey and Blessing Brightman becomes a light shining in the darkness in their efforts to make life better for others.
This well-written Christian historical novel is a quick read with a setting that brings Cincinnati to the fore with its history of abolition, prostitution, gambling, and other tensions during the mid-1850s. The character, Blessing Brightman, stands tall in her faith while aiding prostitutes wishing to leave their profession and helping to place orphans in situations where they will be cared for appropriately. If you enjoy Christian fiction, especially set in the Quaker faith, this is a book you’ll want to add to your list of books.
Blessing by Lyn Cote
Published: July 1, 2015
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Genre: Fiction / Historical Fiction / Christian Fiction
Edition: Paperback edition, 384 pages
Source: Publisher through its Blog Network
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review. Opinions expressed are solely mine.