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Sunday, July 3, 2011

Review of Hidden Affections

Hidden Affections
Delia Parr
Bethany House
ISBN 9780764206726

   Annabelle Tyler is on her way to forge a new life for herself when robbers stop the coach she is traveling on. Harrison Graymoor, Philadelphia's most eligible bachelor, is on the same coach. Much to their dismay, they are handcuffed together and found in each others arms by the sheriff. Being the year of 1832, they are forced at gun point to marry to protect Annabelle's honor. The last thing either of them wants to do is marry; but Harrison agrees, albeit unwillingly.
   Even though neither want to wed, they both try to accept the situation gracefully until a quick and speedy annulment can be had. Harrison tries to do well by Annabelle and she in return accepts her fate and do her duty by him. Will these two unlikely people be able to fool society into thinking they are a love match? Will they be able to remain in each others company without falling in love?
   This is a lovely piece of historical fiction that captured my heart from the start. It is a story of love and faith. It brings to life some of the ridiculous ways that people were treated if they did not live according to certain standards of the time. We also see what greed can do to people and to what lengths they will go to get what they want. 
    The two major players in the story are quite the unlikely duo. Harrison is a bit of a rake; but he has a soft spot that Annabelle is able to bring out. Annabelle is a tad too sweet and gets a little annoying at times. On the other hand, she is also strong willed. If you are a fan of historical fiction and enjoy a sweet romance filled with faith, this is a good choice.
   I wish to thank Bethany house for providing me with a copy to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. I was not compensated in any way except for receiving the book.

I give Hidden Affections 4 out of 5 stars

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