Women of Unfailing Conviction
Therese Jennings cannot abide the thought of owning slaves. When her widowed mother inherits a plantation, Therese flees to Civil War Richmond, where she works as a governess by day and tends to wounded soldiers at night. But when trouble befalls her family, can she reconcile her obligations with her beliefs? And will love—whether with an old beau or a handsome new suitor—ever fit in her broken world?
Virginia, present day
Nicole Talbot’s life is back on track after years of substance abuse. Home from college for the summer, she’s finally ready to share a shocking secret, one that raises new questions about a traumatic childhood experience. But when facts she uncovers cast doubt on her family’s legacy, she must risk all that she’s gained—her fresh start, her family’s trust, and her growing relationship with a new man—to unlock the secrets of the past.
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From the Christy Award-winning team of Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould comes a thrilling tale of two women longing to follow God’s leading, make the most of second chances, and find true love at last.
Wow! Third book in the cousins of the Dove series and they just keep getting better! This one stars Nicole in present day Richmond, Virginia (she is the youngest of the 4 Talbot cousins) and Therese Jennings in Civil War Richmond. I thought it was neat that both young women often were at the same location but over a 100-year difference in time, which not only affected the topography of the location but also their attitudes. Once again, the authors beautifully weave a story flowing back and forth from the past to the present, often using old photographs to connect them.
I truly love this series and am only bummed knowing that this is the conclusion. I enjoy learning different aspects of American history but also reading about different contemporary issues – as well as the wonderful romances and mystery! In this book, the authors bring in some notable Civil War leaders, showing their humanity. Therese finds that although the rumors were that one highly positioned wife treated people harshly, she hadn’t seen that the night she reflected on. She reminisced that everyone, herself “included, was capable of doing good or bad. She’d like to think that it simply came down to one’s choices, but she feared, as with Mother, that perhaps it became more complicated than that as one aged. She sincerely hoped she’d take the moral high road and she guessed that marrying a man of principle would help her do so.”
Great book, Mindy and Leslie! I loved it and highly, highly recommend it! I had my bookclub read the first in the series and now many are looking forward to reading this one! I received a copy of this book from the author and publisher to help promote it. No review was required but I am freely writing one. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
I also want to say I loved the previous 2 books – My Brother’s Crown and My Sister’s Prayer! But I am highlighting this book because it technically comes out on July 1!
Mindy Starns Clark is the bestselling author of more than 20 books, both fiction and nonfiction, with over a million copies sold. Mindy and her husband, John, have two adult children and live in Pennsylvania. www.mindystarnsclark.com
Leslie Gould, a former magazine editor, is the author of numerous novels, including Beyond the Blue and Garden of Dreams. She received her master of fine arts degree from Portland State University and lives in Oregon with her husband, Peter, and their four children. http://www.lesliegould.com