The Strength of Love

Love’s First Bloom by Delia Parr is the story of one daughter’s commitment to honor her father’s wishes to protect a child of a prostitute from public scrutiny. Ruth Livingstone’s life changes dramatically when her father, Reverend Livingstone, is on trial for murder.   Ruth must flee to New Jersey – to wait out the trial of her father caring for Lily, the child of the murdered prostitute. 

Faced with adversity and the threat of exposure, Ruth seeks solace in gardening but Asher Tripp, a newspaper reporter is hot on her trail.  Asher must get his story in order to reclaim his career as a journal and his relationship with his  brother –   but at what cost?  Ruth and Asher find themselves is a constant struggle between trust and mistrust shrouded by secrets and deceptions. Yet, will their conflicting emotions give way to love?

Love’s First Bloom is filled with suspense, drama and plot twists that keep you guessing at what will happen next. Both Ruth and Asher (aka Jake) must listen to the voice within –  in order to be  free –   to choose love. Delia Parr does an excellent job of addressing the issues of trust, faith, hope and love. While the story line is engaging, the characters do not seem fully developed.  Nonetheless, Love’s First Bloom is an inspiring book.

Thank you to Bethany House for providing this book for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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