Tuesday, September 22, 2015

My Review: Love's Every Whisper

Just so you're forewarned, I've been falling a bit behind on my reviews the past couple weeks, with work and such, so I'll be posting a bit more frequently until I'm caught up.  It also means that I'll be posting on seemingly random days, like today. :)

Victoria Donnelly is, as always, a failure. With five years of failed courtships behind her and the calendar inching closer to another birthday, Victoria's determined to redeem herself and snag a proposal from a wealthy childhood acquaintance, Gilbert Sinclair. But returning to Eagle Harbor stirs up long forgotten memories. And worse, old affection for her betrothed's enemy.

Elijah Cummings has loved Victoria for fifteen years. But fishermen's sons don't marry shipping barons' daughters. He knows it. She knows it. The entire town knows it. Resolved to keep his distance from Victoria, Elijah focuses on establishing a much needed life-saving station, risking his own life by rescuing sailors stuck aboard shipwrecks.

He knows how to save drowning sailors, but how is he to save a woman from the biggest mistake of her life—without destroying both their hearts in the process?

About the Author:
A mother of three, Naomi Rawlings spends her days picking up, cleaning, playing and, of course, writing. Her husband pastors a small church in Michigan's rugged Upper Peninsula, where her family shares its ten wooded acres with black bears, wolves, coyotes, deer and bald eagles. Naomi and her family live only three miles from Lake Superior, where the scenery is beautiful and they average 200 inches of snow per winter. Naomi writes bold, dramatic stories and is currently enjoying writing the Eagle Harbor Series, which is set near where she lives.

My Review: 4 stars
Love’s Every Whisper is the second story in Naomi Rawlings’, Eagle Harbor series. That being said, it can definitely be read as a stand-alone. I personally didn’t read the first book and though it may have filled in a couple small gaps, I didn’t feel lost or find it confusing. I discovered her books a couple years ago with the release of her first book with the Love Inspired Historical line and very much enjoyed it. I was really excited to read this book and can happily say that I enjoyed it immensely!

Ms. Rawlings does an excellent job with the details and descriptions. I enjoyed getting to visit the little town on the edge of Lake Superior and see it through her characters’ eyes. It’s obvious she did a great deal of research about the US Life Saving Service and sailing in general. I will admit that there were a couple times I struggled with the amount of detail that occasionally kind of clumped together on a page, but fortunately, it didn’t bog down the story or disrupt my reading very much.

Victoria Donnelly is the heroine of this story and I fell in love with her almost immediately. She is very realistic in her flaws, but also in her kind heart. There was a part of me that felt so sorry for her, because in the beginning, she doesn’t see her true worth. I loved the kindness and desire to help others that drives her throughout the story, even when she struggles to know what is right. There is definitely a bold message of worth, value, and strength shown through this character that I wish so many young women would know. Watching Victoria grow and discover how much she is loved was definitely a highlight of this book, for me.

Elijah Cummings is an interesting, if sometimes frustrating, hero. He tries so hard to save everyone who ventures into the nearby waters, when his life seems to be falling apart. He is definitely strong and very stubborn, to the point I kind of wanted someone to whack him upside the head. That being said, I did fall in love with him, too. And sometimes I think we need more characters that are flawed and maybe a little broken to remind us that we don’t always have to pretend perfection. Elijah is far from perfect, but he tries to be a better man, which is all anyone can really ask. While his actions aren’t always noble, his intentions and heart are - speaking of, I also loved his heart for Victoria. He’d loved her for years, but always saw the impossibilities in any future between them. Even when it seemed so out of reach, he was still there, guiding her and trying to show her the worth she so rarely saw in herself.

My only negative comment is that I really didn’t much care for Gilbert. Elijah’s rival in this book, who I believe is also the main character of the next story. He is something of the villain here and is not a very likeable character. I honestly can’t really see reading his story, though he does become a little more tolerable later in the book. I wish that Ms. Rawlings had softened his character a bit, so that I would have liked him at least a little better.

Finally, I would say that I really enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys Christian historical romance!
I received an advanced copy of this book from the author for my honest review, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read my review!  I hope you enjoyed it! 
If you'd like to look into it further, it's available on Amazon in both paper and the Kindle version.  And the ebook is currently on sale for $3.99!  Which I'm a little excited about. :)

Also, please come back here Saturday, September 26, 2015 (4 days from now),  for a random giveaway (and no, I'm not telling what it is)!

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