The Widow of Larkspur Inn

The Widow of Larkspur Inn When Life Seemed Its Worst Gresham AwaitedJulia Hollis opulent life in Victorian London crashes to pieces when her husband passes away Worse she is told by his bankers that he gambled away their for

  • Title: The Widow of Larkspur Inn
  • Author: Lawana Blackwell
  • ISBN: 9781556619472
  • Page: 157
  • Format: Paperback
  • When Life Seemed Its Worst, Gresham AwaitedJulia Hollis opulent life in Victorian London crashes to pieces when her husband passes away Worse, she is told by his bankers that he gambled away their fortune Now, the family s hope rests on The Larkspur, an old abandoned coaching inn in the quaint village of Gresham.Driven by dread and her desire to provide for her childrenWhen Life Seemed Its Worst, Gresham AwaitedJulia Hollis opulent life in Victorian London crashes to pieces when her husband passes away Worse, she is told by his bankers that he gambled away their fortune Now, the family s hope rests on The Larkspur, an old abandoned coaching inn in the quaint village of Gresham.Driven by dread and her desire to provide for her children, Julia decides to turn the dilapidated inn into a lodging house But can she who was accustomed to servants attending to every need do what needs to be done and cope when boarders begin arriving And then an eligible new vicar moves into town

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    1. Kindle freebie 1/31/2017.This is a fairly leisurely, reasonably well-written Victorian-era tale of a young British widow, Julia Hollis, and her two children, who are left destitute by her husband's unexpected death. Luckily part of her inheritance (the only thing that his creditors weren't interested in) is an old, run-down country inn. Julia and her kids pull up their roots and move out to the country, where she fixes up the inn and starts taking in lodgers. This novel is basically a pleasant a [...]

    2. I initially had a really hard time getting into this, but once I got past the first 6 or 8 chapters, I really enjoyed the story! It reminded me in *some* ways of my favorite series, At Home in Mitford, because of the small town feel and the fact that it was written in numerous people's POV, which I liked. The characters were all great; although I feel like Julia's children, particularly Aleda and Grace were underdeveloped. Phillip got so much more air time, and we were pretty frequently in his P [...]

    3. 4.5 starsA delightful read! There are loads of characters in this story, but somehow the author weaves them together beauitfully and somehow I managed to keep them all straight. I think my favorites were Mr. Clay, the Vicar, and Mrs. Howitt. The British aspect was well done, which is usually not normal for books set in England by American authors. The only term that I remember not being correct was "candy" instead of "sweets.There was so many Spiritual lessons throughout this that I was amazed [...]

    4. I thought I knew what I was getting into when I started Lawana Blackwell’s The Widow of Larkspur, you know one main story focus, but nope! And it very well could have turned into a book disaster, but that wasn’t the case. When it first started I was weary, but I kept reading because unless you are Moby Dick, I will finish the book.Then, and I’m not sure when it happened, all of the sudden I was totally immersed in the town of Gresham. Of course I wanted to know about Julia, but what about [...]

    5. Overall ImpressionIf you are looking for a sweet and wholesome Historical Romance, The Widow of Larkspur Inn is for you. I had seen this quite awhile ago and was instantly attracted to the cover. As I skimming through my Kindle library, searching desperately for a new book to read and this one popped up. I started in with high expectations that were not disappointed. The overall feeling to this book was warm and homey. Gresham was delightfully portrayed, I could see the very streets with a wonde [...]

    6. Well, this was an interesting reading experience.I started this over a week ago. It started off somewhat boring (2 stars), the middle portion was really good and engrossing (4 stars), and the end was weak, hurried, and too preachy for my own personal taste (2 stars). I do give Blackwell kudos for presenting the message of Jesus Christ in a way that made sense within the story context. However, the testimony seemed to be really heavy-handed at the very end, whereas it was sprinkled lightly throug [...]

    7. Age Appropriate For: 15 and upBest for Ages: 15 and upDriven by dread and her desire to provide for her children, Julia decides to turn the dilapidated inn into a lodging house. But can she--who was accustomed to servants attending to every need--do what needs to be done and cope when boarders begin arriving? And then an eligible new vicar moves into townI don’t think there is a fiction book I have enjoyed as much since earlier in the year. It has also been a very long time since I have read a [...]

    8. While it took a few chapters to become engaged in the story and characters, once I did, I found this novel to be charming. I recommend The Widow of Larkspur Inn for fans of Julie Klassen's The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill.

    9. Oh, where do I begin? This has been one of my favorite books lately. I was enjoying it so much and just getting into all the characters, thinking a plot twist was coming and it would be ending soon, when I thought to see how far along in the book I was. To my surprise, my kindle said I'd only read less than 25%. I was DELIGHTED. Usually when that happens I think to myself, "Ugh, you mean I have to suffer with 75% more of this book?"Character after character was introduced, but the development of [...]

    10. Originally posted on Reveries Reviews.This was one of the best books I’ve read in a long time. There were a couple issues (which I’ll address below; I literally wrote them down because I read this on vacation and was bored), but other than that, I really loved it. Great characters, great plot, great setting. I especially loved Julia, Fiona, Mr. Clay, and okay, yep, I loved all of them.So, the negatives:-Trumpets, baritones, etc. aren’t “wind instruments.” Just sayin’.-I believe house [...]

    11. I love stories about people in communities, people in small or large towns that are merely living their day to day lives. This story totally hit that mark for me, it was engaging and filed with lots of different people and their experiences.I normally get annoyed with books that have multiple POV’s but the way this story was written, it was so nice to get other people’s POV’s and understand where everyone was coming from. The only thing I didn’t like (view spoiler)[was Julia and Andrew a [...]

    12. American bible belt costume drama masquerading (poorly) as English Victorian romance/family drama.They say "never judge a book by its cover" and, in the case of this book, by its blurb either. I was taken in by both and had reached chapter four before I was hit by the bait and switch. After a promising, if somewhat slow, start, the story suddenly reveals its true nature-Christian romance. It was an unexpected turn but I continued since I'd already invested my time and have had positive experienc [...]

    13. I really enjoyed this book. I like romance and I usually stick to the "inspirational" romance genre and I liked the fact that the emphasis wasn't on the romance itself, but rather who a real and solid relationship should be centered on God and mutual respect and affection. I will admit the outcome was predictable but it didn't make it any less enjoyable. I loved the characters and even though you really only got to know Phillip well and see his growth out of the three Hollis children, I still en [...]

    14. This was a really sweet comfort read. The setting of the village of Gresham and the tenants of Larkspur Inn were charming, and I enjoyed their stories & interaction together. The plot moved a little slowly at times, but it had some sweet and comedic moments. I did feel like some of the ideas of faith were expressed in a way that was a bit too modern for the time period, and I was weary of the main character, Julia's, tendency to pose all of her thoughts in the form of questions. I think it w [...]

    15. Another freebie gone wrong. When I read the description on amazon (which is different from this one), I didn't have any idea it was "Christian lit." I didn't know I was in for the slowest moving try-to-throw-a-story over a sermon on the planet. I'm sure that it is terribly moving to many people, but I finally gave up out of pure boredom.

    16. It took me a little bit to get into this one. Set in England, some of the terminology was different and I've never had servants, so that was quite different, but I caught on and enjoyed all of the characters. I may even be enticed to read the rest of the series!

    17. My favorite series. The era is awesome. I can picture all the characters walking down the different Lanes. It is just a peaceful series in which I can see myself joyfully living in.

    18. The Widow of Larkspur Inn is the first in a trio of Christian Romanced novels, and it was offered free in ebook form on the Barnes & Noble website. I picked it up thinking it was a historical romance, and I liked it just fine, but Christian Romance isn't my genre.I'm not a religious person. I grew up with it, yes, but I stepped away from it quietly and with no malice years ago. This isn't a book I'd have read if I'd known it had religion as a major part of its story. Not because books with r [...]

    19. After her husband's sudden death and the family's financial ruin, Julia and her three children find a new life, and a new home in the country in an abandoned coaching inn. Thankful for a fresh start in her own business and for God's provision, she creates new friendships with those in the village and staying at the inn, finds a deeper faith, healing, and true happiness and contentment. “When we lose someone we've allowed to be our whole life, we find that we have very little left to sustain us [...]

    20. After all the junk I seemed to have read lately (granted I have admitted several times that a lot of it is me and not always the books) this was so refreshing and lovely, like drinking a nice glass of water after traveling in a wasteland. I just thoroughly enjoyed it. It just hits the right note, personally, in every aspect. The romances that happened throughout the 3 books in the series were subtle and did not predominately focus on physical attraction (which is sooooo often the case even in re [...]

    21. In my review of the very first book of Ms. Blackwell's that I read I said that the heavy handed preaching detracted from an otherwise well written book. In the subsequent books I read by this author, she used a much lighter and subtler touch on the religious preaching, which gave her fine writing a chance to shine through. This is an earlier book by the Ms. Blackwell than the others I have read to date, and it's extremely preachy-full of sermonizing, evangelizing, and the like. Just the type of [...]

    22. I gave this my 50 page rule and then some. Like so many Fiction titles written for white, middle class evangelical women this was just too period-inaccurate for me to enjoy reading. Characters who are supposedly British upper class in Victorian England speak in modern vernacular. Irish characters speak American English. All of the conversations and attitudes about and toward God are held with our current cultural approach to religion. Concepts upon which this book relies heavily--Christ as perso [...]

    23. Let me just start out by saying that I wanted to like this, I really did. It kept reading because it was a cute story that had so much potential but the more and more I read the worse it got. I liked the story and I liked the premise but I really had to work to finish this and felt like I was reading it forever. It started out at a slower pace but about half way through it started speeding up to where things were happening with no build up or development leaving me scratch my head wondering wher [...]

    24. So really I would give this book at 2.5 star rating. It was a free download from amazon and I didn't have any other books at the time. It took me a while to finish it because it just dragged but I still wanted to see how some characters' issues were resolved. I will occasionally read a "christian" novel because I can count on them to be clean reads but, even though I am Christian, I don't like to talk about Jesus and being converted on every other page, it's just not why I read novels. This book [...]

    25. Obviously Blackwell did her research for this book, and came up with an excellent idea. So why 2 stars than?This book was too.ish. It meanders with no real idea of where the plot is going. At first I thought the majority of the book would be about moving to Larkspur Inn, but that was resolved by page 40 or so. Than they are all accepted by the town fairly quickly, another dodge for any complications in the book. Than by page 200 we are introduced to a completely new character who seems will play [...]

    26. Splendid, just splendid. What a wonderful light but thoroughly enjoyable read. Between Julia and the many guests at Larkspur Inn and the many faces of Gresham coating the pages with warmth and light humor this will certainly be a favorite of mine. There were so many characters to this book and I loved it. There was always something new going on with the guests and friends in town. It moved along quite nicely and I'll have to say I was pleased with every aspect of this book and It's many details [...]

    27. A delightful regency story that does not involve passionate sex and despicable family members. It was well written and left one feeling that they really knew the characters. It tells the story of a young widow who is forced by her deceased husbands gambling debts to have to leave London and try to provide for her three children and one maid who insists of going with her. It left me looking forward to reading the next book in the series. It takes place in a beautiful part of England and describes [...]

    28. I can see this being a mini series but as a book it was too long. The story was slow and humdrum. There was nothing keep my interest going besides the fact I wanted to finish it. Very predictable and slow slow slow! The love stories were so bland and emotionless! Not a book I would a again.

    29. Julia Hollis enjoyed a life of genteel privilege as a respected doctor’s wife and mother of three until her husband’s sudden death shatters her life and illusions. His debts strip away his family’s very way of life, leaving Julia and her children with no other provision than The Larkspur, a dilapidated, one-time coaching in located in the country village of Gresham. Left with no other recourse than to reinvent herself, Julia pins her family’s hopes of survival on the inn, and with the ai [...]

    30. Book Description from :When Life Seemed Its Worst, Gresham AwaitedJulia Hollis' opulent life in Victorian London crashes to pieces when her husband passes away. Worse, she is told by his bankers that he gambled away their fortune. Now, the family's hope rests on The Larkspur, an old abandoned coaching inn in the quaint village of Gresham. Driven by dread and her desire to provide for her children, Julia decides to turn the dilapidated inn into a lodging house. But can she--who was accustomed to [...]

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