Delia Parr, pen name for Mary Lechleidner, is the author of 10 historical novels and the winner of several awards, including the Laurel Wreath Award for Historical Romance and the Aspen Gold Award for Best Inspirational Book. She is a full-time high school teacher who spends her summer vacations writing and kayaking. The mother of three grown children, she lives in Collingswood, New Jersey. Visit www.deliaparr.com for more information.
About the Book:
She must conceal her past, her identity. What hope can there be for love?
Life changes drastically for Ruth Livingstone the day her father puts a young child in her arms and sends her under an assumed name to a small village in New Jersey. There she dutifully awaits his acquittal, certain that her father, Reverend Livingstone, soon will be cleared of the outrageous accusations against him.
When tragic events transpire, Ruth finds solace tending a garden along the banks of the Toms River—a place where she can find a measure of peace amid her growing heartache. It is also here that she meets Jake Spencer, a man who both frustrates and intrigues her. Fearful of the newspapermen intent on tracking her down and unsure of whom to trust, Ruth knows she must carefully maintain her identity as Widow Malloy. But as love begins to slowly bloom, can the tenuous affection growing between Ruth and Jake withstand the secrets that separate them?
Loves First Bloom is a story full of twists and turns. Ruth Livingstone finds herself with a new identity, a daughter, and a new home. Trying to protect her dad, herself, and the baby, she lives her life as Widow Mallow, living with the Garners and hiding from the press. Along comes Jake, the lies and deception escalate to an unbelievable level.
Will her dad be found guilty of murder? Will she be found out? Will Jake expose her? Will the two be able to forgive the lies and deception? Will he ruin her life or convince her to love him? You will have to read it to find out.
This book is full of romance and mystery so if you are interested in romance in the 1800’s, this is the book for you!!
Counting it all JOY!!