Cover Art: 4/5 The only thing I don’t like about it is that the girl on the front doesn’t really capture how I perceived Lydia. I know that doesn’t matter much, but I would have been happy with just the background of the Barrington Estate.
Age Limit: 13 and up. I think that this book would definitely benefit a younger audience.
Author: Sherri Wilson Johnson (A very dear friend of mine!)
Set in the late 19th Century Florida, Lydia Barrington fights against the stereotype of being a woman solely for the purpose of getting married, having babies, and being limited to what she can accomplish. To Lydia, adventure is the only true way to live, so she fights against the burden of being confined to every other woman’s life every chance she gets, much to the chagrin of her mother and father.
The Barringtons, a wealthy family that has resided at Live Oaks Plantation for many years, are known to have some pretty extravagant parties, and do so whenever they get the chance (mostly for the bazillion weddings that they host). Lydia never shines as much as when she is dancing, and to Hamilton Scarbrough (childhood friend to Nathan, Lydia’s twin brother), this is what he enjoys most about her.
Lydia is thrown into some pretty tough situations with Hamilton and has to use her better judgment when it comes to being alone with him (as it was not proper in this time period for them to be found alone, especially since she was not of courting age). Through many trials in their relationship, and because of a terrible secret that Lydia is burdened with (you can’t possibly think I would tell you!), they are unable to marry (or court for that matter). Lydia longs to get away.
She and one of her sisters travel to Pensacola, Florida to stay with their aunt and her family. While she is there, she learns a lot about love, respect, and humility, and even enjoys the company of the Templetons. However, all good things must come to an end, and she is eventually forced to come back home and face some difficult decisions, including sacrificing something very dear to her heart.
The rest…well I could not possibly ruin it for you, because in the end, I had a hard time putting it down. Everything came tumbling together at the end and entices you to keep reading! I am going to go ahead and say that this is not typically the type of book that I would pick up and read (I’m not that much of a “Romance Novel” type of girl), but I am very glad that I had the chance to read it! It is also not your average romance novel either. (Pick it up to find out!) I would recommend this to many young women (and older women too! It is never too late to have a little romance in life!).
Here is a little book preview!
Happy reading everyone!
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