by Josie Riviera
Published by Josie Riviera
Publication Date January 16, 2018
Genres: Christian Fiction, Clean Romance, Historical Fiction
Setting: England Regency Era – UK – 1795 – 1837
Main Character Ages: 18-24, 25-35
Written for: Adults
Losing his wife and daughter to influenza shook James Colchester’s faith in God. As another epidemic threatens, he’s torn between what’s best for his fragile son: fleeing to his Welsh homeland, or staying put. In a moment of weakness, the black-haired, green-eyed Gypsy’s delicate touch on his palm quells his fear…and her beauty ignites a warmth he hasn’t felt in years.
Desperate to return to her people, Valentina Rupa goes against every lesson her mother taught her to soothe the Englishman into a false sense of security. But as James’s quiet faith sparks a hunger to know it for herself, she realizes she’s made an unforgivable mistake. One that could rob James of his most precious gift—and destroy their chance for lifelong love.
I would like to thank Josie Riviera for giving me this copy of the book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
It was very interesting learning a bit more about the Romany (Rom) people and their customs. Valentina was trained by her mother to read palms. I have to confess that when I first read about that, I was cautious, but the author did a great job in showing that fortune telling is something that God doesn’t approve of.
The story was a sweet love story, and also one of overcoming fears and of a gypsy learning about the love of Jesus.
Oh, just a funny and somewhat unrelated note. As I was reading this story, I was reminded of something my grandmother told me once. She grew up in Ohio, I think in the 20s and 30s. She was telling me that when she was a little girl, there was one time that gypsies were nearby and she was terribly frightened of them. Then in the next breath she said “I think I’m part gypsy”.
Be aware that there is mention of rape, and while there isn’t much description of the act, there is a tiny bit. Also, the kisses were quite steamy, though the hands all stayed where they should. Let’s just say that the description of the kisses didn’t just include lips. ‘Nuff said. 🙂