“An Honest Heart” by Kaye Dacus, book review
Caddy has become quite well known as a seamstress and dress designer. She is caring for her ailing mother, training apprentaces and working at the poor house, teaching woman and girls the skill of sewing. Her life is full, but there is still a little empty place where she would like to fill with a husband. No prospects yet. Living near and working for the wealthy of Oxford, she sees and hears so much, but must remain silent, to keep her job.
Neal enters the dress shop carrying her mother who has fainted while shopping at the greengrocer. He evaluates her condition and suggests exercise and fresh foods to help her gain strength. Who is this new doctor? He has come to the city and has begun treating patients who need his services, even if they cannot pay in cash. So far, he has received 2 laying hens, baskets of baked goods and home cooked meals delivered to his door. He has noticed the sweet looking seamstress and hopes to court her.
The “season” is about to launch and all the families of eligible young ladies are vying for the attention of the eligible young men. There are more ball gowns needed this time of year than any other. Plus, the Great Exhibition is scheduled for later in the year and with the Queen speaking at the opening ceremony, many more gowns have been ordered. Caddy can bearly keep up with the orders, and the whims of the ladies who order the gowns.
This is the second in the Great Exhibition series, and while some attention is given to the event, most of the story revolves around the Parade area of Oxford and the working class folk there. I read the 1st book and really enjoyed it. And I did enjoy this book, but did not really understand the connection between the 2. Usually the 2nd book follows in sequence, but in this case, I think this story was happening at the same time as book 1, with different characters in the main roles. This book was easy to read and the plot moved along well. The character development was very good and the attention to detail of the clothing was an extra nice touch. I look forward to reading #3.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher……. as a member of the CFBA. All opinions expressed are my own.
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B&H Books (October 15, 2013)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Humor, Hope, and Happily Ever Afters! Kaye Dacus is the author of humorous, hope-filled contemporary and historical romances with Barbour Publishing, Harvest House Publishers, and B&H Publishing. She holds a Master of Arts in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University, is a former Vice President of American Christian Fiction Writers, and currently serves as President of Middle Tennessee Christian Writers. Kaye lives in Nashville, Tennessee, where she is a full-time academic advisor and part-time college composition instructor for Bethel University.
Kaye Dacus (KAY DAY-cuss) is an author and educator who has been writing fiction for more than twenty years. A former Vice President of American Christian Fiction Writers, Kaye enjoys being an active ACFW member and the fellowship and community of hundreds of other writers from across the country and around the world that she finds there. She currently serves as President of Middle Tennessee Christian Writers, which she co-founded in 2003 with three other writers. Each month, she teaches a two-hour workshop on an aspect of the craft of writing at the MTCW monthly meeting. Kaye lives in Nashville, Tennessee, where she is an academic advisor and English Composition instructor for Bethel University.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Set during the Industrial Revolution and the Great Exhibition of 1851, An Honest Heart is a “sitting-room romance” with the feel of a Regency-era novel but the fashions and technological advances of the mid-Victorian age.
Featuring dual romance stories, the main plot involves seamstress Caddy Bainbridge and the choice she must make between two men: one from the aristocracy, the other from the working class. Award-nominated author Kaye Dacus pinpoints the theme of honesty—both men in this love triangle have deep secrets to hide, and Caddy’s choice will be based on which of them can be honest with her.
Courtship . . . cunning . . . candor. Who possesses an honest heart?