My Review: Ink flies, political powers battle, and love triumphs against the back of wars of the press in the mid -1800's
Adriene Darcy is the daughter of Louisville's top newspaper editor of the Tribune, and Blake Garrett is the editor of the Herald, the rival paper. Sparks fly back and forth between the two papers, and between Adriene and Blake. Though they find it hard to deny their mutual attraction to each other, they must. Not only are from opposite sides of the news industry, Adriene is engaged to the foppish son of a powerful politician. What will it take to bring Blake and Adriene together?
Words Spoken True engaged my full attention from the very first chapter. Adriene Darcy is a woman ahead of her time, full of fire and determination to do what she loves. Though at times I found Adriene more than a bit conflicted within herself, though I totally respected how she wanted to do her duty to her father and try to save him by agreeing to marrying Stan. Blake had an air of mystery about him that makes him fascinating, and magnetic, yet a bit aloof.
I loved the setting, and the political world the newspapers wade in. And the sparks that few between Adriene and Blake during their encounters--Oh my! Their banter reminded me of a British drama, icy, flirty, and opinionated...Perfect! I don't usually like books where one or more of the characters falls for someone upon glimpsing their face or form, but Ms. Gabhart did it in such a way that was realistic--they weren't planning their weddings after their first encounter. Fast-paced in a hard to put down way, Words Spoken True was a book I couldn't help but enjoy the whole way through.
Overall, I loved the tension and frost between Adriene and Blake that the newspaper rivalry brought. And the general feel of the bustling Louisville setting, truly felt like a living city, with the ladies in high society and political media on one end, and the murders on the seedier side of town at the other. I loved every minute of it. I would highly recommend to those who love a good adventure that isn't always guns and whistles. This is my first time reading Ann Gabhart, but I will definitely be reading her books again in the future :)
Final Rating: 4.5 out of 5
With thanks to Donna Hausler and Revell Publishing for providing me with a copy of this book in return for an honest review. It was not required that I give a positive review, only that I state my honest views on the book. Thank you.