Just a few years ago I discovered Ann Gabhart through her Shaker series set in Harmony Hill. I loved the complexities of a "simple" life that were presented throughout the series and enjoyed the sweet romance and faith elements that were presented. In Words Spoken True Ms. Gabhart has taken a completely different yet equally enthralling path.
Take a worldly newspaperman and a talented writer/typesetter who work for rival newspapers and throw them together in the midst of a growing Louisville where the influx of Irish Catholic immigrants has caused anything but peace. Throw in a serial killer and toe-curling romance and you have one awesome read that is worth stopping the presses for.
I loved every bit of it from Adriane, who just wanted to write a great story to Blake the arrogant editor who just jumps off the page, Duff the newsboy, and even the ol' flea bitten dog that hangs out on the back stoop. If you're a sucker for romance this book has it in spades. Words Spoken True ranks up there with Courting Morrow Little or A Hope Undaunted for those who love the sparks! ;-)
Louisville, Kentucky, 19th century, the newspaper business and a woman reporter in a city that wasn’t too keen on her canvassing the streets.
This story has a lot of unique going for it, which is what drew me to it in the first place. Louisville has a rich southern history and a healthy dose is shared with the reader in “Words Spoken True”. Adraine is a strong character who knows what she wants and isn’t afraid to chase after it and for that I enjoyed her character. She wasn’t easily bowled over by the expectations of her day, but with that courage, brought a dose of heartache.
I thought the first third of the book moved too slowly for my reading taste. I felt it lost some of the forward motion of the story amongst the description and words, but as the plot picked up pace so did my interest. A slight twist was thrown my direction and took my attention a bit deeper.
While this novel wasn’t completely within my interests- much as I wanted it to be, I can certainly appreciate the depth of research and plot of the story. I’m glad I gave it a shot; I would say it was worth it.
This review is my honest opinion. Thanks to the publishers for my copy to review.
**Available February 2012 from Revell, a division of Baker Publishers**