Rating: 4 of 5 stars
Genre: Historical Romance
Source: Received to Review
Book Description: Wales, 1884
The quiet village of Llanwddyn has long been a safe haven for Gwen, a young Welsh country girl whose life has been fraught with tragedy. Following the untimely death of her parents, it was her aunt's home in Llanwddyn that provided Gwen and her brother a refuge from their grief. Now, with the unwelcome news that the village is to be razed in the name of progress, an inescapable wave of change has begun.
When her brother departs to follow his dream of sailing the high seas, Gwen is left alone to navigate the shifting world around her. She soon finds herself relying on the support of her brother's best friend, Lewis, a gentle blacksmith whose kindness stirs her heart. Resigned to the fact that Lewis may never see her as more than a child, Gwen is soon swept off her feet by Thomas, a prosperous young Englishman. Torn between two men and two very different paths, Gwen has little time to determine what course her heart will follow. With time running out for her beautiful valley, will love come too late?
My thoughts: Books set in Wales or with characters from Wales are always a draw for me. This book is set about 10 years before my Great Grandmother left Wales with her mother and immigrated to the United States.
The book deals with change. The town of Llandwddyn is about to be leveled and moved to another location. A dam will be built that will cover the town. The main character's, Gwen, brother has just left to follow his dream. He has always wanted to work on a ship and see new places. Gwen has a hard time adjusting to new things. She is resistant to change. This book looks at her life during a hard time period.
This book is beautifully written. It is easy to relate to and like the characters. I love the reflective nature of the book. I felt as if I could see the area she described and get a feel for the culture and people.
This is a clean historical romance.
About the Author (taken from Deseret Book): Sian Ann Bessey was born in Cambridge, England, and grew up on the island of Anglesey off the north coast of Wales. She left Wales to attend Brigham Young University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in communications.
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