Friday, June 17, 2011
Hidden Affections by Delia Parr
Annabelle Tyler is a sweet and beautiful woman of faith. When her husband takes off with her inheritance and then divorces her, she leaves for Philadelphia, hoping to find a job at a candy shop. As a divorced woman in the 1830’s, she had few options. Yet on her way to Philadelphia the stage was robbed, and she ends up being forced to marry Harrison Graymoor, and elusive and affluent bachelor.
In an effort to keep their marriage a secret until they could obtain an annulment or divorce, he sends her to his country estate where we meet a lovely and unique cast of characters. Both continue to keep their secrets while trying not to fall in love.
I really enjoyed this story. I appreciated how clearly the author demonstrated her understanding of how difficult life was for a divorced woman in that day. The characters were unique and interested, and the story moved along at a nice pace, and some surprising twists in the plot keep things interesting.
Though at first I was a little unsure of another Delia Parr book about an undesired marriage, I assure you that the storyline is quite different, and this one was my favorite of the Parr books that I have read.
I must mention that I received a complimentary review copy of the book from Bethany House, but that in no way influenced my opinion of it.