(I received a free copy of this book from Moody Publishers to review here on Book and Beverages)
I wanted to throw this book across the room at least once. As well as yell “You jerk!!” towards some of the characters. That and “You wench!”
Man do I love books like that! I couldn’t put Her Good Name by Ruth Axtell down!
Here’s the breakdown:
Takes place in 1890 in the thriving coastal town of Holliston, Maine (I kept picturing Portland, Maine because that’s the only place in Maine I’ve ever been).
There’s a good looking fellow (the leading lumber baron’s son) named Warren Brentwood, III, who returns to town after years of college and travel.
Throw in Esperanza Estrada, daughter of a Portuguese immigrant fisherman and a local woman, who lives on the wrong side of town, but wants more and takes a job in town as a housekeeper. She kinda has a thing for Warren (you can’t really blame her though).
Then shady rumors fly about Espy and her respected employer. Drama for your mama people. Drama.
Warren believes the lie and his loss of faith in her causes Espy to give up without a fight. I would unlike this status if I could.
She leaves town, so what will happen next???
This was my first read of Axtell’s and in case you didn’t pick up on it, I loved it! She creates passionate characters, a great story and one that I got hooked on almost instantly. A fantastic story and I can’t wait to read more from Axtell (like her new novel coming out soon!).
I’ve decided I have a talent for picking out really good authors. And I totally deserve an award for this feat. Say like free books for the rest of my life. Who wants to make this self-awarded honor possible? Anyone?