Mia Stanley, from one of the wealthy and influential families of Philadelphia, was a vivacious young woman convinced she was a born matchmaker after so many of her introductions bore fruit in the culmination of marriage. To her families dismay she also wrote articles for GODEY'S LADIES BOOK magazine. After uncovering a nefarious plot exploiting seaman's wives on Philadelphia's docks, she became a woman with a cause. In her journalistic zeal to discover the perpetrator of these crimes, she not only put herself in harms way but was about to lose the high regard of the one man she came to realize was the true love of her life.
*** A long time fan of Tracie Peterson's emotional, adventuresome and inspirational series, I looked forward to starting Book 1 of LADIES OF LIBERTY. While this started off a bit on the slow side, with dialogs I felt were a bit stilted, I was soon caught up in Miss Mia's machinations and the story then steam-rolled into another lovely adventure.
The author did a splendid job creating and showing the reader how Mia was convinced her matchmaking talents were a gift - designed to bring her friends and acquaintances together in a perfect union; as well as her determination to champion the causes of the oppressed using her investigative journalism talents. Garrett, Mia's best friend, who happens to be the boy-next-door grown into a man, was fashioned perfectly, first as Mia's next matchmaking target, and then as her knight in shining armor. It would be while attempting to play matchmaker that Mia would discover, almost too late, that she already knew who the perfect mate for Garrett would be.
With Garrett, the author showed him as the concerned `big brother' who thought at first only to save Mia from treading on dangerous ground - taking chances with both society ruin as well as physical bodily harm. Built up slowly, the real reason for Garrett's concern dawned upon him and evolved into a lovely romance when Garrett realized he was no longer looking at Mia as another `little sister' but a vibrant and beautiful young woman who would make him the perfect wife.
Ms. Peterson fills the story with a memorable and likeable supporting cast, as well as a most despicable villain. She effortlessly brings forth lessons of faith in giving the reader better insights in life's lessons with a dash of humor and without being overly `preachy'. This best-selling author continues to entertain with her inspiring historical romantic adventures and it looks as though this new "Ladies of Liberty" series will be another one more feather to add to her cap!
Marilyn Rondeau, RIO - Reviewers International Organization