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Lady Of High Regard, A Paperback – Dec 1 2008
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About the Author
Tracie Peterson is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than 70 historical and contemporary novels including the HEIRS OF MONTANA, ALASKAN QUEST and LIGHTS OF LOWELL series. Her books make regular appearances on CBA bestseller lists. Tracie also teaches writing workshops at a variety of conferences on subjects such as inspirational romance and historical research. She has also written the nonfiction book I Can't Do It All: Breaking Free from the Lies That Control Us (with Allison Bottke & Dianne O'Brian). She and her family live in Belgrade, Montana.
Judith West gives a polished performance depicting Mia Stanley, a young woman from a wealthy and influential Philadelphia family. Mia comes to believe shes a born matchmaker, but she cant find a romantic interest of her own. So she launches a journalism career instead. West captures her familys dismay, and Mias resentment, when her father orders her to stop writing for GODEYS LADIES BOOK. She adeptly depicts Mias shock and concern after visiting seamans wives on the Philadelphia docks and learning of their victimization: physical and sexual abuse, even their children being sold for bad debts. With clarity of narration, textured characterizations, and cultural authenticity, West brings to life Mias ensuing fight for higher wages, reduced hours, and the return of the seamans children. G.D.W. © AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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*** 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
Finding the perfect lady is more difficult than it seems, though. Problems abound with each and every introduction that Mia makes. Soon, it becomes apparent that the match that she's looking for might have been right under her nose the whole time.
Mia's matchmaking must take a backseat when she discovers, through her writing job at GODEY'S LADIES BOOK, the terrible plight of the wives of Philadelphia's seamen. Mia must delve deep into the seedy side of life to get the story for GODEY'S, hoping that if the tale is told, others will also offer aid to the unfortunate women. In her quest to find a solution, she unwittingly puts herself in danger, and draws Garrett into the danger as well.
A LADY OF HIGH REGARD is a wonderful read, full of realistic heart-warming characters and a strong, but not overdone, message of faith. Author Tracie Peterson has created a richly romantic tale set against one of America's most interesting periods in history. First in the Ladies of Liberty series, A LADY OF HIGH REGARD is simply refreshing, leaving readers with a feel-good outlook and a positive message of hope and love.
Born into wealth and high society, Mia Stanley works for Godey's Ladies Magazine. Although her parents and best friend Garrett Wilson do not approve. Mia uncovers a dangerous situation at the docks where woman are being charged the debts of their dead husbands at unfair prices and are sometimes having their children taken away. Mia rushes forth to help these women while putting her own life at risk.
Meanwhile, Mia has a natch for matchmaking and has been trying to find the perfect woman, a lady of high regard for Garrett Wilson to take as a wife. Little does Mia know that Garrett has other plans and wishes for her to be that woman.
I really enjoyed this book. The dialogue between Mia and Garret was hilarious when they were arguing sometimes. In one scene where Mia was talking to her parents I burst out laughing at a comment her mother made. The historical detail in this novel is evident as well. It's as though you yourself are thrown in Philadelphia in the 19th century. Throw in a bad guy (Jasper Barrill) and you have an entertaining read. I'm really looking forward to the second book whenever it is out. Whether it continues the story of Mia and Garrett or introduces other characters, I know it will be an enjoyable read. :)
Even though I'm not a fan of period pieces, I enjoyed LADY OF HIGH REGARD. The setting took a backseat to the story. I liked that TRACIE PETERSON set the tone of the book with the restrictions put on ladies at that time, but allowed tenacious Mia to be the moderate rebel, only wanting to right the wrongs of those less fortunate than herself. Of course, we had to wait until the end of the book to see if Garrett and Mia would reveal their true feelings for each other, but it was worth the wait.
The story was very interesting as it told of a young determined lady, Mia Stanley, who finds out about a horrible secret of the seamen's wives plight. She's considered a highly regarded lady (as you can see) and has a knack for matchmaking. Her skill is proven through the happy marriages Mia's set up for her younger sisters. With this good experience in hand, Mia thinks she can be everyone's matchmaker, including her longtime friend, Garrett.
As she tries to find matches for Garrett, she is deeply troubled by the plight of the seamen's wives. Mia struggles through the process of learning that she can't do everything. It takes awhile for her to realize that, but when she does she also realizes that she's fallen in love with Garrett. Garrett feels the same, but doesn't know if she still thinks of him as her "big brother".
In a suspenseful event at the end of the book, Mia is captured by the culprit she's been trying to apprehend the day she found out he was responsible for the oppression of the seamen's wives. This part I felt immensely angry toward the villain, although it was necessary because you would never feel as happy as Mia did when Garrett finally came to her rescue.
That's when the resolve comes between Garrett and Mia as they know for certain their feelings toward each other. Garrett finally asks for Mia's hand in marriage and the "happily ever after" ends this interesting read.
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