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Words Spoken True: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Ann H. Gabhart
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One woman stands ready to defend her newspaper . . . even if it means losing out on love

Adriane Darcy was practically raised in her father's newspaper offices. With ink in her veins, she can't imagine life without the clatter of the press and the push to be first to write the news that matters. Their Tribune is the leading paper in Louisville in 1855.

When Blake Garrett, a brash young editor from the North with a controversial new style of reporting, takes over a competing newspaper, the battle for readers gets fierce. After Adriane and Blake meet at a benefit, their surprising mutual attraction is hard to ignore. Still, Blake is the enemy, and Adriane is engaged to the son of a powerful businessman who holds the keys to the Tribune's future. Blake will stop at almost nothing to get the story--and the girl.

Set against the volatile backdrop of political and civil unrest in 1850s Louisville, this exciting story of love and loyalty will hold you in its grip until the very last page.


"I've come to expect wonderful books from Ann Gabhart, and her latest doesn't disappoint. She weaves a story that is a page-turner from beginning to end. This is one you'll highly recommend to friends."--Judith Miller, author, Daughters of Amana series


Ann H. Gabhart is the bestselling author of several novels, including Angel Sister and the Shaker novels The Outsider, The Believer, The Seeker, and The Blessed. She lives with her husband a mile from where she was born in Kentucky.

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One woman stands ready to defend her newspaper . . . even if it means losing out on love

Adriane Darcy was practically raised in her father's newspaper offices. With ink in her veins, she can't imagine life without the clatter of the press and the push to be first to write the news that matters. Their Tribune is the leading paper in Louisville in 1855.

When Blake Garrett, a brash young editor from the North with a controversial new style of reporting, takes over a competing newspaper, the battle for readers gets fierce. After Adriane and Blake meet at a benefit, their surprising mutual attraction is hard to ignore. Still, Blake is the enemy, and Adriane is engaged to the son of a powerful businessman who holds the keys to the Tribune's future. Blake will stop at almost nothing to get the story--and the girl.

Set against the volatile backdrop of political and civil unrest in 1850s Louisville, this exciting story of love and loyalty will hold you in its grip until the very last page.


"I've come to expect wonderful books from Ann Gabhart, and her latest doesn't disappoint. She weaves a story that is a page-turner from beginning to end. This is one you'll highly recommend to friends."--Judith Miller, author, Daughters of Amana series


Ann H. Gabhart is the bestselling author of several novels, including Angel Sister and the Shaker novels The Outsider, The Believer, The Seeker, and The Blessed. She lives with her husband a mile from where she was born in Kentucky.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1894 KB
  • Print Length: 369 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B00GYP98HQ
  • Publisher: Revell; Original edition (Feb. 1 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006G2YP9I
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #49,795 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great historical detail and a great book Feb. 23 2012
By Karoline TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
What I really liked about this story is the rich historical detail and effort put into it. The setting is easy to picture, and as the story progresses, you certainly can feel the tension and the civil unrest there was during this particular time. So this aspect of the book was exceptionally well done.

I really liked reading the characters in this book as well. I loved Adriane! she certainly was a very strong character (although, it was also good that she displayed her vulnerabilities as well, to make her more 'real'). However what I liked about her the most is her strong independence and her willingness to make her own proper choices despite her betrothal and her social status. I liked how she made her own decisions and was willing to accept those consequences - even to the point of disappointing her own father.

I also thought the villain in this book was very well done. He's creepy enough while maintaining a facade and fooling others (he fooled me at first). Blake on the other hand is also well done (although he's your typical gentleman you find in these kinds of novels) but the chemistry he has between himself and Adriane is well written and they go well together.

The plot is well written, and the mystery part of the book is all right although it was rather predictable who the culprit is. The pacing is also well done although I thought it did drag its' feet towards the last third of the book. Despite this small shortcoming, the book was still a great read and I absolutely enjoyed it. Most definitely recommended for those who like a nice clean historical romance with a rich setting, or those who are into inspirational fiction.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Better even than I hoped for! Feb. 21 2012
By christianfictionaddiction TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
I can honestly say I picked up this book expecting to read a gentle "historical romance" in the vein of dozens of other similar historical romance books I've read. What I found, instead, was a book with unique characters who refuse to bow to convention, thrown in with suspense and murder and political tension broiling over into riots. The historical setting of the book is absolutely captivating, especially with the "Know Nothing" party that is determined to trample the rights of immigrants, such as by physically barring them from voting. The world of warring newspapers is equally interesting to read about. But my favourite part of the book is the character of Adriane, whose actions cannot help but scandalize the gentle upcrust society. Adriane seems determined to prove wrong the popular sentiment of her day that "too much thinking on serious matters was reputed to be injurious to the female brain", a line that I read out loud to my wife and which caused her eyebrows to raise significantly. My, how times have changed! The villain in the story is deliciously creepy (if you love stories with suspense, in any case), and although I figured out early who the murderer was due to the author's well-paced clues, the journey to his eventual unveiling is an exciting one.

I give this book my highest rating of 5 out of 5 stars, and look forward to what the author has up her sleeve for her next book...

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A delightful read Feb. 20 2012
Format:Paperback
Within the first few chapters of this story the fate of the two protagonists is secured and the reader is left with little doubt about how this book will end. While predictable, Ann H Gabhart nonetheless weaves an entertaining story as she leads her characters in a side-stepping dance through the haunty upper class of Louisville's high society, down to the grungy shipping docks, and through the shadowed corridors of the printing shops while throwing in elements of murder, deceit, and treachery to spice up the romance.

The book was well written, and the dialogue was believable and often times delightfully witty. Blake Garrett, Adriane's unofficial and inappropriate suitor, is undoubtedly written for the female reader. With his dark good looks, roguish manner, and dramatic heroics he is certainly swoon worthy. Although he is perhaps a little too perfect it is hard not to like the cocky and rather over-confident editor.

Adriane, raised by her workaholic father, is a tom-boy who appears to suddenly find herself in a woman's body and faced with a whole new set of expectations that she has no idea how to deal with. Left to her own devices Adriane would live out her days working the printing press, but her undeniable beauty and her father's debts make that impossible. When she meets Blake, Adriane becomes caught between her father's desires and her own. At times her emotional dilemmas are a little hard to follow, but her unearthly beauty aside, she is a relatable character. How can you not like a woman who is capable of meeting Blake word-word in any sort of verbal duel when every other female in the room is swooning in his wake?

As much as I found this novel a little more humorous than it was probably intended I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.
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