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About The Lady of Astoria Abbey
Bess leads a quiet life, intent on easing the burdens of her widowed father. She acts as maid, cook, and assistant in his medical practice—but she is wearied by the thankless work and her father’s lack of kindness. And then a miracle happens. Lady Agatha Buxton of Astoria Abbey is seeking a physician for her ailing son, Hugh, and, sensing that Bess is trapped in her situation, offers the young woman a position as nurse. Despite Bess’s father’s objections, she accepts—and her life is forever changed.
Bess and Hugh enjoy an immediate bond of friendship, which quickly blossoms into love. Despite his dire prognosis, the couple makes the bittersweet decision to wed, embracing what little time they have. Their tender union ushers in a season of both joy and heartbreak, and Bess discovers greater meaning in life than she’d ever imagined. As she’s confronted with the sorrow of living without Hugh, Bess finds herself at a crossroads—will she have the courage to trust her heart and allow herself to love again?
I love historical romance books! The old fashioned feel of everything is my favorite thing. This one is really well written. I loved the timeless feel of the characters and the abbey. The escape from our crazy busy time to a much simpler time period is also great!
Bess at the beginning made me a bit sad. She’s a young woman who helps her father in his practice as a doctor. But her dad has gotten to where he takes her and all of her work for granted. He just expects that his food will be made and cleaned up after while he reads a novel or goes to bed. Bess was not happy at the beginning and that was a bit hard to see. But she gets a job offer from the lady of Astoria Abbey to be kind of a companion to her terminally ill son. And that’s where we see Bess’ outlook change.
When Bess’ outlook changes she blossoms into the most amazing young woman. She is kind and compassionate, caring for everyone around her in the most amazing way. I loved the way she falls in love with Hugh. But she doesn’t tell him, because she’s never been in love before and she has an idea that it might just be because of her daily task of caring for him in his illness. But Hugh feels the same way.
I loved Hugh. He got a bit of a bad lot in life. He was supposed to die as an infant, but he hung on far longer than anyone could have ever guessed. I would have liked to have seen in his head, but this novel works from just Bess’ perspective. Hugh is never one to feel sorry for his lot in life. He is one to grab any small happiness he can find in his world that consists of really just his own bedroom and sitting room.
I loved the love story in this one. There are plenty of other things going on in the plot as well. Things like Bess’ father pretty much disowning her. And plenty of twists and turns to keep the reader interested and entertained.
This is such a great historical romance. Make sure to take some time to read it!
I was sent a copy of The Lady of Astoria Abbey as a gift from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
About author Anita Stansfield
Anita Stansfield began writing at the age of sixteen, and her first novel was published sixteen years later. Her novels range from historical to contemporary and cover a wide gamut of social and emotional issues that explore the human experience through memorable characters and unpredictable plots. She has received many awards, including a special award for pioneering new ground in LDS fiction, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Whitney Academy for LDS Literature. Anita is the mother of five, and has two adorable grandsons. Her husband, Vince, is her greatest hero.
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