23 November 2017

Tour & Giveaway: Love and Loss at Whitmore Manor by Anita Stansfield

Love and Loss at Whitmore Manor by Anita Stansfield.
Audience/Genre: Adult, Historical Fiction, Romance.
Publication: November 1st 2017 by Covenant Communications.
For nearly three years, British Officer Tristan Whitmore fought bravely for King and Crown in America. But his loyalty came at a price, and after slowly recovering from battlefield injuries, it is finally time to return to his beloved England and his wife, Muriel. But there is to be no tender reunion at Whitmore Manor—instead, Tristan is stunned to learn of his wife’s deceit in his absence and her unexpected death. And to add to the shocking blow, this devastating news is delivered by the last woman Tristan ever hoped to see again.

Olivia Halstead lost everything after the death of her father but found refuge with her cousin Muriel while Muriel’s husband was at war. Now, with the loss of her cousin, Olivia feels she has trespassed too long on the hospitality of the family. But before she can depart, Muriel’s husband returns, and Olivia’s own thorny history with the man comes rushing in: years ago, theirs was a tender courtship—followed too soon by a bitter parting of ways.

Now two people divided by past betrayal find an unforeseen chance for reconciliation. But when Tristan and Olivia find themselves on opposite sides of a revolution, will their clashing allegiances tear them apart forever?

Reviewed by Kelly.

What I love about Anita Stansbury’s books is that there is always a moral to the story and there is also faith to be considered in her characters. It always makes me think about those things after I am done.

The very beginning of the book grabs you and makes you wonder what Tristan’s life has been like and why he would feel as low as he does. Then the story gives you Tristan’s character and that he is an honorable man but something is amiss in his life. Then we learn all about his life and his past decisions and the mistakes he has made. But it kind of makes you see him as human and not some romantic superstar with all the faults most of us make.

The romance between Tristan and Olivia is different than most. They had a past and are trying to reconcile that past and mistakes that were made and some of the new pieces of their lives and beliefs.

I love the connections they all have to Tristan’s father and the way they love and care for his ailing father.

There was some suspense and it kept the pace of the book moving. The characters are all believable and I enjoyed the friendships and the way the servants all interacted with one another.

Overall, it is a very enjoyable story!

You and I need to be together; we need to share our lives in every respect. I need you. More importantly, I love you. And I want to devote my life to caring for you and making you happy.

If you like honor and duty, treason, faith, making up for past mistakes, apologies, some people who are without honor, medical skills, friendships of a lifetime then this might be for you

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Anita Stansfield has been the reigning queen of LDS romantic fiction for nearly two decades, although her general market releases have been among her readers favorites. Her work has shattered the stereotypes of romance novels with her trademark ability to combine great storytelling with intense psychological depth as she focuses on the emotional struggles of the human experience. Her novels cover a huge spectrum, from the eighteenth century to the present, from heart warming to heart stopping. Hundreds of thousands of readers agree: Anita Stansfield's characters and the lives they lead are not easy to forget.

Anita is now also writing under the pseudonym Elizabeth D. Michaels. You can find her work on amazon.com

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