10 October 2018

Tour & Giveaway: The Lady of Astoria Abbey by Anita Stansfield

The Lady of Astoria Abbey by Anita Stansfield.
Audience/Genre: Historical Romance.
Publication: October 1st 2018 by Covenant Communications.
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?

Reviewed by Kelly.

I have to say that I had a hard time getting into the book. My mind kept wandering and I wanted to give up. I also was wondering why I agreed to read the book at first. She is totally setting herself up for heartbreak! What would be happy about this kind of book?! But then at around ½ way through, I got into it because things started to fall into place and changed and I cried through most of the last 1/3rd of the book. Ugh, I had such a headache from crying!

There was a twist that I totally did not see coming. In fact, from the description on the back of the book I started trying to figure out how it would end and I was totally floored at what happened! It was not anywhere near how I imagined it would be. I must be as naive as the main character, Bess, was!

Bess works with her doctor father. Her mother died many years ago and Bess finds herself working in the capacity of many people. She is his cook, housekeeper, and his assistant. She never has any time for herself. Meanwhile, her father gets to sit down in the chair in the evenings and read. He has never hugged her, told her he appreciated all that she did or told her he loved her! He is respectful to others and to his patients but not to her. Bess is maybe a little naive on life. After all she has never been out in society as she has been by her father’s side since she was a child. All she has ever wanted was her father's love and approval. But she definitely knows her medicine!

So when this offer to be Hugh’s personal nurse comes up she takes it. She finds the situation empowering. Lady Buxtom is like a mother to her. Bess is kind and finds friends in the people who work in the home too! Bess feels free. She finds love with Hugh. His two friends from childhood are always there to help him with his personal needs and she becomes friends with them. Clive more so than the other!

There is heartbreak in the story because we do experience the death of Hugh and then there is great joy at the end. Sprinkled in with a twist and some surprises that I really really did not see coming! If I hadn’t of had a hard time getting into the book, and not originally felt the chemistry of her love I would have given it a 5 stars. But the ending, so made up for that! I want to say more but you really need to read it for yourself.

"But remember, darling, surrounding a child with love and even providing them with luxuries does not a spoiled child make."
"I don't understand."
"No matter how rich or poor a child may be; no matter how few or many people they have in their lives who love and care for them-it is the love and discipline with which they are guided that makes their character. In my view, being spoiled means being raised with an attidtude of arrogance or entitlement, as opposed to understanding humility and equality and knowing that they need to have respect for all people and gratitude for all things. ..."

If you like stories with a twist, finding love not once but twice in a lifetime, stars, death, ugh I can’t give any more ideas away because they would be spoilers!!






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Anita Stansfield, the LDS market's #1 best-selling romance novelist, is an imaginative and prolific writer whose romantic stories have captivated her readers.
"With sales approaching a half million, Anita Stansfield has clearly found a niche in this market," said Nicole Martin, Publicist for Covenant Communications. "Her popularity stems from her ability to empathize with and write about the issues that LDS women deal with on a daily basis."
"I always write for women like me. It's through my interaction with other women that I've found there are some personal and emotional struggles that are typical," said Anita Stansfield. "I hope my writing makes women feel better about themselves and shows them these real problems can be solved through gospel principles."






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