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Book Review: The Dilemma Of Charlotte Farrow

About the Book

The Dilemma of Charllote FarrowThe whole world is coming to Chicago. Charlotte’s whole world is coming down around her.

While the rest of Chicago focuses on the enormous spectacle of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition, Charlotte Farrow’s attentions are entirely on one small boy-her boy-whom she has kept a secret from her wealthy employers for nearly a year.

When the woman who has been caring for her son abruptly returns him to the opulent Banning home, Charlotte must decide whether to come clean and face dismissal or keep her secret while the Bannings decide the child’s fate. Can she face the truth of her past and open her heart to a future of her own? Or will life’s struggles determine her path?

This compelling story of courage, strength, and tender romance captures the tension between the glittering wealthy class and the hardworking servants who made their lives comfortable.

My Rating

4 out of 5

My Review

I must confess that I’ve never read a romance from a maid’s point of view before and I couldn’t wait to see how it would all turn out. It was a wonderful story. A lot about it made practical sense and it drove home the truth about trusting God to do the right thing even when overwhelmed by fear. It also showed God’s grace in restoring what we’ve lost even when we didn’t trust Him in the first place to take care of our troubles. This was Charlotte Farrow’s story.

However, Archie’s attitude towards seeking to possibly relieve her of any legal bond to her husband so he could marry her, disturbed me. Especially as he was a Christian.

The story was very engaging and even though it was roughly three hundred pages, I read it in two sittings. Arriving at the end though didn’t leave me satisfied. Everything happened too fast.

And just as I hoped, Olivia has planned a series with a book that involves Sarah. She was quite a strong character, one not easy to ignore. I’d love to see where her sewing talent will lead her eventually. I’m sensing great adventures for her. I could say the same for the other maids, especially Lucy, whose sweetness was evident in the story even though she appeared a few times.

It was a refreshing story. I’m glad I got to read. It gave a different perspective of what a romance character could be like. I loved that.

Though I offer this review to the public, it is my opinion and simply that. I received a free copy of this book from Revell in exchange for my honest opinion.

About the Author

Olivia NewportOlivia Newport’s novels twist through time to discover where faith and passions meet. She is the author of The Pursuit of Lucy Banning. Her husband and two twenty-something children provide welcome distraction from the people stomping through her head on their way into her books. She chases joy in stunning Colorado at the foot of the Rockies, where daylilies grow as tall as she is.

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