Adriane Darcy was practically raised in her father’s newspaper offices. 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. Then Blake Garrett, a brash young editor from the North with a controversial new style of reporting, takes over failing competitor the Herald, and the battle for readers gets fierce.
When Adriane and Blake meet at a benefit tea, 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. Can he do both before it’s too late?
I’ve always enjoyed Ann Gabhart’s books but Words Spoken True tops them all. With a unique and determined heroine, danger aplenty and sparks galore, Ann has written a delightful romance with the intriguing backdrop of the golden era of newspaper journalism. Historically fascinating, Ann explores the heyday of newspapers and their significant influence on the political climate of the day, the intrigue and often cut throat nature of editors is brought to the fore. Adriane and Blake offer lots of romantic tension as their competitive natures collide with their palpable attraction. While the villain is easily recognisable, the story unfolds well and the pacing keeps interest from page to page. Ann has ramped up the ante in this book and I look forward to reading more of her stories in this style. Those who enjoy Deeanne Gist and Karen Witemeyer will find plenty to love in Words Spoken True.
Available February 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group
With thanks to Revell for my review copy