Blessing, by Lyn Cote, is the second book in the Quaker Brides series. Those having read the first book in the series, Honor, will be thrilled to read about her daughter, Blessing Brightman. Set mainly in Cincinnati in 1848, the story reveals much about both women’s rights at the time and the Underground Railroad.
Blessing is a young widow and plans to keep it that way. Having been left wealthy after her abusive husband’s death, she now oversees businesses, an orphanage, and an outreach in the worst part of the city, as well as assisting with the Underground Railroad. Gerard Ramsay threatens her newfound peace and independence. Arriving in Cincinnati with unwise plans that will embarrass his overbearing father and threaten Blessing’s hard work, Gerard finds himself in Blessing’s presence time and again. She thwarts his every move, but he cannot help but admire her anyway. Both are determined to ignore the underlying attraction between them, even when they find themselves in grave danger.
This was an excellent book! I once again enjoyed both the romance and the immense amount of history and social issues included in this novel. It addresses women’s rights, abolition, the plight of orphans during the time period, and the personal issues of both the wealthy and the extremely poor.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christian romance or Historical Fiction.
I received this book free from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.