Fiction Delia Parr Love's First Bloom

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Love's First Bloom

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Ruth Livingstone's life changes drastically the day her father puts a young child in her arms and sends her to a small village in New Jersey under an assumed name. There Ruth pretends to be a widow and quietly secludes herself until her father is acquitted of a crime. But with the emergence of the penny press, the imagination of the reading public is stirred, and her father's trial stands center stage. Asher Tripp is the brash newspaperman who determines that this case is the event he can use to redeem himself as a journalist.

Ruth finds solace tending a garden along the banks of the Toms River--a place where she can find a measure of peace in the midst of the sorrow that continues to build. It is also here that Asher Tripp finds a temporary residence, all in an attempt to discover if the lovely creature known as Widow Malloy is truly Ruth Livingstone, the woman every newspaper has been looking for. Love begins to slowly bloom...but is the affection they share strong enough to withstand the secrets that separate them?

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Delia Parr (Mary Lechleidner) is the author of eleven historical novels and the winner of several awards. The mother of three grown children, she is a full-time high school teacher who spends her summer vacations writing and kayaking. She lives in Collingswood, New Jersey.

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*Starred Review* It’s 1838, and Reverend Gersham Livingstone is busy with his ministry to the soiled doves of New York City. However, when one of these “fallen women” is found brutally murdered, the good pastor becomes the number-one suspect. Worried about the safety of his daughter, Ruth, he disguises her as a reformed prostitute and sends her and Lily, the murdered woman’s toddler, to stay with the Garners, a kind family on his underground network of people who give ladies of the night a fresh start. As concerned as she is about her father, Ruth is humiliated by her new identity as the ex-prostitute known as Widow Ruth Malloy. Journalist Asher Tripp has nearly ruined the family newspaper, but he’s been given one more chance, and he senses that there’s something strange about the Widow Malloy. Could she be the notorious preacher’s missing daughter? With exquisite details and an honest portrayal of human emotions, Parr’s heartwarming tale of faith, redemption, and love will appeal to a broad audience. --Shelley Mosley

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