Katherine’s Arrangement by author Blossom Turner is a Christian historical romance. This is the first book that I have read by author Blossom Turner. I enjoyed it and found myself immediately invested in the story.
This is the story of Katherine. A young woman who has a mystery about her past that is not even shared with her until we are halfway into the story. It is also the story of Josiah, the man who has fallen hopelessly in love with her. Katherine’s Arrangement is their story.
I love books on mail order brides, arranged marriages, and marriages of convenience. This is an arranged marriage fiction that will tug on your heart strings. The characters are well rounded and easy to engage. I loved reading their stories.
Author Turner’s writing style in this book is a bit uneven for me. It jumped one entire year in the middle of the book. Usually this is only done in the epilogue. I felt like a big chunk of the story had just been deleted. The last half of the book seemed a bit rushed in parts. All of this could be the result of editors, too.
The Christian element was strong and refreshing. It was a delight to watch several characters turn to Jesus and become Christians. At one point a comparison is made with the biblical story of Ruth. That was beautifully written!
The characters are relatable and realistic. Even secondary characters are easy to love. I found myself immersed in the story. The vivid descriptions and authentic conversations whisked me away to another time and place.
Author Turner tackles some timeless life issues with Christian responses. She even discretely shows the desire of a married couple for each other. There is humor, mystery, romance, and inspiration in this lovely book. I recommend it. A copy was provided by Celebrate Lit but these are my honest words.
About the Book
Book: Katherine’s Arrangement
Author: Blossom Turner
Genre: Christian Historical Fiction
Release Date: August 4, 2020
Marrying him is her only choice to save her family, but Josiah Richardson isn’t at all the man she expected.
Katherine William’s family was left destitute when their home was burned to the ground by Yankee soldiers, so the ready solution presented by the prominent Mr. Josiah Richardson seems almost too good to believe. He’ll provide a home, work for her pa, and a new beginning for her family…if only Katherine will accept his proposal. A marriage of convenience is the last thing she wants, but there doesn’t seem to be a better option for her family or herself. Setting aside her dreams of love, Katherine agrees to the arrangement.
The gentleman in Josiah Richardson can no more force his frightened bride into his bed, than he can force her into loving him, so he sets out to gently woo her. He works hard to befriend her, to earn her trust and win her love.
Katherine is pleasantly surprised to find herself drawn to the man she thought she would never love, until an unexpected friendship tears apart all they’ve worked for. Where once the promise of love had budded between Josiah and Katherine, now they wonder what to do with their so-called marriage. Is love strong enough to weave its healing power through two broken hearts?
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About the Author
Blossom Turner is a freelance writer published in Chicken Soup and Kernels of Hope anthologies, former newspaper columnist on health and fitness, an avid blogger, and author. Her authentic understanding of the power of love is woven through the pages of Book One in the Shenandoah Bride series—Katherine’s Arrangement. She and her husband, David, have two grown children and live in beautiful British Columbia, Canada. Read more at blossomturner.com.
More from Blossom
From the time I was a little girl I had a love for reading, a wild imagination, and the desire to write. At twelve, I received my first Bible and read all the way through a King James Version. My love for Jesus was cemented. I day-dreamed of a Cinderella happily-ever-after story. The traumatic childhood I was living in was gentled by the dream of being whisked away by a handsome prince and truly loved. Put that all together, and the building blocks for writing romantic fiction are all in place.
But how did I get to writing historical romance? Well that was for one reason only…I loved reading stories of arranged marriages and wanted to write one. The drama, the tension, the love that can flourish out of nothing, I just loved the concept but…the scenario had to be believable to me. Thus, the wheels of imagination started turning. What better than right after the Civil War, in the Shenandoah Valley where houses were burned and people left destitute? I’m Canadian and had a smattering of knowledge of that time period, so had to do extensive research to pull it off. To be historically accurate was much more difficult than writing my first novel, Anna’s Secret, set in today’s era. Now I am hooked on writing historical romance. I’m both a sensitive and an old soul and it fits my personality perfectly. Who knew? God did.
I think when you read Katherine’s Arrangement, you will agree that the drama that brings this couple together is both believable and engaging. I am so excited to write this five-book series on five sisters and their love stories, as I come from a large family with six sisters and one brother. I write from family dynamics I know all about.
The reason I write is two-fold. I believe when writing fiction that one must deliver a love story that touches the heart, that draws people in, that makes them both laugh and cry. The entertainment value must be there. Then, I weave in my love for Jesus in a non-preachy, realistic way, with the hopes and failures of everyday people. The resounding theme in Katherine’s Arrangement is that God can work all things for good when we choose to place our life in His trustworthy hands. It is uncanny how love can grow in the fertile soil of good choices. But don’t be fooled, as with most of us, Katherine had to go through her gamut of bad choices before she surrendered.
I pray you will find a little bit of your story in Katherine’s story, and that, above all, you will enjoy the read.
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