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Blog Tour - One Last Spring Review and Giveaway


About the book: Wales, 1884

The quiet village of Llanwddyn has long been a safe haven for Gwen, a young Welsh country girl whose life has been fraught with tragedy. Following the untimely death of her parents, it was her aunt’s home in Llanwddyn that provided Gwen and her brother a refuge from their grief. Now, with the unwelcome news that the village is to be razed in the name of progress, an inescapable wave of change has begun.

When her brother departs to follow his dream of sailing the high seas, Gwen is left alone to navigate the shifting world around her. She soon finds herself relying on the support of her brother’s best friend, Lewis, a gentle blacksmith whose kindness stirs her heart. Resigned to the fact that Lewis may never see her as more than a child, Gwen is soon swept off her feet by Thomas, a prosperous young Englishman. Torn between two men and two very different paths, Gwen has little time to determine what course her heart will follow. With time running out for her beautiful valley, will love come too late?

My review: I love this kind of book. It's historical fiction, the town in this book really did exist, and the events really did happen. The author simply added some characters and a story to go with them. I was actually kind of amazed at the reason that the town of Liverpool needed to build the dam. The young people in town could not find clean water to drink, so they were drinking whatever they could find and in a lot of cases that was alcohol. I can't even imagine not having clean water and turning to alcohol instead. Crazy!

I loved Gwen, she was a great character to be able to see the situation through. I loved the way that she accepted her brother's decision to go to sea and loved him all the same. I loved that she had courage to do hard things, to be able to go to school in a different city on her own and later to care for those she loved, even though the situations were hard. 

I loved the romance aspect of this book. It starts very small, so small that Gwen really had no idea that she was in love, but eventually she's able to see just who she loves and what the right thing is to do. For herself and for those around her.

I loved the setting of this book, I felt as though I took a quick trip to Wales and Liverpool with Gwen. Make sure to check out this great book, you won't want to put it down!

I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

About the author: Sian Ann Bessey was born in Cambridge, England, and grew up on the island of Anglesey off the north coast of Wales. She left Wales to attend Brigham Young University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in communications.

Traveling has given Sian a deep appreciation for a world full of diverse cultures. Through her writing, she introduces her readers to some of the places she has come to love— especially her Welsh homeland.

Sian is the author of several LDS novels and children’s books. She has also written articles for the New Era, Ensign, and Liahona magazines. She and her husband, Kent, currently reside in Rexburg, Idaho. They are the parents of five children and the grandparents of two beautiful little girls and one handsome little boy.

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Check out the other stops on the blog tour:

November 16th: http://heidi-reads.blogspot.com/, http://booksaresanity.blogspot.com/

November 17th: http://melsshelves.blogspot.com/, http://www.wishfulendings.com/

November 18th: https://joyinthemoments.wordpress.com/, http://lisaisabookworm.blogspot.com/, http://literarytimeout.blogspot.com/

November 19th: http://www.singinglibrarianbooks.com/index.html, http://ldsandlovinit.blogspot.com/, http://www.rockinbookreviews.com/, http://fireandicereads.com/


November 20th: http://katiescleanbookcollection.blogspot.com/, http://mybookaday.blogspot.com/, http://gettingyourreadonaimeebrown.blogspot.com/

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