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A Promise of Possibilities (Endless Possibilities Book 1) by [Hawkes, Laurel]
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In 1816, Spinster Elizabeth Thorn serves more as a slave than a servant as her father's housekeeper. The courageous war stories penned by Paul Silver inspire her to correspond with him, but after years of heartfelt letters, he ceases replying. Her father accepts a lucrative marriage bargain on her behalf, and her dream of sharing her life with a kindred spirit withers.

Jonathan Silverton blames himself for failing his best friend. To escape his shame, he moves to the countryside and meets none other than the woman he wrote for a decade. He dares not reveal his secrets, but he will not deny his desire to marry her.

Secrets breed distrust and misunderstandings. The past refuses to stay buried.

Shattered trust and faith may tear them apart...unless they each discover the courage to embrace the truth.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 766 KB
  • Print Length: 215 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 161252723X
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Desert Breeze Publishing, Inc. (20 August 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00909PNB8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #720,428 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful! 7 September 2012
By Diane P. - Published on
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A caveat. I consider Laurel Hawkes a friend, even though we have never met in person and only know each other from the romance writing world. She never asked me to review her book. Indeed, she never even asked me to read her book. I've never read an Inspirational Historical before, but I wanted to discover what sort of book Laurel had achieved.

Not only was I not disappointed; I was thrilled.

Laurel's prose delighted me, over and over. A lovely description. A surprising detail. A wrenching emotion. What's more, infused throughout this very satisfying story were passages containing great wisdom. About faith. About marriage. About facing adversity. The historical detail was also seamless but vivid. Like the previous reviewer, I felt as if I was in that world Laurel created.

Any victim of abuse will find much hope in this story of Ellie who grew up in an abusive family, but who never gave up hope that life could be better, who retained her capacity to love, even when she was terribly unloved. Silverton, the man who grows to love her, understands precisely what she needs in order to trust and bloom.

I love a romance where nothing much happens except the hero and heroine working through their relationship. This was one of those romances. The personal demons each character has to overcome, though, are complex, and Laurel lets the reader in slowly as to what those demons are and what each character needs to conquer them. The religious element of the story was entwined in the relationship and was, in my view, completely down-to-earth, sensible, and relatable to real life. Never heavy-handed or preachy.

I loved this book and I wholeheartedly give it 5 stars!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Would recommend. 11 February 2014
By S Shore - Published on
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I enjoyed this book. I was awed by it's ability to stay in the time
period in all aspects including voice. I am looking forward to reading
the next one.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Laurel Hawkes' debut novel is a charming one! 17 October 2012
By shosier - Published on
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The tale of Elizabeth Thorn, "More slave than servant," conjures shades of Cinderella, but Ellie's biological father is the villain of this story. The love of her brothers (Matthew, especially), the care of her good friends (the local parson and his wife), as well as her deep and abiding faith in God lend Ellie strength throughout her ordeal in that tyrant's house. She's well into spinster-age by the time she catches the eye of their new neighbor, Mr. Jonathan Silverton, a man with a troubled past who thankfully sees her true worth.

While many historical romance authors weave accurate period details into their tales, they are clearly written in a modern voice, often populated with characters harboring modern ideas and behaviors. Hawkes takes historical accuracy a step further: her writing evokes a period piece, crafted with anachronistic but authentic flowery language and characters who tend to think and speak in monologues. The plot takes time to develop, but the organic tension and vivid characterizations are compelling enough to drive the reader forward. While the initial conflict between Ellie and Jonathan might not seem so great when viewed through a modern lens, the characters' angst feels genuine to the time period.

I am not a typical consumer of Christian romance, and religious references abound in Hawkes' novel. I suspect I've missed the hints and/or insights of several biblical references, and I found this a little daunting at times. While it's not really my cup of tea, I did enjoy reading about Ellie and Jonathan's individual struggles with their faith. Their willingness to be openhearted and open-minded about questions of faith, as well as patient and respectful with each other, express the best aspects of Christianity, in my opinion.

All in all, this was a thoroughly delightful read! Well done, Ms. Hawkes!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An enthralling debut! 12 September 2012
By Kathy L. Altman - Published on
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This book is one that I plan to enjoy many times over! The characters are fresh, complex and wounded, the obstacles to their relationship authentic and daunting. Hawkes makes you ache for both the hero and heroine, and keeps you wondering how these two will ever end up together. The long-term history between the main characters is initially recognized only by the hero--talk about romantic intrigue!. The emotional and spiritual struggles the characters grapple with and the secrets they're both keeping make "A Promise of Possibilities" a riveting, heartbreaking and thought-provoking historical. And the prose--it's gorgeous, and often delightfully tongue in cheek. A few of my favorite lines:

"I warn you, Mr. Silverton, once you start him, you'll discover he's tongue enough for two sets of teeth."


How did the man manage to make a point twice over with a single quip?

And one of my favorite snippets:
Easter Day, Elizabeth decided to share, without reserve, her delight in the morning and evening services as they walked home afterward, and yet her exhilaration was muted by Jonathan's lack of faith. The night sky reminded her of their budding friendship. The moon was waning, the stars bright, and though the sun had set, the sky still glowed with its fading light, enough to see and walk home by without a lantern. He was the moon, and she the stars, and though they resided side by side, they were separate.

You can see why I've labeled this an enthralling debut! I'm eager to enjoy Laurel Hawkes' next book--over and over again!