another review today from TopShelf Magazine.
South Wales, 1905. Faith only believes in the certainty of pain and suffering. Born with a club foot and harboring a dark secret, the barmaid can’t escape her sinful past. But after the country’s religious revival puts her out of a job, hope sparks when a handsome aristocrat gallantly offers her a second chance. Lord Geoffrey Driscoll fears his estate will run out of money before he can find a suitable bride. However, the devout nobleman can’t keep his mind off the stunning redhead despite her lowly status. As their attraction grows, Lord Driscoll is torn between his need for a wife of means and his heart. Can the troubled couple trust in God to light the way to true love? Faith in Abertillery by Tracy Traynor is a beautifully written, wholesome, and tremendously touching historical Christian romance. You will be hard-pressed to find another gem as bright and as worthy of your attention as this wonderfully entertaining and enlightening book.
Two beautiful reviews have appeared on NetGalley, I am over the moon and appreciate the two people who took time to leave their lovely thoughts on this book.
Faith S M, Reviewer
|Faith is a 20 year old young lady who has a club foot. Her deformity has no bearing on her life or her work. She just does not allow it. She is the oldest child caring for a mother and younger “brother”. The father is nonexistent but one soon discovers why. They live in Wales which is undergoing a revivalist movement; because of this she loses her job as a bar maid and is unable to find any other job. On the brink of being thrown out on the streets, she is offered a job as a maid in the household of a local lord. She accepts the position and gives her wages to her mother for rent and food for her and her brother. Her mother is also offered a job teaching the local butchers five daughters how to sew and act as ladies should. Two men are soon interested in Faith one in marriage the other in courting leading to marriage. Faith, however, deters both of them because of a secret that would become apparent if she married. What soon becomes clear is the revivalist movement is gaining momentum with “miracles” more and more apparent. Whole towns suddenly falling on their knees and finding The Lord and leading New more loving lives. Men stop drinking with their wages being given to wives for home and family where all share equally. For Faith there is much doubt, uncertainty, despair and unbelief. She feels she is unworthy and thus her life becomes just that to her. Those she befriends, though see her true worth and keep trying to show her what she really is. This is a beautifully written book that shows what the power of spirit, the love of God and the belief in one’s self can create. From cover to cover, I felt her pain, her rejection and her fears. The ending though brings great joy and the unfolding of her deepest yearnings or dreams. The author has presented a flawed soul that The Father accepts into His care with Love and Joy, blesses her and transforms her into one who is blessed with all He wills for her. The ending is truly an amazing one and I loved the elderly couple and those they represent; you will so enjoy this book when you read it. I received a complimentary copy of this book from BooksGo Social through NetGalley. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.|
Nancy K, Reviewer
This is the first truly satisfying book I have read in a while and I read a lot. First, having read the true historical account of the Welsh Revival years ago, I was delighted to have stumbled across this historical/fiction/romance version. It rings with authenticity and proves once again that truth is indeed stranger than fiction. I felt that the writing was well done, the characters well defined and certainly believable, and the plot unpredictable. There is much more substance here than usually found in an ordinary romance novel.
Do I actually believe that the Welsh Revival really happened? I do. I believe it happened just as this fictional account recreates it. Just as I believed the account as related in the book “The Welsh Revival” related the real event. Why do I believe it? Because I am a believer and my own experience coming to Christ actually happened very much like the experiences described here in TN Traynor’s “Faith in Abertillery.”
Powerful, highly recommend! Read it with an open mind and an open heart.
This story is so moving and carries a really beautiful message, several actually. Faith judges herself so harshly both for things she can’t control and past decisions. It doesn’t help that her mother reinforces her judgement and then there is Lord Geoffrey Driscoll’s sister… ugh. But there is light. Two lights. One of the lights, Lord Geoffrey Driscoll himself, is a really charming character with everything to love. I mean seriously, he is genuinely wonderful and knows exactly who/what he wants. I love the way he views Faith for who she is at heart. I wasn’t familiar with the time or area but the details make it easy to take a walk back in time and I really loved getting to learn some of the words used. I’ve read everything from this author and look forward to more. Highly recommend.
Want a sneaky preview? Listen to me narrate the first chapter 🙂
She’s given up on love. He’s marrying for money. But God has other plans…
South Wales, 1905. Faith only believes in the certainty of pain and suffering. Born with a club foot and harboring a dark secret, the barmaid can’t escape her sinful past. But after the country’s religious revival puts her out of a job, hope sparks when a handsome aristocrat gallantly offers her a second chance.
Lord Geoffrey Driscoll fears his estate will run out of money before he can find a suitable bride. However, the devout nobleman can’t keep his mind off the stunning redhead despite her lowly status. As the attraction between them grows, Lord Driscoll is torn between his need for a wife of means and his heart.
As Faith falls for Lord Driscoll’s kindness, she wishes that she could erase the sinful past that stands in the way of their union…
Can the troubled couple trust in God to light the way to true love?
Faith in Abertillery is a touching Christian historical romance. If you like stories of forgiveness, rich backdrops, and charming chemistry, then you’ll adore Tracy Traynor’s moving tale.
Book cover by Sharon Clare