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The Widow of Larkspur Inn (The Gresham Chronicles Book #1) [Kindle Edition]

Lawana Blackwell
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Book Description

When Life Seemed Its Worst, Gresham Awaited

Julia Hollis' opulent life in Victorian London crashes to pieces when her husband passes away. Worse, she is told by his bankers that he gambled away their fortune. Now, the family's hope rests on The Larkspur, an old abandoned coaching inn in the quaint village of Gresham.

Driven by dread and her desire to provide for her children, Julia decides to turn the dilapidated inn into a lodging house. But can she--who was accustomed to servants attending to every need--do what needs to be done and cope when boarders begin arriving? And then an eligible new vicar moves into town...

Editorial Reviews


"...all ages can enjoy the story of grief, challenges, and joys of widow and orphans, innkeeping, and valuable friendships." -- Lutheran Libraries, Winter 1998

About the Author

Lawana Blackwell is a full-time writer with six published books. A writing course at Louisiana State University rekindled her dream of writing, then she learned the craft of writing fiction under bestselling author Gilbert Morris. She and her husband live in Louisiana and have three sons size : 5.4 x 8.3

Product Details

  • File Size: 796 KB
  • Print Length: 436 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0764202677
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers; Repack edition (June 1, 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004I6DD7E
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,741 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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124 of 130 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful story! October 23, 2002
Upon the death of her husband, Julia Hollis and her 3 children, are forced to leave London and live in the village of Gresham, in an abandoned coaching inn, accompanied by Fiona, a loyal servant who left an abusive past. A friend loans her enough money to make improvements and eventually they open the home to several paying residents. The book starts out rather depressing, but once the Hollis family's lodging business is up and running, lots of interesting and humorous plots develop among neighbors, some of whom believe that the Larkspur Inn is haunted, and the Larkspur Inn's owners and boarders.
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89 of 93 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a fantastic book! February 10, 2003
This book was really wonderful. The main character, Julia Hollis had so much strength, faith, hope and love. Julia was married to Phillip, who had hidden his love of gambling. She was forced out of her home when Phillip died because of his gambling debts. She moves her family (3 children and her maid/friend) to Gresham to the Larkspur Inn. The Larkspur Inn was the only property of her husbands that the Bank didn't want. She returns the Larkspur Inn back into the beautiful Inn it was in its glory days. Lawanna Blackwell makes you feel as if you are there in Gresham and all the tenants and the owner and her family are your friends! She meets the vicar, Andrew Phelps, whom she forms a friendship with. I can't tell you what happens with the rest of their lives, because it would spoil the book. Do yourself a favor and pick up this book and enjoy! I loved this book so much, I just ordered the other two in this series!!
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57 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-read! June 21, 2000
I highly recommend this book, and the others in this series. It deals with many issues facing Christians in a lighthearted manner, but that doesn't at all mean that it's fluffy. I could not put this book down. Julia Hollis, the main character, moves to the small town of Gresham after the death of her husband and other devastating events. Readers will sympathize as this city girl learns about country living along with her three children. The author achieves a wonderful story with memorable, realistic characters. You don't want to miss this book!
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Overall very good April 14, 2001
While I must admit this book was not a captivating page turner, it was overall very good. My only disappointment was that it took several hundred pages for me to get really involved in the storyline. I am glad that I stuck with it because it turned out to be very enjoyable. This is the first book I have read by this author and she has sparked my interest enough that I will probably read the rest of this series.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshingly wonderful reading. September 16, 1999
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I'm an avid reader. It is a stress reliever for me and I choose books by the person who writes them. This is the first book I have read written by Lawana Blackwell but it will not be the last. The characters and place became so real to me and all without stress. I didn't feel the need to race through it. I wanted to savor every word. I will recommend her books to anyone.
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44 of 55 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very conflicted about this book.. September 4, 2012
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The first third of this book was slow but good, you certainly realized who the protagonist was, is and would be and I related to the story being a single mom. I guess I believed it was going to be one of the cheesy romance novels so I kept going waiting for the action.

The problem with the book started when all of a sudden your introduced to the main hero dude and your already half way through the book and it's almost as if you picked up another book. Seriously, no transition whatsoever I had to back up to see if I had missed something because the main dude doesn't even live in the same town this woman is in. Slowly, but surely it starts wrapping up stories together but by then it's become seriously preachy. Now don't get me wrong, there's nothing wrong with christian romance... but please label it as such before I go in expecting to find cheesy romance and instead I'm getting led to the alter of Christ along with several characters in the book.

Another problem I had with the book is that it's very predictable. You know exactly what that letter was and who will get together with whom. You even know who will get together in the next book as it's all pretty much laid out. There really isn't a climax and the main protagonist really just spills her guts one day and then realizes it's love... and just like that they decide they will marry before they've really even dated or had 'a courtship' it's all really bizarre at the end.. as though she just wanted to wrap it up.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Series October 18, 2005
I just love this series. I've read it many times and decided to purchase it off Amazon for my own. Lawana Blackwell has a unique style of writing that makes you feel like you are actually in the time period. Her other books are great as well. Check them out.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars History majors will grind their teeth September 5, 2012
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In all, this is an enjoyable book and well written. That said, the writer has taken a slight familiarity with British history and culture, and written a book that screams, wriiten by someone totally unfamiliar with both the historical period, and the rigid class consciousness of 1860/1870's Britain.
The jaring social and technological mistakes kind of ruined it for me. It could have used a good gaffer.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent read
I liked the historical value but most of all making the best of a bad situation. The way the main character rose to the challenge with God's help to overcome a situation that was... Read more
Published 5 days ago by Betty
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 5 days ago by Lillian Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book of moral values
An excellent book of moral values. Wish we could return to those days. The story line flowed and made every character very interesting.
Published 18 days ago by Justine M. Kayes
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW
I can't wait to read the next one in the series.
I forgot to post my reviews when i purchased, but wow, it's good.
Published 18 days ago by Stacy Barbier
3.0 out of 5 stars A cute read
An overview of the Novel: Julia Hollis' world comes crumbling down when her husband dies. She discovers that her husband, in whom she could see no wrong, was actually a gambling... Read more
Published 22 days ago by Danica Page
4.0 out of 5 stars A stroll back time....
Very refreshing....good cast of characters and personalities. A sneak peek back in time, of how a deep faith will draw strength to believers. Read more
Published 26 days ago by annebelle671
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Charming story that's just a good read!
Published 26 days ago by mare
5.0 out of 5 stars Good reading
I encourage anyone wishing to escape the darkness of this world to enter into the world of the Larkspur Inn and rest awhile in it's beauty.
Published 26 days ago by addictive and fun
4.0 out of 5 stars A new window learns to start over with no money.
Another book about how shamefully women were treated under the law in England & I'm sure America too. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Jane Hahn
4.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed it.
Just shows you what you can you can do when the future is such a gloom. Anybody can do it, but you have to have the intuition to step outside the box. Really enjoyed it.
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