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One woman stands ready to defend her newspaper . . . even if it means losing out on love

Adriane Darcy was practically raised in her father's newspaper offices. With ink in her veins, she can't imagine life without the clatter of the press and the push to be first to write the news that matters. Their Tribune is the leading paper in Louisville in 1855.

When Blake Garrett, a brash young editor from the North with a controversial new style of reporting, takes over a competing newspaper, the battle for readers gets fierce. After Adriane and Blake meet at a benefit, their surprising mutual attraction is hard to ignore. Still, Blake is the enemy, and Adriane is engaged to the son of a powerful businessman who holds the keys to the Tribune's future. Blake will stop at almost nothing to get the story--and the girl.

Set against the volatile backdrop of political and civil unrest in 1850s Louisville, this exciting story of love and loyalty will hold you in its grip until the very last page.


"I've come to expect wonderful books from Ann Gabhart, and her latest doesn't disappoint. She weaves a story that is a page-turner from beginning to end. This is one you'll highly recommend to friends."--Judith Miller, author, Daughters of Amana series


Ann H. Gabhart is the bestselling author of several novels, including Angel Sister and the Shaker novels The Outsider, The Believer, The Seeker, and The Blessed. She lives with her husband a mile from where she was born in Kentucky.

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Ann H. Gabhart is the bestselling author of several novels, including Angel Sister, The Outsider, The Believer, The Seeker, and The Blessed. She lives with her husband a mile from where she was born in Kentucky.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Revell; Original edition (February 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800720458
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800720452
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,771,164 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ann H. Gabhart caught the writing bug at the age of ten and has been writing ever since. She's published over twenty-five books for both adults and young adults. Scent of Lilacs, her first inspirational novel, was chosen as a Top Ten Christian Fiction Book by Booklist magazine. Her first Shaker book, The Outsider, was a finalist for ECPA Christian Fiction Book of the Year and was a Top Pick by Romantic Times Book Review Magazine. Ann writes about Kentucky history and small town life.

Ann lives on a farm in Kentucky not far from where she was born. She and her husband have three children and nine grandchildren. Ann loves hiking on her farm with her grandkids and her dog, Oscar. See more about her books at www.annhgabhart.com.

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Highly recommend this book to those who really enjoy historical fiction.
Robin Bunting
Ann Gabhart has done her research well and the story is enthralling and well written with well developed characters.
Holly
I was very uncertain about what might happen at the end of the book and found Words Spoken True hard to put down!
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Melanie on February 25, 2012
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I haven't read any of Ann H. Gabhart's other novels, but after reading Words Spoken True, I look forward to reading more of her books in the future.

I found Words Spoken True to be very unique and enjoyable to read. While it's a historical novel, there was a lot of suspense (and I do mean a LOT), in part because of the serial killer named "The River Slasher" and trying to catch him/her. I don't think I've ever read a historical book before that had a serial killer in it... or even heard of one.

And while Words Spoken True was heavy on the suspense (which I loved) it also had much romance - so for those who love romantic books, this is for you!

There are a few really intimate scenes (i.e. a marriage being consummated) and while I didn't love these scenes being in the book, it fit the story and wasn't explicit - so I didn't have a problem with it.

Ann Gabhart had great characters in Words Spoken True - I loved them! My favorites were Adriane, Blake, Beck, and Duff (oh, and Mr. O'Mallory, the old dog!). The way Blake and Adriane acted toward one another from the beginning was just hilarious and sweet! Yes, their papers were enemies, but in spite of that, they both felt attractions toward each other.

"The River Slasher" was really, really creepy... how he/she was so cold and evil was just horrible! I was very uncertain about what might happen at the end of the book and found Words Spoken True hard to put down!

Words Spoken True was a great book that I absolutely loved reading! I am very much hoping for a sequel and I recommend it if you enjoy romance novels with suspense! :)

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for my review. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.*

"Available February 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group."
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Tanya Harder on March 17, 2012
Format: Paperback
Spirited daughter of a news paper mogul, Adriane Darcy is engaged to a man she does not love. However, she is determined to honour God and her father in obedience and go through with the wedding. However when Adriane meets Blake Garrett (an editor from a competing newspaper) at a society event they are both covering, the sparks fly. It is love at first sight... sigh... What's a girl to do when she is engaged to a snobby socialite, but she wants her father's enemy?

While I did enjoy this novel I thought that the story really didn't get rolling until about the half way point. I also kept waiting for the sparks to continue to fly after Adriane and Blake's first meeting, but there was very little contact between them for quite sometime. I suppose it is possible to fall in love at first sight, but my cynical mind has a hard time accepting that.

The second half of the book increased its intensity and I was definitely engaged in the story. The subplot in the book also became more interesting as the story progressed. While I did enjoy the book, I did not find myself ignoring household chores like I do when reading a novel I can not seem to put down.

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group".
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer VINE VOICE on February 22, 2012
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Louisville, Kentucky, 19th century, the newspaper business and a woman reporter in a city that wasn't too keen on her canvassing the streets.

This story has a lot of unique going for it, which is what drew me to it in the first place. Louisville has a rich southern history and a healthy dose is shared with the reader in "Words Spoken True". Adraine is a strong character who knows what she wants and isn't afraid to chase after it and for that I enjoyed her character. She wasn't easily bowled over by the expectations of her day, but with that courage, brought a dose of heartache.

I thought the first third of the book moved too slowly for my reading taste. I felt it lost some of the forward motion of the story amongst the description and words, but as the plot picked up pace so did my interest. A slight twist was thrown my direction and took my attention a bit deeper.

While this novel wasn't completely within my interests- much as I wanted it to be, I can certainly appreciate the depth of research and plot of the story. I'm glad I gave it a shot; I would say it was worth it.

This review is my honest opinion. Thanks to the publishers for my copy to review.

**Available February 2012 from Revell, a division of Baker Publishers**
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ashley Mott VINE VOICE on February 13, 2012
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I finished Words Spoken True by Ann H. Gabhart on Saturday. I had been reading it off and on all week a chapter at time. I found that about page 100 was the point of no return in this book. I hit that mark Saturday morning and finished the book Saturday afternoon. Loved it!

I feel like I've been ultra-lucky lately because I have read so many Christian fiction books that have really good, decent male leads. Sometimes the love interest in a volume is a bit too stuffy or sanctimonious for my tastes, but I haven't bumped into one of those in a while and Blake Garrett in this book continued that streak. He was delightful...so much so that I feel him and Adriane Darcy were equal characters in this book instead of him being a convenient foil.

In this volume, there are two majorly competing newspapers in the town of Louisville, Kentucky (which I learned was actually a major city at the time when this book was written). Adriane Darcy is the daughter of the Tribune editor and has grown up in the press room. Blake is the editor of the Herald (though not the owner). Tension is supposed to ensue here, and it does....but it was the type of tension that tingles with sparks that let the reader know that it is not going to progress into Pride & Prejudice territory with both characters loathing each other until the end. Blake and Adrian only have a couple of terse exchanges before we learn that they are basically compatible people...but there are other problems.

Namely, the fact that Adriane is engaged to another man named Stanley Jimson (who you never like much, so don't feel sorry for him in the end!).
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