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Knowing that this book is the beginning of a series had one downside: The ending left me out on a limb. Therefore, I felt that the book was not finished, even if it is obvious that the saga will continue.
Elsa, is a strong woman who is willing to fight for what is right, her struggles feel very real and are placed appropriately for the time line of the story. Franklin (The man Elsa wants to marry) is well developed as a character with a quite believable life. The drama that the reader experiences throughout the book is quite intriguing and keeps the reader's mind grasping for more.
Franklin, really seems to have no place in society, Elsa sees him differently and quite interestingly this makes her character even more powerful and creates a strong reason for the reader to continue reading just to try and understand her desires.
The sexual scenes are well written, explorative but still leaves something to the imagination of the reader to develop for themselves. There are many twists and turns and events that I do not want to ruin for the perspective reader, but I must admit there is something here for everyone and you will not be disappointed.
Elsa Garrett and Franklin Raymond were in love. Franklin, however had some social issues where he didn't like to talk to people or be touched by them. There were many who thought he should be placed in an asylum and forgotten. But with Elsa, Franklin was the sweetest most gentle man one could imagine. She was able to calm him when he got agitated and he would allow her to touch him. All Franklin wanted to do was work at his father's company inventing machines and marry Elsa.
Elsa was at Dr Riley's office with her parents, her brother Henry and his wife, where Henry was being treated for a relapse of his terminal tuberculosis. In stumbled Franklin, shirtless, sweating and incoherent. Elsa's father thought he was drunk but Dr. Riley diagnosed him with diabetes after Elsa assisted Dr. Riley with an examination since Franklin wouldn't let the doctor near him. Franklin had ridden into town from the farm after working a long day in the field, and missing two meals to bring help for his brother who had had an accident while using the plow.
That evening there was to be a barn dance at which Franklin was planning on proposing to Elsa. By the time he recovered at home and woke up after the diabetes episode he realized he had missed the dance. He lay there in bed, heart-broken that now he could not propose to his beloved Elsa. This was another one of the quirks that Franklin dealt with. he found change difficult. Once he had made his mind up about something, very little could dissuade him from it. He had planned on proposing at the dance and the opportunity had passed.
Elsa is the first book in the Heritage Series. It is the tale of a woman in love with a man with high-functioning autism. Of course, the condition was never given a name in the book because at that time it didn't have one, but looking back now with our knowledge of the condition it's easy to tell that's what it was. This book was a refreshing look at the unconditional love and acceptance of an individual of a person with special needs.
Elsa is jam-packed with family drama. With the male-centred society at that time women tended to be more like chattel and had to do what their husbands told them. If their husbands did not provide enough for them to take care of them after they died, then the wives would lose their homes and end up relying on other family or out on the street. Women did what their husbands told them to do or they could be "disciplined" by their husbands.
The story of Elsa and Franklin is a beautiful one and full of unconditional love. Two people who want nothing more than to be husband and wife are met with an enormous number of obstacles. The twists and turns in the plot lines of this book brought insight into the main protagonist's characters as well as the way of life for women in that era.
I enjoyed particularly the character of Franklin because although he was faced with a severe disability - autism, he was extremely intelligent and given the appropriate support could function in society. I also appreciated his parents who went against all those who told them to institutionalize Franklin and forget him. They were able to see his potential and provide the support he required in order to function.
The language is fairly clean with only a few swear words appearing throughout the text. There are however one or two quite explicit lovemaking scenes which would have me categorize this book as "adult".
Elsa was an excellent example of historical fiction that held my attention from page one right to the last page. I would highly recommend it. I’m looking forward to book 2. I gave it 5 stars out of 5.
Thank you to the author for providing a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. A positive opinion is not required. All thoughts are my own.
This review is published on my blog Shelf Full of Books http://kathrynsshelffullofbooks.blogspot.com/2015/02/book-review-elsa-secret-heritage-book-1.html
It is slow at times, not much action, historical references or history that usually accompanies novels set in another time, but her writing is enough to keep you interested. Since this is bordering on a family biography, it may be difficult for the author to alter the story, thus, a sweet and thoughtful novel without the typical energizing story lines found in fiction.
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