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There is more to this story than just a marriage of convenience, there is a bit of crime, drama, and mystery too.
We as readers learn the importance of communication, compassion, forgiveness, trust, and grace.
Lady Helena Stanhope has been sent to Scotland to marry John Gordon, Lord Ardoch. Helena was ruined back in London and her family does not want their reputation ruined as well by keeping her with them. As it happens, Lord Ardoch, widower with 4 children, needs a mother for said children. He sits in Parliament and cannot be with them much of the year. He doesn't mind Helena's reputation if she will just mind his children and provide a good home for them at his home in Scotland.
I have always loved a good Regency and Susanne Dietze does one well indeed. Her first book, also set in Scotland, was very good and I chose to follow her. This one is even better! She has created quite believable characters, even secondary ones, and her setting is perfect. Both John and Helena are convinced that there is no love in their future because of their pasts, she, ruined as she was in society's eyes, and he because he promised his late wife never to replace her in anyone's heart. Helena has never felt any love from her family and has determined in her heart that is how she is to go on the rest of her life. She feels unworthy of anyone's affection. But God has other ideas. He loves us unconditionally even when we feel we are not worthy of love. He creates in us new creations. The spiritual theme here was wonderful and a great lesson to be learned. I loved every minute of this book.
*My thanks to the author and publisher for an early copy of this book. My opinion stated here is entirely my own.
I love Ms. Dietze's writing style! "A Mother for His Family" is written with engaging prose and gives the reader a fast paced story. Being a lover of all things Scottish, I was delighted that this story mostly takes place in Scotland. It's filled with delightful details about Scotland and the culture. What's not to like about a hero with a Scottish accent, aye?
Although I said this was a happier read for me, it's not an altogether fluffy read. It is full of great spiritual truths and content! There is a lot of prayer, Bible reading, and talking to God. The author does not shy away from dealing with issues such as rape, but it is dealt with in such a way as it isn't something the reader is thinking about all the time and nothing is described in detail.
The overall messages in this book are ones that every woman and girl should learn--about who you are in Christ, how God delights in us and how we can't earn God's love. Well done Ms. Dietze; I thoroughly enjoyed this story!
Content: This is a clean read, but I would give it a PG rating due to some of the delicate issues. There is talk of a woman giving herself to a man before she's married. There is mention of a man forcing himself upon a woman (nothing described in detail, but a character deals with the after effects of rape). A minister speaks of the fruits of marriage. A character used laudanum to mentally escape.
Rating: I give this book 4.5 stars.
Genre: Christian Fiction; Romance; Regency
I want to thank Susanne Dietze, Love Inspired Historical and Harlequin for the complimentary copy of this book for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I express in this review are my own. This is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s CFR 16, Part 255
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