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The Bracelet by Dorothy Love

Title:  The Bracelet
Author:  Dorothy Love
Pages:  336
Year:  2014
Publisher:  Thomas Nelson
Author Dorothy Love adds the aspect of suspense in The Bracelet, which is not normally evident in her stories.  There is faith, romance, family, love and a sprinkle of mystery that surrounds the Browning Home where Mr. Browning, Ivy and Celia live.  The setting is Savannah during the time right before the Civil War breaks out.
Celia is bothered by articles appearing in the town’s local newspaper which cast a dark cloud over the home by insinuating that murder may have happened there years ago.  Celia remembers little of this time frame as she was just a wee girl, but Ivy, her cousin, remembers more but speaks little of it.  In fact, Ivy seems to keep distance between herself and everyone.
The father is in the shipping business and is known as a man of faith and caring for others around him, especially when hard times befall people.  Since her mother’s death, Celia is the one person her father talks to about the business, politics as well as any and every subject.  Celia gives of her time and resources to a variety of charities while she awaits the man of her dreams, Sutton Mackay who is returning from conducting shipping business overseas.
Celia decides that she must uncover whatever secrets Ivy or her father is keeping from her before she marries Sutton.  This decision is what sparks other devious and dark players to try and deter her from discovering the truth.  What will keep the audience’s attention is waiting for the plans to take affect then watching to see if Celia will indeed be averted from discoveries from the past.  No matter how hard she tries it seems the truth is escaping her grasp right before she is able to find proof.
My Thanksgiving Day was spent lost in the pages of this intense and heart-gripping novel.  At times, I would try to guess how various pieces of the puzzle shown in the tale fit together, or who it pointed to as the possible murderer.  As I read I noticed how at that time people stayed in their social circles or classes without any intention of doing anything or speaking anything other than what was expected.  It was interesting to see how Sutton was planning certain designs of ships when war was just talk and no battles had occurred.  The author writes a very compelling tale that draws the reader’s heart, at times feeling the tension building.  Never was I able to see the how the twists and turns of the plot would bring about the finality of the story.  I was enthralled to see that coming in 2015 the author will have another book coming out that continues Celia’s story.  Oh, I cannot wait!  Grab this inspiring book, curl up with hot chocolate and enjoy getting lost in the pages!
My rating is 5 stars!
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