Blessing


Title:  Blessing (Quaker Brides #2)
Author:  Lyn Cote
Pages:  378
Year:  2015
Publisher:  Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
Blessing Brightman is a young, wealthy, Quaker widow who runs an orphanage, helps the Underground Railroad and is active in the women’s suffrage movement.  She was married at 18 and quickly discovered her husband was not the charming man who courted her.  She was widowed six years later with her husband dying under suspicious circumstances according to some.  She meets Gerard Ramsay at a suffragist meeting and they clash, but he intrigues her and challenges her.  They have more contact with one another as Gerard’s cousin and Blessing’s best friend are courting.  They have stimulating conversations and soon Blessing fears she has lost her heart to this man even though he isn’t a Quaker.
Gerard Ramsay comes to Cincinnati to talk some sense into his cousin regarding infatuation with a young woman.  He plans to warn him of the dangers of marriage.  Gerard has no plans to ever marry and thinks his cousin should follow the same path.  He is unwittingly and unwillingly dragged to a suffragist meeting.  He is not a supporter of the rights of women and wants nothing to do with Blessing Brightman.  She is too forward and a Quaker to boot!  He stays in Cincinnati to avoid his father’s plans to marry him off to a Boston banker’s daughter.  He meets with a man “in the know” for some names of men willing to invest in his idea of a horse racing track just outside the city.  Gerard runs into trouble with this man who begins to target Gerard for public humiliation and loss of reputation.  He begins to understand the influence Blessing has had on his life, but are they really compatible?
This is a wonderful story of a strong woman of faith.  Blessing lives out her faith every day with compassion, generosity and love of other above herself.  She treats everyone with respect and wants all to come to know the love of God.  Both this book as well as Honor, book one in the series, are great stories of faithful women, living out their faith for others to see.  I can’t wait for the third book in the series, Faith, available in the spring of 2016.
My rating is 5 stars.

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