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The Dilemma of Charlotte Farrow
by Olivia Newport
Publisher:Revell imprint of Baker Pub from Lion
This is the follow-up to Newport's debut novel The Pursuit of Lucy Banning. Although you can read this book as a standalone story, I'm glad that I had read the first novel beforehand. It gave me a better backdrop to the family and the circumstances of Charlotte, the main character and housemaid.
This novel is as charming as the first and I really enjoyed the read. Newport has captured the right feel for the struggles serving house-staff encountered in the 1890's and again she brings faith and trust in God into the story in a real and living way. This is a story of a mother's love so strong for her child that she would do anything to see that child flourish and of course for the romantics in us there is a little love story too.
I hope there will be more novels from Newport and that you will enjoy this story as much as I did.
Reviewer: ZoŽ Stevenson (21/05/13)