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The Bracelet

Format: Paperback

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The mystery surrounding Celia’s home in Savannah threatens her family reputation . . . and her very life.

“There are no secrets that time does not reveal.” 

Savannah, Georgia – 1858

Celia Browning dreams of the day when her childhood sweetheart Sutton Mackay comes home to Savannah after two years in Jamaica managing his family's shipping interests. Sutton has all but proposed, and their marriage will unite two of the city's most prominent families. But just as Sutton returns, a newspaper reporter arrives in town, determined to pry into twin tragedies that took place at the Browning mansion on Madison Square when Celia was a child.

While the journalist pursues his story, someone is trying to frighten Celia. When she receives a series of anonymous notes, and a bracelet imbued with a chilling message, Celia realizes that her family’s past has the power to destroy her future.

As the clouds of war gather over Savannah, and her beloved father’s health worsens, Celia determines to uncover the truth about what really happened all those years ago.

Inspired by actual events in one of Savannah’s most prominent 19th-century families, The Bracelet is the story of a young southern woman whose dreams fracture under the weight of her family’s tragic past.

"Historical romance with a sprinkle of secrets for readers to solve, Dorothy Love's latest puts a new spin on an old idea." —Romantic Times, 4-star review

Contributor(s) Dorothy Love
About the Contributor(s) Dorothy Love

A native of west Tennessee, Dorothy Love makes her home in the Texas hill country with her husband and their golden retriever. An award-winning author of numerous young adult novels, Dorothy made her adult debut with the Hickory Ridge novels. Facebook: dorothylovebooks Twitter: @WriterDorothy


ISBN-10 1401687601
ISBN-13 9781401687601
Release Date Dec 9, 2014
Weight (lbs) 1.1200
Height 8.40
Width 5.50
Length 336
Length Unit Pages
Publisher Thomas Nelson
Price $15.99
Format Paperback
Language English

Customer Reviews

Review by Robin
Overall Rating
This is a highly suspenseful historical romance set in Savannah, Georgia 1858. It's loosely based on true events about a prominent family from that time. There are two sisters, one who married well, the other married in desperation as a second choice. Both of the sisters died at a young age. This story is about their two daughters, raised together, and how they turned out - one with the love of her father, the other without her father but cared for by her Uncle. It's best read by adults.

It's a little confusing at first, with a flashback that I honestly forgot about once I got into the book. Both from wealthy families, Celia and Sutton have been best friends since childhood. Celia truly hopes to marry him and that he'll ask now that he's returned after two years away. Ivy is her cousin who came to live with them 15 years ago when she lost her parents. Celia remembers very little from that time, but a newspaper reporter is trying to dig up the circumstances about Ivy's parents. He's written an article that came out in the paper, but he's sure there's a more sensational story yet to be revealed and is driven to find out all the dirty details at nearly any expense to the girls.

This is a good book that is well written, but still something is missing. It's well worth the time to read, but it's not one that I'd call a keeper. It's one of those stories where you're kept in somewhat of a fog until the end. You almost need to read it to find out what's going on, then go back a re-read so that it makes more sense. There is a very slight Christian message, but it's not central to the story. I like the cover on this book - it helps to set the tone and mood.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” (Posted on 1/15/2015)
Review by Sally
Overall Rating
Celia Browning is anxiously awaiting the return of her childhood sweetheart, Sutton Mackay, after being away in Jamaica for the last two years. She is in hopes he will propose to her. However with the return of Sutton a relentless story-seeking reporter also arrives in Savannah, determined to write a story of the disappearance of Celia’s uncle and the murder of the laundress in the Browning carriage house. Celia is just as determined to not let the story be written without it being the truth. Celia begins to receive threatening notes and a bracelet with a sinister message.

This enchanting story hooked me from the first page, because even though it is fiction, it is based on actual historical events. It is fast-paced enough to keep you turning the pages and is filled with mystery, intrigue and romance with a subtle bit of faith tossed into the mix. I found myself vacillating between wanting and not wanting Celia to find out the truth about her family. Ms. Love has done a fabulous job in pulling all the twists and turns together in the culmination of a sad but predictable ending. This is a great afternoon of entertaining reading. Hopefully there will be another book. I would love to see what happens to the Browning family, Celia and Sutton, especially with the threat of the Civil War.

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Thomas Nelson, through NetGalley blogger program for review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.
(Posted on 1/15/2015)

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