Historical Fiction Inspirational Fiction, Women's Fiction
Laurel Worth has been a public figure for most of her adult life - a well-known speaker for social issues such as the women's right to vote and a successful teacher with nurse training. She is also known as the beautiful, auburn-haired daughter of an esteemed professor. Justin, her husband, is college educated and is already a successful, professional photographer. But, at heart, Justin is an adventurer. When he impulsively takes a job supervising a logging crew in the remote mountains of North Carolina, she finds herself and their two small children in a frightening, primitive environment.
Their new home is a rough-hewn, two-room shack in an isolated logging camp. Laurel's challenges include a near-fatal rescue of her young child from the turbulent river, treating diphtheria, snake bites, and a panther attack, endless work as she teaches children in the camp and helps cook for the families and crew. Not to mention Justin's kidnapping by moonshiners and a near death encounter with outlaws! And she is mightily irritated that Justin is thoroughly enjoying himself!
This lively, patriotic saga, folded within the pages of national and international events from 1920-1950, such as the Great Depression and World War II, showcases the indomitable American spirit and the powerful truth that it is not our circumstances but our choices, empowered by God's adequacy, that determine who we become.
Will their marriage survive this calamitous lifestyle?
Will her faith sustain her, even against Justin's unbelief?
Will her choices help them reach their envisioned destiny?
Laurel's Choices is available for purchase in both print and ebook formats.
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Excellent Historical novel about a fictional couple by the names of Justin and Laurel Worth and the outstanding way they raised their family of five children,three girls & two boys. This saga starts in 1920 and shows how this couple raised their children to be loving,God fearing and helpful to even the most downtrodden or degenerate. They lived before and thru the Great Depression up to & after WWII. They encountered many trials and tribulations along the way,never losing their love for each other,family or fellow man. This is a great,heart warming story and a fast page turner.. Would highly recommend,as this will not be a disappointment . My thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for the opportunity to Read and review "Laurel's Choices"
Laurel's Choices, Exie Wilde Henson Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews Genre:, Women's fiction, General fiction * sigh..* Once more women's fiction. Why? Men read books like this too. Every now and then I like to dip into a historical read, especially ones like this where folk are living with nature. I really thought I'd enjoy this, and I did, but with reservations. I loved the contrast of Laurel and Justin, two people in love who wanted such different things for their family, saw their futures in different ways. Laurel was an amazing woman for the time, very forward thinking, not content to let life just evolve around her, but wanting to fight for not just women's rights, but for what was morally right every time. She wanted a stable home base, Justin wants travel and adventure, but he respected her in a way many men of the time wouldn't, and together they do an amazing amount of good for so many people. Laurel's faith is very strong and often bring god into a story irritates me, depends how its done. Here's its necessary, part of Laurels character, and of course back then people faith often was stronger than today, life was tough and they needed to believe in some form of higher power I think. I felt in that context, even though the religious parts got stronger as the novel continued it was necessary as its was so much a part of Laurel. Where the book fell down for me was that it lagged in parts. I know it can't be adventure and suspense all the while, and I do love day to day minutiae, but there were times here when I just felt disconnected and put the book aside. I'm not really sure why, there were plenty of events that brought the “what now?” questions to the fore, the dangers of living in a rural situation, the differences of opinion in folk living so closely together, the medical catastrophes when there's no hospital nearby...I liked the characters too, it just seemed to be a little flat for me. Still, as ever its perfect for others and its a well written novel that certainly brings forward all the dangers and hardship of living in those times. Stars: Three and a half, parts I really enjoyed, the roughness of rural life, the difficulties they faced but its a one off read for me. ARC supplied by netgalley and publishers