This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Review Exchange Program, which is open to all authors and is completely free. Simply put, you agree to provide an honest review an author's book in exchange for the author doing the same for you. What sites your reviews are posted on (B&N, Amazon, etc.) and whether you send digital (eBook, PDF, Word, etc.) or hard copies of your books to each other for review is up to you. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email, and be sure to describe your book or include a link to your Readers' Favorite review page or Amazon page.
This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Donation Program, which was created to help nonprofit and charitable organizations (schools, libraries, convalescent homes, soldier donation programs, etc.) by providing them with free books and to help authors garner more exposure for their work. This author is willing to donate free copies of their book in exchange for reviews (if circumstances allow) and the knowledge that their book is being read and enjoyed. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email. Be sure to tell the author who you are, what organization you are with, how many books you need, how they will be used, and the number of reviews, if any, you would be able to provide.
Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
Life for a lonely spinster in the Victorian era could potentially stretch on endlessly into oblivion. It wasn’t a cheerful thought for Victoria Kavanagh. Already in her twenties when her father passes away (her mother passed away when she was younger), Victoria has given up on the idea of finding a suitable marriage partner. Besides, she’s turned off men in general after having witnessed first-hand the brutal hand her father used on her mother. She wants nothing to do with that kind of abuse. But she does want a child. When a baby is left abandoned under a pew at the church where she attended services, Victoria decides it was a mother-daughter match meant to be. But there are specific protocols that a young woman must follow in this era, and adopting a child as a spinster is frowned upon, if not even illegal. This is where Lie A Little... To Love A Lot by author Debra Delaney really takes off.
Debra Delaney’s novel, Lie A Little … To Love A Lot: A heart-warming Victorian family saga (The Faredene Trilogy Book 1), is a comfortable, Victorian-era historical romance novel. Set with similar staging and style to Catherine Cookson and Anne Perry, this story will have the reader captivated from beginning to end. The plot follows Victoria’s search for a new role as an entrepreneur and a single mother. At the same time, she faces the challenges of Victorian-era prejudices and female stereotypes, not to mention the brutality of so many men who took advantage of their power to subjugate the women they controlled. The author has a powerful command of language – her descriptive narrative and in-depth character development are on a par with the likes of Cookson and Perry, and the author makes the reader feel like part of the story. Her use of strong female characters who stand up against the controlling powers of tradition allows the reader to be immersed in another type of history lesson of the Victorian era. This story will enrapture readers from beginning to end.