Romance - Historical
297 Pages
Reviewed on 10/20/2015
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Author Biography

Author Barbara T. Cerny grew up in Grand Junction, Colorado, which at that time was a small town of 30,000 people. She left that little burg to see the world, garner three college degrees, and to serve in the US Army. After eight years on active duty and fourteen years in the reserves, she retired as a lieutenant colonel in 2007. While deployed to the Middle East in 2005, Ms. Cerny finally figured out she had to get going on the real love of her life, writing. She wrote her first two novels during that time and hasn’t stopped. She is presently working on novels number seven, eight, and nine. When not writing, Ms. Cerny works as an information technology specialist and supervisor for the US Air Force. She lives with her loving husband, their two active teenagers, and three needy cats. The cats patiently watch her write and listen to her intently as she discusses plot lines with them.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Heather Osborne for Readers' Favorite

Tressa O’Daire loves one thing in this world: baking. In her small hometown in Ireland, she works diligently for her uncle, eventually earning the title of master baker, relatively unheard of for a woman in the late 1700s. Urged by her cousin to settle down, Tressa accepts a young man, Seamus, as her beau. However, once married, their life descends into something she never expected or wanted. Rather than face an abusive life for herself and her unborn child, Tressa makes a courageous decision to travel to New York. There, she finds employment with the Langley family, but her troubles do not cease. The eldest sibling, Heaton, is bent on making the lives of his younger siblings, Sarah and Ethan, a living hell. Will Tressa be able to overcome the new obstacles put in her way?

Tressa by Barbara T. Cerny is a nicely written historical romance, with a great heroine. I loved Tressa’s perseverance to do something different than what was expected of women at the time. Her relationship with the servants and younger Langley siblings was entertaining, and I thought she was quite ingenious in finding solutions to her problems. However, I felt things wrapped up a bit too well, and I almost wanted more. I also felt some things from the first portion of the book went unresolved. But, I did enjoy Tressa by Barbara T. Cerny, and it kept me reading to the very last page.