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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.