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Stories for His Glory

Paint and Nectar by Ashley Clark July 5, 2021

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In 1929, a spark forms between Eliza, a talented watercolorist, and William, a charming young man with a secret that could ruin her career. Their families forbid their romance because of a long-standing feud over missing heirloom silver. Still, Eliza and William’s passion grows despite the barriers, causing William to deeply regret the secret he’s keeping . . . but setting things right will come at a cost.

In present-day Charleston, a mysterious benefactor gifts Lucy Legare an old house, along with all the secrets it holds–including enigmatic letters about an antique silver heirloom. Declan Pinckney, whom Lucy’s been avoiding since their disastrous first date, is set on buying her house for his family’s development company. As Lucy uncovers secrets about the house, its garden, and the silver, she becomes more determined than ever to preserve the historic Charleston property, not only for history’s sake but also for her own.

My thoughts:

This is the second book in this series. I absolutely loved the first one and this one did not disappoint. I don’t know how Ashley comes up with these plots and weaves these storylines together to create one beautiful story, but she does it. Then how she wove in her previous story in surprising ways was so good.

If you haven’t read the first book, have no fear, I think you could still read this and completely enjoy it. Just for those that have read the first book you will enjoy those places where the stories overlap.

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A copy of this book was given to me through Netgalley. All opinions are my own.

 

The Dress Shop on King Street by Ashley Clark December 21, 2020

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Harper Dupree has pinned all her hopes on a future in fashion design. But when it comes crashing down around her, she returns home to Fairhope, Alabama, and to Millie, the woman who first taught her how to sew. As Harper rethinks her own future, long-hidden secrets about Millie’s past are brought to light.

In 1946, Millie Middleton–the daughter of an Italian man and a Black woman–boarded a train and left Charleston to keep half of her heritage hidden. She carried with her two heirloom buttons and the dream of owning a dress store. She never expected to meet a charming train jumper who changed her life forever . . . and led her yet again to a heartbreaking choice about which heritage would define her future.

Now, together, Harper and Millie return to Charleston to find the man who may hold the answers they seek . . . and a chance at the dress shop they’ve both dreamed of. But it’s not until all appears lost that they see the unexpected ways to mend what frayed between the seams.

My thoughts:

This is Ashley’s debut novel and I have to say I can’t wait read her next. This book is beautifully written. So rich in narrative and she paints such vivid pictures.

Harper and Millie’s story is so powerful and so woven together. A story of forgotten dreams and dreams restored.

I will say there were times my mind kept trying to wrap itself around what was going on and who was related to who and how the generations lined up. But I eventually got a grasp on it.

If you like women’s fictions with some romance I highly recommend this book

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Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Christianbook.com or your favorite retailer.

A copy of this book was given to me through Netgalley. All opinions are my own.