Fresh Face Friday: One Day’s Loving by Rue Allyn

TGIF!  Today I have a great historical romance for you.  One Day’s Loving is set at a time during the industrial revolution when worker’s rights and pay was nowhere near what it should have been.  In the midst of this turmoil a wonderful love story develops out of both necessity and eventually love.  For the rest of my review be sure to check it out after the book blurb.  I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

roses2Book Blurb:

Persephone Mae Alden is the invisible Alden sister, quiet, industrious, generous, kind-hearted, loyal and reliable. The words used to describe Mae remind her of a well-trained dog. She’s not happy about it, but what can she do? She likes her quiet life and would be seriously upset if she had to defy convention like Edith or act on instinct like Kiera. But everything changes when necessity forces her to bravery and she must choose between love and family.

A horrifying bequest convinces Boston attorney James W. Collins V that Mae Alden needs a husband, and she’s just the type of wife he wants. The two of them will be a perfect match. Refusing his offer makes no sense, so why won’t the woman accept?

Review:

At the turn of the century Mae Alden is the last of her grandfather’s granddaughters to still be around to mourn his death.  Unfortunately, Mae knows that her grandfather’s hatred for her and her sisters will continue through death and she knows she will be left a pauper.  That is where James Collins come in.  James reads the horrific will to Mae.  They both learn that not only does this effect Mae but also all of the factory workers her grandfather has employed will also be lost when this will is fulfilled.  There is one thing that could stop all of this from happening.  Mae could marry and have a child.  That would save hundreds of jobs and keep her from ending in the poor house.  Unfortunately, Mae finds this a horrific idea and would rather wait until the will is finalized to marry if at all.  James realizes it is for Mae’s own good to marry.  So, he decides that her best choice is to marry him.  But, each time he proposes Mae refuses.  Soon they are working together to help the workers and in doing so they grow closer.  Though love grows Mae still refuses marriage even when her life and that of others is in danger.  Will Mae come to her senses before she loses her love in more ways than one?

This was a wonderful historical romance.  It takes one of my favorite times in history and puts a wonderful love story in there.  Rue Allyn is a wonderful storyteller.  This is book three in her series.  I regret that I didn’t read her previous books in this series.  I fully expect to rectify that as soon as possible.  This story has really drawn me in the world that Rue Allyn creates.  The story is very well crafted.  The love portion of the story is also masterfully woven to illustrate the social construct and the political climate of the time.  Mae and James are wonderful characters that both grow and develop in the short span of this story.  Overall, this is a fantastic historical romance that drags you back into a time of class struggles, woman’s suffrage and industrial growth.  You will enjoy this escape to the past and fall in love with the characters and their love.

Author Bio:

????????????I wrote my first story around the age of five and read my first romance at the age of eight. I’ve been in love with being in love ever since. I’m happily married to my sweetheart of many, many years. we share the home of two cats, who condescend to allow me to feed them and clean their litter box. They occasionally permit me to pet them but demand my love and attention as their right. I am in awe of their feline ability to dominate with half a glance or a mere twitch of tail. I am insatiably curious, an avid reader and traveler. I love to hear from readers about your favorite books and real life adventures. I also love my work. Seriously, what could be more fun than sharing love and adventure with all your friends. That’s what I do when I write and publish a story. I’m delighted you are here to join me in the love of reading and writing. Take your time to browse around this blog. Comment on the latest post and tell me a little bit about yourself and what you’ve read recently. Happy reading!

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