Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Faith Words. I received a complimentary copy of A Sapphire Season to facilitate this review. All opinions expressed are my own.
1 Corinthians 13:4 tells us that "Love is patient and kind," but often times we forget the patient part. Being patient doesn't just apply to being slow to anger or act when it comes to our loved ones. Waiting on God to do His will in our lives is part of remaining patient as well.
In Lynn Morris' A Sapphire Season, we meet Lady Mirabella Tirel. Once upon a time Mirabella was in love with the young and handsome Captain James Pryce, but due to the disapproval of her parents and his untimely death the two never married and she ended up heartbroken. Her quest to get married no longer centered mostly around finding a spouse she could connect to romantically. Instead, as Mirabella prepares to head to London for the "Marriage Market" season, she's determined to take a more practical and less fairytale-ish approach to snagging an engagement. Little does Mirabella know God is about to derail HER plans for His own.
Sir Giles Knyvet has been Mirabella's best friend almost since before they were born. Being neighbors it was inevitable that these two were destined to bond and be a part of each other's lives. Like most besties these two confide almost everything to each other. However, Giles is sitting on a secret. He wishes Mirabella saw him as more than just a friend (if only Biz Markie had been born in the 1800s). And to make matters worse, Giles' parents left him with a mountain of debt to settle.
Mirabella on the other hand is rich and too oblivious to the fact that her best friend is head over heels in love with her. In fact, she doesn't become "aware" of Giles until they dance one night at a ball.
"I suppose it's that I've never really been aware of Giles as man. No, that's silly, of course I know he's a man. I just never have been so conscious of his physical presence, how I can feel the warmth of him, and I've always loved his scent, . . ."
Now that these two are aware of each other, will they each overcome the obstacles blocking their paths and join in holy matrimony?
A Sapphire Season, a historical Christian romance, is a delightful and easy flowing read. I'm a hopeless romantic and have always been a fan of historical romances because of their romantic and tasteful feel/content. Lynn Morris does a great job capturing this in my opinion. While so many authors of doing Alpha males, it was nice and refreshing to see Giles being portrayed more as an average guy who's kind of shy/hesitant to put his heart out there so soon.
I could relate to Mirabella being so scarred by her past experience that she felt like she had to choose between putting her heart on the line for romance or being practical and pushing love on the back burner in order to get married. Heartbreak is never easy and it can break us if we allow it. And focusing too long on those past heartbreaks and being a rush can cause us to miss out on THE one God has placed right in front of us.
I'm definitely looking forward to reading future books from Lynn Morris and seeing what adventures her characters will take me on next.
Lynn Morris is the bestselling author of over 25 novels. She is the daughter of Christy Award-winning author Gilbert Morris, with whom she has often collaborated. She lives in Gulf Shores, Alabama.
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Were you and your spouse best friends before you got married?