Loving Beth - by Bonnie Rose Ward

 

 

My Review


I recently had the pleasure of reading a book titled "Loving Beth" authored by Bonnie Rose Ward. The book is a beautiful piece of literature that captivates the reader with its wonderfully crafted characters and an intriguing storyline that is both touching and heartwarming.

The story takes place in Rosewood, West Virginia, during the post-civil war era, where we meet the protagonist Beth McCullough, who is struggling to make ends meet with her mother on their small farm. However, things take a turn for the worse when Beth's mother suddenly passes away, leaving her alone and lonely and facing the threat of losing her only home due to the banker's arrogant son, who demands full repayment of their loan within thirty days.

As if that's not enough, Beth discovers two small children who've been abandoned and must now take care of them alongside defending her farm from the banker's son. Amid all these troubles, Beth meets Jacob, a handsome man who found her mother, and she can't help but develop feelings for him. However, Jacob has promised his late wife he'd never love again after her tragic death, and he's now forced to travel to Baltimore to care for his ailing mother.

Things take a dramatic turn when Jacob receives a letter with terrible rumors about Beth, causing him to return to Rosewood, angry, bitter, and disillusioned, more determined than ever to keep his vow to never love again. As Beth struggles to protect the children and keep her farm, she's also defending against Jacob's unfounded suspicions, which escalate into an attack and threats to her life. 

Despite the looming danger and challenges, Beth holds onto her faith in God's ability to work miracles, and as the story progresses, we witness God moving in mysterious ways to bring Beth and Jacob together.

Overall, wonderful read. I really loved the build of the character moral and the whole story all together. I hope to read more by Ward in the future. Many thanks to Celebrate Lilt for allowing me to read this book!


About the Book

 

Book: Loving Beth

Author: Bonnie Rose Ward

Genre: Christian Historical Romance Fiction

Release Date: June 8, 2023

A courageous woman, a bitter man, and God’s plan.

Times were hard after Beth McCullough’s father died in the Civil War, but she and her mother are getting by on their little farm outside Rosewood, West Virginia. The kindly banker holding the loan lets them pay what they can. Then Beth’s mother dies suddenly, and the banker’s arrogant son gives her only thirty days to pay her full debt. Beth is left alone and lonely and fears losing the only home she’s ever known. It would be nice to have someone in her life like Jacob, the handsome man who found her mother. Then to her horror, Beth discovers two small children who’ve been abandoned. It’s one more thing for her to worry about, but Beth has to keep faith in God’s ability to work miracles.

Although he has to travel to Baltimore to care for his ailing mother, Jacob Wallace can’t stop thinking about Beth, but he’d promised his late wife he’d never love again after her tragic death. After receiving a letter with terrible rumors about Beth, Jacob returns to Rosewood, angry, bitter, and disillusioned, more determined than ever to keep his vow to never love again. He’s right to close his heart against Beth.

As Beth struggles to protect the children and keep her farm, she’s also defending against Jacob’s unfounded suspicions. The danger escalates with an attack and threats to her life. But God moves in mysterious ways. Is there room in Jacob’s heart for a new love? Will they learn to trust each other and have faith in God’s plan to find their way together?

 

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About the Author

Bonnie Rose Ward, an award-winning author celebrated for her vivid memoirs recounting life in the Alaskan wilderness, currently resides in West Virginia with her husband. Bonnie’s homestead is nestled within the serene foothills of the Allegheny Mountains. The spirit of these mountains and her husband’s familial tales from the region breathe life into her compelling narratives of Appalachian resilience, strength, and the quest for love. Drawing from her fifteen-years in the wilderness, Bonnie’s present lifestyle encapsulates the essence of self-sufficiency. Together with Samuel, she tends to a menagerie of goats, chickens, Zebu cattle, and other barnyard animals, while also cultivating their verdant gardens. When not immersed in her rural responsibilities, Bonnie transitions into her writer’s persona. At her keyboard, she masterfully weaves new tales echoing the valor of women, the fidelity of men, and the extraordinary miracles that God orchestrates in their lives. Bonnie Rose Ward is not just an author, but a storyteller—painting vivid pictures with her words that resonate with the human spirit’s trials, triumphs, and faith.

More from Bonnie

My husband, and I lived in the Alaskan wilderness for many years. We built cabins and lived off the land. While there, Sam shared stories about his ancestors—especially those of his spunky great grandmother, Easter Mullens. I was fascinated by her life. We eventually purchased my husband’s mother’s old homeplace nestled in the Allegheny Mountains of West Virginia, and together we built our home by hand, reminiscent of the cabins we built in Alaska. Living in the wilderness for fifteen years gave me the skills and understanding of how our forefathers and mothers’ must have lived in the 1800s. Sam often talked about his aunts foraging from the land—they knew what vegetation you could eat and what you couldn’t. I became enamored with these hardy, resilient mountain people and their stories.

I started to write Easter’s story as nonfiction, but my imagination took over and a fictional story grew from the fragments of her life and circumstances.

As you know, characters are typically a composite of people we know and characters we imagine, with a bit of ourselves sprinkled in there. Beth originally was a combination of Sam and my ancestors—at least, how I imagined them to be. As I worked with her, she took on a life of her own. Instead of simply being impressed by her courage, I realized how vulnerable she is. I also realized that being so young, she is going to make mistakes a more mature person wouldn’t. But I think her driving characteristic is her spunk. She does what she has to do to survive in a harsh world and to protect those she loves.

Jacob is a decent man whose devotion to his departed wife leaves no room for another. He has to come to terms not just with his wife’s death, but with what is expected from him as he puts the pieces of his life back together. Most importantly, he must realize his harshest expectations are those he has cast upon himself—and that his stubbornness is destroying not only his own happiness, but the happiness of those he loves.

Faith, love, and determination are the main themes of the book. Faith has been so important in my own life and got me through so much when we lived in the Alaskan wilderness. Therefore, I wanted to illustrate the role faith played in the lives of Beth and Jacob. Love comes in so many different forms, and I wanted to explore the different types of love. There’s the love between a man and a woman; the love between parents and children—even if they are not biologically related; and, of course, the love that grows from relying on good neighbors and friends. Determination is what allows us to survive the unsurvivable. Without the determination that seeds in our guts and grows to see us through the worst times of our lives, we would not succeed. Of course, determination can also work against us. When we stubbornly adhere to principles that are no longer relevant, our determination cause much more harm than good.

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Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Bonnie is giving away the grand prize package of a $50 Amazon gift card & a paperback copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/2979d/loving-beth-celebration-tour-giveaway

Comments

  1. This sounds like a good book. I like the recommendation that it is beautiful literature!

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    1. Thank you, Emma! If you get a chance to read it I hope you enjoy it! :)

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  2. I have a small office with my desk sitting in front of a window that overlooks our farm and ponds. Sometimes in the winter I see cardinals in the pine trees. Thanks for asking! :)

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  3. Lilly, thank you for a most wonderful review, and for hosting my book! I truly appreciate it! :)

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  4. This looks like a fantastic novel. Thanks for hosting this giveaway.

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  5. Sounds like a great story that anyone can relate too!! Who influenced you to be a writer?

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