Hidden Affections by Delia Parr

Hidden Affections by Delia Parr

Published by Bethany House

Published on May 1, 2011

Summary taken from Amazon.com:

Betrayed by her husband, Annabelle Tyler wears the burden of legally being a divorcee, a difficult position for an upstanding young woman to find herself in. While attempting to start a new life for herself, an unexpected turn of events once again has Annabelle married--this time to Harrison Graymoor, the most eligible, yet elusive, bachelor in Philadelphia. Harrison assures her that he will secure an annulment immediately, unaware that the constable has sent word of the marriage to the press in Philadelphia. And here things continue to go awry. Harrison's past, a philanthropic cousin with his eye on Annabelle, and the appearance of Annabelle's ex-husband threaten the tentative relationship growing between Harrison and his "wife." For two individuals set against marriage, there are certainly a lot of second thoughts regarding the one forced upon them. 

First of all, I was very taken by the cover. Typically this kind of fiction has the same basic cover:  a young woman, made up to look like she lived in a certain historical period, holding some sort of prop and smiling saucily at the camera, or if it is even older fiction- her head may be entirely chopped off!  I liked this picture- it made me curious about what the book was about.  (And I thought the model had a striking resemblance to Kate Hudson).

This was a very enjoyable read.  It had a predictable plot- but not in a way that made it unpleasant to read.  It felt fresh and different from other Christian novels I have read recently.  The author made Annabelle strong- without coming off as arrogant or stubborn.  It was very nice to read a book that had no "secret agenda" about how women don't need anyone to save them.  Annabelle was strong, wise, and independent without lessening the male characters.

I found the plot to be paced well- and I couldn't put it down!

On a side note- the last book from the author that I read, "Love's First Bloom" I did not enjoy at all.  I am very pleased to say that this book has completely changed my mind about the author and I will be coming back for more!

You can find out more about the author, Delia Parr, here.

I received this book for free for review from Bethany House.  I do not guarantee a positive review, however, I do promise an honest one.

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