Friday, April 22, 2016

Book review and giveaway: White by Denise Weimer

Purchase your copy in paperback here or in ebook here.

About the book:

When Jennifer Rushmore accepts a brooding bachelor’s job offer to act as coordinator for the restoration of his family’s historic doctor’s house (White), apothecary (Widow) and log cabin (Witch) in a rural Georgia community, little does she know it’s her own heart that will undergo the greatest renovation. Three stories. Three centuries. Three lessons on the healing of the heart. And one buried mystery that threatens their redemption.

White: As historic preservationist Jennifer and brooding bachelor Michael restore his ancestors’ historic doctor’s residence in a rural Georgia community, they uncover the 1920s-era prejudice and secrets that caused Michael’s branch to fall off the family tree. Recent graduate Jennifer is determined to fulfill her first professional position with integrity even if her employer lacks a proper appreciation of history. Far more challenging—and sinister—than the social landscape of Hermon are the strange accidents hinting that someone doesn’t want them on the Dunham property. Yet Michael’s and Jennifer’s own pasts pose the biggest obstacles to laying a fresh foundation of family and community.

My thoughts:

I was impressed by this book.  Author Denise Weimer has crafted a well-researched story that drew me in to the modern story of Jennifer Rushmore, a grad student on the brink of graduating, who has landed her first real job as a historic preservationist, and of Georgia Pearl Dunham, who had Deep South racial prejudice to contend with in the 1920s.  I found that I could really relate to Jennifer as she struck out on her own in the professional world.  Her insecurities and awkwardness made her a totally believable character.  I also loved how she was willing to grow and develop as a person in her new circumstances.

The book developed themes of the importance of family, and the restoration that is needed in each person's heart from past hurts and disappointments.  My only regret while reading this book is that the ending came too soon!  I'm looking forward to the next installment in the trilogy to continue the story.  I recommend this book to those who enjoy contemporary or historical fiction, since both are intertwined in the story.

I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit in exchange for an honest review, which I have given.

About the author:

In addition to The Restoration Trilogy, native Georgian Denise Weimer is the author of numerous magazine articles about her home state, romantic novella Redeeming Grace, The Georgia Gold Series (Sautee Shadows, The Gray Divide, The Crimson Bloom, and Bright as Gold). Bright as Gold won the 2015 John Esten Cooke Award for authentic Southern literature. She holds a journalism degree with a minor in history from Asbury University, is a wife and swim mom of two daughters, and always pauses for coffee, chocolate and old houses.

The giveaway:

In honor of the White Celebration Tour, Denise is giving away a print copy of WHITE: Book One of The Restoration Trilogy, a $15 Starbucks card to representing the coffee-loving modern heroine, and a vintage hat to represent the historical heroine. Click to enter:

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