26 July 2011

Book Review: Cora Villa by Meredith Resce

Product Description:
It's all arranged: Marriage to a man she's never met.
Garrison Stewart is looking forward to the day when his daughter, Cora, will be wed to his former neighbour's son, just as had been arranged fifteen years ago.

But that arrangement had been made before Cora had grown up, before the Stewarts had immigrated to Australia,and before Cora had fallen in love with someone else.

Now, Cora is forced to choose between the love of her father and the love of a mysterious stranger...one who is all too secretive about his past...

My Review:
I just finished this book and loved it. The inspiration for this story came from a house Corio Villa near Geelong. The house is the inspiration for the house in Cora Villa the rest is fiction. But after reading this book I want to see this house. The story revolves around Cora who was promised to Andrew Bennett when she was 6 years old. The book starts just after the death of her mother and her father determined she marry Andrew. Cora doesn't like the idea of an arranged marriage, she wants to choose her own husband and this is what she and her father clash about.
I loved the book and the different characters. Once again I would love to talk more about the story and some of the things that happen that I really enjoyed but I don't want to give away any of the storylines. Having said this there were areas of the book I really appreciated one in-particular as it took me back to my own childhood and something we use to do at Christian Endeavour. This book takes place early in the 19 century and if you enjoy historical books I am sure you will enjoy this story. 

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