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July 22, 2017

A Lovely Book: Luellen & Lucy by Dee DeTarsio

Review by Susan Roberts

The Civil War has just ended and after all the hardships that they suffered during the war best friends Luellen and Lucy are living together in a run-down house with their possessions that survived the war. They have been best friends for their entire lives and almost seem to be able to read each other's thoughts.

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Luellen & Lucy
November 2016; 978-1537079080
ebook, print (280 pages); historical romance
Luellen lost her husband and children to sickness during the war and craves the attention of a man so when a doctor (with three small children who need a mother) asks her to marry him, she jumps at the chance. Lucy is very opposed to the idea but finally goes along with it and agrees to move to Ohio with the family to start a new life. Something happens on the train trip to Ohio that changes everyone's plans for the future. Can Lucy and Luellen remain friends despite all the changes?

This is a lovely book about friendship and second chances. I enjoyed the two characters and a look at the hardships that people had to go through after the Civil War.

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About the book:

The Civil War may be over, but for thirty-year-old Luellen, the battle has just begun. After burying her husband and children, Luellen and her lifelong friend, Lucy, pack up their secrets and their few possessions and set about rebuilding their lives up north. But as Luellen finally finds the love and security she never thought she deserved, Lucy disapproves of the match and threatens to ruin Luellen’s chance at happiness.

Closer than sisters, neither can bear to part from the other until a train robbery changes everything. Lucy slips into Luellen’s life, while Luellen is embroiled in her kidnapper’s quest.

From bidding adieu to southern traditions to embracing love, compassion combats betrayal as Luellen and Lucy bravely face the future.

Susan Roberts lives in North Carolina when she isn't traveling.  She and her husband enjoy traveling, gardening and spending time with their family and friends.  She reads almost anything (and the piles of books in her house prove that) but her favorite genres are Southern fiction, women's fiction, and thrillers. Susan is a top 1% Goodreads Reviewer. You can connect with her on Facebook.

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  1. Thank you so much for reading Luellen & Lucy--and for your kind words! I love disappearing into historical fiction and discovering that the hopes and dreams and desires still unite us all in present day! Thank you again!