Religious Historical Fiction

An Unlikely Arrangement

Category:Religious Historical Fiction

Author:Cindy Patterson

  • Publisher: Springbrook Press, LLC
  • Publication Date: March 11, 2024
  • Number of Pages: 314
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-64669-045-9

An Unlikely Arrangement by Cindy Patterson is a delightful journey back to the Gilded Age, where societal norms and personal desires clash in a tale of love, redemption, and self-discovery. Set in 1902, the novel follows Abigail Dupree, a young woman on the brink of societal ruin, and Garrett Barringer, a man seeking refuge from his past. Abigail is trapped in a bargain orchestrated by her mother to save the family from financial ruin, leading her to become a bargaining chip in a game she never wanted to play. Meanwhile, Garrett, hired by Abigail's father, is thrust into a role he never anticipated: escorting Abigail and safeguarding her reputation. As their paths intertwine, Abigail and Garrett must confront their desires while navigating the strict social conventions of the time. But for how long can they resist the pull of each other?

Patterson’s prose is exquisite and littered with lively dialogues and terrific descriptions. The narrative transports readers to the opulent world of high society in early 20th-century North Carolina, and the author skillfully explores themes of love, sacrifice, and faith, weaving a compelling story that keeps readers engaged from beginning to end. The novel’s well-developed characters, particularly Abigail, whose journey of self-discovery is relatable and inspiring, will captivate readers who enjoy believable and multidimensional characters. As Abigail struggles with societal expectations and desires, she must confront her past and learn to follow her heart, even if it means defying convention. Garrett, too, is a compelling character. He has inner demons to conquer while trying to protect Abigail from harm. His internal struggle is finely rendered, and his growing feelings for Abigail add depth to the plot and build the suspense. An Unlikely Arrangement is a charming and heartwarming tale that will appeal to historical romance fans. Patterson's blend of sweet romance, engaging characters, and thought-provoking themes makes for a thoroughly enjoyable read. 

Reviewed By: James Farlow

Reviewed Date: May 11, 2024

Category: Religious Historical Fiction