By Elaine Lyons Bach
Published by Outskirts Press, Inc.
240 Pages

Back Cover: Driven, altruistic Eden Barrett yearns to bring about social reform using her artistic talent. Unaware of the enemies lurking in her future, when her initial plans go awry, she finds employment as a governess, hoping to continue to hone her talent in her free time. Eden immediately defies tradition when she rescues two climbing boys and houses them on the estate of her new employer. A man of integrity, like-minded in all but one insurmountable aspect, Colin Ashton, Seventh Earl of Edmund, finds the sparks flying as he matches wits with the new governess to his high-spirited, precocious, and controlling sister. He would fire Eden if not for his sister’s pleas on her behalf. Eden spurns marriage as a sure way for a female in her society to become a slave to the will of another. Fully aware, though, that her will and his do not agree and that he is far above her station, she is helplessly drawn to the capable lord. It seems his interest is in a beautiful neighbor. The Honorable Cassandra Bradley, whose brother is obviously taken with Eden. Lives will be transformed in their unforgettable journey of adventure, passionate emotions, and enduring love.

REVIEW: “Father God, how can I help children like them have a voice? Show me a way. And help me not to judge. Help me to condemn the deed and not the man. Only you know the circumstances of his life, what made him the way he is. Take this situation and turn it for good. Father, comfort those boys; protect them. Help them to grow straight and tall in spirit and not be disfigured by their awful experiences. “

Eden was a child advocate at a time when such a thing didn’t exist. She was passionate about children and making things right. Colin, master of the house, learns of her attempt to protect some boys from an evil man. Eden takes change and loses her temper in this situation. Colin says this to Eden,”You loose your temper easily, Miss Barrett. I suggest you find it immediately.”

This is what Colin thinks of Eden, “You’re a stubborn, unreasonable, perverse and frustrating creature!! Your ideas are not only ridiculous; they are dangerous!”

Elaine Lyons Bach, pens a tale of a strong, stubborn women that knows what she wants. The author weaves humor throughout her story like the line above. Eden aspires to be an artist. She’s the oldest sibling and instead of marring she desires to learn how to be the best artist she can be. But, there are no artist assistant openings, so she takes a job as a governess, she has such a passion for children and teaching them.

Then she meets Colin. He has hired her to educate his sister. Every time they talk, sparks fly - and not in a good way. Collin finds her outspoken and willing to talk back to him. How does she do that? She is beautiful, and he does find her a little appealing. But, both are stubborn people – only friendship could come of this relationship.

Here is an example of their talks. Colin scolds Eden after she loses her temper with the man who was mistreating boys.

She thinks, “How dare he lecture me! Right or not.”

“Patch it up between you and Mrs. York. I will not stand to suffer for your sins.”

..”When you see her, choose your words carefully; be sure to include ‘my fault.’, ‘very sorry’, ‘forgive me’, and ‘never again’ among them”

This scene is hilarious. I enjoyed how the author develops their relationship. Eden is so unlike the women of her time. Maybe that’s why I liked her so much.

The author weaves a strong spiritual thread in the story as well. Eden loves the Lord with all of her heart and doesn’t want anyone to perish, she says, “God does all that he can to keep us from going to hell short of removing our free will, it is we who don’t forgive ourselves. I think souls go to hell because they dare not approach Heaven in their guilty state. They are too ashamed. They send themselves to hell.”

This was a period of time when there were actual gentlemen and ladies existed. There were very clear rules in society that governed the way people lived their lives. Eden had a personal relationship with Jesus she held dear. Her desire was to share that with Diana her student. But Colin won’t hear of it. He didn’t believe in God.

But Diana’s curious and begins to ask Eden questions that lead to talking about God. Whether Colin likes it or not, he starts to hear about their conversations from Diana.

I enjoyed this story and the bantering that went on between Eden and Colin - it definitely made you smile. Eden and Colin - get mixed up in a bunch of misunderstandings with one another that brings them straight in the middle of a tragedy. All things become clear for a ending that satisfies.

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  1. This is a book that sounds like it's right up my alley. Sounds terrific.
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  2. I can tell you read it, and I am glad you enjoyed it , Nora. Thank you for the lovely review. Elaine