A Love Restored
by: Kelly Goshorn
About the book:
With pert opinions and a less-than-perfect figure, Ruth Ann Sutton doesn’t measure up to Society’s vision of a perfect lady. When she accepts a position teaching in a Freedman’s School, it threatens the only marriage offer Ruth Ann is likely to receive. She’s forced to choose between life as a lonely spinster or reinventing herself to secure a respectable proposal. Determined to rise above his meager beginnings, Benjamin Coulter’s reputation as a fast learner and hard worker earns him the opportunity to apprentice with a surveyor for the railroad—a position that will garner the respect he craves. After a chance encounter with Ruth Ann Sutton, Benjamin is smitten with her pretty face, quick wit, and feisty personality. When others ridicule his choice, will Benjamin listen to his heart or put ambition first?
A Love Restored is a beautiful historical drama that will send you on a roller-coaster of emotions. You will laugh, you will cry, and at one point you will want to grab the hero by his neck and shake the stuffing out of him. Well, at least I did! I loved this debut novel by Kelly Goshorn. I stayed up until three in the morning to finish.
“If He loves me unconditionally and He made me in His image, then He must love me in spite of my form.” I do not regret making you. I do not look upon you as man does. I look upon your heart and what I see is beautiful. You are worthy. You are worthy of My love.
If you have ever struggled with your body image or self-acceptance than this book is for you. This book reminds us of the importance of seeing others as God sees them regardless if they are overweight, disabled, disfigured, or a different skin color.
Did such a man exist? One who would share her love of literature and history? One who didn’t mind fuller curves on a woman?
I loved how the author brought out the importance of seeing yourself as God made you. He loves you just the way you are. It speaks of God’s forgiveness, of his ever-open arms to those who are willing to repent.
“We’re all a mess, son. That’s why we need a Savior.”
It speaks of learning to forgive others and learning to trust those who’ve broken your trust. It speaks of the importance of our words, how we can injure someone by the things we say. It speaks of God’s healing hand when we allow him to work.
The hurtful phrases seeped into her wounded heart, festering into a marinade of insecurity and self-doubt. Why was it so hard to believe a man might love someone like her?
The historical element opens one rarely addressed, that of the Restoration era after the Civil War. This was a painful time in our country’s history. Ruth Ann teaches at the Freedman’s School, trying to give the newly emancipated Americans the tools they need to build a better life for themselves. Unfortunately, there are many who oppose her efforts.
“We were discussing the values whites and negroes share.” Her chin lifted with the conviction in her voice. “Things like honesty, fairness, faith, and freedom. It’s time people started to think about what we have in common rather than what we don’t.”
This book is for the mature reader. Some male characters speak vulgar things regarding Ruth Ann’s plumpness, but the author handled this with tact, hoping to make a point, but not be too graphic. There are also several fight scenes that might be too much for a younger or more sensitive audience.
About the Author:
Kelly Goshorn weaves her affinity for history and her passion for God into uplifting stories of love, faith and family set in nineteenth century America. Kelly earned a B.A. in Social Studies Education from Messiah College and an M.Ed. in History Education from The Pennsylvania State University. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America. Her debut novel, A Love Restored, received recognition as the winner of the 2015 COTT Olympia Contest and as a semi-finalist in the 2015 ACFW Genesis contest.
Kelly has been enjoying her own happily-ever-after with her husband and best friend, Mike, for 28 years. Together they have raised three children, four cats, two dogs, a turtle, a guinea pig, a gecko, and countless hamsters. Thankfully not all at the same time. When she is not writing, Kelly enjoys spending time with her young adult children, scrapbooking with friends, board gaming with her husband, and spoiling her Welsh corgi, Levi