Historical Romance Book Review: The Songstress
About the Book
Title: The Songstress
Series: A Matter of Intrigue, Book 1
Author: Lori Bates Wright
Genre: Christian Historical Romance
Publisher: SierraVista Books
Publisher's Book Description
"Rising opera star, Juliana Chamberlain, still has nightmares of the night she witnessed the assassination of the President of the United States from her spot on stage at Ford Theater. Recruited by The Pinkerton Detective Agency, Juliana was instrumental in bringing those responsible to justice.
Now, two years later, the Pinkertons ask her once again to join forces in exposing a corrupt political organization terrorizing her home in Texas.
Texas Ranger, Cade Matlock, has a job to do. He needs no help from a meddlesome diva with big ideas. However, he is a man of his word. He’s committed to partner with the lovely songstress to smoke out the mastermind of a dangerous clan who has proven he will stop at nothing to satisfy his thirst for vengeance.
by Lori Bates Wright, is the first book in A Matter of Intrigue series.
With elements of history, romance, mystery, and adventure, this novel
is thoughtfully written and descriptively detailed. Memorable characters
and a compelling plot make this book very engaging, while themes of
courage, forgiveness, and justice add meaning and emotional resonance.
From beginning to end, this novel is a pleasure to read.
the story unfolds, Ms. Wright successfully brings to life a rural Texas
town in the years immediately following the Civil War. Filled with
political conspiracy, suspicion, and peril, this setting infuses the
plot with relevancy and intrigue. Furthermore, the gripping story
featured in this novel is enhanced by interesting characters who are
unique and compelling. The characters are bold, talented, clever,
courageous, and determined. Their motivations, their faith, and their
choices make them appealing and relatable. Though they are challenged by
events that test their assumptions, their dreams, and their faith, they
are able to recognize God’s grace and provision. Even when facing
danger and uncertainty, their tenacity and fortitude is inspiring.
With Ms. Wright’s excellent research and beautiful storytelling, The Songstress is a moving novel of faith, forgiveness, trust, and truth. Satisfying and enjoyable, it is a thoughtful and uplifting book. I am happy to recommend it.
*I was given a copy of this book by CelebrateLit and the author/publisher. A review was not required. The review I have written is voluntary and contains opinions that are entirely my own.
About the Author: Lori Bates Wright
Lori Bates Wright is an award-winning author with a love for history.
in New Mexico, Lori now lives in Texas with her husband of 38 years.
She has two grown kids and four adorable grand boys (who leap tall
buildings in a single bound!) When she’s not writing, she’s heading up
small group ministries with her husband. She enjoys speaking and
interacting with women of all ages.
More from Lori
Growing up, my family loved to laugh.
Some of my favorite childhood memories are centered around my grandmother’s dining room table listening in while my parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles told amazing stories. Sometimes I laughed until I’d lose my breath. Sometimes I sat quietly, taking in the bravery and perseverance shown by those who’d gone before me.
History has been a passion ever since. Couple that with an insatiable love for story and there you have the heart of what inspires me to write.
So, when it came time to brain-storm for this brand new series, I decided to take a known historical event and think about it from every angle. Beyond the recognized players, to the “what if” characters that might have played a role. And, ultimately, how such an event would have changed the course of their lives.
Thus, a star was born.
In THE SONGSTRESS, Juliana Chamberlain witnessed the assassination from her place on the stage. Because I love a little mystery and intrigue, I decided that the leading detective agency of the day would have enlisted her help in identifying the accomplices. Allen Pinkerton had been known to hire a lady detective or two, so she would be trained by the best. Her investigative skills proved helpful in bringing a quick resolution to the case.
Fast forward four years and she’s still haunted by what she saw that night. When Pinkerton again approaches her about a case involving her family in Texas, she accepts.
Being from Texas, I was so happy she did. I’ve wanted to write a story based in the Lone Star State for quite awhile. I loved visiting Georgia and the shores of England in my last series, but I have to say it was good to bring this one home. With all the rugged charm of the post-Civil War era, this book has a little more local flavor than my last three. Al-in-all, I believe my readers are in for a treat. A new cast of fun, quirky characters as we revisit a significant time in our nation.
So, here’s to new beginnings! Or as we say in Texas, “Hang on, y’all are in for a wild ride!”
To celebrate her tour, Lori is giving away the grand prize package of a Texas Gift basket including a signed copy of THE SONGSTRESS and a $25 Amazon Gift Card!!
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