A Time for Everything

After losing her husband and only child to the ravages of the Civil War, twenty-five-year-old Portia McAllister is drowning in grief. When she sees an ad for a live-in tutor in another town, she leaves everything behind in hopes of making a fresh start. But as a Confederate widow in a Union household, she is met with resentment from her new charge and her employer, war veteran Beau Stanford.

Despite their differences, she and Beau find common ground and the stirrings of a second chance at love--until his late wife's cousin, Lydia, arrives with her sights set on him. Burdened with a farm on the brink of bankruptcy, Beau is tempted by Lydia's hefty dowry, though Portia has captured his heart.

In another time and another place, his choice would be easy. But love seems impossible amid the simmering chaos of Reconstruction that could boil over at any moment into an all-out battle for survival. Will Beau and Portia find their way into each other's arms, or will they be swept away by raging forces beyond their control?

Genre

Historical Romance

Critic Evaluation

Cover Design Score: 9

Nice to see some background imagery that is pertinent to the story behind the main characters. Instantly my eyes were drawn to the man on the cover - he's tall, dark, and handsome and makes me want to read more about him. 

Book Blurb Score: 9

Nice to learn a little bit about the main character right away and to hear about some of the difficulties that she will face along the way (being a Confederate in a Union household) - shows there is going to be drama. 

Formatting Score: 10

Nice standard formatting - easy to view and read. 

Grammar & Spelling Score: 10

Did not notice  anyspelling or grammar mistakes. Nice to see that some grammar was altered in order to give a specific accent and voice to certain characters such as Bessie and Issac. 

Plot & Structure Score: 10

I quite enjoyed the plot and how the story was structured. It was a good start to get some background into Portia's life and what happened to her, but it didn't linger there for too long. It was great to see some memories of Jack and Abby come out throughout the story for Portia, as well as memories coming through about Claire for Beau. 

There was quite a few events for the plot, but it makes it so that the reader wants to keep reading in order to find out what happens next. Just when I thought that the hardship was over, Harry comes back into the picture - I had honestly forgotten about him with all the other drama, so it was nice to see him come back in and to get one last big event and dramatic moment before the happy ending. 

Character Development Score: 10

I really enjoyed all the characters within the story. I think it was really funny that no one expected Portia to be so young, and that Beau even thought she was a cripple at first. 

It was also an interesting addition to have Jonny as a mute. It was not something that I was expecting, but it added another element and showed us more of Beau and Portia's personalities in dealing with him. 

Another interesting character that I found was Amelie. It was such a turn of events when I found out that she was not the senile old woman that everyone thought that she was. 

It was also nice to see all of the characters have such a different way of speaking. It set them apart from one another instantly. 

I think it was also a nice touch to have Beau and Portia as different from one another but to have something in common with one another - the death of a loved one was a great way to connect these two characters who otherwise had nothing in common. 

Originality Score: 8

This is the classic love triangle story, however it has some twists. I think it was great to bring in Lydia and her dowry as a force that came between Portia and Beau. 

I think it was also an interesting add that Beau was with Jack when he passed away. With everything that had already happened between them, I was very curious to find out if this one last bit of information was going to be the last strike against them.

Pacing Score: 10

I think there was a good flow between scenes in the story, nothing lingered on a moment for too long and we never had to wait too long for something to be resolved. 

Chapter 1 was set at a good pace, sets the scene and the tone and gets us to know the main character a bit better. Also nice to see a cliffhanger at the end - makes us want to keep reading more. 

Use of Language Score: 9

As this is a historical romance, I was expecting to see certain words and phrases that would give it a more realistic real - I was not disappointed. While there were a few references that I needed to look up as I was not sure what they were, it was nice to see that these were quite minimal. 

Overall Readability Score: 10

I think the readability of this book was great. No overly big words that most people could not understand. 

There was an easy flow to the story that made it easy to read and follow the events that were happening. 

This book received a critic's score of 95 out of 100 possible points.

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