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Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Book Review and Giveaway - Lucinda’s Defender Author: Blossom Turner On Tour with Celebrate Lit


About the Book

Book:  Lucinda’s Defender

Author: Blossom Turner

Genre: Christian Historical Romance

Release date: September 7, 2021

Life hasn’t turned out at all like Lucinda expected, but neither is the depth of love one man has for her.

The young and impetuous Lucinda Williams, through a series of bad decisions, is now in a situation she never dreamed conceivable—an unplanned baby and marriage to a man who proves to be far darker than she ever imagined. Pain is a cruel teacher but brings instant maturity.

Joseph Manning, a childhood friend who watched the love of his life leave, is heartbroken to find the bruised waif of a girl he rescues less than a year later. What atrocities did she experience to change the vivacious, bubbly soul into this shell of hopelessness? Broken. Bruised. Beaten. Does love really have the power to heal all wounds?

Lucinda marvels at how Joseph effortlessly whittles his way back into her heart and that of her child with kindness and respect. But she has a secret far too dark to allow the kind Joseph into her life. He deserves so much better than the likes of her. Is love strong enough to break down the barriers of bad choices? Can a second chance at happiness really be possible?


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About the Author

Blossom Turner is a free-lance writer published in Chicken Soup and Kernels of Hope anthologies, former newspaper columnist on health and fitness, an avid blogger, and published novelist. Her authentic understanding of the power of love in the darkest of circumstances is woven masterfully through her first novel Anna’s Secret (a contemporary romance), in book one of the Shenandoah Brides series, Katherine’s Arrangement and again in this second book, Amelia’s Heartsong. Being a hopeless romantic, Blossom, endeavors to give you, the reader, entertainment value with an inspirational twist. She and her husband, David, have two grown children and live in beautiful British Columbia, Canada. Read more at


More from Blossom

Do You Enjoy Romance That Keeps You Thinking Days Later?

Long before I even knew I could write, I loved to read. Being a hopeless romantic I gravitated to all romance stories either contemporary or historical. I soon realized that finding clean fiction but still written with the passion God created us to experience, was hard to find. (Song of Solomon is a good example of the expression of passion and love between a man and woman without being explicit.)

Given the gift of a writing career later in life one thing was for sure…I wanted to write what I like to read. Clean romance does not need to be boring. As each story pours out, I realize that writing historical fiction is my new passion. I finally know what I was born to do. My favorite theme was an arranged marriage…so birthed the first book of the Shenandoah Brides that has now morphed into a series of 5 sisters and their 5 love stories. September 6th 2021 is launch day for book three called Lucinda’s Defender.

Where-as book one was set in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley, post-civil war, the second book Amelia’s Heartsong took place in the big city of Richmond Virginia where balls, debutants, pomp and circumstance matter. This third book, Lucinda’s Defender is back in the valley once again.

Have you ever made decisions that you wish you could unwind? If that is a yes, then you will relate to young, beautiful, sassy Lucinda who at the age of sixteen is forced to live with her adult choices. By seventeen her world crashes in doling out a future no woman deserves. But God is a God of second chances, and handsome Joseph a worthy life-long friend and hero. Passion, love, and undying devotion make this read a romantic page turner sure to keep you awake into the wee hours of the morning.

Although this book can easily be read as a stand-alone, enjoying the whole series as the family saga unfolds will deepen the experience.

I sincerely hope you enjoy the read as much as I enjoyed the write. I love to hear from my readers. Contact me at

My Thoughts

 Lucinda’s Defender is written by Blossom Turner. This is book three in the Shenandoah Bride series. I have been reading the series from the beginning, but they can be read as stand alone books. One of the thing that I have been loving about this series is how historically accurate the author has made it. She clearly did research so that her story feels real. This is set in 1874. 

Lucinda is a interesting character. She is a headstrong teenager. This story does deal with topics of rape and domestic abuse. However, the author has handled these subjects well. Lucinda is falling for Nat, who is a newcomer. There are a lot of rumors that have followed him to the Valley. Lucinda, chooses not to listen to those around her, and knows that she is supposed to be with him. Nat seems to like his way with a lot of girls, but Lucinda is convinced that he only wants to marry her.  

Joseph, her long time friend, tries to help her by showing her the proof that he has. However, Joseph is also in love with Lucinda.  However, she does not listen and finds  herself in a horrible situation.  She chooses to marry Nat. I love the biblical lesson that the author has placed in here - forgiveness and that God never leaves us. That is important to know during Lucinda's situation. Lucinda's marriage to Nat is not what she has envisioned and she is beaten severely. Joseph and her sister, Jeanette know they need to get her out. 

Out of the series, I think this one is my favorite. The way that the author wrote the tough topics in, placed the biblical reminders throughout the story. Well written characters, intriguing storyline, well researched. I can't wait until the next book in the series. 

I received a copy of this book through the Celebrate Lit blogging Program, all thoughts are my own. 

Blog Stops

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For Him and My Family, September 11

deb’s Book Review, September 12

Locks, Hooks and Books, September 13

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, September 14

Simple Harvest Reads, September 14 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Connie’s History Classroom, September 15

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, September 16

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, September 17

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, September 18

Reviewingbooksplusmore, September 18

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, September 19

Splashes of Joy, September 20


To celebrate her tour, Blossom is giving away the grand prize of a $50 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.


  1. Thank you Connie for reading the book and leaving a very thoughtful review. Your words of encouragement are so appreciated...wind beneath my wings as the old song goes. May God bless you. Blossom Turner

  2. I like historical fiction and this sounds like a good read.

  3. This sounds like a good story about true love and grace.

  4. I'm definitely reading this! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Connie, Thank you for sharing your wonderful review!

  6. Thank you for sharing your wonderful review of this story, this sounds like a must read book and series for me