Monday, August 11, 2008

The Jewel of Gresham Green by Lawana Blackwell

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

The Jewel of Gresham Green

(Bethany House - August 1, 2008)


Lawana Blackwell

A full-time author, Lawana Blackwell's books include her beloved Gresham Chronicles and Tales of London series.

"I had told myself long ago that three books in a series are enough for my attention span, and so after The Dowry of Miss Lydia Clark, I devoted myself to the trio of books in the Tales of London series, then wrote A Table By the Window, my contemporary novel. All along, I received letters from readers asking me to continue the Gresham series. Many, many wrote that the dairying village of Gresham and its people sent them back to a more peaceful time in the midst of their busy days.

"Prayerfully, I decided to return to Gresham, setting the story fifteen years after Julia Hollis and her children first left London for abandoned coaching inn which became Larkspur Inn. I believe readers would like to see how the children—Philip, Aleda and Grace, Elizabeth and Laurel—turn out as adults. But I like to inject fresh faces into every book, hence Jewel Libby and her daughter Becky find Gresham a haven from a bad man. Writing the book was like coming home, visiting old friends."

Blackwell lives in Louisiana with her husband, Buddy, a supervisor at an oil refinery. They are empty nesters who love to visit their three grown sons, Joseph, Matthew, and Andrew, and three lovely daughters-in-law, Kristine, Penny and Heather, granddaughter Madelyn, and grandson Chandler.

Her other interests include visiting her parents and siblings in Mississippi, vegetarian cooking, and naturally, reading.

To protect her precious daughter from the danger nipping at their heels, Jewel Libby must flee the only home she's ever known. Caring friends direct her to the vicarage in the peaceful dairy village of Gresham, but she arrives there to find Vicar Andrew Phelps and his wife immersed in troubles of their own.

The children of Vicar Andrew Phelps and Julia Hollis from the popular Gresham Chronicles series have grown up and are dealing with their own challenges. Philip Hollis, now a successful London surgeon, has a controlling wife who resents his close family ties.

Aleda Hollis lives in a cottage on the outskirts of Gresham, where she enjoys her privacy and a writing career. When Andrew becomes ill and in need of Philip's skills, and Aleda's quest for privacy unwittingly advances an evil man's schemes, it's Jewel Libby, a newcomer to Gresham, who becomes an unexpected support and source of strength to the family. An unlikely romance adds to the intrigue of this jewel in their midst.

If you would like to read the first chapter of The Jewel of Gresham Green, go HERE

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If you would like to see other reviews on this book, visit some of our touring blogs!

Adam at Northwoods Blumer
Amy at Bow Of Bronze
Amy at Simple Folk Schoolhouse
Amy at My Life
Angela at One Baby, Seven Dogs, and a Mommy
April at Projecting A
April at Living In A State Of Constant Kansas
Bonnie at Bonnie Writes
Brittanie at A Book Lover
Camille at There is a season
Camy at Camy Tang
CeeCee at Book Splurge
Christy at Christy's Book Blog
Dave at Dave Rhoades
Dave at Novel Spotlight
Deborah at books, movies and chinese food
Debra at Soul Reflections
Deena at A Peek At My Bookshelf
Delia at Gatorskunkz And Mudcats
Edyth at Great Reads by Jasmine
Erin at Life Around Here
Janis at The Nearsighted Bookworm
Janna at Cornhusker Academy
Jeni at Allen Family Circus
Jenn at Blessed is She…
Jennifer at So Many Books…So Little Time
Joleen at timetotalk
Karen at Mommy of Three
Karla at Ramblin' Roads To Everywhere
Kim at Window To My World
Krista at Welcome To Married Life
LaShaunda at See Ya On The Net
Laura at Laura William's Musings
Linda at Mocha With Linda
Linda at Reading For His Glory
Margaret at Creative Madness
Melissa at Bibliophile's Retreat
Michelle at Edgy Inspirational Author
Pam at Daysong Reflections
Rachelle at Stifled Squeal
Becky at Becky's Christian Reviews
Rulan at Fiction Showcase
Ruth at Booktalk & more...
Stephanie at Punkin' Press
Sunny at Life In The Estrogen Sea
Takiela at Beauty 4 Ashes
Victoria at Overlooked Orchid


Rulan said...

Mines posted.

David Meigs said...


Nora St. Laurent said...

Posted not review

Takiela, the redeemed sinner...not the drink. said...

Post copied, not reviewed.

Deborah said...

mine's up. haven't had a chance to read it yet, but i love lawana blackwell!

Brittanie said...


Adam Blumer said...

Posted and pinged. No review.

Delia said...

Mine's up.

Kim said...

Posted with a review! Loved this!!


Anonymous said...

mine's up

Erica Vetsch said...

posted the blurb

Jeni said...

Mine is up!

CherryBlossomMJ said...

post up. cannot wait to read it!

Deena said...

Posted, reviewed, and 'pinged'!

April Erwin said...

Mine will post on weds. at

Erin said...

I posted the review....and I am just about finished All Through the Night and ready to start this one!!!

Pam said...

Posted at and Hope to find time to write a review soon.

Janna said...

I'm posted with my review to follow shortly, I'm halfway through :-)

KeepItSimple said...

Posted and briefly reviewed.

Blessings -

Karla @ Ramblin' Roads said...

Mine is posted with a review at


Michelle Sutton said...

I'm up. No review. I had a tough time getting into this one...

Jasmine said...

Mine is scheduled to post tomorrow early morning!

Amy B said...

I posted, thanks!

Amy B

storyline said...


Christy Lockstein said...

I'm up with review

Jenny said...

Posted and pinged.

Mocha with Linda said...

LOVED this book, just like the first series. Managed to get posted yesterday with a few comments, but didn't make it over here due to my mom's unexpected hospitalization.

Ruth said...


Margie Vawter said...

posted, late

CeeCee@Book Splurge said...

I'm reading All Through the Night too. I'm so behind. I'm half-way through this one...enjoyable.