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Title: The Scarlet Pen (True Colors Series)
Author: Jennifer Uhlarik
Release Date: July 1, 2021
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Barbour Fiction
Format: eBook (also available in paperback)
Note: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, through NetGalley. I was not required to write a positive review. All of the opinions expressed are my own.
About the book:
Enjoy a tale of true but forgotten history of an 19th Century serial killer whose silver-tongued ways almost trap a young woman into a nightmarish marriage.
In 1876, Emma Draycott is charmed into a quick engagement with Stephen Dee Richardson after meeting him at a church event in Mount Pleasant, Ohio. But within the week, Stephen leaves to “make his fame and fortune.” The heartbroken Emma gives him a special fountain pen to write to her, and he does with tales of grand adventures. Secret Service agent Clay Timmons arrives in Mount Pleasant to track purchases made with fake currency. Every trail leads back to Stephen—and therefore, Emma. Can he convince the naive woman she is engaged to a charlatan who is being linked to a string of deaths in Nebraska?
This is an incredible historical romance based on a true crime!
I absolutely love both Emma Draycott and Clay Timmons. The entire Draycott family is wonderful. I thoroughly enjoyed their interactions with each other. At first I wasn’t sure about the father because he seemed too stern. Then when he talked with Emma about his reasons I recognized his goodness.
One of my favorite aspects of this story is the amount of scripture and reliance on God that is included. Both Emma and Clay lean heavily on their relationship with the Lord. This is what helped them as they were making their way through a very dark and trying time that was filled with evil and danger.
I am giving this fantastic story a rating of 5 stars. I highly recommend it. I do want to give a warning that there are some very gruesome scenes in this book.
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