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The mystery surrounding Celia's home in Savannah threatens her family reputation . . . and her very life.Celia Browning is counting the days until her childhood sweetheart Sutton Mackay returns to Savannah after two years in Jamaica looking after his family's shipping interests. She's certain he will propose marriage, thus joining two of the city's most prominent families.The mystery surrounding Celia's home in Savannah threatens her family reputation . . . and her very life.Celia Browning is counting the days until her childhood sweetheart Sutton Mackay returns to Savannah after two years in Jamaica looking after his family's shipping interests. She's certain he will propose marriage, thus joining two of the city's most prominent families. But just as Sutton returns, an unsavory newspaper reporter arrives in town, determined to revive interest in the secret tragedies that occurred in the Browning mansion on Madison Square when Celia was a child.A series of mysterious notes arrives at the house, followed by an anonymous gift--a bracelet imbued with a sinister message. Is it merely a coincidence, or is someone out to harm her?As war clouds gather over Savannah and her beloved father's health worsens, Celia determines to uncover the truth about what really happened all those years ago.Inspired by actual events in one of Savannah's most prominent 19th-century families, The Bracelet combines romance, rich historical detail, and breathtaking suspense as one young woman embarks upon a dangerous quest to free herself from her family's tragic past....

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The Bracelet Reviews

  • Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
    2018-08-09 08:08

    About this book:“The mystery surrounding Celia's home in Savannah threatens her family reputation . . . and her very life. Celia Browning is counting the days until her childhood sweetheart Sutton Mackay returns to Savannah after two years in Jamaica looking after his family's shipping interests. She's certain he will propose marriage, thus joining two of the city's most prominent families. But just as Sutton returns, an unsavory newspaper reporter arrives in town, determined to revive interest in the secret tragedies that occurred in the Browning mansion on Madison Square when Celia was a child. A series of mysterious notes arrives at the house, followed by an anonymous gift--a bracelet imbued with a sinister message. Is it merely a coincidence, or is someone out to harm her? As war clouds gather over Savannah and her beloved father's health worsens, Celia determines to uncover the truth about what really happened all those years ago.”Series: Connected to the author’s other book, “The Respectable Actress”. Review of that book Here! Spiritual Content- A Scripture is quoted; A few prayers; Church going; Talks about God; Mentions of God; Mentions of prayers, praying, & blessings over food; Mentions of churches, church going, services, clergymen, & hymns; Mentions of sins, sinners, & Heaven; Mentions of Christmas; A few mentions of thanking God; A few mentions of saints; A couple mentions of prayer books; A couple mentions of blessings;*Note: Mentions of All Hallows’ Eve, ghosts, & poisons; Mentions of curses; A couple mentions of the devil himself; two forms ‘what the devil’. Negative Content- Minor cussing including: two ‘stupid’s; A bit of eye rolling; Prologue is a woman who nearly hangs herself (up to semi-detailed); Being held at gunpoint & Threats (up to semi-detailed); Pain, being attacked, & injuries (up to semi-detailed); Social drinking at dinners; Many mentions of a coming war, fighting, slavery, slaves, & the slave trade; Many mentions of deaths & if they were accidents, murders, or suicides; Many mentions of gossip, rumors, & scandals; Mentions of hangings, jumping/being pushed off railings, suicides, & a noose (up to semi-detailed); Mentions of being willing to murder someone; Mentions of crimes; Mentions of thieves & stealing; Mentions of dares/pranks, pain, & a broken bone; Mentions of injuries & an attacker (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of threats, hatred, betrayal, & jealousy; Mentions of nightmares; Mentions of jails, arrest, mobs/riots, & gunfire; Mentions of a fire, smoke, injuries, & deaths (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of alcohol, drinking, drunks, & drinking establishments; Mentions of smoking, tobacco, cigars, & pipes; Mentions of lies, lying, & liars; A few mentions of poker & gambling; A couple mentions of a killer; A couple mentions of hunting.Sexual Content- six cheek kisses, two forehead kisses, a not-detailed kiss, two barely-above-not-detailed kisses, three semi-detailed kisses; Touches, Embraces, & Heat; Noticing; a ‘harlot’; Mentions of mistresses & concubines; Mentions of children conceived out of wedlock (some between a slave-owner and a slave); Mentions of affairs; Mentions/hints of a wedding night & a woman’s underthings (not details); Mentions of kisses, kissing, & wanting to kiss; Mentions of greeting & thanking kisses; Mentions of noticing; Mentions of blushes & flirting; Mentions of scandals, reputations, & chaperones; Mentions of jealousy; A couple mentions of brothels; A couple mentions of husband’s indulging in their own passions; A couple mentions of Joseph Smith and the practice of polygamy; A couple mentions of whistles & catcalls; A mention of a man’s wild night of wine, women, and song (teasing); Love, falling in love & quite a bit of the emotions;*Note: A couple mentions of a wife that died in childbirth.-Celia Browning, age 23P.O.V. of CeliaSet in 1858-1859 {Prologue in 1843} 336 pages~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*Pre Teens- One StarNew Teens- One StarEarly High School Teens- One Star (and a half)Older High School Teens- Two Stars My personal Rating- One Star (and a half)My goodness. This wasn’t a very happy or uplifting novel. At all. Between the many mentions of murders, suicides, affairs, children conceived out of wedlock, slavery, social drinking, the death of a character I actually liked, the character that’s revealed to be crazy near the end, it really wasn’t enjoyable for me. Also add in the fact that the plot didn’t start until about half away through and all throughout the book, it just seemed oddly paced out. I was interested about reading about the language of jewels in the late 1800s, while the back-cover makes it sound like it a large part of the plot, it’s really not. So, overall, I honestly didn’t enjoy this book, unfortunately. Link to review:https://booksforchristiangirls.blogsp... *BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.

  • Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
    2018-08-11 08:57

    Diamond. Emerald. Amethyst. Diamond = D. E. A. D.A bracelet that mysteriously appeared on Celia Browning's nightstand was a bracelet she thought was from her fiancee, but once she saw what the individual jewels spelled out, she knew it wasn't good.​Celia Browning was the daughter of a wealthy merchant and a descendant of a family member who died in their home about 20 years ago. The death was​ said to be a suicide, but others believed it was a murder. Now just when she was finally going to be wed to her childhood sweetheart, nosy newspaper men began to question what happened and began causing trouble by printing articles in the paper, having people follow and frighten Celia, and leaving mysterious notes and gifts in the house.Celia couldn't tell her father about any of these odd situations because he wasn't well. Her cousin, Ivy, was the only one who knew about the mysterious note but not the bracelet. Who should Celia tell, and when should Celia tell someone?Could her uncle really have murdered his wife? What was this incident that happened so many years ago, and why does someone want to dredge it up again?​THE BRACELET gives the reader a glimpse into wealthy households​ ​and appears to be about the Browning family and how they fit into society, but underneath all of that, ​it is a murder mystery that Celia needs to solve for her own peace of mind. Are there family secrets and perhaps a murderer hidden within all that southern hospitality and charm? Does a red diary with clues truly exist and have the answers to the 20-year-old mystery?​THE BRACELET was an enjoyable, clever read with just enough suspense to keep ​you guessing about who the culprit is that was sending gifts and leaving notes and who it is that wanted to ruin the Browning family but why now?I enjoyed THE BRACELET because of the setting and the time period. Ms. Love definitely gave a perfect portrayal of wealthy, Southern life in the 1800's along with the added bonus of intrigue about the murder. The ending is definitely a surprise and quite a good one. Don't miss reading THE BRACELET. 4/5This book was given to me free of charge and without compensation by the author and pubslisher in return for an honest review.

  • Amanda Geaney (Christian Shelf-Esteem)
    2018-08-05 06:05

    The stunning cover art of Dorothy Love’s latest novel The Bracelet drew me in. Dorothy has authored a handfull of books, but this was my first exposure to her writing. As a historical piece Mrs. Love offers her readers splendid details about the life and social norms of pre-Civil War Savannah, Georgia. The turmoil surrounding the upcoming elections and the debate over slave ownership adds a dramatic flare to the book. While classified as a historical romance, I feel it would be more accurately described as a murder mystery. I write this because the heroine Celia Browning, a young woman of high social standing, turns sleuth when a local reporter begins to dredge up family secrets. In order to protect her status and family name, Celia places herself in a number of potentially dangerous situations. Without a doubt, reclassifying the book helped me to justify the lack of character growth and romantic tension between Celia and Sutton Mackay. When the villain was revealed eighty percent into the book, I can’t say that I was completely shocked by who it was. Indeed, I was more shocked by the lack of justice exacted on the criminal during the resolution of the story. Further compounding my disappointment was the lack of christian themes - given that the book is supposed to be christian historical fiction. For these reasons I can only give it 3/5 stars.I received this book free from the publisher through the NetGalley review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

  • Diane Lynn
    2018-08-01 09:53

    Read as an ARC provided by the publisherSet in 1858-59 Savannah, GA. I really thought I would like this book more than I did. Savannah is one of my favorite cities and I love reading about this time period. I never really felt like I was in antebellum Savannah despite the numerous mentions of Lincoln, Dred Scott, pride of india trees, jessamine and pluff mud. Plus I don't need to be repeatedly reminded that the heroine carries a reticule. Throw in a plot that was too silly for my tastes and I ended up disappointed.2.5-3 stars

  • Aerykah
    2018-08-16 08:53

    2.5 starsThis book just wasn't all that interesting to me. The storyline held my attention enough that I wanted to know how it would end, and I did finish the book..... but if it hadn't been an audiobook, I probably would have given in to some speed-reading and may not have finished the book at all.Though I wouldn't say she's one of the best I've heard, the narrator (Kirsten Potter) was pretty good. I'm not entirely sure how I feel about her southern accent... but she definitely did better than some narrators I've listened to. ;)

  • Lisa Johnson
    2018-08-12 02:49

    Title: The BraceletAuthor: Dorothy LovePages: 336Year: 2014Publisher: Thomas NelsonAmazon: Dorothy Love adds the aspect of suspense in The Bracelet, which is not normally evident in her stories. There is faith, romance, family, love and a sprinkle of mystery that surrounds the Browning Home where Mr. Browning, Ivy and Celia live. The setting is Savannah during the time right before the Civil War breaks out.Celia is bothered by articles appearing in the town’s local newspaper which cast a dark cloud over the home by insinuating that murder may have happened there years ago. Celia remembers little of this time frame as she was just a wee girl, but Ivy, her cousin, remembers more but speaks little of it. In fact, Ivy seems to keep distance between herself and everyone.The father is in the shipping business and is known as a man of faith and caring for others around him, especially when hard times befall people. Since her mother’s death, Celia is the one person her father talks to about the business, politics as well as any and every subject. Celia gives of her time and resources to a variety of charities while she awaits the man of her dreams, Sutton Mackay who is returning from conducting shipping business overseas.Celia decides that she must uncover whatever secrets Ivy or her father is keeping from her before she marries Sutton. This decision is what sparks other devious and dark players to try and deter her from discovering the truth. What will keep the audience’s attention is waiting for the plans to take affect then watching to see if Celia will indeed be averted from discoveries from the past. No matter how hard she tries it seems the truth is escaping her grasp right before she is able to find proof.My Thanksgiving Day was spent lost in the pages of this intense and heart-gripping novel. At times, I would try to guess how various pieces of the puzzle shown in the tale fit together, or who it pointed to as the possible murderer. As I read I noticed how at that time people stayed in their social circles or classes without any intention of doing anything or speaking anything other than what was expected. It was interesting to see how Sutton was planning certain designs of ships when war was just talk and no battles had occurred. The author writes a very compelling tale that draws the reader’s heart, at times feeling the tension building. Never was I able to see the how the twists and turns of the plot would bring about the finality of the story. I was enthralled to see that coming in 2015 the author will have another book coming out that continues Celia’s story. Oh, I cannot wait! Grab this inspiring book, curl up with hot chocolate and enjoy getting lost in the pages!My rating is 5 stars!Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspo... . Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at

  • Bloggeretterized
    2018-08-03 07:46

    The Bracelet is the first book by Dorothy Love that I’ve ever read. The title, the beautiful cover and the description of the book made me want to read it. It also has a good and classic cast of characters. A line up you would expect in historical fiction stories like this one. The story is set in Savannah and loosely based on true events, a fact that for me made it appealing to read. It takes place in 1858, so the conflicts between North and South regarding slavery, secession and war are still palpable. It is not a book about slavery per se, the family portrayed isn’t a slave owning family, but being that it takes place during the Pre-Civil War time period, the situation is addressed.The plot was good. After receiving a mysterious bracelet with what seems an omen of death, Celia decides to take matters on her hand by discovering on her own the mystery behind the bracelet and the true series of events of her family’s past in order to stop the despicable reporter, who is trying to ruin her family.I was intrigued about the secrets behind the deaths. I kept trying to guess what would happen next and who did what. I questioned Celia’s actions and I kept suspecting on Ivy. I had a love and hate relationship with Ivy.As I kept reading, the plot kept getting tangled, but tangled in a good way. Gladly in the end, it all made sense and they lived happily ever after. I liked this story, it kept me entertained. I gave this book a rating of 3.5 out of 5 for 2 reasons:1. Even though it was an enjoyable and interesting read, overall I felt like it didn’t fully meet my expectations of a “romance, rich historical detail, and breathtaking suspense”. 2. Despite the classic cast of characters, there was an important non -human character that I felt got a bit robbed: The Bracelet. More about this on the full review on my blog.Other than that it was a good read and I liked it. 3.5/5 is a good rating in my scorebook.The Bracelet is a story of mystery, secrets, death, murder, rivalry, and love that readers of historical fiction will enjoy. If you’re into love stories about wealthy southern belles this is the book for you. If you’re looking for a book about slavery, this is not the book for you. If you are looking for a book about a wealthy southern family in the 1850’s that didn’t own slaves, this is the book for you.This was the first book by Dorothy Love that I’ve ever read. I wasn’t aware that she is a Christian writer. If you’re expecting this to be a Christian fiction book, this is not the book for you. Having read the book I would say the Christian message was so subtle that I didn’t find it.The Bracelet is a good book for young adults, adults and book clubs too. I can see discussions about dealing with sibling rivalry, family secrets, and/or women’s societal roles coming from reading this book.I enjoyed Celia’s story and I will definitely check out Dorothy Love’s next historical romantic suspense novel that will be released in October 2015.

  • Robin Willson
    2018-08-19 05:46

    Death, mystery and possible murder. Secrets kept, waiting to be revealed.This is a highly suspenseful historical romance set in Savannah, Georgia 1858. It's loosely based on true events about a prominent family from that time. There are two sisters, one who married well, the other married in desperation as a second choice. Both of the sisters died at a young age. This story is about their two daughters, raised together, and how they turned out - one with the love of her father, the other without her father but cared for by her Uncle. It's best read by adults.It's a little confusing at first, with a flashback that I honestly forgot about once I got into the book. Both from wealthy families, Celia and Sutton have been best friends since childhood. Celia truly hopes to marry him and that he'll ask now that he's returned after two years away. Ivy is her cousin who came to live with them 15 years ago when she lost her parents. Celia remembers very little from that time, but a newspaper reporter is trying to dig up the circumstances about Ivy's parents. He's written an article that came out in the paper, but he's sure there's a more sensational story yet to be revealed and is driven to find out all the dirty details at nearly any expense to the girls. This is a good book that is well written, but still something is missing. It's well worth the time to read, but it's not one that I'd call a keeper. It's one of those stories where you're kept in somewhat of a fog until the end. You almost need to read it to find out what's going on, then go back a re-read so that it makes more sense. There is a very slight Christian message, but it's not central to the story. I like the cover on this book - it helps to set the tone and mood. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggersbook review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

  • Sheila
    2018-07-22 10:52

    The thing that drew me to The Bracelet by Dorothy Love was the mystery and I have to admit that it was the "mystery" that kept me intrigued, but that is about all.The book starts off with a young distraught woman thinking about ending her own life, but she changes her mind...too late or so we wonder. The death was believed to be accidental, but through some events it leaves the reader wondering if it was actually a murder? Next, we fast forward to 1858. It is a just a couple years before the Civil War. I normally love books written from this time period, but I did not connect with the time period in this book. There was something about it that just didn't seem true to that time period for me.I also did not connect well with the characters. The main character Celia has just gotten engaged to Sutton her childhood sweetheart. At the same time a reporter starts poking around trying to uncover the mystery of the tragedies that took place when Celia was a child. Celia begins to realize that there are some deep family secrets and she decides if she wants to know the truth she will have to discover it for herself. As she begins to search out the truth she starts getting threats. One inparticular is a Bracelet that has a secret message, a threat, within the stones. Instead of backing down this makes Celia all the more determined to find out the truth of her family and who is sending her the messages.I found no chemistry between Celia and Sutton. I have to say I didn't even like Sutton's character so it was hard for me to want Celia to marry him. There is also Ivy, who is just annoying to me. Her character just seems stupid and I didn't connect well with her either. All the "fluff" surrounding the mystery really just bored me. I wanted to read about the mystery and find out the truth of the tragedies. All the rest just bored me.***This book was provided to me through in exchange for my honest review.

  • Linda Wilson
    2018-07-27 09:47

    This story begins just before the outbreak of the Civil War. Celia Browning is being raised by her father who is a wealthy business man in Savannah, Georgia. Celia is anxiously waiting for Sutton Mackay to return from Jamaica, where he has been for two years. She is expecting him to propose to her when he returns. When Sutton returns he does propose and everything is fine until a newspaper reporter stirs up trouble implying that there were two murders at her home and the family has covered it up. Celia starts receiving threatening messages at home in regards to the murders. Then she receives “the Bracelet”. The bracelet has a very disturbing message. I have read several books by Dorothy Love. I am sorry to say that I didn’t find this book nearly as good as the others. It just seemed to drag. I kept waiting for something to happen. I figured out who was sending the messages about a third of the way through the book. (Spoiler alert) Which in itself isn’t bad, but the culprit seemed to get away with it. Sorry to say I can’t recommend this book to someone who is looking for a good book to read. I had to force myself to read it. I received this book from the publisher for an honest review. I was not compensated in any way.

  • inkwell reviews-Rachelle
    2018-08-01 10:04

    My Review From How should I start this? I feel like I start every review with the same sentence.

  • A.M. Heath
    2018-08-14 03:53

    What I Loved: I enjoyed everything about this novel. It was historically rich and the setting really came to life. The suspense was just right for someone like myself who likes the thrill but scares easily. The mystery kept my mind working. I was intrigued from page 1 and she kept my attention until the very end. Love had outdone herself with this one.I started off listening to the audio version, which I can also recommend. It was a treat to hear the deep southern accents. I believe the narrator nailed her interpretation of the characters. And it wasn’t long before I had to pick up the ebook version so I could continue reading even when I couldn’t listen.Rating and Recommendation: I’m giving it 5 stars and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys Christian Historical or Christian mystery.

  • Cassie
    2018-07-27 09:01

    I don't like giving low ratings, but I just didn't like this one. Can't like them all, I guess. :/As I read the prologue of The Bracelet, I was completely hooked by the ominous scene that unfolded. A family name shrouded in mystery and secrets shut tightly behind closed doors give this novel an intriguing premise. Were the tragic deaths that occurred years ago really accidents? Or was there something more sinister behind the misfortunes of one family?This novel had so much potential, but I felt myself lacking interest in picking up this book each time I went to read. Soon after finishing the prologue and diving into the story, I did not feel engaged with the plot or the characters.I have to admit that I skimmed a portion of The Bracelet because the pacing of the story was slow to gain momentum. Hints are revealed, but the progress of the story was stunted by the lack of revealing information that held any sense of urgency.My biggest issue was transitions between chapters. Several times a chapter would end at a place where tension was high (which I liked). But when continuing on to the next chapter, all anticipation was lost because it would not pick up where the last chapter left off. Rather, the following chapter would look back at that moment of tension in retrospect, which relieved all excitement to find out what happened next.Centered around a family with a tainted past, The Bracelet delves into a world of secrets and lies that threaten to shatter everyone involved with the tragedy. Although I did not connect with this story, I urge you to read it for yourself and come to your own conclusions.Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggersbook review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

  • Kristi
    2018-08-11 06:54

    Do everything you need to do to read this book uninterrupted. Why? Because once you start reading this book you won't want to stop for anything. Dorothy Love has written a book that has it all: historical setting, romance, drama and mystery. This story will pull you in and hold you captive until you have read the last word. Celia Browning's life is near perfect. She has everything to be desired: loving father, comfortable house, money, social status, and is almost engaged to the love of her life, Sutton Mackay. His homecoming and proposal are the only things that would make life perfect. That is until Leo Channing, news reporter, starts showing up and asking questions about the family's past. In Savannah, social status is everything and Leo's questions could destroy Celia and her family's happiness. Soon Celia starts receiving veiled messages and gifts. One of which is a bracelet that holds a message. A message that puts her on edge and ever more curious to find out what happened when she was just a child.I completely enjoyed this book. Celia was likable from page one. As were most of the other characters in the book. I wasn't quite sure about Ivy, the cousin who was raised alongside Celia. I wanted to like her but just didn't trust her. Dorothy Love did a fantastic job with this character. She made her vulnerable and somewhat likable yet at the same time I didn't quite trust her. I loved the descriptions in the book. I felt like I had actually been transported to pre-Civil War Savannah. This was the perfect setting for this story. The history of the town added to the story and made the characters come to life. I was completely fascinated by the bracelet and it's story. I was intrigued by the message in the jewels storyline. I think it would be so neat to have received a piece of jewelry with a hidden message (maybe not quite like Celia's though). I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a good, clean read with romance and a touch of mystery. I can't wait to read the next book with Celia in it that will be out later this year.

  • Paula Vince
    2018-08-01 09:46

    The story is set in the time of political turbulence prior to the American Civil War. Celia Browning is reunited with her childhood sweetheart, Sutton Mackay, who has been abroad. She expects a proposal any day, but her happiness is marred when a snooping journalist threatens to write an expose about a scandal in her family's past. Celia never really grasped the details. If she doesn't ferret out the truth, it will wreck their reputation. Especially since somebody is sending her threatening messages and the gift of a bracelet with a sinister meaning.It's a fairly long book which I found a bit slow at times. There are detailed conversations about politics and business, and plenty of small talk about peripheral characters. There are also quite a few shopping expeditions, horse rides, afternoon teas and dress fittings. I was expecting these to have some plot significance, but a lot of their purpose seems to be simply to show what shopping expeditions, horse rides, afternoon teas and dress fittings used to be like.The story did hold my interest despite the slower patches. The general feeling of time and place was well evoked. In modern times, having such a scandal exposed wouldn't be such a big deal for all concerned as it was for Celia and her family. There are plenty of sudden, shock revelations for those who persevere and discover the mystery. So many that even though I predicted some, others took me by surprise. I'm sure every reader will agree when the 'baddie' is revealed, that it's a complex, non-stereotypical villain. There may even be discussions about whether this person deserves censure or pity. I certainly found it easy to feel sorry for the perpetrator, and understand where they were coming from.Thanks to Tyndale House and NetGalley for my review copy.

  • Susan Snodgrass
    2018-08-06 05:05

    I have always enjoyed Dorothy Love's books since she first wrote for Christian fiction. This book, however, is a bit different than her others. First of all, it's written for the Christian market, but it's not overtly Christian. The characters go to church, but not much else is made mention of God or prayer, etc. That does NOT detract from the book in the least. It's a good, clean read. It has some romance and a lot of mystery. The book is based on an actual event in the lives of one of Savannah's 19th century prominent families. The historical research is wonderfully done, the descriptions of life in Savannah very interesting and I enjoyed the book.It reminded me of an old movie with a great mysterious air about it, family secrets long buried and lives changed as a result of those secrets.Celia Browning has been in love with Sutton Mackay since she was a little girl and longs for the day they will be married. Theirs are two prominent families in pre Civil War Savannah. However, a newspaper reporter arrives in town and he is bound to pry into the tragedies that happened at the Browning mansion years ago. Celia tries to persuade the man to stop, but he is completely determined to discover what happened long ago.Celia receives threatening notes and a bracelet with a deadly message. Her father is in serious health condition and she fears the past will destroy her family and all she holds dear. As the mystery deepends, Celia decides to find out what really happened in the Browning mansion years ago. This was a very well written book, rich and full and satisfying. You will not regret reading it.I was given a free copy in exchange for my honest review, which I have given.

  • Kim
    2018-08-05 08:51

    This is set in Savannah in 1858 and Celia is waiting for her childhood sweetheart to return from looking after the family business in Jamaica. She is expecting him to propose.The history of the era is well captured here. You can imagine living there! A newspaper report suggests that a murder may have taken place at the house years ago. A sinister bracelet with a threatening message spelt out in the stones is delivered. Ivy her cousin remember the time concerned more, but doesn’t mention it. The reporter is determined to uncover more stories and Celia is determined to protect her families reputation.Will she manage to uncover the real details and save her families reputation.With many thanks to the publisher and Net Galley for a copy of this book

  • Valerie L
    2018-08-04 02:53

    In all honesty it really started out well, even through almost half the book. But then it started to really drag, I no trouble putting it down and waiting a month to finish it. Also, the main hero seemed to never ever develop. Thus the entire time I wondered if the author was going to have him killed off since she was not building his character and endearing us to him. Simply put, too wordy, slow and no connection to characters gave this book only 1 star.

  • Rachel Jellis
    2018-07-28 10:59

    I enjoyed reading a little more about Savannah's history after recently visiting the city for the first time. I also did not know about the "language of jewels". I found some of the plot dragged, but it was a decent read overall.

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  • Heather
    2018-08-19 07:48

    Horrible! This books was such a slow read! I actually had to skim through the last few chapters because I couldnt wait to be done with it.

  • Christy
    2018-08-16 02:47

    I enjoyed this family drama with a light suspense and a hint of mystery. Until the last page I had been wrong about many things in the story. Beautiful cover!

  • Keri
    2018-08-14 05:01

    I came upon this book in the local library, fell in love with the cover, and did not read the blurb too carefully and was surprised to find it's a historical fiction. I don't pick up historical fictions. THE BRACELET revolved around the wealthy, prominent Browning family in Pre-Civil War Savannah, Georgia. A reporter was bent on dredging up what happened to Celia Browning's family all those years ago as he is more than sure those accidents were murders. For her own peace of mind and to protect her family's reputation, Celia, decided to unearth and finally learn the truth. Mysteriously, threatening notes and a bracelet with a chilling (view spoiler)[ D.E.A.D(hide spoiler)] message kept appearing the more Celia looked into the family tragedies.Nothing and no-one is what or who they appear to be. Are those accidents really murders? Has the murderer always been just right under their noses? What would happen to Celia and Sutton's marriage? Would finding out the truth change the way Celia feel about those she loved and cared for? Could Celia love a murderer?I love the details on how the characters' behave as it really brings a sense of realism to the time period. The Northern/Southern slavery conflict, the upcoming election and the possibility of war breaking out are lovely touches. I absolutely adored the idea of gentlemen's sending their beloved ladies messages by way of 'language of the jewels'. How I wish it still happens today. Though I love all the Celia/Sutton scenes, I couldn't help but feel that a little something is missing from their interactions. I felt no chemistry and no butterflies between them. I wanted more out of the romance.The mystery and Celia's sleuthing were a bit of a let down. I felt much of the mystery was eventually told to Celia rather than slowly-being-uncovered by her. While I appreciate Celia not investigating in a way that would be unnatural for a high-status societal woman of her time, it does make for a bit of a slow read. Wished the mysteries had been solved bit by bit along the way and clues found rather than told to her. I do think this book would be much better classified as a historical drama, rather than historical romance or historical mystery.This is my very first taste of historical fiction and definitely wouldn't be my last. Thank you, Dorothy, for introducing me to the historical genres unexpectedly..! :-)

  • A Storied Soul
    2018-08-16 03:50

    Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a review.This review originally appeared on my blog: The LiterariumIn Antebellum-era Savannah, Georgia, Celia waits for her intended fiance, Sutton, to return from his work in Jamaica, while she occupies herself with the usual social functions and charity work expected of a lady in her station. On the moment of Sutton’s return, a disliked local journalist bursts his way into Celia’s home and opens up the wounds of a long-passed scandal and mystery that has haunted her family for years. As her father’s health fails, Celia is thrust into the role of sleuth as she is sent a series of mysterious and threatening letters, along with a bracelet including a deadly message, that threatens her family. To save all she loves, she must purge her family of this long-buried secret.Dorothy Love’s novel is set against the backdrop of Antebellum-era Georgia. In other words, it’s set against the years of rising political tensions between the North and South regarding the abolition of slavery, before Abraham Lincoln’s election as president, and before the Civil War. Sprinkles of these historical moments find their way into the story, and it provides a lot of atmosphere–albeit a romanticized version of the South at this time–to the novel and characters’ lives. As I read with this in mind, with the feeling this historical background provides, I couldn’t help but recall Margaret Mitchell’s iconic Gone With the Wind; yet, this novel is more simple and on the surface than what makes Mitchell’s novel a permanent fixture in the American subconscious. I don’t know how else to explain it. At the same time, you can tell the author did her research to set the novel up in this historical framework. This research and accuracy adds a tone of realism to events in the novel.I had problems with the dialogue and character development in this novel, mainly that I didn’t believe most of it. While I sympathized with Celia, not wanting her family to be ruined, I felt that the characters overall were surface characters and could have been “fleshed out” more in terms of their emotions, interactions, and so on. I didn’t feel the raw authenticity or depth in any of this that made the characters feel like the real people that they were in history. Also, there was no tension and depth to the romance between Celia and Sutton either. From the beginning of the novel, it is understood and stated that the two are betrothed and will marry, and that’s that. This part of the story doesn’t delve deeper into the bond between the two. So, if you are a reader looking for a developed romantic story-line, you won’t find that with Celia and Sutton. This was disappointing. I wasn’t looking for a romance novel, and I don’t seek that out at all in novels, but it would have helped in at least knowing more and in feeling more connected with the characters in this book. Overall, I felt distant from the novel’s cast. However, it does get better as it goes on, but the narrative still remains mostly on the surface.I also didn’t feel like the dialogue, or voice, was authentic to the time and how people of that era would have spoken to each other across classes. I had one particular problem with the way the housekeeper would talk to Celia, calling her “daft” at one point. No housekeeper, or servant of any kind, would talk to a lady of the house s/he serves in that manner. Servants were employees and nothing more, and while servants in a higher position like that of housekeeper/butler, lady’s maid, or valet would have been able to exercise more freedoms than a parlor maid or kitchen maid, they still would speak with respect and reverence to their master or mistress. So, the few inconsistencies that there were in this novel really jerked me out of being immersed in the mystery, which is the heart of this book I think.The mystery itself is well-done, and though readers will find out who the villain is well before the final chapters, this doesn’t detract from wanting to get to the end. I figured out who the villain was quite early on, but I found myself wanting to keep reading to understand the “whys” of it all, and I was eager to see how it resolved. And we as readers will keep reading because we still want to know how Celia and her family will fare. There are enough twists, turns, and mysterious events to keep the plot moving, and the Love’s narrative becomes a well-paced and easy read. Her language and style is simple, straight-forward, and makes no demands on the reader.Overall, this is a good, easy historical murder mystery, and it was a fun alternative to the more serious reading I’ve been doing recently. Escapes are good. I would definitely read this again, and I do recommend it. The story, characters, style, and content are all likeable and solid aside from my few gripes above. Last, I was pleasantly surprised that though this was marketed as “Christian Fiction” it is not at all overtly religious; in fact, I didn’t realize it was categorized as that on NetGalley. The family goes to church and that’s about it. As a non-Christian, I found this an extremely likable quality, the fact that it wasn’t “preachy.” In fact, I’d probably just categorize this novel as Historical Fiction. So, don’t be deterred by the categorization in your local bookstore if you’re in the same boat as me.This is a solid book.

  • Melissa
    2018-07-20 05:46

    This was a great book set in Savannah, Georgia right before the Civil War. Dorothy Love did great describing the city and including people who really lived in Savannah in that time. The mystery aspect was well done; I couldn't figure it out until the end! I enjoyed reading Celia Browning and Sutton Mackay'd story.

  • Sandra
    2018-07-23 07:48

    I did enjoy this book. Dorothy Love has a beautiful way with words. Her description of the scenes and actions going on, took you right here. I found the main characters a little weak and some of the story line not quite plausible. Over all it is a well written southern romance and mystery novel.

  • Oklee
    2018-07-31 08:53

    Historical fiction with some romance and mystery. Enjoyable. Fit the proposed time period. I prefer stronger characters but these were well developed.

  • Dallas
    2018-08-04 07:55

    It took forever to get to the actual piece of jewelry but once there it was a fast read.

  • Meghan
    2018-08-17 09:01

    A sub-par mystery. Eh.