Today on the show, BPF Editor-in-Chief and Blurb Whisperer Abigail Dunard are back at it with another deep dive into the scintillating sea of book descriptions!
Here are this episode’s read-along selections:
NECESSARY SINS book 1 in Lazare Family Saga by Elizabeth Bell
In antebellum Charleston, a Catholic priest grapples with doubt, his family’s secret African ancestry, and his love for a slave owner’s wife.
Joseph Lazare’s life is built on lies. He believes his black hair and olive skin come from a Spanish grandmother. He thinks his father is a villain. Joseph is certain his own desires are sinful and his only hope of Heaven is to become a celibate priest.
Then young Father Joseph meets Tessa Conley, a devout Irish immigrant who shares his passions for music and botany. As he comforts her through a miserable marriage, Tessa helps Joseph see his father through new eyes. Joseph’s ordered world cracks at its foundation.
His “Spanish” ancestors? Enslaved Africans. Tessa’s husband? A plantation owner who treats her like property. A man of conscience cannot do nothing.
In a society obsessed with purity and propriety, can two broken people heal each other? Will Joseph and Tessa find Heaven on Earth, or will there be Hell to pay?
NECESSARY SINS is the first book in the sweeping Lazare Family Saga that transports readers from the West Indies to the Wild West, from Charleston, Paris, and Rome into the depths of the human heart. Passion, prejudice, secrets, and a mother’s desperate choice in the chaos of revolution echo through five generations. If you enjoyed THE THORN BIRDS or the novels of Sara Donati, dive into Elizabeth Bell’s epic historical fiction today.