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On a cold night in 1877, Laurel Whitman’s father flies into a rage and throws her into the street. His behavior isn’t unusual; he has ridiculed her for years, and Laurel doesn’t understand why. All she knows is that his vitriol has something to do with her grandmother, a woman shrouded in mystery. Laurel goes on a harrowing journey from her home in Philadelphia to Maryland On a cold night in 1877, Laurel Whitman’s father flies into a rage and throws her into the street. His behavior isn’t unusual; he has ridiculed her for years, and Laurel doesn’t understand why. All she knows is that his vitriol has something to do with her grandmother, a woman shrouded in mystery. Laurel goes on a harrowing journey from her home in Philadelphia to Maryland only to discover that her grandmother is on death’s door. She is welcomed with open arms by her extended family but receives a chilly reception from her grandmother who seems suspicious of Laurel’s arrival. Over the next few weeks, her grandmother recovers and her distrust begins to thaw as she tells Laurel stories of her abusive first husband, the young immigrant whom she came to love, and the birth of her two illegitimate children. Laurel learns the secrets of her family’s fractured past, a story of resilience, deception, and forbidden passion that forces Laurel to confront the truths in her own heart. But will unearthing long-buried secrets heal the rift between Laurel and her father, or will the past haunt the present and the future forever?


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On a cold night in 1877, Laurel Whitman’s father flies into a rage and throws her into the street. His behavior isn’t unusual; he has ridiculed her for years, and Laurel doesn’t understand why. All she knows is that his vitriol has something to do with her grandmother, a woman shrouded in mystery. Laurel goes on a harrowing journey from her home in Philadelphia to Maryland On a cold night in 1877, Laurel Whitman’s father flies into a rage and throws her into the street. His behavior isn’t unusual; he has ridiculed her for years, and Laurel doesn’t understand why. All she knows is that his vitriol has something to do with her grandmother, a woman shrouded in mystery. Laurel goes on a harrowing journey from her home in Philadelphia to Maryland only to discover that her grandmother is on death’s door. She is welcomed with open arms by her extended family but receives a chilly reception from her grandmother who seems suspicious of Laurel’s arrival. Over the next few weeks, her grandmother recovers and her distrust begins to thaw as she tells Laurel stories of her abusive first husband, the young immigrant whom she came to love, and the birth of her two illegitimate children. Laurel learns the secrets of her family’s fractured past, a story of resilience, deception, and forbidden passion that forces Laurel to confront the truths in her own heart. But will unearthing long-buried secrets heal the rift between Laurel and her father, or will the past haunt the present and the future forever?

30 review for The Truth of the Matter

  1. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews

    Laurel wants to know why her father is so cruel to her. She knows she looks exactly like her grandmother, but what could she have done that makes her father take things out on her. Laurel works at the textile mill during the day and goes to painting school at night. One day she finally decides she has had enough and leaves in the night from Philadelphia to where her grandmother lives in Maryland in hopes of finding out just what happened between her father and her grandmother. Her trip was a harrowi Laurel wants to know why her father is so cruel to her. She knows she looks exactly like her grandmother, but what could she have done that makes her father take things out on her. Laurel works at the textile mill during the day and goes to painting school at night. One day she finally decides she has had enough and leaves in the night from Philadelphia to where her grandmother lives in Maryland in hopes of finding out just what happened between her father and her grandmother. Her trip was a harrowing one, but she made it. Her grandmother is just as cruel to her as her father has been all these years. Did she make the trip for nothing? Laurel decides she must find out and stays longer even though she misses her home, her painting, and especially Cillian. We follow Laurel as she is determined to find the mysteries and secrets her family holds. THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER is a very enjoyable read with writing that pulls you in. Ms. Fleming does a marvelous job with descriptions of the characters, places, and feelings. This book is a lovely, heartwarming read based on the author's research of her own family but does have some harsh moments It will appeal to women’s fiction fans, historical fiction fans, and those readers who enjoy a family saga along with life lessons. THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER is a pleasant, satisfying read that will stay with you and one that will lift your spirits as you see how the family endured hardships, made the best of them, and became closer. 5/5 This book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    InD'tale Magazine

    "The Truth of the Matter" is an emotional, dramatic tale that sweeps readers up in the Industrial Revolution and women's rights! Read full review in the 2021 June issue of InD'tale Magazine. "The Truth of the Matter" is an emotional, dramatic tale that sweeps readers up in the Industrial Revolution and women's rights! Read full review in the 2021 June issue of InD'tale Magazine.

  3. 4 out of 5

    N.N. Light

    Can a daughter heal the pain of a dying grandmother by exposing the truth? Laurel Whitman is used to ravings and belittlement from her father, but she’s endured, thanks to her dear friend. When her father flies into a rage and throws her out of the only home she’s ever known, Laurel takes a distressing trip to visit her estranged grandmother in Maryland. She is met with cold disdain from her grandmother, who is dying, but Laurel is undeterred. After several attempts to connect, her grandmother u Can a daughter heal the pain of a dying grandmother by exposing the truth? Laurel Whitman is used to ravings and belittlement from her father, but she’s endured, thanks to her dear friend. When her father flies into a rage and throws her out of the only home she’s ever known, Laurel takes a distressing trip to visit her estranged grandmother in Maryland. She is met with cold disdain from her grandmother, who is dying, but Laurel is undeterred. After several attempts to connect, her grandmother unravels the long-buried truth of what caused the rift between her and Laurel’s father, her son. Laurel is shocked and soon discovers her true feelings in her own heart. Can she share what her grandmother told her to her family and bring closure before it’s too late? The Truth of the Matter is a sweeping family saga in the late 1800s I thoroughly enjoyed. Laurel is such a wonderful character and I connected with her plight. The historical details are 100% accurate and I found myself wondering what I would do in Laurel’s shoes. Kudos to Leigh Fleming for creating a historical world so intricate, I immersed myself in the past. The family dynamics were intriguing as well. The plot moves at a great pace with a fairly tight cast of characters. The subplots and themes had me whipping through the pages to see what happened next. If you’re a historical fiction reader, you’ll love The Truth of the Matter. If you’re a family saga reader, pick up The Truth of the Matter. A brilliant historical tale not to be missed. Highly recommend! Disclaimer: I read this on Kindle Unlimited. My Rating: 5 stars Reviewed by: Mrs. N This review first appeared: https://www.nnlightsbookheaven.com/po...

  4. 5 out of 5

    Vikki Vaught

    Thanks goes to Leigh Fleming for bringing her book, The Truth of the Matter, to my attention. I borrowed it through the Kindle Unlimited program. My opinions are my own, and nothing has influenced my rating. The Truth of the Matter is a well written novel with engaging characters and an intriguing plot. There are several suspenseful scenes that had me flipping the pages on my Kindle as quickly as possible, breathlessly wanting to know what would happen next. It’s clear Ms. Fleming did a lot of re Thanks goes to Leigh Fleming for bringing her book, The Truth of the Matter, to my attention. I borrowed it through the Kindle Unlimited program. My opinions are my own, and nothing has influenced my rating. The Truth of the Matter is a well written novel with engaging characters and an intriguing plot. There are several suspenseful scenes that had me flipping the pages on my Kindle as quickly as possible, breathlessly wanting to know what would happen next. It’s clear Ms. Fleming did a lot of research on this period of the world, which added greatly to my enjoyment. Laurel Whitman is the heroine, and she’s a strong independent woman who hasn’t let her abusive father break her spirit. I quickly became vested in her character, and I admired the steel in her backbone. Now her stubborn side leads her into a horrifying situation that could have left her a broken woman, but fortunately, she manages to escape with the help of her friend. Cillian O’Brien is the hero, and I loved his character, He refuses to give up on Laurel, even though she is so determined to find her grandmother on her own and thank goodness he does, or Laurel would have been hurt badly. I admired his steadfastness and devotion to her. This is a family saga with complex relationships and some of them caused a great deal of pain. The grandmother’s choices had a huge impact on her son, Laurel’s father, which explains why he was so hard on Laurel. I was glad Laurel learned her grandmother’s secret because she would have always been baffled by her father. This book shows that there are always two sides to every story, and that’s it’s important to dig beneath the surface. While there is a love story, it isn’t the central theme of the plot, but I did want to see Cillian get the girl. I loved his style and loyalty to Laurel, and even though, her father is terrifying, he did not back down. That earned him a special place in my heart. If you enjoy historical fiction with a strong female protagonist and compelling secondary characters, then you will love The Truth of the Matter as much as I did. While this is the first book I’ve read by Ms. Fleming, it will not be the last. Happy reading!

  5. 4 out of 5

    BooksCoffee

    The award-winning Ffleming returns with another compelling tale, a stand-alone historical saga, with memorable, deeply realized characters, genuine surprises, and family intrigue. The young and resilient Laurel Whitman has always struggled with her father’s disdain toward her. But when a small incident ignites Calvin Whitman’s rage, resulting in Laurel thrown out of the house, the latter knows she must travel to Maryland to see her grandmother and find the reason behind her father’s hate. Fflemi The award-winning Ffleming returns with another compelling tale, a stand-alone historical saga, with memorable, deeply realized characters, genuine surprises, and family intrigue. The young and resilient Laurel Whitman has always struggled with her father’s disdain toward her. But when a small incident ignites Calvin Whitman’s rage, resulting in Laurel thrown out of the house, the latter knows she must travel to Maryland to see her grandmother and find the reason behind her father’s hate. Ffleming’s evocation of life in 1800s Maryland is atmospheric and authentic, bringing the era to life, but the heart of the novel is her expertly crafted, multi-layered cast of fictional people, some of them modeled on real historical figures. Readers will easily fall in love with the independent Laurel and spunky Margaret. Evocative, assured prose pulls the reader deep into the intriguing storyline. The novel is as much about the very nature of the intricacies of familial relationships as it is about the questions of identity, love, trust, betrayal, and revenge. This is a page-turner.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca Reddell

    A motivational story with moving characters. Laurel Whitman is a brave heroine to admire, and Cillian O'Brien is a sweet hero to adore. Author Leigh Fleming keeps you engaged, startled, worried, and on the edge-of-your-seat from the beginning of this historical fiction novel. This first stand-alone story takes us to 1877 and the world of Laurel Whitman; an artist with dreams of using her art skills to earn money and provide a career in design. Her dreams are ridiculed by her father, a brute who t A motivational story with moving characters. Laurel Whitman is a brave heroine to admire, and Cillian O'Brien is a sweet hero to adore. Author Leigh Fleming keeps you engaged, startled, worried, and on the edge-of-your-seat from the beginning of this historical fiction novel. This first stand-alone story takes us to 1877 and the world of Laurel Whitman; an artist with dreams of using her art skills to earn money and provide a career in design. Her dreams are ridiculed by her father, a brute who tells her she's just like his whore of a mother, and Laurel is determined to find out the truth about her grandmother and the past. We find Laurel working in the factories feeding the looms ten hours a day and attending art school at night three times a week. Her wages are shared with her mother and brothers, and she is determined to make her dreams come true. When her father all but throws her out of the house, Laurel knows that making it to her grandmother in Maryland might be the only chance to rectify the rift and figure out why he hates her so much. On the way there and even after she arrives, things don't go quite as planned. Through her misjudged moments, her continual strength, and the support of her friend Cillian O'Brien, Laurel learns some life lessons about how our actions can hold us hostage. Although her grandmother is displeased to see her at first - refusing to answer any questions, she eventually warms up to Laurel. Before long, Laurel is obtaining the stories of her grandmother's past and the people most involved in her life - including Laurel's father. This retelling consists of conversations between them and the grandmother's journal entries which take you right into the past. Through the recital, we hear a vivid account of Laurel's grandmother's life, the rise of animosity in her children from her first marriage - including Laurel's father, the conflict, her grandmother's decisions and regret, and the death the ensuing actions created. It's a well-documented history and full of nuances, regrets, joys, and sadness. You learn a great deal and can relate to the characters at hand even more. Before the end, we're given the understanding of the separation between Maggie Hayward, Laurel's grandmother, and her son. Inevitably, a new conflict emerges, and beyond this scene, new hopes arise. I support the mild explicit warning, but all in all, consider this an excellent story. Well-written with exceptional characters, I'd definitely say I "loved it." Thanks to Author Leigh Fleming and Reedsy Discovery for providing an ARC copy for me to read and review. You can find more book reviews on my blog: https://rebeccaswriteinspirations.blo...

  7. 5 out of 5

    Pamela Howard

    I received an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. In her latest book, THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER, Leigh Fleming takes her first step into historical fiction. Part romance, part mystery, and part history, this coming-of-age story takes readers from 1877 Philadelphia to rural Maryland in an earlier time as we follow a young Laurel Whitman on a quest to find her grandmother and, ultimately, herself. Along the way she struggles to understand the relationships in her life: Why d I received an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. In her latest book, THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER, Leigh Fleming takes her first step into historical fiction. Part romance, part mystery, and part history, this coming-of-age story takes readers from 1877 Philadelphia to rural Maryland in an earlier time as we follow a young Laurel Whitman on a quest to find her grandmother and, ultimately, herself. Along the way she struggles to understand the relationships in her life: Why does her father treat her differently? Is Cillian more than a friend? Most of all who is the mysterious grandmother she has never known and will Grandma’s secrets explain it all? As the story unfolds, we are touched by the tragedy in Grandma’s life but we realize it is her talent and strength that have been passed on to Laurel. At times I got distracted by detours not directly related to the story, but overall it is a fascinating story inspired by the life of Fleming’s great-great grandmother. It is a very enjoyable book and a great choice for summer reading.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Courtnee Hoyle

    Leigh Fleming delivers a beautifully written story, laced with mystery and romance. THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER is fluid, sometimes shifting from Laurel’s perspective to her grandmother’s memories. Laura Whitman is a successful artist, with freckles, red hair, and green eyes, all of which angers her father, as he compares her attributes to Laurel’s grandmother, his mother. As Laurel continues her work at the local mill, and finishes design school, tensions at home become too hostile, and her father Leigh Fleming delivers a beautifully written story, laced with mystery and romance. THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER is fluid, sometimes shifting from Laurel’s perspective to her grandmother’s memories. Laura Whitman is a successful artist, with freckles, red hair, and green eyes, all of which angers her father, as he compares her attributes to Laurel’s grandmother, his mother. As Laurel continues her work at the local mill, and finishes design school, tensions at home become too hostile, and her father throws her out. Determined to find a reason for his unwarranted hatred, Laurel seeks answers with her grandmother. Her faithful friend, Cillian O’Brien, joins her for part of the journey, but allows her to complete her quest to satisfy her need for independence. Leigh Fleming wrote this book based on the discoveries she made during her Ancestry.com research, making this book an irresistible, partially true tale. Delicate romances and a family’s saga create a page-turning journey as the reader learns THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    The Truth of the Matter by Leigh Fleming book review by Mary Duke I really found Leigh’s latest novel to be the best novel she’s written. If you enjoy reading historical fiction with a romantic twist, you will enjoy reading this face-paced novel set in the early 1900s near Philadelphia. The main characters, Laurel and Cillian, come alive with her vivid descriptions of their strong personalities and family backgrounds. Her ability to paint a vivid picture by her use of descriptive language makes th The Truth of the Matter by Leigh Fleming book review by Mary Duke I really found Leigh’s latest novel to be the best novel she’s written. If you enjoy reading historical fiction with a romantic twist, you will enjoy reading this face-paced novel set in the early 1900s near Philadelphia. The main characters, Laurel and Cillian, come alive with her vivid descriptions of their strong personalities and family backgrounds. Her ability to paint a vivid picture by her use of descriptive language makes the reader feel they are right there at the scene and anxious to know what is going to happen next. Leigh also intertwines some women’s rights issues in the novel as she uses her own ancestry in the believable character development to illustrate how perseverance and love can prevail even in difficult situations. I would highly recommend your reading The Truth of the Matter! I think it would be a good fit for book clubs or just for personal enjoyment.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sherri DeMond

    The Truth of the Matter is one of the best books Leigh Fleming has written to date. This historical fiction takes you on a journey with Laurel Whitman .....a young girl who is treated so unfairly by her father, Calvin. Why does he treat her this way? Why just her and not her siblings? Her quest for answers takes her to Maryland, to a grandmother she has never met. How would she be received.....would she find the answers she was looking for? I found myself thinking of Laurel when I wasn't readin The Truth of the Matter is one of the best books Leigh Fleming has written to date. This historical fiction takes you on a journey with Laurel Whitman .....a young girl who is treated so unfairly by her father, Calvin. Why does he treat her this way? Why just her and not her siblings? Her quest for answers takes her to Maryland, to a grandmother she has never met. How would she be received.....would she find the answers she was looking for? I found myself thinking of Laurel when I wasn't reading this book. She was in my daily thoughts at times ....pulling me back to read and enjoy this book. As I neared the end of the book I found myself wanting more....not wanting it to end. Curl up and enjoy the journey you will take with this young girl. You will not be disappointed. I received an advanced copy of this book for an honest review.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kris McMenamin

    The Truth of the Matter is a vivid description of a young woman seeking to understand her family's history (why does her father treat her poorly? why has she never met her grandmother?) and, in turn, her own desires and interests. Set in the late 1870s in Philadelphia and rural Maryland, Laurel is a strong character grappling with her own independence and desire for a true partner in life; women's rights issues lie just beneath the storytelling. The dialogue is interesting, characters are richly The Truth of the Matter is a vivid description of a young woman seeking to understand her family's history (why does her father treat her poorly? why has she never met her grandmother?) and, in turn, her own desires and interests. Set in the late 1870s in Philadelphia and rural Maryland, Laurel is a strong character grappling with her own independence and desire for a true partner in life; women's rights issues lie just beneath the storytelling. The dialogue is interesting, characters are richly developed, and the story left me wanting more. I was pleased to discover that the author's research into her ancestry informed this lovely work of fiction. Looking forward to more historical fiction from Leigh Fleming! I received an advanced reader copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Nicole Nemec

    I received an advanced reader copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Set in the late 1870s, The Truth of the Matter tells the story of young Laurel Whitman, who is rejected by her father and forced to leave the comfort of her family home in the bustling city of Philadelphia to seek answers from an absent grandmother. A perilous journey leads her to the family farm in rural Maryland, where Laurel finds her grandmother close to death. Part love story, it becomes an adventure of underst I received an advanced reader copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Set in the late 1870s, The Truth of the Matter tells the story of young Laurel Whitman, who is rejected by her father and forced to leave the comfort of her family home in the bustling city of Philadelphia to seek answers from an absent grandmother. A perilous journey leads her to the family farm in rural Maryland, where Laurel finds her grandmother close to death. Part love story, it becomes an adventure of understanding the prejudices of her grandmother's past in order to try to mend her family and establish a future for Laurel. It was a great read (very hard to put down!) and I will look forward to reading other works by Leigh Fleming.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Tera Blauwkamp

    Author Leigh Fleming grabbed my attention from the very first page, and kept it throughout with a fast-paced, realistic story. The characters rang true to me, and I found myself rooting for them, which is why I read books, to be honest, so that I can immerse myself in the story. It was so interesting to read about the time period of the book--I found myself wondering what I would have done if I had been in Laurel's place. While there were some uncomfortable moments that had me squirming, this is Author Leigh Fleming grabbed my attention from the very first page, and kept it throughout with a fast-paced, realistic story. The characters rang true to me, and I found myself rooting for them, which is why I read books, to be honest, so that I can immerse myself in the story. It was so interesting to read about the time period of the book--I found myself wondering what I would have done if I had been in Laurel's place. While there were some uncomfortable moments that had me squirming, this is, at heart, a love story. I enjoyed it. I received an Advanced Reader Copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    I received an advanced reader copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This book kept me engaged and curious about what would happen next, and it was a light, easy read. This is the type of book where there isn’t much on the periphery and you are focused only on what you are reading. It is a great book if you want an escape. The only con is that I wasn’t a big fan of the main character, as she was trying to be a strong, independent woman but she came off as immature and a little cring I received an advanced reader copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This book kept me engaged and curious about what would happen next, and it was a light, easy read. This is the type of book where there isn’t much on the periphery and you are focused only on what you are reading. It is a great book if you want an escape. The only con is that I wasn’t a big fan of the main character, as she was trying to be a strong, independent woman but she came off as immature and a little cringy at times. Overall, I recommend it.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Brenda Spaulding

    Love it when one of our local authors hits a home run! Having read most of Leigh Fleming’s other works, I was prepared for a similar story telling vein. I am glad I was wrong! The Truth of the Matter is an excellent historical fiction work with just the right amounts of romance and intrigue. The stories of the hardships of the time, the plight of women, family mystery (and how that plays out)and the will there or won’t there be a Laurel and Cillian romance all serve to make this work my favorite Love it when one of our local authors hits a home run! Having read most of Leigh Fleming’s other works, I was prepared for a similar story telling vein. I am glad I was wrong! The Truth of the Matter is an excellent historical fiction work with just the right amounts of romance and intrigue. The stories of the hardships of the time, the plight of women, family mystery (and how that plays out)and the will there or won’t there be a Laurel and Cillian romance all serve to make this work my favorite of Fleming’s thus far. Don’t miss this one!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Pat

    I absolutely loved this book! It has romance, history, mystery and a page turning plot that you don't want to put down. I forced myself, at the last few chapters, to set the book aside for a bit because I didn't want it to end. Laurel is such a beautiful, loving, strong young woman who you want to take in your arms and guide her through all the meanness and trials she encounters. As she goes on her journey, you observe her grit and enjoy her triumphs. This is a book that I will keep and reread a I absolutely loved this book! It has romance, history, mystery and a page turning plot that you don't want to put down. I forced myself, at the last few chapters, to set the book aside for a bit because I didn't want it to end. Laurel is such a beautiful, loving, strong young woman who you want to take in your arms and guide her through all the meanness and trials she encounters. As she goes on her journey, you observe her grit and enjoy her triumphs. This is a book that I will keep and reread again and again. I look forward to reading more from Leigh Fleming.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Ellen Lowery

    This book has it all! From suspense, drama, romance, history, critical character development and eloquent phrasing. The writing of author Leigh Fleming reminds me of the way Pat Conroy could draw you in and capture your attention with beautiful words and interesting sentence structure and of course a new and compelling story. I hope you will add this to your summer-beach reading list. I received a free ARC in exchange for an honest Review of this book.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Tess Rizzardi

    This book helped me get through this pandemic by taking me away to a different world! In that world, I fell in love with the main character Laurel Whitman. She is strong, kind, brave and incredibly determined! I didn’t want to put this book down. I also didn’t want it to end! I totally recommend this book to take you away from any stress in your own life and get totally emersed in Laurel’s life! Leigh is a superb author! Tess Rizzardi

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lynn Howard

    I received an advanced copy of this book for a honest review. Lovers of historical fiction this one is for you. The story of Laurel Whitman and her family’s past will draw you in. I’m giving it 4 stars as I thought it was a little slow in the beginning, but boy does the story take off when Laurel heads to Maryland. Give it a read. It’s worth the price of admission.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sammye

    I was drawn into this story from the beginning and couldn’t put it down. The characters are so well developed and believable and the plot is very intriguing. It’s a very entertaining, fast paced, historical family drama. I really enjoyed this book. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author and this is my honest review*

  21. 5 out of 5

    Marie Andree

    Found the book very interesting and different from other books I have read so far.The character is different too.Her story is all about searching for herself and her purpose. Really loved the book because it reminds us how you can rewrite your life when you put your mind to it.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Linda Guest

    My favorite of Leigh’s books and I have read them all! This one really captured my attention from the first page! A great book to start the summer of reading! I received the free ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Denise

    A wonderfully written story about family secrets, grudges, forgiveness, and coming to terms with the truth. Set in the mid to late 1800’s with the main characters being strong independent women and the men who either wanted to rule over them or those who loved and supported them.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jackie

    Laurel has always wondered why her father banished her from her home. Perhaps she can learn the truth from her grandmother. An intriguing story that left me wanting more.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Carola

    I was given an advance copy to give an honest review. I loved the book. I couldn’t put the book down once I started reading it. I loved the descriptive words. The characters came alive!!!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Daenerys Targaryen

    Started out well. But the ending seems dragged out.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Leigh Fleming

    When a young woman’s father banishes her into the night, she embarks on a quest to learn the source of her father’s hatred, and discovers a grandmother shrouded in mystery. To be released June 5, 2021. Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kindle Unlimited.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Brandi Shanholtz collis

    I received an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review. I was captivated from the get go. The book is full of secrets, lies, anger, betrayal but most of all love. Leigh Fleming truly out did herself!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kelli

    I received an advanced reader copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. “Anger is an unwelcome houseguest. It moves in to the private spaces of your heart, eats away at your soul, refusing to leave.” This historical fiction novel, written by author, Leigh Fleming, tells the tale of Laurel Whitman and her journey to find answers as to why her father, Calvin, harbors such anger in his heart for her. She knows there must be a reason. He holds no ill will towards Laurel’s siblings after all. I received an advanced reader copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. “Anger is an unwelcome houseguest. It moves in to the private spaces of your heart, eats away at your soul, refusing to leave.” This historical fiction novel, written by author, Leigh Fleming, tells the tale of Laurel Whitman and her journey to find answers as to why her father, Calvin, harbors such anger in his heart for her. She knows there must be a reason. He holds no ill will towards Laurel’s siblings after all. Comparisons are repeatedly made by her father of Laurel and Maggie, Laurel’s estranged grandmother. What has happened to her father for him to act the way he does? This question tugs at Laurel’s heart, and she becomes more determined than ever to find the answer the night she gets thrown out of the house by her father in a fit of rage. Laurel travels to visit her grandmother, which initially gets off to a rocky start. But soon the tension fades away and stories are shared of betrayal, bitterness, and long ago decisions that were made that caused a family shame and humiliation. Ultimately, this is a story of love, acceptance and forgiveness of oneself, and of others. While I sometimes like challenging reads, this story has no complex characters or plot lines. I was taken right along the journey with Laurel, often feeling the story so real, it actually could have happened!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Judy

    I received an advanced reader copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I love historical fiction and so enjoyed this book by Leigh Fleming. This novel focuses on Laurel Rose Whitman, her father, her grandmother, and her best friend, Cillian. Laurel’s father continually berated Laurel, keeping tight control on her because she looked like his mother. The mystery surrounding this relationship is the basis for this story. Everything comes to a head when her father throws her out in the mi I received an advanced reader copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I love historical fiction and so enjoyed this book by Leigh Fleming. This novel focuses on Laurel Rose Whitman, her father, her grandmother, and her best friend, Cillian. Laurel’s father continually berated Laurel, keeping tight control on her because she looked like his mother. The mystery surrounding this relationship is the basis for this story. Everything comes to a head when her father throws her out in the middle of the night as she tries to sneak out to find her grandmother. This story has lots of twists and turns and a surprise ending. Be sure to read the acknowledgement at the end. I found it a great read.

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