By Kelly Bridgewater
Marvel at true but forgotten history when patients check into Linda Hazzard’s Washington state spa in 1912 and soon become victim of her twisted greed.
Heiress Stella Burke is plagued by insincere suitors and nonstop headaches. Exhausting all other medical aides for her migraines, Stella reads Fasting for the Cure of Disease by Linda Hazzard and determines to go to the spa the author runs. Stella’s chauffer and long-time friend, Henry Clayton, is reluctant to leave her at the spa. Something doesn’t feel right to him, still Stella submits herself into Linda Hazzard’s care. Stella soon learns the spa has a dark side and Linda a mean streak. But when Stella has had enough, all ways to leave are suddenly blocked. Will Stella become a walking skeleton like many of the other patients or succumb to a worse fate?
With each introduction to the True Colors of the Historical Stories of American Crime, they have gotten darker and darker. Which personally, I have LOVED. Many Christian fiction straws away from dark horrible stories, but this series, seems to be diving into it more. I love this. I love a good psychological thriller, so it is nice to see some more stories that dive into deeper and more horrible stories. The Purple Nightgown by A. D. Lawrence was scary, yet horrific all at the same time. I loved how this author crafted a character who was going through this horrible incident, yet was still crying out to God for help. It was a good reminder for the readers that is what we should be doing too. God is not the last resort; He should be the first resort. The writing was fabulous. I traveled with Stella to Doctor Hazzard's place and was also horrified at what I saw. Of course, the story has a predictable ending with the nice bow for readers, so they feel comforted. Overall, this is definitely a must read. I enjoyed it and can't wait for the next one!
I received a complimentary copy of The Purple Nightgown by A. D. Lawrence from Barbour Publishing, but the opinions stated are all my own.
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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