Book Description: While Charlotte is focusing on uncovering sordid information on columnist Daniel Wilmot, her heart leads her into uncharted territory.
During the summer of 1900 Charlotte Hale, a native Newporter and secretary for the Rhode Island Reporter, accepts an undercover assignment as temporary governess to Daniel Wilmont's children in order to secretly gather evidence against him. As he helps her rediscover God, Charlotte learns that Daniel is an honorable man. They unexpectedly fall in love despite their different backgrounds and social positions. Charlotte soon realizes she must defend Daniel against the forces set against him—a willful student with a romantic crush and the newspaper editor determined to destroy his reputation.
My Review: Charlotte is young woman who dreams of becoming a journalist. A surprising occupation for a young lady of 1900. Charlotte is willing to excel and takes on an assignment like none she's encountered before. She accepts an undercover assignment as a temporary governess to Daniel Wilmont's children thinking that she has an inside view to nab him of wrongdoing. Her boss wants her to find some wrongdoing in Daniel's life (somewhat reminiscent of Daniel in the Lion's Den) and to get Daniel to stop writing his articles. Articles that defy sin and corruption and try to bring justice in a time of need. But as life as it . . . Charlotte is given a glimpse of what christianity is really about.
Charlotte begins to love the "nanny life" and soon begins to see that truth must prevail or innocent people could be destroyed by wrong words. I was enthralled with the way children are presented as sweet, lovable munchkins who need training in the ways of God. As the story unfolds we travel through the faithful life of Daniel and Charlotte finds out more of what the surrendered life of a christian should entail.
Charlotte wrestles with bringing her family into her confidence. Whom can she trust with the information and how can truth prevail with so much corruption?
This is a story of true forgiveness, growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior and how true love can prevail in times of distress.
I loved the way Ms. James made the characters jump.off.the.page. Wanting to know more of the story keeps one turning the pages to see what will happen next. From beginning to end, this book held my interest as I read about the adventures of Charlotte and Daniel. Ms. James designed an excellent plot, keeping me in suspense until the very end and weaving her faith faultlessly into the story. This book is not preachy, and the references to Christianity seem completely natural, making Love On Assignment a true 5 star read! This is also a stand alone read but if you haven't read the first Ladies of Summerhill, Love On A Dime, be sure to check it out too.
Christian fiction at it's best!
*I reviewed this book for Thomas Nelson Publishing/BookSneeze*
About the Author: Cara Lynn James is the author of Love on a Dime.She’s received contest awards from Romance Writers of America and the American Christian Fiction Writers. She resides in Florida with her husband Jim. Love on Assignment is her second novel. For more information, visit www.caralynnjames.com.