Item description for Diamond Duo (Texas Fortunes #1) by Marcia Gruver...
Overview "Murder strikes Jefferson, Texas, putting love and faith on trial."--p.  of cover.
Get ready to burn the midnight oil with Diamond Duo, a suspense-filled historical romance that will keep you reading with a white-knuckled grip. When Bertha Biddle meets an enigmatic charmer named Annie Monroe, she's hoping to learn from her the art of how to woo a man. But just how far will Bertha go to win her heart's desire? One woman's miserable end still haunts the town of Jefferson, Texas, today.
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Studio: Barbour Publishing, Inc
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.92" Width: 6.28" Height: 0.87" Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2008
Publisher Barbour Books
Series Texas Fortunes
Series Number 1
ISBN 1602602050 ISBN13 9781602602052
Availability 0 units.
More About Marcia Gruver
Marcia Gruver's southern roots lend touches of humor and threads of faith to her writing. Look for both in her Texas Fortunes and Backwoods Brides series. When she's not perched behind a keyboard, you'll find her clutching a game system controller or riding shotgun on long drives in the Texas Hill Country. Lifelong Texans, Marcia and her husband Lee have five children. Collectively, this motley crew has graced them with a dozen grandchildren and one great-granddaughter--so far.
Reviews - What do customers think about Diamond Duo?
Diamond Duo Oct 26, 2009
A very good book, some fun, sadness, mystery, western about anything you could want in a good book. Marcia is a great author and her books are always great.
Average Historical Book Based on Real-life Events. (3 and half stars) Aug 14, 2009
Diamond Duo is the story of Diamond Bessie and the effect she left on a small town in Jefferson, Texas. Not only is the story about her, but also about the characters that she meets. The story mainly follows Bertha and her friend Magda, as they meet Bessie and her so called "companion" The story also takes you along the journey of Sarah and her husband as the face racism, and many decisions that may change their lives.
I was a bit confused at first with all the different story lines, some of them join together at the end, and some of them barely intertwine with the main story line. It made the story different from most I had read, being that there was really two main story lines instead of one.
Bertha, is a wild young woman longing to be free of propriety and social graces. One day when she is in town she sees Bessie, a rich young woman with diamonds and gorgeous dresses. Bertha decides right then to befriend her and have her teach her how to catch a certain man she wants. Her "man" is Thad, also smitten with Bertha but too shy to tell her of his real feeling before he must leave for military college. While Bertha befriends Bessie, she drags her best friend Magda along for the ride, not listening to her wisdom about getting into trouble. Will Bertha be able to change Bessie before it's too late, or will Bessie change Bertha? Will Thad be able to tell Bertha of his feelings or will he make the mistake of leaving?
Sarah is a little bitter about leaving her hometown, where people treated her kind and were not racist. But Sarah loves her husband more and is determined to make him happy and be happy no matter what. Her husband does not see the problem with the small town of Jefferson, even though him and his wife are treated differently. But one day they are tested and are not sure of their survival and what they are meant to do. Will Sarah be strong enough to stand against the pain and will she, her husband, and the rest of the town learn a valuable lesson?
I was very surprised to learn at the end of the book that it was based on a true story. I did like this book, it was just so different from what I was expecting and also a different writing style. I found the book to be a pleasant read, but there was nothing that jumped out at me that made it go from an ok book to a great book. I am still looking forward to the next book in the series Chasing Charity and hoping that is gets a little better!
A riveting read! Jun 24, 2009
I LOVED this story! Truly a riveting read. I came across the book not planned (long story) but was unable to put it down. You know when a full time working mama of an 11 month old reads at night instead of going to bed early, you have a winner. =)
This was a delightful historical/suspense with highly comedic moments to keep the story light but inspiring. The faith element is strong but not preachy, which is a delicate balance for an author to accomplish. (whew, been there!)
I've traveled to Jefferson, TX many times, and it was neat to read about the city I have always enjoyed and hear its history (with a fictional license on the part of the author, of course)
5 stars! I can't wait to read the next in the series.
Murder, love and marriage, hardships, race issues, faith and more in this book Apr 8, 2009
Thaddeus Bloom is the only person Bertha Biddle wants to spend the rest of her life with. However he doesn't seem to notice her. When a fancy lady from Boston comes to town, Bertha thinks she can find out how to get Thaddeus to love her. What she doesn't realize that she has the power. So in setting out to find the answers she makes friends with Annie also known as Bessie. Annie's story is sad but she still has so much kindness she shows to others. There is also a story of Sarah and Henry woven throughout this book too. What I learned from this book was friendship, how God uses us to reach others, and hardships do come but we can overcome them. Little did I know in the midst of reading this book I would be praying for my brother-in-law with a brain anyruism. But this book prepared me before this hit and lifted me up faith wise. Also within this story you can see how race can sometimes hinder friendships but one has to do the best they can and realize everyone is not the same. There is good in every race. I read this book in 3 days and could not put it down. Marcia is an excellent storyteller and told life's problems just as you would feel them yourself. You feel like you are walking through the pages.
"An Author to Watch" Dec 10, 2008
This book is based on actual characters. The setting is 1877 in Texas. This story is three threads woven into a tapestry of Christian historical fiction, Bertha and Thad, Annie Monroe, and Henry and Sarah King.
This is an emotional story. Each lead character demonstrates faith in God. I was amazed how each character has a distinctive voice. The plot is well done and well developed. I found it extremely entertaining.