About the Book
Book: The Dollmaker’s Daughter
Author: Izzy James
Genre: Historical Romance
Release date: July 16, 2021
Forgetful scientist Simon Morgan lost his chance with Amity Archer ten years ago. He knows there is no hope…until a sea captain trades a meal for an ancient stone reputed to have the power to give him his heart’s desire. Immediately after pocketing the stone, Simon runs into Amity. Did the ancient artifact cause this chance encounter or was it mere coincidence?
Like her favorite travel writer Mrs. Peabody, Amity Archer yearns for adventure, but she’s horrified when her father asks Simon Morgan to escort her on her first real adventure.
With Amity’s Aunt Clementine as a buffer between them, will Simon be able to prove that his love for Amity is real? Can Amity show Simon that her love for him has nothing to do with a so-called magical rock?
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About the Author
Izzy James lives in coastal Virginia with her fabulous husband in a house brimming with books.
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I am a Geographer by degree. So maps and the shapes of the earth fascinate me. It keeps me looking at the ground. Where I live in Virginia we still travel the imprint of colonial roads. Former villages have been swallowed by large urban areas, but the land is still there. Amity Archer travels these roads on the adventure to love in The Dollmaker’s Daughter.
It makes The Dollmaker’s Daughter special to me. I have traveled the roads Amity and Simon cover many, many times. The research for this book kept me up nights reading true accounts of traveler and taverns in colonial times.
The setting of the story is one that I like to read about. The author does a good job of bringing history to life as we go back to visit the colonial period. I enjoyed reading about electricity and how it was becoming something that the colonists were excited about. There is mention of war but I’m glad that the focal point was on other more intriguing topics.
Amity is very determined to write a book and wants to travel to certain places to do research. She doesn’t seem to be worried about her safety and at times she irritated me. Her attitude of needing to do things that she felt important overshadowed her common sense at times. I know she has a big heart but I think she needed to slow down a bit and think of others as she travels to places that could put her and others in danger. When her father agrees to let her travel he insists that she is accompanied by a family friend. I did not understand why Amity’s father kept insisting that Simone may have to marry his daughter if she is compromised. I have no idea what he thought was going to happen, but I did not like the insinuation at all.
Simon is asked to join Amity on her journey to keep her safe. He is very charming and has had feelings for Amity for a long time. Perhaps this trip will help them explore their feelings for each other. There is something else going on with Simon that I found fascinating. He has in his possession a precious stone known as the Horeb stone. It is sometimes called magical but Simone doesn’t believe that. His study about the stone is more to do with the Old Testament and God. I was very interested to see where the author would take this part of the story.
I think for me I liked the message of trusting God and to be content where we are. The story does give us hope that we can find happiness as we listen to God and allow Him to direct our path. Amity was so sure she had to travel to be content that she forgot to be happy in the moment. I liked the ending and thought the author did a good job of showing how God answers prayers.
“Happiness does not come from outside yourself. It comes from inside as you learn to be thankful for what you have.”
I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.
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