About Me I am a retired librarian and I now support books and authors through my reviews.

I have always loved to read and I was able to share that love through my work as a public librarian for 22 1/2 years. I now promote literacy by reading, and then writing reviews. I love to support authors by sharing my reviews with others!

Friday, January 13, 2023

A Winter at the White Queen (Romance at the Gilded Age Resorts #1) by Denise Weimer

A Winter at the White Queen (Romance at the Gilded Age Resorts #1)

In the world of the wealthy, things are never quite as they appear.

Ellie Hastings is tired of playing social gatekeeper—and poor-relation companion—to her Gibson Girl of a cousin. But her aunt insists Ellie lift her nose out of her detective novel long enough to help gauge the eligibility of bachelors during the winter social season at Florida’s Hotel Belleview. She finds plenty that’s mysterious about the suave, aloof Philadelphia inventor, Lewis Thornton. Why does he keep sneaking around the hotel? Does he have a secret sweetheart? And what is his connection to the evasive Mr. Gaspachi, slated to perform at Washington’s Birthday Ball?

Ellie’s comical sleuthing ought to put Lewis out, but the diffident way her family treats her smashes a hole in his normal reserve. When Florence Hastings’s diamond necklace goes missing, Ellie’s keen mind threatens to uncover not only Lewis’s secrets, but give him back hope for love.


This story appealed to me on so many levels! I loved the references to the Gilded Age in America and author Denise Weimer unveils a captivating picture with her vivid descriptions. Horse-drawn carriages share the road with newly invented motor cars and extravagant social events are a part of the Florida winter of 1910. Ellie Hastings finds herself playing the part of a watch-guard companion for her wealthy cousin so her detective skills are often needed. Skills that alter between comical and amazing!  It is, however, her blossoming friendship with a talented inventor that becomes the highlight of this story. Lewis Thornton is able to see beyond Elsa's low self-esteem to appreciate just how unique she is, especially after witnessing the special interest and attention that she devotes to his young niece Cora. Can Lewis convince Ellie that she's anything but plain? Will she finally realize her importance to others?

A Winter at the White Queen is a delightful story with wonderful characters, an intriguing plot, and a sweet romance that's beautifully wrapped with an inspiring message of faith. Weimer uses Ellie Hastings to remind us that our self-worth is not dependent on the views of other people. God recognizes our true worth and He values each of us!

This book is an entertaining historical Christian romance that's perfect for history geeks, romance lovers, and mystery fans!

I received a copy of this book from the author and publisher. There was no obligation for a positive review. These are my own thoughts.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


North Georgia native Denise Weimer has authored a dozen traditionally published novels and a number of novellas—historical and contemporary romance, romantic suspense, and time slip. Having served three years as managing editor for Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas’ two historical imprints, as well as a freelance editor, she’s helped other authors reach their publishing dreams. A wife and mother of two daughters, Denise always pauses for coffee, chocolate, and old houses.

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