Extended Audio Sample

Download Love’s First Bloom Audiobook

Extended Audio Sample Love’s First Bloom Audiobook, by Delia Parr Click for printable size audiobook cover
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (125 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Delia Parr Narrator: Alyssa Bresnahan Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2012 ISBN: 9781449843519
Regular Price: $29.99 Add to Cart
— or —
FlexPass™ Price: $12.95$5.95$5.95 for new members!
Add to Cart learn more )

A Laurel Wreath and Aspen Gold Award winner, CBA bestselling author Delia Parr is acclaimed for her enthralling historical romances. In Love’s First Bloom, Ruth Livingston’s life changes drastically in 1835.

Ruth Livingstone’s life changes the day her father puts a young child in her arms and sends her to a small village in New Jersey under an assumed name. There, Ruth pretends to be a widow and quietly secludes herself until her father is acquitted of a crime. But with the emergence of the penny press, the imagination of the reading public is stirred, and her father’s trial stands center stage. Asher Tripp is the brash newspaperman who determines that this case is the event he can use to redeem himself as a journalist.

Ruth finds solace tending a garden along the banks of the Toms River—a place where she can find a measure of peace in the midst of the sorrow that continues to build. It is also here that Asher Tripp finds a temporary residence, all in an attempt to discover if the lovely creature known as Widow Malloy is truly Ruth Livingstone, the woman every newspaper has been looking for. Love begins to slowly bloom … but is the affection they share strong enough to withstand the secrets that separate them?

Download and start listening now!

alvy

Quotes & Awards

  • “Parr, a wonderful, talented author, has given readers a story filled with romance and mystery, peopled with lovable characters who just want to do the right thing for themselves and the people they love. Fans of historical romance will be thrilled.”

    RT Book Reviews

  • “With exquisite details and an honest portrayal of human emotions, Parr’s heartwarming tale of faith, redemption, and love will appeal to a broad audience.”

    Booklist (starred review)

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer | 12/24/2013

    " I liked it but I just couldn't completely suspend belief. I am not a demanding reader in my need for realism but this one stretched too far. Cute but unbelievable to a distracting degree. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jodie | 12/21/2013

    " Love's First Bloom by Delia Parr is is my first book by this author that I have read. Ruth's father, Reverend Livingstone a man determined to reach the wayward, is falsely accused of murdering a prostitute in a brothel house. Ruth is then sent to live with a couple, the Garners, in his group of followers for her protection along with the daughter of the murdered prostitute. Waiting for her father's trial to end so she can return to her father, a tragedy occurs that forces her to stay in Tom's River longer than planned. Living under the guise of being a widower with a small child and needing a place for serenity she finds a perfect place to grow a garden, except for the fact Jake Spencer lives there. In print Jake goes by Ashton Tripp, the reporter who made an egregious mistake in a newspaper article two years earlier by supporting a con-artist who tricked many out of lots of hard-earned money. Now, given the ultimatum of finding the preacher's daughter or having to sell his share of the newspaper, can he stick to his reporter duties and be unscrupulous in his reporting of her whereabouts or will love cloud his mind and lead him in another direction. Wow, this book really took me a while to read. I enjoyed the characters and the story, I just felt like I couldn't get into the book. It seemed at some points to be a bit far-fetched and at some points very confusing. I also felt like it jumped to some conclusions without giving much detail about them. In my lowly opinion though Ms. Parr writes a story with some gripping twists and turns, I just felt like the story was missing something. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Valerie | 12/15/2013

    " Wasn't my favorite, by a long shot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruth Krauszer | 8/5/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book. The author was very good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caroline B | 5/20/2013

    " It was a totally awesome book!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donna | 3/24/2013

    " Great book. Looking forward to reading her next book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 ♥Tiffany♥ | 2/22/2013

    " this was a good, clean romance. I liked it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Samantha | 1/29/2013

    " A truly great novel. One that makes you rethink everything you know. Forces you to confront your faith and your relationship with God. I would read this book a dozen times over and I recommend this book to everyone. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Martha | 9/13/2012

    " I enjoyed "Loves First Bloom" by Delia Parr. It is a novel that is filled with suspense, mystery, family loyalty, faith and love. Time period is early 1800's. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa | 7/29/2012

    " This had an interesting story, but seemed to absolutely plod along making me glad when it finally came to a conclusion. There were never any truly satisfying moments either. This is probably why it took a couple of months to get through it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Martha | 3/28/2011

    " I enjoyed "Loves First Bloom" by Delia Parr. It is a novel that is filled with suspense, mystery, family loyalty, faith and love. Time period is early 1800's. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa | 2/2/2011

    " This had an interesting story, but seemed to absolutely plod along making me glad when it finally came to a conclusion. There were never any truly satisfying moments either. This is probably why it took a couple of months to get through it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 ?Tiffany? | 10/13/2010

    " this was a good, clean romance. I liked it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Samantha | 9/25/2010

    " A truly great novel. One that makes you rethink everything you know. Forces you to confront your faith and your relationship with God. I would read this book a dozen times over and I recommend this book to everyone. "

Write a Review
What is FlexPass?
  • Your first audiobook is just $5.95
  • Over 90% are at or below $12.95
  • "LOVE IT" guarantee
  • No time limits or expirations
About the Author

Delia Parr, pen name for Mary Lechleidner, is the author of about a dozen historical novels and the winner of several awards, including the Laurel Wreath Award for Historical Romance and the Aspen Gold Award for Best Inspirational Book. She is a full-time high school teacher who spends her summer vacations writing and kayaking. The mother of three grown children, she lives in Collingswood, New Jersey.

About the Narrator

Alyssa Bresnahan is a dynamic dancer, actor, and audiobook narrator. She has narrated over two hundred audiobooks, has earned twenty Earphones Awards, and was named one of AudioFile magazine’s Golden Voices. In 2009 she was a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for best fiction narration. She has toured Europe in stage productions of several Greek dramas. In the United States, she appeared as Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire and as Nina in The Seagull. At the New York Stage and Film Festival, she had the starring role in The Clearing.