In 2019 Cecily Wolfe easily became one of my favorite new-to-me authors. I quickly read her Cliff Walk Courtships trilogy, and have been on her bandwagon ever since! That trilogy is now being made into audiobooks, giving the world a whole new way to discover these sweet, clean stories. The Cliff Walk Courtships series is quintessential clean historical young adult fiction, so if you enjoy any of those at all, this is a book you’ll want to get your hands on soon!
About the Book
Title: Throne of Grace (Cliff Walk Courtships #1)
Author: Cecily Wolfe
Genre: YA Christian/Historical Fiction, Clean Romance
Synopsis: Newport, Rhode Island in the last decades of the nineteenth century was a stunningly beautiful and glamorous playground for the rich during the summer months, and a perfect setting for a romance between a rich young man from New York City and a local girl who works for his family.
The two couldn’t possibly expect to have anything in common, as he is expected to follow his father in a financial career and she is merely a maid with a mother who takes care of local children while their parents work. Arthur Davenport, spoiled and bored, unsure of his place in his family and in the eyes of God, truly meets his match in Josie Warren, who is often just a bit hard on herself for not being the perfect Christian in thought as well as deed.
The two meet on the famous Cliff Walk, and neither of them can imagine where or how their instant attraction will take them as he struggles to makes his parents understand that his calling is the same as hers, to help those less fortunate. He has no money of his own, and if they disinherit him out of disapproval, how can he help Josie, who has spent her life working hard to help support herself and her mother?
More importantly, how can he convince her that he would gladly give up his life of luxury just to be with her?
My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Other Books by Cecily Wolfe Featured on Reviews From the Stacks:
- Throne of Grace (Cliff Walk Courtships #1) Ebook Review
- Crown of Beauty (Cliff Walk Courtships #2) Ebook Review
- Treasure of Hope (Cliff Walk Courtships #3) Ebook Review
Throne of Grace is an adorable, clean romance set in the late-1800s. While the main focus of the story is Josie and Arthur’s romance, it also tackles issues of economic equality, morality, and supporting one’s family. I read (and reviewed) this book last year, but this is my first time listening to it on audiobook. I’m always a little disappointed that the characters don’t sound the way they do in my head, but other than that, the recording is good. This is a good story to listen to while working on something; the story is simple enough to keep up with even if your attention is somewhat diverted. I enjoyed listening on my drive to and from work. The atmosphere is summery and calm, so even when things are not going the way the protagonists would like, it’s not the kind of story that will have you tense and anxious wanting to know what happens next. Instead, there is a sense of peace that everything will work out – and, of course, it does.
Throne of Grace is rather like a rags-to-riches fairytale. The author advertises the story as “sweet” for a reason, and it isn’t just because ice cream is Josie and Arthur’s treat of choice. I’m not sure how realistic the story is, but it is certainly fanciful and heartwarming. It’s the kind of story that I wish reality were like – but I just don’t think that things like this actually happened. I don’t claim to be an expert on the time period, so I could be wrong. Still, it’s just good to know going into this that is is strictly fiction, and not the kind of fiction that teaches how things really were at the time.
This is definitely a book that I will continue to return to when I need something light, sweet, and set in the past. It’s a fun read and perfect for YA historical romance fans who prefer clean stories. There is no strong language, nothing suggestive, and simply a few brief (and tastefully written) kisses.
Do you prefer more lighthearted or heavy fiction, or a mix? Personally, I like a mixture of the two. The academic part of me likes the deep, philosophical pondering that books touching on heavier subjects bring up, but another part of me just wants to read something fun most of the time!
Until the next chapter,