Book Review: A Summer on Bellevue Avenue by Lorri Dudley

Posted January 9, 2024 by meezcarrie in Book Review, Christian, historical, Lorri Dudley, romance / 4 Comments

A Summer on Bellevue Avenue book review

A Summer on Bellevue Avenue by Lorri DudleyA SUMMER ON BELLEVUE AVENUE by Lorri Dudley
Romance at the Gilded Age Resorts #6

GENRE: Historical/Gilded Age Romance (Christian)
PUBLISHER: Wild Heart Books
RELEASE DATE: January 8, 2024
PAGES: 156

A Summer on Bellevue Avenue is the latest in the Romance at the Gilded Age Resorts series of standalone titles. It’s also the first by Lorri Dudley, and the first one of the series that I have read so far. Honestly, Lorri Dudley could write a phone book and I would read it – and love it – so it didn’t take any arm-twisting whatsoever for me to want to read this novella. And just as I knew it would be, it’s sweet and swoony and oh-so-good!

Amanda and Wesley are each hiding secrets that would get them laughed right out of high society and, while neither of them would likely complain about that development because it would allow them to be fully themselves, they have more than just themselves to think about. I really loved these two protagonists and the way they not only cherished each other but protected each other as well. By that, I mean that they allowed the other person to maintain their dignity in weakness and redirected attention toward their strengths. Scenes like this really touched my heart as I read their story, and I was rooting for them to remove the obstacles to their happily-ever-after.

And boy were there obstacles! Someone wants them out of commission and that someone is getting bolder about it by the moment. This added a dash of suspense to the romance, both of which kept me turning the pages. I had my suspicions about the suspense thread and while I was partially right I was also partially wrong. I really liked the layers that the author added to this part of the story, even though I wanted to knock some sense into some of the side characters in the process haha.

Bottom Line: Pack your fanciest duds, your high-society etiquette, and your detective hat for A Summer on Bellevue Avenue! The opening scene will quickly grab your attention, and Lorri Dudley’s stellar writing & compelling characters will keep you invested until the very end. Newport has fascinated me ever since I visited it several years ago, and I enjoyed it as the setting of this book. From the opulent homes to the rocky coast, this Gilded Age resort area is truly a feast for the senses and plays nicely into Dudley’s suspenseful and romantic plot. Speaking of the romances, the kisses deliciously match the tension level of the story, so keep a fan handy! Fabulous characters round out the mix, as well as a sweet message of blooming where you are planted and trusting God. A quick read that’s perfect for your evening to-do list!

(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 4.5 stars / loved it!

KissingBook Level: 3+ / you will forget to breathe on more than one occasion

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Lorri Dudley

Lorri Dudley has been a finalist in numerous writing contests and has a master’s degree in Psychology. She lives in Ashland, Massachusetts with her husband and three teenage sons, where writing romance allows her an escape from her testosterone filled household. Connect with Lorri at her website.

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