Sunday, February 18, 2024

Celebrate Lit Blog Tour: Labor of Love AudioBook by Marguerite Martin Gray

Book: Labor of Love

Author: Marguerite Martin Gray

Narrated: Christa DelSorbo

Genre: Christian Historical Romance

Release Date: September 21, 2023

Something sinister lurks in Pitti Palace.

Despite having spent eight years as companion to her cousins, Ana Geovani still questions her role and place in the Medici household. This uncertainty compounds and alarms as her cousin’s marriage approaches and a marriage is arranged for Ana.

With no say in her own future, fear and despair dulls even the splendor of the gardens she holds so dear.

As the newest under-gardener at the palace, Marco Rossi should have everything he’s dreamed of—beautiful gardens to tend and master architects and gardeners to learn from. Yet a secret mission threatens his peace of mind, his position, and even the love of Ana. Although God is always with him, reminding him of a bigger plan, Marco feels the weight of the consequences he will face if he challenges a Medici member.

The desires of men and women, both royal and common, create costly dilemmas and potential disasters of hearts and souls. What will it take for Marco and Ana to prevail against everything driving them apart?


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Labor of Love by Marguerite Martin Gray is a Christian Historical Fiction. It is book 1 in the Gardens in Time series. 

We are taken back to Florence, Italy in the 16th Century. Ana Geovani has been living with her cousins for 8 years and she still doesn't have a place of belonging. Her worries intensify as the day for her Cousins Wedding nears and Ana's Dad has arranged a marriage for her. She finds herself retreating to the Gardens on the grounds of the Palace, but even the Gardens are not so pretty anymore under the despair she feels about her future. Marco Rossi is the newest Gardener on the Grounds and he is enjoying learning from the other Gardeners. He and Ana grow closer as they both spend time in the Garden. Marco is worried about his future also as he has a Secret Mission that could ruin his job, his mind and his relationship with Ana. Will Marco and Ana have a relationship and a future together? Will Ana be able to get out of the arranged Marriage situation that she isn't glad about? 

The Storyline of this book really captivated from the very chapter. Arranged marriage storylines are always intriguing as many times the "bride" in the story doesn't want to marry the one selected for her. Ana had those fears as the suitor chosen for her was mean and not good for Ana. Marco is a GREAT character for the book. He has some mysterious aspects about him but it is all part of the story. The storyline had many twists and turns. Ana's faith was revealed during the story and she is very strong in her faith and knows that God will give her wisdom. The book is one of Trust, Faith, and LOVE. I HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christian Historical Fiction! FANTASIC BOOK!

Marguerite Martin Gray is the author of the Revolutionary Faith series, Gardens in Time series, and Room for Love in the Suamalie Islands series. She enjoys researching and studying history. An avid traveler and reader, she teaches French and Spanish. She currently lives in North Louisiana with her husband and rescue pets. Her two adult children and two grandsons keep her up to date and young.


More from Marguerite

My audio book experience.

Do you enjoy audio books? They have become special companions since I now work at home. My first experience with audio books involved cassettes on long road trips which morphed into CDs. I would purchase the ones I knew I could listen to again or pass on to someone else. The library became a source to fulfill my burgeoning habit.

It took me a while to consider audible books as a “reading” endeavor. But when I really thought about it, I changed my mind. As I listen, I am challenged with new and old vocabulary words where I must deduce the meaning from the context. My concentration is zeroed in on the story unless I miss some strategic details similar to straying on a page and not knowing what is going on. I have the same euphoric reaction as the plot unfolds.

Now, I’m never without an audio book. When I was offered the opportunity to have Labor of Love presented in audio format, my heart quivered knowing what joy it could bring to readers while doing housework, caring for loved ones, or relaxing in a comfy chair. I hope you enjoy this format as much as I do.

Happy reading!

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To celebrate her tour, Marguerite is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card and an audiobook or eBook copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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