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**Winner - 2016 Imadjinn Award for Best Romance!**After losing her husband and only child to the ravages of the Civil War, twenty-five-year-old Portia McAllister is drowning in grief. When she sees an ad for a live-in tutor in another town, she leaves everything behind in hopes of making a fresh start. But as a Confederate widow in a Union household, she is met with resent**Winner - 2016 Imadjinn Award for Best Romance!**After losing her husband and only child to the ravages of the Civil War, twenty-five-year-old Portia McAllister is drowning in grief. When she sees an ad for a live-in tutor in another town, she leaves everything behind in hopes of making a fresh start. But as a Confederate widow in a Union household, she is met with resentment from her new charge and her employer, war veteran Beau Stanford. Despite their differences, she and Beau find common ground and the stirrings of a second chance at love—until his late wife’s cousin, Lydia, arrives with her sights set on him. Burdened with a farm on the brink of bankruptcy, Beau is tempted by Lydia’s hefty dowry, though Portia has captured his heart. In another time and another place, his choice would be easy. But love seems impossible amid the simmering chaos of Reconstruction that could boil over at any moment into an all-out battle for survival. Will Beau and Portia find their way into each other’s arms, or will they be swept away by raging forces beyond their control?Award Winning Romance!Finish the Damn Book Contest (Chesapeake Romance Writers) - 2nd place Historical CategoryDixie Kane Memorial Contest (Southern Louisiana RWA Chapter) - 3rd place Historical CategoryHeart of the West Contest (Utah Chapter Romance Writers) - 4th place Historical Category...

Title : A Time for Everything
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ISBN : 9781515204879
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Number of Pages : 342 Pages
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A Time for Everything Reviews

  • Regan Walker
    2019-04-05 17:02

    Excellent Post Civil War Love StorySet in Tennessee beginning in December 1865, this is the story of Portia McAllister whose husband, a Confederate soldier, died in the war and then she lost her 2-year-old daughter to sickness. With nothing left, Portia accepts a position with widower Beauregard Stanford as housekeeper and tutor to his 11-year-old son, never realizing he fought for the North while her husband died for the South.To be together, Portia and Beau have much to overcome and much to forgive. And others have their own ideas as to how they should spend their lives, so there are challenges to overcome.This is a well-written, intimate look into small town relationships after the Civil War when emotions and prejudices ran high. It is also the story of how people deal with the loss of a spouse they deeply loved. Parker has created some wonderful characters to bring this period in America’s history to life.While the story lacks a love scene, there’s enough sexual tension and sizzle between the hero and heroine that the chemistry between them is believable. And there are some incredibly exciting scenes as villains and good guys battle.A great post Civil War story. I recommend it!

  • Brittany
    2019-04-14 11:02

    Check out my blog to see Reviews of Book and Movies, and check out some Recipes!A Time for Everything is a delightful but also sometimes painful Historical Romance taking place shortly after the Civil War in Tennessee. Portia has lost her husband to the war and her daughter to typhoid when she decides to answer an ad about a tutor fro a boy whose mother who has died. Wanting to escape her pain and work to keep her mind preoccupied, she packs up for a journey to the new employer. Nothing is as it seems for her, or her employer Mr. Beau Stanford. The characters that Mysti has created within this book are very realistic and easy to connect to. She was also able to capture the pain and still healing wounds that can only follow a war. Not to mention the freedom of slaves that has not been well received by everyone and without any real freedom feeling like it exists for most people. This was a story that was easy to get sucked into with hardships and smiles along the way and many very real issues that life can bring about. 4.5 stars**I received a copy of this book for free from the author with the Read & Review Opportunity Program of For Love of a Book

  • Melody
    2019-04-12 14:57

    4.5 starsI started reading this book expecting it to be a love story, but soon realized it is so much more than that. A Time for Everything is a story of rebuilding lives and hearts in the midst of the destruction caused by the Civil War. It touches topics of grief, loss, love, faith, hope, freedom, and education. Studying to be a teacher myself, I especially enjoyed Portia's wise words on learning and teaching.From the very beginning of the story, I got pulled in. The plot twits kept me turning pages eagerly, and I found myself going to bed way to late more than once because I simply couldn't stop reading! Emotions run high throughout the whole story, making it a fast-paced book. All the action was also a pleasant surprise.There are so many thoroughly developed characters and stories in this book, it's a wonder how the author managed to weave it all together into an elegant novel that both makes sense and doesn't leave loose ends.Although, some dialogues were a bit cheesy for me (in a cute, but somewhat unrealistic kind of way), the story was sweet and enjoyable.I would recommend this carefully crafted novel to all fans of historical fiction.I received an electronic copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review through the For Love of a Book Read and Review opportunity program. This did not affect my review or rating in any way.

  • Christie
    2019-04-17 09:58

    3.5 starsThis was looking to be a solid 4.5 star read up until the last quarter, where I think too much drama let it down. While I love this author's writing style, in both the books I've read, there is too much going on near the end and it really messes with the fantastic flow of the books. I do think that is a real shame.Overall, I liked the book. Portia was a likeable and engaging protaganist, and Beau was a good sort too. The slavery and civil war references were well done, I liked that she doesn't romanticize the horror of it, and the melancholy tone of the book suited well. Jonny was a delight and I loved how he and his father resolved their issues.I think the biggest issue I had with the book was characterisation. Lydia was inconsistent quite a bit, and I was honestly left a bit perplexed. Was she spoilt and petty? Or was she the girl that spoke to Po before she left? Harry was portrayed well, with a great deal of depth, but then I felt that the grey area of his character was completely destroyed near the end. I felt that there was too much black and white in the character portrayals, Po could do no wrong or think no wrong, the characters who made bad choices then became completely bad characters in the narrative. As usual with this author, I was engaged easily into this story, and I felt that the period setting really suited her writing style. I would definitely read more from the author.

  • Leona Pence
    2019-03-24 13:06

    A Time For Everything by Mysti ParkerPortia McAllister lost her husband to the Civil War and her young daughter to Typhoid Fever. Feeling guilty at taking food from her brother’s growing family, she answered a newspaper ad for a live-in housekeeper and tutor for a ten year old boy. She sold her land, packed her meager belongings and moved to Lebanon, Tennessee to start a new life among strangers.Set in Tennessee in the 1850s during a time of racial strife toward freed slaves, Mysti Parker has woven a love story and one of survival against hardships and danger. Portia McAllister and Beauregard Stanford both know the heartache of losing a beloved spouse. Moving ahead does not come easy for either of them. It didn’t help that Portia’s husband and Beau had fought for opposite sides in the war. Portia worked hard to gain the trust of her new household.Her life was complicated by Harry Franklin, a man who wanted more from her than friendship. By Lydia Clemons, a beautiful, wealthy woman who wanted to stake her claim on Beau. And by Oliver Clemons, Lydia’s father who brutalized and enslaved his freed black slaves.I love romance books and especially Historical Romance. This book was well researched and well written. I was enthralled with the cast of characters, both black and white. Mysti Parker is one of my favorite authors. I highly recommend A Time for Everything to all readers.

  • Angie Ballard
    2019-04-14 16:55

    I was hooked by page seven! I stayed up half the night reading, because I just couldn't see a way for Portia and Beau to resolve all their conflicts, to overcome all the obstacles keeping them apart. I sobbed aloud at some scenes, and gripped my iPad with tension during others. The book was obviously well-researched, beautifully written, and was so fast-paced I read it straight through! More than a romance, this book is an inspiring reminder of those who lived through Reconstruction, facing nearly unbearable challenges at every turn. A must-read for anyone who's feeling frustrated by life - a reminder that love and faith can conquer all!

  • Veronica of V's Reads
    2019-04-02 15:08

    I really loved this! The writing is spectacular, descriptive yet not heavy-handed, with just a touch of romance and conspiracy to liven up the plot.Portia is alone, a war widow, having buried her husband and infant daughter within 8 months of each other. The war has ended and she is not content to sit in her brother-in-law's home--crowding her dearest friends--and seeks employment as a governess at a horse farm two day's ride away from her home in Tennessee. Her new home is quite a bit more spectacular than any place she's ever lived, but Beau Stanford is no longer the wealthy man he once was. His father had set their slaves free decades before the War Between the States, and still only keep Black Freedmen on their farm. Beau came back wounded from a bullet to the shoulder and a widowed man, his beloved Claire dead. His grief was so great he lashed out at his young son, Jonny, scaring the boy mute.Portia aims to help. She needs to feel useful, and hates that she's considered with suspicion on account of her husband being a Confederate--Jake was a kind and gentle man who kept no slaves and only entered the war because he was pressed. Beau's black servants are more like family than help, and Beau himself does the lions' share of work on the farm. His long-time friend, Henry, has designs on courting Portia, but she wants no part of that. She is intrigued by Beau, whose grief is still as deep as her own. Jonny's capable of speech, though he hasn't spoken aloud in almost two years, but Portia's able to carefully pry away his sorrow and make a deep connection. Unfortunately, as soon as Portia is able to get a foothold in the Stanford household, the arrival of Lydia and her scheming father, Oliver, throws all her work into disarray. Lydia has long held designs on Beau, and--while Beau is at first intrigued by Lydia's resemblance to his beloved Claire--it's clear that Lydia will get exactly what she wants, regardless of who she hurts to get her way. And Oliver is truly despicable. I relished the quick plot movements and careful detail placement. This book immersed me in the desolate Reconstruction Era, where rebuilding is the state of the world, and lawlessness reigns in the vacuum of so many young men lost to war. Beau is honorable, self-sacrificing and industrious. He knows he must marry Lydia, and not only for his own mercenary needs, but he can't help falling for Portia. She's a totally different woman to Lydia, or Claire even, and he knows this strong, self-sufficient, brave woman is one who can stand by his side in these lean times. Portia doesn't want to love again. She and Jake were childhood sweethearts, and yet she's moved by Beau's kindness and also loses her heart to Jonny completely. There are some plot twists that I half-suspected, but was pleasantly surprised in the execution. In truth, there were a couple times I thought we'd hit the HEA, only to get sucker-punched into a new twist. Portia is a plucky woman--which I adored. Her life has always been a struggle, but she bobs and weaves, finding the best path she can trod of the limited paths available. Really, a great read. Don't expect any heat, but it's chock full of heart.

  • Carla Simoes
    2019-04-15 14:20

    *i received it in exchange of an honest review*First of all let me thanks Mysti Parker for the opportunity of read and review this book, it is the first one that i read from her and i really like her writing and the "speed" of the book. This one is a romantic history and it starts very sad and depressing, i have to say that i cry a little in the beginning of the book, reading the descriptions of (view spoiler)[ the deaths of Jake and Abby and Claire (hide spoiler)]Portia or Po, is a widow of a war victim and she lost everything, Beau is a war veteran that also lost much more than he can handle and the destiny decide to join them when she applies to a job as his son tutor. Jonny, Beau son, that after the dead of his mother and the return of his father from the war stops talking because of the trauma, i love this character =D he is so sweet and i feel so much pain reading all he has been through. And i really love the way he and Po relationship evolves. The MC (Po and Beau) i like them, but not as much as i like Jonny, they have been to a lot of suffering and i admire both because they don't give up and they find happiness again. The romance.... well it was the only thing in this book that could have been better for me, i know that they are both suffering from recent losses but i would have loved to read more .... well romantic parts between the two of them. I think it was like.... in the beginning they don't want each other, and after they fall but we don't see how... Lydia, is another character that i have to mention. She is the cousin of the death wife of Beau, and has been in love with him for all her life, now that her cousin is death, she has the opportunity to have all that she always wants. I don't know really how i feel about this person, she is not a bad person (like her father that i totally hate) but she is not good either and in the end (view spoiler)[ i didn't expect her death.... and i was sad about it(hide spoiler)]Sam and Harry, hell what a pair. Harry is like Lydia to me, during the book i didn't know if i like him or not, and in the end (view spoiler)[ i hate what he trys to do to Portia, but i can see that he is a trouble soul because after he saves them from Randal. I see that he has to die but like Lydia it makes me sad(hide spoiler)]Sam is Portia brother that has been missing almost all the book and returns only to (view spoiler)[ Die.... again other character than dies in this one. i have to admit that when he appear i think, well now Lydia see him and fall in love and all will be happy, but what a surprise when we dies because of harry....(hide spoiler)]In general i have to say that really this is a sad book with lot's of deaths and surprises but is really well written and makes me read it in two days, i can't seen to put down the book because i want to know what will happen to all of them...

  • Heather
    2019-03-26 14:58

    A Time For Everything is a heartwrenching story about 25 year old Portia McAllister who is drowning in grief after the death of her husband during the Civil War and the lose of her 2 year old daughter to Typhoid fever. Portia decides that it's time to move on from her grief and start living again, so she answers an ad in the paper for a live in tutor. Beauregard Stanford is a former Union soldier who lives in the South with his father Ezra, Son Jonathan, his adopter brother/business partner Harry and his employees Bessie and Isaac. Beau came back from war to find his wife had died and his home was falling apart. Jonny hasn't spoken since his father came home and went into a rage. Beau is desperate to get is horse farm up and running but with the anger still looming after the war he finds it very difficult. a lot of the town folk are upset that he fought with the "Yankees" instead of the Confederates. therefor he has difficulty trying to get loans. Portia and Beau find it is nearly impossible to follow their hearts due to unforseen circumstances and munipulatated circumstances. Will they be able to get past all the obstacles and find a second chance at love or will those circumstances take them in different directions?A Time For Everything is set in a time during Reconstruction following the Civil war where tensions are high and angry is a very common feeling. Slaves that had been set free at the end of the war were still being abused and forced into contracts that they didn't understand. It is a story of sadness, mixed emotions, tremendous lose and second chances at love. if you enjoy stories from the Civil War then you will definitely enjoy this one. don't forget to grab the tissues before you start.***I was given this ARC in exchange for an honest review.***

  • Susan (susayq ~)
    2019-04-01 18:04

    I just don't know where to start with this. While I love historical romances, and this fit that, this was not my typical read in this category. That is not to say it wasn't good, cause when I finally hit 65%, I couldn't put it down. I just felt the beginning of the story dragged a bit for me and I felt it was a little preachy.The author put lots of research into her story and it was noticed and appreciated. The writing was superb. Parker created characters that touched me. I HATED Oliver Clemons, felt sorry for Portia, and wanted to smack Lydia. Jonny was my favorite character. I wish there had been more to the reunion between him and his father, Beau (read that as I wanted to know what Beau had said to him in the first place to make him quit speaking LOL)All in all, a good, clean read that gave me a happy ending :)thanks to the author for the copy for a review :)

  • Patricia Kiyono
    2019-03-22 14:12

    Set in the turbulent years of the American Reconstruction, Portia McAllister wants only to escape painful memories and takes on a position as a live-in tutor. She finds her new job has challenges she hadn't expected, including a student who doesn't speak and an unexpected attraction to her employer. I received an ARC of this book and couldn't stop reading! The storyline is engaging and well paced. Portia and Beau seem to face one obstacle after another, and I started to wonder how they could find the strength to continue. Special strengths in the book are strong, believable characters and clear but not overbearing descriptions. Definitely an enjoyable read!

  • Vikki Vaught
    2019-03-25 14:13

    Rating 3.5 StarsVikki’s MusingsLet me say up front, I received this book from the publisher for an honest review. I have read many books written in this time period. A Time for Everything is very historically accurate, and I enjoyed that aspect of the book tremendously. The pacing is excellent, and kept my interest throughout. The book starts out well, but I did struggle with the many twists and turns of the plot as the story progresses. I am going to skip a synopsis since the book description gives the gist of the story extremely well.I wasn’t sure I would like Portia’s character in the prologue. While her plight pulled at my heartstrings, she seemed to have given up, and wanted to succumb to her grief for her late husband and little daughter, but then she pulls herself up by her bootstraps and soldiers on. By the end of the book, I was rooting for her. I particularly liked her relationship with Jonny, the hero’s son. She is caring and patient with him and exactly what he needs to bring him out of his shell.Jonny is a fantastic character, and I loved him from the very beginning. He is a sweet child who has had much to contend with in his young life, the loss of his mother and an indifferent father. For me, the relationship between him and Portia helped keep me engaged in the story. The scene where he has to put down his pony tore at my heart and brought tears to my eyes. I also enjoyed quite a few of the secondary characters as well.There were many aspects of Beau Stanford’s character to admire. He is determined to save his horse farm, and he is loyal to his friend, even though Harry has major problems, and actually becomes one of the villains in the story. However, I have a problem with him giving into an attraction for the other woman, when he clearly has strong feelings for Portia. He shows more desire for Lydia, a woman—to put it bluntly—who is not a very nice person, than he ever shows for Portia.A Time for Everything has Portia and Beau’s stories running parallel with the couple having some scenes together, but most of their feelings for each other come out during their introspection. They do not vocalize their love until very near the end. That kept me from fully seeing them as a couple desperately in love.There are a great many sub-plots going on throughout this tale that definitely kept me reading. However, Ms. Parker struggled with keeping her villains truly evil. At the end, she almost tries to redeem them when neither one of them should have been redeemed in my opinion. I found this a bit too convoluted to be believable. Nonetheless, I did enjoy this book, even with these issues. It showed a vivid picture of the racial tension that existed during the reconstruction period after the Civil War, and did it remarkable well. I could have easily given 5 Gold Crowns for that part of the story. On the other hand, the romance was so lackluster I struggled to give it 3. The plot also was problematic and only deserves a 3 as well. I have read some of the other reviews and many reviewers have loved this book, so you may as well. Happy reading!

  • Charlie
    2019-03-26 14:14

    For a more detailed review, visit my blog: https://girlof1000wonders.wordpress.c...Grief-stricken Portia “Po” McAllister needs a fresh start. She can’t keep relying on her late husband’s family to care for her, so she answers an ad to tutor a young boy. She makes the move and quickly realizes she is not as welcomed or sure about this idea. As a Confederate widow going into a Union household, there was a lot of disdain over differences of opinions in a time when they were highly volatile…and could get one killed because of them.But Portia is there to teach young Jonny. Education is something that Portia values strongly, and she sets to work immediately with her charge. There’s just a few problems that are snags in Portia’s well-laid plans, which she takes in stride. She quickly becomes Jonny’s confidante and champion. His isn’t the only heart she’s stolen, but things all change when young, buxom Lydia Stanford waltzes back into town with her eyes dead set on marrying Beau.Beau’s late wife, the war, and the aftermath at home all play pivotal roles in the novel that affect Beau’s and Portia’s decisions.Beau and Harry have a complex life, intricately woven around the vestiges of the war.Whereas Beau came home and grieved and locked it all away to recover, Harry found other, unsavory and dangerous, means of dealing with his pain. It is something that Beau does not condone, but also does not put a stop to, and it comes at a price. A very high price.Portia and Jonny develop a beautiful and loving relationship once Jonny accepts Portia. Jonny blooms under Portia’s loving care, because Jonny requires that before he can let her in. They become each other’s companions as Jonny grows and confides in Portia.Bessie and Portia also develop a beautiful friendship. It is stunning how much growth occurs in their relationship, from the cold hatred in Bessie’s voice, eyes and manner when Portia first steps into the Stanford home, to the tears of pain and heartache when she leaves it.There is definitely the statement of equality stated, given the context of the setting, but I think the more overarching theme of the novel was acceptance and love. Accept those for who they are – judgement free – and simply love them. No one is not worth love.Portia highly values education, and is in the minority in her thoughts that black children also deserve an education – as a right. She is challenged to teach a black child, and she does rise to the occasion. Despite all of the Stanford household’s first opinions of Portia, she has a heart that is wide open to love. She doesn’t have one bad bone in her body.There is not a dull moment in Portia’s new life. Something is always happening, and as volatile as the war was, so is the Stanford household and the emotions Portia feels.Portia is such a beautiful character. She is ready to walk away from what she has come to love in order to give Beau the space he needs to do what he needs to do for those he loves, and for what is right.

  • Tony Parsons
    2019-04-18 16:03

    Timeline: 12/16/1864-4/7/1869, Brentwood, Tennessee; Lebanon, Tennessee Jake McAllister (husband/father, Confederate soldier) had returned home from the Civil War but he was dead. Portia McAllister (25, wife/mother, Aunt Po) would morn his death for yrs. to-come.Abigail Ellen McAllister (daughter, 8/12/1863) really did not know her dad & she died of typhoid on 8/19/1865.All alone in the world she answers an ad in the paper: Housekeeper & Tutor Needed. Isaac Carter (driver, black man) & Harry Franklin (Mr. Stanford’s business partner) picked her up in Lebanon, TN.Mr. Beauregard Beau Stanford (101 Stanford Lane), whole heartedly greeted her. Bessie (black woman, cook, housekeeper) is Isaacs’s wife. Portia next meets Jonathan Jonny Stanford (son, mute) & Ezra Stanford (dad/grandfather).Portia begins to teach Jonny lots of things. & he is starting to talk. Portia attends the local Presbyterian Church on Sunday with some of the family members.Oliver Clemons (Claire’s uncle, husband/father), Polly Clemons (wife/mom), Lydia Clemons (21, daughter), Tipp Jenkins (colored, husband, field hand), Lucy Jenkins (colored, Bessie’s niece, housekeeper), Sallie Mae Jenkins (8, colored child), Saul & Joseph moved from Philadelphia back to Lebanon, TN.Their house is being renovated. Amelie Hamilton (Aunt) later came to dinner with the family. Time were slowly changing Portia is also teaching Sallie Mae.Finally Paradise Plantation is finally remolded. Will Lydia Clemons marry Mr. Beauregard Stanford? What will become of Portia? What happened to Oliver Clemons?What happened to Harry Franklin?Wow, another very good looking author. I did not receive any type of compensation for reading & reviewing this book. While I receive free books from publishers & authors, I am under no obligation to write a positive review. Only an honest one. A very awesome book cover, great font & writing style. Wow, a very delightful very well written after Civil War historical romance book. It was very easy for me to read/follow from start/finish & never a dull moment. There were no grammar/typo errors, nor any repetitive or out of line sequence sentences. Lots of exciting scenarios, with several twists/turns & a great set of unique characters to keep track of. This could also make another great after Civil War movie, or mini TV series. Right up there with 12 yrs. a slave, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Huckleberry Finn, Tom Sawyer, Gone With the Wind, The Help. There is no doubt in my mind this is a very easy rating of 5 stars. Thank you for the free Goodreads; MakingConnections; esKape Press; Author; PDF book Tony Parsons MSW (Washburn)

  • Silvana
    2019-04-03 13:17

    Portia felt the most painful lost at all she lost her husband in the war and after two years her beloved daughter. Despite pleas of her brother in law and his wife to stay with them she knew that will bring them more trouble and one more mouth to feed, so Portia decided toPortia felt the most painful lost at all she lost her husband in the war and after two years her beloved daughter. Despite pleas of her brother in law and his wife to stay with them she knew that will bring them more trouble and one more mouth to feed, so Portia decided to go in another town and tutoring one mute boy.When Beau went back from the war found that his wife is dead and in grief he get mad to everyone include in her only son Jonathan. After one crazy session, Jonathan became mute. Portia brought to light in Jonathan’s life teaching him literature, math, and other subjects.A Time for Everything is the book which warms my heart, made me cry and delight my thoughts in the same time and made me read like crazy till the end of the book. So the story is so captivating and interesting which brings you read and read. The story is settled in the 1800s in the time of a Civil War. The author describes the entire environment and the people then without much going in politics, which I like so much. The time in the book is very sad and very disturbing; it’s a war, so minimizing the politics it's the best way that author choose.Comparing my lost, I lost my mother (RIP mommy!) with the loss of Portia I was felt a closeness with her and I understand her situation very well. I understand Beau situation too, his lost is big too, he lost his beloved wife.Portia was a very attractive young woman, she was educated, calm and smart. I didn’t like Beau when they met, but then I realized that he acted as the situation required. Ezra Beau’s father was a very wise old man, which I respected and admired so much. Jonathan was a smart little boy, maybe wiser than his father, eager to learn and to do his obligations. I felt sorry for him because he lost no just his mother, but his father too, because when his father went home after his mother’s death he was not the same man full with love and understanding for his son.This book is historical romance which I highly recommend to everyone who loves romance in the historical environment.This book was provided by the author.

  • Jultri
    2019-04-13 09:57

    This book started out in a promising manner, with a solid introductions to the fleshed out protagonists as well as the realistically grim post- Civil war setting. Portia was suffocating by her grief after her recent loss of her beloved husband, who was conscripted by the desperate Confederate side in its dying days. Added to her devastation, her little girl soon perished from the undiscriminating typhoid fever. To escape her painful memories and the ever-present hunger, she took on the job of tutor to the young son of the widowed Beau Stanford. Beau defied his geographical boundaries of Tennessee to fight for the Union flag, but though he returned a victor, he lost not just his wife but the respect and regard of his neighbours. Each approached differently their grief and losses and the anguish was deftly portrayed by the author. Po laid her grief and herself bare, by offering to share what little she had left - her knowledge to her student, her natural irrepressible warmth, her sense of decency and the ability to look forward. Beau kept his grief trapped tightly within himself, and himself apart from others, including his traumatised son who yearned for his affection but was left an orphan by Beau's distance and anger towards all around him. I wish the author would just focus on the slow healing of these 3 broken people, because when she did, it was done so well. I also love the historical detailed observations of racial attitudes, and how these did not change even though the law might decree so. The book lost marks for me, I felt, because there were too many villains and the plot became unnecessarily convoluted and lost it's emotional core in my opinion. Furthermore, there was not enough of a connection between Po and Beau as the other woman diverted his attention rather too much, and he was not entirely unwilling, which threw me off a bit. I understand that he was initially captured by Lydia's likeness to his wife, but the physical attraction remained potent, even when he saw her for whom she really was. There was far greater sexually charged chemistry between them than between Beau and Po. Still, I did thoroughly enjoy this ARC and would love to read future historical novels by this skilful author.

  • Krystal
    2019-04-07 14:58

    This is one of those novels that is hard for me to review. To be frank, I enjoyed the story. The characters were well developed, and it was obvious that the author put a lot of time and thought not only into her characters, but into the overall design of her story as well. It was gripping, it was sad while still managing to be hopeful, and yet at the same time there seemed to be so many different plot twists and sub-plots running through the story that it began to feel over complicated. In fact, I found myself at one point asking what the point of a certain story arc was, and wondering if the author hadn't felt her characters had suffered enough. However, despite the fact that there seemed to be an over abundance of conflicts, the story moved at such a steady pace that you really didn't notice how long you spent reading it. It pulled you in as you tried to put yourself into the shoes of these characters and look for ways to overcome what life had thrown at them. Also, as a reviewer I feel obliged to mention that this story is real for the time period. Meaning a very derogatory word for negro is used, and that in itself may turn some people away. While I don't approve of the use of this word, I understand the time period this story was set in, and the use of that word also served to show the types of people that did exist and to help set the stage for later events. There was also more curse words that I would typically associate with a "historical" romance, and mention of God and biblical verses. Again, these things didn't disinterest me from reading the story, but I feel they should be mentioned as some people do not want to read about such things. All things considered, this is a story that I would recommend, and I would read stories from this author again! DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This has not affected my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own.

  • Kina
    2019-03-28 13:10

    I give this book 4 fangs I really enjoyed it and would read another book by the author. The characters in this story are thoroughly thought out and in depth. I loved getting to know Portia a war widow who finds the strength to move on through getting a job teaching a widowers son It is in her new position as a tutor that she discovers a second chance at love with her employer Beau. I loved the relationship between Jonny, ( Beau's son )and Portia. She brings out the best in him by providing the love and trust he was missing since his own mother passed away. She brings him out of his shell and teaches him it's ok to move on without giving up the love he has for his mom. As for Beau he is a rough around the edges widower that I loved from the get go. He stands up for what he believes in during a time that it was difficult to do so living where he does. I was rooting for Beau and Portia from the start and am happy to say it was worth it. That is not to say it was an easy journey or a pleasant one to find happiness with each other but to every happy ending their is a tale to be told.I gave this book 4 stars because I found their to be a lot going on which made the story feel a little congested at times with plots and sub plots that became confusing. This is a civil war novel and as such racism is a strong sentiment and some portions of the book I found difficult to read. Although the book is true to the times does not make the scenarios easier to stomach. I am happy to say though this book does have a HEA******Reviewer for paranormal romance and authors that rock.

  • Danielle Urban
    2019-04-16 12:00

    A Time for Everything is indeed a wonderful historical romance tale that readers will easily connect with and fall in love. A confederate and a yankee are swept up in what becomes a quest of their hearts. But then there are outside things making any progress towards each other fail. A confederate on yankee ground makes Portia unwanted by many especially her employer. However, fate seems to make them connect in way that leaves both Portia and her employer Beau questioning everything. A woman related Beau's deceased wife comes wanting a piece of him. Her money is tempting me badly. But which will win over, the heart or that of financial stable? Portia and Beau will be tested and tempted in ways that will require them both to be strong. A Time for Everything by Mysti Parker is a must read for all. The characters will sweep readers deep into an unforgottable era where everything is simple. Or should be. Romance hangs in the air and suspense of the final outcome will keep readers turning the pages. Two different souls who meet but have trouble with going for what they really want is a tempting novel for readers everywhere. I enjoyed reading Mysti Parker's brilliantly well-written romance. Overall, I highly recommend her novel to many and look forward to reading more of her works in the future.

  • Jeannie
    2019-04-02 15:14

    I was given an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. I have read just about everything this author has written and I have to say that she just gets better with each book she writes. I loved this book. Starting with a tragic beginning, where Portia tries to commit suicide, this book is a roller coaster of emotions. Death and war go hand in hand, but so does hope and reconstruction. Of course a hot male lead is nice too. The cover perfectly captures a scene in the book, which I won't reveal because I don't want any spoilers. There was so much sadness in this book and at the same time happiness rose out of it like a phoenix rising from the ashes. I was expecting a sappy happy ending with this book, when Portia went back with Beau I just expected it to be "they got married and lived happily ever after." But Parker wasn't done with us yet. She added one more twist and tragedy. This author just gets better and better and Hope she writes more books like this. I really enjoyed the characters, the settings, the time period. I also like at the end how she gives a little history lesson. It was a satisfying read and I am having a hard time moving on, because I am still living in this one.

  • Amy ~ Love At 1st Read
    2019-04-15 14:04

    I was offered an ARC of A Time for Everything in exchange for an honest review. I’m so glad I accepted or I may never have found this wonderful author! A Time for Everything is the story of Portia McAlistair, a widow who lost her husband when he went to fight for the confederacy. Shortly after, she lost her child as well. In an attempt to escape the memories her current home holds for her, she takes a position teaching the young son of Beau Stanford, a former union soldier. As you can imagine, following the Civil War, there was still much distrust and hostility between people who supported opposing sides. A Time for Everything tells of these struggles and conflicts for Portia, Beau, and other characters as well. It is a beautiful romance with very well written characters. I love Ms. Parker’s writing style. She hooked me from the beginning. She really knows how to weave a story. Be prepared to lose some sleep since there are so many twists that you will be unable to put it down! I look forward to reading more from this author.

  • Emily
    2019-03-21 17:04

    I wasn't sure whether I would like this because I'm not a huge fan of romance in general, but it was recommended to me and it looked a bit different, so I decided to try it and I'm soooooo glad I did! This book has been well researched and gives a brilliant impression of life in the area at that time. You feel for all the characters with their various struggles: the debts, the addictions, the losses, the inherent racism, the trauma. Portia's relationship with little Jonny is the main reason I fell in love with this book and with Portia. I really worried for the characters when it looked like their hands were all tied and there was nothing they could do to get out of the awful situation they had found themselves in and I was really surprised at how this was dealt with. I never would have guessed how the story was going to unfold. A really great book that I would highly recommend to all!

  • Moon Reviews
    2019-04-06 11:21

    *i received it in exchange of an honest review*Deep, powerful and very insightful, this historical romance won't leave you unaffected!!! Very well written, with amazing characters and a heart crunching story, "A Time For Everything" is an emotional and completely addictive journey through war, slavery, losses, survival, love and second chances! You'll be so hypnotized by Beau and Portia that you won't be able to put it down! I know i couldn't and i read it in a day! It's the kind of book that will be perfect to turn into a movie! The wonderful writing style and the quality of the details will allow you to feel everything, as much of the horrors of the war as the pull and magnetism between Po and Beau! "A Time For Everything" is a real pleasure!!!! Fans of "North and South" and "Gone With The Wind" i call on to you!!!! I loved every minute of it and for that i must give Two Thumbs Up High In The Air!!!!!!

  • Paula Shene
    2019-03-31 11:55

    A civil war love story with merit. The villains are truly despicable, and the horrors of war thread through the innocent along with the ones that made it home. Safely home only to encounter more intrigue and far greater danger.Into this scene enters a heartbroken widow, devoid of child and a husband who lost his life in the last days of the conflict. She arrives to succor but in turn finds healing.A heartfelt but unlikely romance, one that is right if it were not the wrong time. An emotional ride where all come to their destiny, for 'you reap what you sow.' I was fortune to receive an ARC copy of this tale and was happy to find that Parker is able to shift from fantasy or comedy to reality made darker by relative against relative, and portray principles not shaken by deep personal loss.

  • Stephanie
    2019-03-26 16:59

    I've read this book twice now, once in Beta formatting and now in ARC. When I first read the blurb, I really wasn't so sure I'd like it. I never thought I would be into historical romance, but I do know Mysti's work and have loved everything of hers that I've read (and that's quite a bit).This story had me from the get-go! I was in tears after the epilogue. It focuses on the struggles of post civil war in the south. The characters in this book are very colorful and have back stories that add so much layer to them, not one of them comes off as flat or unentertaining. The author put a lot of effort and research into creating a book that is not only historically accurate, but also so intriguing that you don't want to put it down. A story like this could so easily come off as too wide of a stretch to the imagination, but Mysti Parker pulls it off flawlessly!

  • Stephanie
    2019-04-07 17:59

    What a great read. Although I usually don't prefer historicals with slavery because it is heartwrenching, this story gave me hope that there was a lot of great people who stuck up for the abolishment of slavery and treated them right. These two characters especially Poe managed to keep me interested to the very last page ( to the point I was reading during class). Trust me this is not a book you should miss. Ms Parker managed to make a great tale come to life with twists and turns that although not highly unexpected still gave a bit of a jump when they came to pass. I would definitely reread this book. Due to the heartache the betrayal the ugliness and the greatness all wrapped up in one. Anyone who reads this will not feel put upon they will feel rewarded and happy that they got to go on this trail of love, romance, intrigue, heartache, and a new family.

  • Mary D
    2019-04-19 17:10

    A Time for Everything by Mysti Parker is a touching, historical romance set in Tennessee during the reconstruction period after the Civil War. It is a heart-wrenching story of losses, survival and love. The novel is well written with complex characters and sub-plots that support the divide and tensions of the Confederate and Yankee society. I was immediately connected to Portia, Johnny and Beau. The romance between Portia and Beau blossomed slowly, which I felt was believable. The last minute action-packed chapters failed for me. Although I am not a romance genre fan I enjoyed this novel and I would recommend this book to all the historical-romance affectionados.I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

  • Dheeraj
    2019-04-01 15:21

    A time for everything, it's a story filled with love and drama, in a historical age romance, between Portia McAllister and Beauregard. Mysti Parker has done a wonderful job, the fine details, the research that she has done, is quite remarkable, it's clear that much effort have been put up in writing this book, but the best part that I liked is her writing style, it all makes all the effort seems effortless, and it very well managed to grip me and keep turning pages.And the last thing, I was given this book in exchange of honest review, but it was definitely worth the time. When I received this book, it was during my exam period so I decided I'll start reading once my exam gets over, and now well, it's still my exam period and I am writing a review for it.

  • Linda Ellen
    2019-03-31 16:18

    Excellent writing, great characters, very believable story. This author has a gift for turning a phrase that would always leave me with a smile. Enjoyed the book very much. My only complaint would be the usage of a certain profanity, but I'm probably in a minority on that. Other than that, this is a clean romance, no graphic sex. All in all, very well done. Would recommend it to anyone who loves stories during the time of the Civil War, heroic characters, and true love.

  • Jody
    2019-04-14 12:52

    A Time for EverythingA wonderful book I love reading this genre! I admired Portia strength and the fact she didn't let anyone changed what she believed in. I read it in one sitting!