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Jan 30, 2014

Book Review: Banished Love by Ramona Flightner

Title: Banished Love (Book 1 in Banished Saga)
Author: Ramona Flightner
Publication Date: January 28, 2014
Genre: Historical Romance



Clarissa Sullivan dreams for more from life than sipping tepid tea in stifling parlors in Victorian Boston. She defies her family's wishes, continuing to teach poor immigrant children in Boston's West End, finding a much-needed purpose to her life.


As a suffragette, Clarissa is considered a firebrand radical no man would desire. For why should women want the vote when men have sheltered women from the distasteful aspects of politics and law?


When love blossoms between Clarissa and Gabriel McLead, a struggling cabinetmaker, her family objects. Clarissa's love and determination will be tested as she faces class prejudices, manipulative family members and social convention in order to live the life she desires with the man she loves.

Will she yield to expectations, or follow her heart on a journey of self-discovery as she learns what she cannot live without?

Kayla's Thoughts:

Clarissa Sullivan has spent the past two years of her trying to forget an incident in her past. But with relatives who seem to blame her for what happened, it is definitely hard to just lock the horrid memory away. When she meets cabinetmaker Gabriel McLeod, however, it seems that maybe her dark cloud of a life has finally revealed its silver lining.

Immediately, or maybe a little after that, they hit things off, and they are both amazed by the love that is starting to unfurl between them. The only snag in their budding relationship are the rules of society. The rules that both of them have known about since they were born. According to those very rules, they do not belong together, and this fact will be pushed in their faces at every turn.

But can they overcome? Can they live a happy life together? Can they throw society's rules out the window?

I definitely hope so, because their love is pure and unprejudiced, and that is truly something special.

I absolutely am in love with this story and its characters. (Even the truly aggravating ones.) The many different things that Clarissa and Gabriel have to endure regarding their pasts and their backgrounds and their statuses in life will ultimately reveal how far their love is willing to go.


READ THIS!! It is completely worth it, and the cliffhanger at the end just makes you (or at least it did me) want to read the next book in the series.

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Author's Bio:

Ramona Flightner is a native of Missoula, Montana. After graduating from Tufts University with a B.A. in Spanish, she earned a Masters degree in Spanish Literature from the University of Montana. Her Master's thesis, Chilean Testimonial Literature: the collective suffering of a people, highlighted her continued interest in the stories of those who were at risk of being forgotten or silenced.

She studied nursing at the University of Pennsylvania and graduated with a Master's in Nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner. She has worked for ten years as a Family Nurse Practitioner providing care to the poor and under-insured at two community health centers, first in Wilmington, Delaware, and now in Boston, Massachusetts.

An avid reader, she began writing three years ago. She enjoys the demands of research and relished the small discoveries that give historical detail to her books.

Ramona is an avid flyfisher and hiker who enjoys nothing better than spending a day on a remote Montana river, far from a city. She enjoys research, travel, storytelling, learning about new cultures and discovering new ways of looking at the world. Though she resides in Boston, Massachusetts, Ramona remains a Montanan at heart.

Her dreams are to see the plains of East Africa, marvel at the wonder of Petra in Jordan, soak in the seas of the South Pacific, and to continue to spend as much time as possible with her family.

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