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  1. Caity Caity says:

    My mom and I both read this book this month, and the first word we both used to describe it was frustrating The synopsis kind of hints that it will be from the start, though, so I was expecting it I can t stand when people are unjustly accused in stories, because it always seems the accusers absolutely REFUSE to see reason, or to listen But I suppose the author WANTS us to get frustrated, so she did a good job I felt like it took awhile for the plot well, the plot referred to on the ba My mom and I both read this book this month, and the first word we both used to describe it was frustrating The synopsis kind of hints that it will be from the start, though, so I was expecting it I can t stand when people are unjustly accused in stories, because it always seems the accusers absolutely REFUSE to see reason, or to listen But I suppose the author WANTS us to get frustrated, so she did a good job I felt like it took awhile for the plot well, the plot referred to on the back cover to actually begin, and yet the whole time things were happening and it flowed really nicely into the deeper stuff Christine drove me absolutely insane O_o She was so conniving and possessive But, again, that s what the author was going for, so congratulations on a job well done, Miss Axtell Dexter, Will, and Annalise, however, were really great minor characters Somehow I got the feeling we weren t necessarily supposed to like Dexter that well, but I found him amusing and lighthearted, so I include him in my characters of note _ I loved the sister relationship between Espy and Angela it reminded me of my sister and I I had mixed feelings about Warren at first I didn t like him much at all, then he was ok but I still didn t like him for the heroine but by the end naturally it was hard to imagine how either of them could ever have ended up with someone else _ Possessing an intricate plot, a very satisfactory ending, and some great spiritual themes specifically towards the end , this story is a nice, quick read that anyone who favors Christian romance will enjoy I received a copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review


  2. Bethany Bethany says:

    Espy Estrada lives in Holliston Maine at the turn of the 19th century Born to a low class family Espy desperately desires to further her poor education She enthusiastically accepts a job as a house maid for a local professor and his wife, she is thrilled with the opportunity to learn from the professor s wealth of knowledge and extensive library but eventually the professor seems to be noticingthan just Espy s aptitude for learning.When rumors begin flying concerning the much respected M Espy Estrada lives in Holliston Maine at the turn of the 19th century Born to a low class family Espy desperately desires to further her poor education She enthusiastically accepts a job as a house maid for a local professor and his wife, she is thrilled with the opportunity to learn from the professor s wealth of knowledge and extensive library but eventually the professor seems to be noticingthan just Espy s aptitude for learning.When rumors begin flying concerning the much respected Mr Stockton, Espy s reputation is ruined before she even knows what has happened She is determined that everything will be figured out and her reputation restored but then her own beau Warren, a wealthy and respected young man of society who has eyes only for Espy loses all faith in her she gives up and leaves town without an explanation.Will the truth ever be revealed or will her chances at true love and her good name ever be the same I thought this book looked boring Imagine my surprise when I was absolutely hooked about 10 pages into the story I would highly recommend this book as a Historical Fiction Historical Romance Usually I m not really that into romance novels but I have to say Ruth Axtell threw me for a loop on this one I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review


  3. Aerykah Aerykah says:

    Really enjoyed this book Only thing is the last 1 4 seemed really rushed to me.


  4. Kathleen Kathleen says:

    Awesome book, couldn t stop reading Didn t want the book to end Highly recommend.


  5. Kellie Winegar Kellie Winegar says:

    It finally has gotten to the point of the book and turns into a halfway decent book But it definitely takes it s sweet time getting there


  6. Narita Narita says:

    Her Good Name isthan just a superbly entertaining novel it holds spiritual truths that are important to remember Social boundaries were heavily drawn even in the late 1800 s when this story takes place The wealthy worked hard to keep their group elite and unspotted by those of lesser means This is the situation Espy Estrada and Warren Brentwood found themselves in.Espy was a beautiful and intelligent daughter of an American mother and Portuguese fisherman She had her 11 siblings lived Her Good Name isthan just a superbly entertaining novel it holds spiritual truths that are important to remember Social boundaries were heavily drawn even in the late 1800 s when this story takes place The wealthy worked hard to keep their group elite and unspotted by those of lesser means This is the situation Espy Estrada and Warren Brentwood found themselves in.Espy was a beautiful and intelligent daughter of an American mother and Portuguese fisherman She had her 11 siblings lived in poverty After an accident her father had developed a serious drinking problem to the point he was rarely at home It fell to Espy and her older sister to support the family Her dreams for an education had been cut short Warren on the other hand came from a wealthy family that had given him the best education possible They had his life planned out to take over the family business and marry the girl of course an aristocrat of their choice He had been taught since he was young that this was his destiny Although he felt obligated to comply with his parent s wishes, he was made of a different cloth than his family He was kind and compassionate and saw value in people no matter what their station Espy had liked him since they attended grammar school together many years ago He had just returned to their hometown from college and she finds ways to run into him on a daily basis Warren is shocked at the beautiful young woman she has become and the strange affect being near her brings They are suddenly thrown together when their pastor asks Warren to start a youth group to bring young people back into the church and proposes Espy be his assistant They become very excited about bringing both the wealthy and the working class together not only to learn God s Word but also to help the poor in the community Alas, trying to combine the two social groups is like mixing oil and water In spite of the difficulties, Espy s enthusiasm, energy, and positive attitude are encouraging and impressive to Warren His family is very upset at him having any type of interaction with her He becomes torn between his growing feelings for her and his family s expectations Espy feels she is moving up in the world when Mrs Stockton, the wife of a respected local high school professor hires her on as housekeeper Espy knows Mr Stockton has a large library and hopes to be able to read some of his books Unfortunately the professor has other motives and his wife catches him making inappropriate advances on Espy Rather than tell the truth they spread lies about her and she becomes shunned by the entire town including Warren She can stand it noand moves to a nearby town where she lives with a missionary and his wife God begins to work in both their lives in amazing ways.The author beautifully illustrates truths in God s Word warning us not to judge others by how things appear I loved Espy s strength in facing such condemnation and as she grew spiritually, allowing God to defend her good name I admired Warren s strength in choosing to please God no matter who he might displease, even those closest to him Two scriptures that this story brought to mind were No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD Isaiah 54 17And of course, A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold Proverbs 22 1I was also very impressed that although this was a romance novel, it was written very clean and purely An excellent book I received a copy of this book from Moody Publishers for the purpose of this review


  7. Rachael Rachael says:

    Trying to better her life, Espy Estrada takes a position as house help in a local professor s home, and to her joy, the professor begins tutoring Espy after her work is done Warren Brentwood, son of one the leading families of the town, has been groomed to take over his father s businesses since birth, but his heart is not for the business, and his father does not respect his ideas In an effort to reach out to the young people who have fallen away from the church, the pastor pairs Espy and War Trying to better her life, Espy Estrada takes a position as house help in a local professor s home, and to her joy, the professor begins tutoring Espy after her work is done Warren Brentwood, son of one the leading families of the town, has been groomed to take over his father s businesses since birth, but his heart is not for the business, and his father does not respect his ideas In an effort to reach out to the young people who have fallen away from the church, the pastor pairs Espy and Warren to form a group While Espy and Warren get along well, they come from two separate worlds the haves and the have nots and try as they might, Espy s friends mesh little with Warren s Suddenly, a scandal sets rumors flying about Espy and the professor will anyone, least of all Warren, believe her, or will her good name be tarnished forever A major contribution to Espy s ruined reputation is simply her class difference she is poor, with a disreputable father and no prospects, while the professor holds a respectable position in town Throughout the novel there are examples of class prejudice Mr Brentwood s instant dismissal of the Estradas based on looks alone, Christina s maneuvering in the church group to oust Espy and place the wealthy into all positions of power, the snubs of Mrs Brentwood and her friends However, the class prejudice goes both ways Espy s friends abandon the wealthy to have ice cream and fun on their own, Alvaro dislikes Warren s authority, a poor woman refuses to accept charity from Warren and his sister Crossing that gap is difficult, as the relationship between Espy and Warren proves very few people are truly care about integrating the two groups How often do we do the same with our own cliques and groups My first inclination is to defend Espy wholeheartedly everyone is so busy accusing her that they do not bother to listen to what actually happened, and the injustice is infuriating In this situation, Espy is not in the wrong foolish, maybe, to be spending time alone with a man, but it is with his wife s knowledge and permission However, looking back, I can see where Espy should have beencareful to promote a chaste image It may have made no difference with the professor, but she tends to flirt with the young men who flock around her, so it is easy for people to leap to the conclusion that she would also flirt with a married man While the rules of propriety have changed over the years, a good reputation is still something that, once lost, is incredibly difficult to regain The story is a good reminder to be careful in our conduct.Through Espy s experiences, Axtell includes a lot of points to ponder about modesty and reputation, but there is muchto the story than just that Warren is on his own journey learning to follow God s lead, which is not necessarily his father s direction I like where Espy and Warren s relationship goes it does not necessarily start out well, but as they pursue God, it becomes purer,loving, andrespectful I can see them making it work A strong novel with well developed characters and a moving journey 5 out of 5 stars Thank you Moody Publishers for providing a free book in exchange for a review I was not required to make it positive, and all opinions are my own


  8. Lisa Johnson Lisa Johnson says:

    Title Her Good NameAuthor Ruth AxtellPages 345Year 2012Publisher River North, a division of Moody Publishers Her Good Name had me hooked from the beginning The author has a way with storytelling that just draws you in from the beginning Her characters are very likeable, and you can identify with their emotions easily The setting is in a small town in Maine called Holliston in 1892 Warren Brentwood III has returned from two years of traveling the continent after graduating from college Title Her Good NameAuthor Ruth AxtellPages 345Year 2012Publisher River North, a division of Moody Publishers Her Good Name had me hooked from the beginning The author has a way with storytelling that just draws you in from the beginning Her characters are very likeable, and you can identify with their emotions easily The setting is in a small town in Maine called Holliston in 1892 Warren Brentwood III has returned from two years of traveling the continent after graduating from college He is being groomed by his father to take over the family lumber business His father has named him as manager, but really the job is in title only His father still makes all the decisions His parents want him to marry a childhood friend from a good family Warren has no romantic feelings for this girl and isn t ready to marry He is asked by his pastor to lead a new young people s group composed of some of his friends as well as those from the wrong side of the tracks The purpose is to reach those other young people who don t feel welcome in church During these meetings, he is drawn to Esperanza Estrada, but knows they can never have a future together as she is poor and not of his social class Espy is a Christian like Warren Can he overcome his parents objections and indeed have a relationship with Espy What has she gotten herself into this time that the whole town is talking Warren is also faced with a challenge from his pastor as to his future What does God want him to do Esperanza Estrada, or Espy, is a young woman who is spirited, gets along well with all different kinds of people, and genuinely cares for the less fortunate She has secretly been in love with Warren for a very long time She lives in a very poor area Her father comes and goes in her life He is an alcoholic and only returns home when he runs out of money She has 10 brothers and sisters who she takes care of She works at a cannery, canning fish She loves to read and learn about new things, but had to leave school before starting high school to go to work to help support her family She joins the church group and works with Warren She hears about an opportunity to leave the cannery and clean house for a local teacher He offers to lend her books from his personal library, and then offers to tutor her He makes inappropriate advances toward Espy and is caught by his wife He tells Espy he ll explain everything and she has nothing to worry about The next thing she knows the whole town is condemning her as a hussy Where is God in all this Will anyone believe her side of the story This is just a sweet story that will keep you turning the pages until the end I have added this author to my keeper shelf This is a wonderful story of faith and seeing God at work in the lives of his followers as they study his word and grow closer to him.My rating is 4 stars.Note I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility Other reviews can be read at Also follow me on Twitter lcjohnson1988


  9. Iola Iola says:

    Espy Estrada is the oldest of the town drunk s eleven children She left school early to get a job in the cannery to support her family She and her next oldest sister shoulder a lot of the burden of raising their younger siblings, as well as working alternating shifts so there is always someone home to look after the babies Warren Brentwood has had every advantage money can bring an education, and a job in the family firm But he find s he s boss in name only his father still wants to make a Espy Estrada is the oldest of the town drunk s eleven children She left school early to get a job in the cannery to support her family She and her next oldest sister shoulder a lot of the burden of raising their younger siblings, as well as working alternating shifts so there is always someone home to look after the babies Warren Brentwood has had every advantage money can bring an education, and a job in the family firm But he find s he s boss in name only his father still wants to make all the decisions, including who he should be seen with socially Espy and Warren are thrown together when the pastor asks them to participate in a project to entice young people back into church, and they both find themselves looking forward to the meetings forthan the project I liked both Espy and Warren as characters I often find the male lead character in a romance is less well developed than the female, so it was good to meet a hero with a mind of his own, who faced his own set of internal and external conflicts rather than merely providing a foil for the heroine That s not to say Espy was weak quite the opposite Her background has given her a strong personality and the ability to weather the storms of life Well, most of them This is a Christian novel, and I thought the faith elements were particularly well done At the beginning, it seemed that Espy and Warren attended churchout of habit than personal faith especially with Warren, as church attendance was clearly an expectation in his social circle But both characters grew spiritually as the novel progressed, in a way that felt natural for their characters Every now and again I read a book which isthan the sum of its parts Her Good Name was one such book While it was set in Maine in the 1890 s, there were several themes that resonated today the tendency for people to not believe the victim, especially if she is poor and female The difficulty of reaching out to minister to people from the other side of the tracks I suspect many contemporary mission efforts fail for much the same reasons And the attitude to women in the workplace that still persists with some people as though there was ever a time when women didn t work This novel made me think about some of these deeper issues without resorting to sermonizing Well done


  10. Leah Leah says:

    Her Good Name by Ruth Axtell was a fantastic read and one I greatly enjoyed I liked the fact that it was based out of Maine because I don t think I have read a lot of books from that state While the story did not say a lot about the state itself, I still enjoyed the fact that it was a different setting.Her Good Name tells the story from Espy and Warren s point of views Espy is the oldest of 11 children, living in the poorer parts of town She spends her time taking care of her younger sibling Her Good Name by Ruth Axtell was a fantastic read and one I greatly enjoyed I liked the fact that it was based out of Maine because I don t think I have read a lot of books from that state While the story did not say a lot about the state itself, I still enjoyed the fact that it was a different setting.Her Good Name tells the story from Espy and Warren s point of views Espy is the oldest of 11 children, living in the poorer parts of town She spends her time taking care of her younger siblings and working to help provide for them When she gets a job cleaning for a professor and his wife, she finally feels like she is moving in the right direction.Warren is the only son of a wealthy family His father owns a lumberyard business and expects Warren to take over the company someday.Having been in grammar school together, Warren and Espy are somewhat acquainted when the pastor of their church asks them to head up a young adults group When they try to bring their two worlds together in one group, there are definitely differences that arise and cause a strain in the group.Meanwhile, as Espy works for the professor, he offers to tutor her This turns out to be a bad idea as scandal arises and Espy is forced to leave town in shame.There s so much that happens in this book that it s hard to write a review that covers all of it but doesn t give anything away Throughout all the aspects of the book I found myself living Espy s life right along side her Her world came alive to me as I was transported back to her time Some of the characters in the book were hard to like, but for the most part, the cast of characters was well written and fun to get to know I enjoyed the whole storyline and am very glad I read this book.I received a free copy of this book from Moody Publishers in exchange for my honest review I received no compensation for this review and was not required to write a positive review All opinions stated are my own.Leah BMust Love Booksmustlovereading.wordpress.com


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Her Good Name ➛ [KINDLE] ❅ Her Good Name By Ruth Axtell ➥ – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk In the thriving coastal town of Holliston, Maine, the leading lumber baron s son, Warren Brentwood, III, returns from his years away at college and traveling to take up his position as heir apparent In thethriving coastal town of Holliston, Maine, the leading lumber baron s son, Warren Brentwood, III, returns from his years away at college and traveling to take Her Good PDF or up his position as heir apparent to his father s business empireEsperanza Estrada, daughter of a Portuguese immigrant fisherman and a local woman, Espy lives on the wrong side of the tracks, surrounded by a brood of brothers and sisters and a careworn mother She is unable to pretend she is anything but one of those Estradas When she overhears of a position to clean house at a local high school teacher s home on Elm Street, she jumps at the opportunity to be able to run into Warren Brentwood now and again, but also to imbibe of the culture and intellectual atmosphere of the StocktonsWhen rumors about Espy and a respected, married gentleman of the community begin to circulate, the entire church congregation and then the community pronounce judgment on her behavior The man Espy is in love with, Warren, believes the lie and his loss of faith in her causes Espy to give up without a fight She leaves her family and hometown for the nearest city with little money and no acquaintances and is forced to spend the night on the street A man who heads a mission for the homeless finds Espy and offers her shelter Espy finds the true love of God while working at the mission Will she be able to forgive the townspeople and return home.

    Her Good Name eBook ↠ Her Good PDF or Estradas When she overhears of a position to clean house at a local high school teacher s home on Elm Street, she jumps at the opportunity to be able to run into Warren Brentwood now and again, but also to imbibe of the culture and intellectual atmosphere of the StocktonsWhen rumors about Espy and a respected, married gentleman of the community begin to circulate, the entire church congregation and then the community pronounce judgment on her behavior The man Espy is in love with, Warren, believes the lie and his loss of faith in her causes Espy to give up without a fight She leaves her family and hometown for the nearest city with little money and no acquaintances and is forced to spend the night on the street A man who heads a mission for the homeless finds Espy and offers her shelter Espy finds the true love of God while working at the mission Will she be able to forgive the townspeople and return home."/>
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  • 288 pages
  • Her Good Name
  • Ruth Axtell
  • English
  • 07 April 2017
  • 0802406270

About the Author: Ruth Axtell

also writes under the name Ruth Axtell Morren.


10 thoughts on “Her Good Name

  1. Caity Caity says:

    My mom and I both read this book this month, and the first word we both used to describe it was frustrating The synopsis kind of hints that it will be from the start, though, so I was expecting it I can t stand when people are unjustly accused in stories, because it always seems the accusers absolutely REFUSE to see reason, or to listen But I suppose the author WANTS us to get frustrated, so she did a good job I felt like it took awhile for the plot well, the plot referred to on the ba My mom and I both read this book this month, and the first word we both used to describe it was frustrating The synopsis kind of hints that it will be from the start, though, so I was expecting it I can t stand when people are unjustly accused in stories, because it always seems the accusers absolutely REFUSE to see reason, or to listen But I suppose the author WANTS us to get frustrated, so she did a good job I felt like it took awhile for the plot well, the plot referred to on the back cover to actually begin, and yet the whole time things were happening and it flowed really nicely into the deeper stuff Christine drove me absolutely insane O_o She was so conniving and possessive But, again, that s what the author was going for, so congratulations on a job well done, Miss Axtell Dexter, Will, and Annalise, however, were really great minor characters Somehow I got the feeling we weren t necessarily supposed to like Dexter that well, but I found him amusing and lighthearted, so I include him in my characters of note _ I loved the sister relationship between Espy and Angela it reminded me of my sister and I I had mixed feelings about Warren at first I didn t like him much at all, then he was ok but I still didn t like him for the heroine but by the end naturally it was hard to imagine how either of them could ever have ended up with someone else _ Possessing an intricate plot, a very satisfactory ending, and some great spiritual themes specifically towards the end , this story is a nice, quick read that anyone who favors Christian romance will enjoy I received a copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review

  2. Bethany Bethany says:

    Espy Estrada lives in Holliston Maine at the turn of the 19th century Born to a low class family Espy desperately desires to further her poor education She enthusiastically accepts a job as a house maid for a local professor and his wife, she is thrilled with the opportunity to learn from the professor s wealth of knowledge and extensive library but eventually the professor seems to be noticingthan just Espy s aptitude for learning.When rumors begin flying concerning the much respected M Espy Estrada lives in Holliston Maine at the turn of the 19th century Born to a low class family Espy desperately desires to further her poor education She enthusiastically accepts a job as a house maid for a local professor and his wife, she is thrilled with the opportunity to learn from the professor s wealth of knowledge and extensive library but eventually the professor seems to be noticingthan just Espy s aptitude for learning.When rumors begin flying concerning the much respected Mr Stockton, Espy s reputation is ruined before she even knows what has happened She is determined that everything will be figured out and her reputation restored but then her own beau Warren, a wealthy and respected young man of society who has eyes only for Espy loses all faith in her she gives up and leaves town without an explanation.Will the truth ever be revealed or will her chances at true love and her good name ever be the same I thought this book looked boring Imagine my surprise when I was absolutely hooked about 10 pages into the story I would highly recommend this book as a Historical Fiction Historical Romance Usually I m not really that into romance novels but I have to say Ruth Axtell threw me for a loop on this one I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review

  3. Aerykah Aerykah says:

    Really enjoyed this book Only thing is the last 1 4 seemed really rushed to me.

  4. Kathleen Kathleen says:

    Awesome book, couldn t stop reading Didn t want the book to end Highly recommend.

  5. Kellie Winegar Kellie Winegar says:

    It finally has gotten to the point of the book and turns into a halfway decent book But it definitely takes it s sweet time getting there

  6. Narita Narita says:

    Her Good Name isthan just a superbly entertaining novel it holds spiritual truths that are important to remember Social boundaries were heavily drawn even in the late 1800 s when this story takes place The wealthy worked hard to keep their group elite and unspotted by those of lesser means This is the situation Espy Estrada and Warren Brentwood found themselves in.Espy was a beautiful and intelligent daughter of an American mother and Portuguese fisherman She had her 11 siblings lived Her Good Name isthan just a superbly entertaining novel it holds spiritual truths that are important to remember Social boundaries were heavily drawn even in the late 1800 s when this story takes place The wealthy worked hard to keep their group elite and unspotted by those of lesser means This is the situation Espy Estrada and Warren Brentwood found themselves in.Espy was a beautiful and intelligent daughter of an American mother and Portuguese fisherman She had her 11 siblings lived in poverty After an accident her father had developed a serious drinking problem to the point he was rarely at home It fell to Espy and her older sister to support the family Her dreams for an education had been cut short Warren on the other hand came from a wealthy family that had given him the best education possible They had his life planned out to take over the family business and marry the girl of course an aristocrat of their choice He had been taught since he was young that this was his destiny Although he felt obligated to comply with his parent s wishes, he was made of a different cloth than his family He was kind and compassionate and saw value in people no matter what their station Espy had liked him since they attended grammar school together many years ago He had just returned to their hometown from college and she finds ways to run into him on a daily basis Warren is shocked at the beautiful young woman she has become and the strange affect being near her brings They are suddenly thrown together when their pastor asks Warren to start a youth group to bring young people back into the church and proposes Espy be his assistant They become very excited about bringing both the wealthy and the working class together not only to learn God s Word but also to help the poor in the community Alas, trying to combine the two social groups is like mixing oil and water In spite of the difficulties, Espy s enthusiasm, energy, and positive attitude are encouraging and impressive to Warren His family is very upset at him having any type of interaction with her He becomes torn between his growing feelings for her and his family s expectations Espy feels she is moving up in the world when Mrs Stockton, the wife of a respected local high school professor hires her on as housekeeper Espy knows Mr Stockton has a large library and hopes to be able to read some of his books Unfortunately the professor has other motives and his wife catches him making inappropriate advances on Espy Rather than tell the truth they spread lies about her and she becomes shunned by the entire town including Warren She can stand it noand moves to a nearby town where she lives with a missionary and his wife God begins to work in both their lives in amazing ways.The author beautifully illustrates truths in God s Word warning us not to judge others by how things appear I loved Espy s strength in facing such condemnation and as she grew spiritually, allowing God to defend her good name I admired Warren s strength in choosing to please God no matter who he might displease, even those closest to him Two scriptures that this story brought to mind were No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD Isaiah 54 17And of course, A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold Proverbs 22 1I was also very impressed that although this was a romance novel, it was written very clean and purely An excellent book I received a copy of this book from Moody Publishers for the purpose of this review

  7. Rachael Rachael says:

    Trying to better her life, Espy Estrada takes a position as house help in a local professor s home, and to her joy, the professor begins tutoring Espy after her work is done Warren Brentwood, son of one the leading families of the town, has been groomed to take over his father s businesses since birth, but his heart is not for the business, and his father does not respect his ideas In an effort to reach out to the young people who have fallen away from the church, the pastor pairs Espy and War Trying to better her life, Espy Estrada takes a position as house help in a local professor s home, and to her joy, the professor begins tutoring Espy after her work is done Warren Brentwood, son of one the leading families of the town, has been groomed to take over his father s businesses since birth, but his heart is not for the business, and his father does not respect his ideas In an effort to reach out to the young people who have fallen away from the church, the pastor pairs Espy and Warren to form a group While Espy and Warren get along well, they come from two separate worlds the haves and the have nots and try as they might, Espy s friends mesh little with Warren s Suddenly, a scandal sets rumors flying about Espy and the professor will anyone, least of all Warren, believe her, or will her good name be tarnished forever A major contribution to Espy s ruined reputation is simply her class difference she is poor, with a disreputable father and no prospects, while the professor holds a respectable position in town Throughout the novel there are examples of class prejudice Mr Brentwood s instant dismissal of the Estradas based on looks alone, Christina s maneuvering in the church group to oust Espy and place the wealthy into all positions of power, the snubs of Mrs Brentwood and her friends However, the class prejudice goes both ways Espy s friends abandon the wealthy to have ice cream and fun on their own, Alvaro dislikes Warren s authority, a poor woman refuses to accept charity from Warren and his sister Crossing that gap is difficult, as the relationship between Espy and Warren proves very few people are truly care about integrating the two groups How often do we do the same with our own cliques and groups My first inclination is to defend Espy wholeheartedly everyone is so busy accusing her that they do not bother to listen to what actually happened, and the injustice is infuriating In this situation, Espy is not in the wrong foolish, maybe, to be spending time alone with a man, but it is with his wife s knowledge and permission However, looking back, I can see where Espy should have beencareful to promote a chaste image It may have made no difference with the professor, but she tends to flirt with the young men who flock around her, so it is easy for people to leap to the conclusion that she would also flirt with a married man While the rules of propriety have changed over the years, a good reputation is still something that, once lost, is incredibly difficult to regain The story is a good reminder to be careful in our conduct.Through Espy s experiences, Axtell includes a lot of points to ponder about modesty and reputation, but there is muchto the story than just that Warren is on his own journey learning to follow God s lead, which is not necessarily his father s direction I like where Espy and Warren s relationship goes it does not necessarily start out well, but as they pursue God, it becomes purer,loving, andrespectful I can see them making it work A strong novel with well developed characters and a moving journey 5 out of 5 stars Thank you Moody Publishers for providing a free book in exchange for a review I was not required to make it positive, and all opinions are my own

  8. Lisa Johnson Lisa Johnson says:

    Title Her Good NameAuthor Ruth AxtellPages 345Year 2012Publisher River North, a division of Moody Publishers Her Good Name had me hooked from the beginning The author has a way with storytelling that just draws you in from the beginning Her characters are very likeable, and you can identify with their emotions easily The setting is in a small town in Maine called Holliston in 1892 Warren Brentwood III has returned from two years of traveling the continent after graduating from college Title Her Good NameAuthor Ruth AxtellPages 345Year 2012Publisher River North, a division of Moody Publishers Her Good Name had me hooked from the beginning The author has a way with storytelling that just draws you in from the beginning Her characters are very likeable, and you can identify with their emotions easily The setting is in a small town in Maine called Holliston in 1892 Warren Brentwood III has returned from two years of traveling the continent after graduating from college He is being groomed by his father to take over the family lumber business His father has named him as manager, but really the job is in title only His father still makes all the decisions His parents want him to marry a childhood friend from a good family Warren has no romantic feelings for this girl and isn t ready to marry He is asked by his pastor to lead a new young people s group composed of some of his friends as well as those from the wrong side of the tracks The purpose is to reach those other young people who don t feel welcome in church During these meetings, he is drawn to Esperanza Estrada, but knows they can never have a future together as she is poor and not of his social class Espy is a Christian like Warren Can he overcome his parents objections and indeed have a relationship with Espy What has she gotten herself into this time that the whole town is talking Warren is also faced with a challenge from his pastor as to his future What does God want him to do Esperanza Estrada, or Espy, is a young woman who is spirited, gets along well with all different kinds of people, and genuinely cares for the less fortunate She has secretly been in love with Warren for a very long time She lives in a very poor area Her father comes and goes in her life He is an alcoholic and only returns home when he runs out of money She has 10 brothers and sisters who she takes care of She works at a cannery, canning fish She loves to read and learn about new things, but had to leave school before starting high school to go to work to help support her family She joins the church group and works with Warren She hears about an opportunity to leave the cannery and clean house for a local teacher He offers to lend her books from his personal library, and then offers to tutor her He makes inappropriate advances toward Espy and is caught by his wife He tells Espy he ll explain everything and she has nothing to worry about The next thing she knows the whole town is condemning her as a hussy Where is God in all this Will anyone believe her side of the story This is just a sweet story that will keep you turning the pages until the end I have added this author to my keeper shelf This is a wonderful story of faith and seeing God at work in the lives of his followers as they study his word and grow closer to him.My rating is 4 stars.Note I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility Other reviews can be read at Also follow me on Twitter lcjohnson1988

  9. Iola Iola says:

    Espy Estrada is the oldest of the town drunk s eleven children She left school early to get a job in the cannery to support her family She and her next oldest sister shoulder a lot of the burden of raising their younger siblings, as well as working alternating shifts so there is always someone home to look after the babies Warren Brentwood has had every advantage money can bring an education, and a job in the family firm But he find s he s boss in name only his father still wants to make a Espy Estrada is the oldest of the town drunk s eleven children She left school early to get a job in the cannery to support her family She and her next oldest sister shoulder a lot of the burden of raising their younger siblings, as well as working alternating shifts so there is always someone home to look after the babies Warren Brentwood has had every advantage money can bring an education, and a job in the family firm But he find s he s boss in name only his father still wants to make all the decisions, including who he should be seen with socially Espy and Warren are thrown together when the pastor asks them to participate in a project to entice young people back into church, and they both find themselves looking forward to the meetings forthan the project I liked both Espy and Warren as characters I often find the male lead character in a romance is less well developed than the female, so it was good to meet a hero with a mind of his own, who faced his own set of internal and external conflicts rather than merely providing a foil for the heroine That s not to say Espy was weak quite the opposite Her background has given her a strong personality and the ability to weather the storms of life Well, most of them This is a Christian novel, and I thought the faith elements were particularly well done At the beginning, it seemed that Espy and Warren attended churchout of habit than personal faith especially with Warren, as church attendance was clearly an expectation in his social circle But both characters grew spiritually as the novel progressed, in a way that felt natural for their characters Every now and again I read a book which isthan the sum of its parts Her Good Name was one such book While it was set in Maine in the 1890 s, there were several themes that resonated today the tendency for people to not believe the victim, especially if she is poor and female The difficulty of reaching out to minister to people from the other side of the tracks I suspect many contemporary mission efforts fail for much the same reasons And the attitude to women in the workplace that still persists with some people as though there was ever a time when women didn t work This novel made me think about some of these deeper issues without resorting to sermonizing Well done

  10. Leah Leah says:

    Her Good Name by Ruth Axtell was a fantastic read and one I greatly enjoyed I liked the fact that it was based out of Maine because I don t think I have read a lot of books from that state While the story did not say a lot about the state itself, I still enjoyed the fact that it was a different setting.Her Good Name tells the story from Espy and Warren s point of views Espy is the oldest of 11 children, living in the poorer parts of town She spends her time taking care of her younger sibling Her Good Name by Ruth Axtell was a fantastic read and one I greatly enjoyed I liked the fact that it was based out of Maine because I don t think I have read a lot of books from that state While the story did not say a lot about the state itself, I still enjoyed the fact that it was a different setting.Her Good Name tells the story from Espy and Warren s point of views Espy is the oldest of 11 children, living in the poorer parts of town She spends her time taking care of her younger siblings and working to help provide for them When she gets a job cleaning for a professor and his wife, she finally feels like she is moving in the right direction.Warren is the only son of a wealthy family His father owns a lumberyard business and expects Warren to take over the company someday.Having been in grammar school together, Warren and Espy are somewhat acquainted when the pastor of their church asks them to head up a young adults group When they try to bring their two worlds together in one group, there are definitely differences that arise and cause a strain in the group.Meanwhile, as Espy works for the professor, he offers to tutor her This turns out to be a bad idea as scandal arises and Espy is forced to leave town in shame.There s so much that happens in this book that it s hard to write a review that covers all of it but doesn t give anything away Throughout all the aspects of the book I found myself living Espy s life right along side her Her world came alive to me as I was transported back to her time Some of the characters in the book were hard to like, but for the most part, the cast of characters was well written and fun to get to know I enjoyed the whole storyline and am very glad I read this book.I received a free copy of this book from Moody Publishers in exchange for my honest review I received no compensation for this review and was not required to write a positive review All opinions stated are my own.Leah BMust Love Booksmustlovereading.wordpress.com

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