One Last Spring

One Last Spring

Sian Ann Bessey / Jan 23, 2020

One Last Spring Wales The quiet village of Llanwddyn has long been a safe haven for Gwen a young Welsh country girl whose life has been fraught with tragedy Following the untimely death of her parents it was h

  • Title: One Last Spring
  • Author: Sian Ann Bessey
  • ISBN: 9781680476385
  • Page: 158
  • Format: Paperback
  • Wales, 1884The quiet village of Llanwddyn has long been a safe haven for Gwen, a young Welsh country girl whose life has been fraught with tragedy Following the untimely death of her parents, it was her aunt s home in Llanwddyn that provided Gwen and her brother a refuge from their grief Now, with the unwelcome news that the village is to be razed in the name of progressWales, 1884The quiet village of Llanwddyn has long been a safe haven for Gwen, a young Welsh country girl whose life has been fraught with tragedy Following the untimely death of her parents, it was her aunt s home in Llanwddyn that provided Gwen and her brother a refuge from their grief Now, with the unwelcome news that the village is to be razed in the name of progress, an inescapable wave of change has begun.When her brother departs to follow his dream of sailing the high seas, Gwen is left alone to navigate the shifting world around her She soon finds herself relying on the support of her brother s best friend, Lewis, a gentle blacksmith whose kindness stirs her heart Resigned to the fact that Lewis may never see her as than a child, Gwen is soon swept off her feet by Thomas, a prosperous young Englishman Torn between two men and two very different paths, Gwen has little time to determine what course her heart will follow With time running out for her beautiful valley, will love come too late

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      • Sian Ann Bessey

        Sian Ann Bessey was born in Cambridge, England, but grew up on the island of Anglesey off the coast of North Wales She left her homeland to attend Brigham Young University in Utah, where she earned a bachelor s degree in communications with a minor in English She began her writing career as a student, publishing several magazine articles while still in college Since then she has published historical romance and romantic suspense novels, along with a variety of children s books She is a USA Today best selling author and a Whitney Award finalist.Although Sian doesn t have the opportunity to speak Welsh very often any, she can still wrap her tongue around, Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch She loves to travel and experience other cultures, but when she s home, her favorite activities are spending time with her family, cooking, and reading.


    1. (4.5 Stars) Gwen and her brother, Robert, live with their aunt in Wales--in a town soon to be destroyed. When Robert decides to go to sea, he asks his friend, Lewis, to keep an eye on Gwen. Gwen can't help but fall for him, but he just doesn't see her that way. Lewis is such a kind and gentle person--I couldn't help but like him, too.I love that Gwen got to go away to school for a time and have those great experiences. She's a character in the process of being molded and is impressionable. She's [...]

    2. The village of Llanwddyn is going to be flooded so the people have a few years to relocate (while the dam is being built). Gwen and her brother, Robert, have lived with their Aunty Jane since their parents died. Robert is a seaman at heart and takes off to travel and have new adventures. He asked his best friend, Lewis, to watch over Gwen while he was gone. Gwen and Lewis don't have much interaction at the beginning. They have polite conversations but that's about it. It also takes a while befor [...]

    3. This book wraps around you like a warm blanket on a cold day. I loved it! It was gentle and lulling and full of warmth.I love that this book was based on actual events of a village in Wales. It may seem like a relatively small event in the whole historical scheme of things, but for this one village it was the largest, hardest thing in their history. They literally had to pack up and move their whole village. Can you imagine?Gwen is a sweet, gentle creature. She has never had the praise and emoti [...]

    4. Books set in Wales or with characters from Wales are always a draw for me. This book is set about 10 years before my Great Grandmother left Wales with her mother and immigrated to the United States.The book deals with change. The town of Llandwddyn is about to be leveled and moved to another location. A dam will be built that will cover the town. The main character's, Gwen, brother has just left to follow his dream. He has always wanted to work on a ship and see new places. Gwen has a hard time [...]

    5. Gwen lives in a charming Welsh town in 1884--a town told will be underwater once the Liverpool dam is built. It's upsetting to Gwen to watch the dam being built and to experience the changes looming from what this brings. New workers who speak English, families who move, and knowing she'll never visit places that mean so much to her.The pacing on this story is perfect--thoughtful, slow--just like the progress of the dam being built, slowly bringing irreversible change. Her perspective on the dam [...]

    6. What a lovely book. It was so easy for me to relate to the main character Gwen, one who is sentimental, stubborn, and has a difficult time adjusting to change. I love that she is an artist, sketching her changing village from her perch on the mountain. Her way of coping with life is admirable, to make each day meaningful in some small way, whether it's taking a moment to appreciate nature or helping someone in the community. Even though the book is not fast-paced, it was one that I wanted to tak [...]

    7. An intriguing look at the lives of the people in a small village--Their passions, work, loves, heartaches, friendships, triumphs, and trials.And what happens when a whole town sacrifices everything they have to help another area thrive.I absolutely LOVED IT!Be sure to read the end comments from the author--they really increase the specialness of this book!

    8. Definitely a fun read. Only 3 starts because of the predictability and simplicity of the story - but with that said, I found it a very warm and beautiful story.

    9. Gwen is a young Welsh girl whose town of Llanwddyn is going to be flooded by a reservoir. She draws the dam's progression from her safe haven on a boulder. She goes through many hardships in her young life, but she also seeks out the positive. Her parents died from a measles epidemic, but she remembers the love and happiness they shared. Her brother, Robert, decides to set sail for India, and she remembers how he always wanted to be the captain when they played as children. Robert's best friend, [...]

    10. Sweet, clean little romance. Not too much angst despite the love triangle aspect. And really there isn't a whole lot in the way of romance situations. She doesn't spend that much time with either of the guys. I was surprised that even though I knew who she should marry I was kinda rooting for the other guy for a while. (They were both good guys). But then we met his mother and that ended that feeling. The author's note at the end was interesting. It seems amazing that the best option for a dam r [...]

    11. I am giving this one a 5 star rating. It's a story of a people and their community based on events that truly occurred. The story without the hint of romance could stand on its own. The characters were well filled out for as short as the book is. It gave me insight and added imagery to an event that would truly be devastaing to a people in a tightly knit, old Welsh village. I loved it

    12. Lovely, slow-paced, and heartwarming, this romance set in a small Welsh town grew on me like a sunrise. I have Welsh ancestry, and that helped me connect with the characters and story. There was nothing grand about this book, but it's still a gem.

    13. Loved the authors note at the back that talked about how the town and the dam really existed and were from her family history. I thought that was really neat. It was a great story with romance on top of the interesting history.

    14. Another great read by Sian Ann Bessey. I enjoyed the historical setting especially. The plot was simple yet enjoyable.

    15. A typical LDS love story. Siam develops the characters and the story pretty well. Whales sounds like a beautiful country!

    16. I've always loved novels set in Britain, especially anything pre-WWI. But I've never much ventured into the territory of Wales. With this absolutely wonderful novel, I found myself immersed in the beautiful Welsh countryside, nestled between deep green hills, walking through a village of quaint cottages, loving the land as described through the eyes of young Gwen.This book has been classified as a romance - and I must tell all readers now that it is NOT a book filled with sexual tension or exqui [...]

    17. Gwen doesn't like change--so when the building of a nearby dam and the establishment of a reservoir on the exact location of her Welsh village is announced, followed by her brother's decision to become a sailor, Gwen is more than a little worried. Her brother has asked his best friend, handsome blacksmith Lewis Morgan, to look after Gwen, and at first, Gwen is resentful. However, she quickly comes to enjoy his company and misses him when she goes away to attend school. She comes to find that her [...]

    18. Sian Ann Bessey is a new author for me. I liked this story! Just as most of my book choices are, this is historical fiction based on actual events in Wales. I have been to Wales and have had the pleasure of hearing the Welsh people speak their fascinating language in person. I even have some Welsh in my ancestry so many aspects of this book drew my interest. (Bessey also graduated from the same university as my three kids so there’s even more commonality!)Gwen and Robert are siblings that were [...]

    19. I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.Clean romance, Christian elements, but not excessive.This was such a beautifully written story. I have read many of Sian Bessey's novels, and this one is one of my favorites. Beautiful period setting, with some historical elements that the novel was based on made for a lovely story of friendship, family life and struggles, and the sense of community that often comes from small town living. The simple everyday struggles, and sometimes complicated [...]

    20. This historical romance is set in the quiet village of Llanwddyn in Wales in the late 1880’s. Gwen is a 16 year old girl who lives with her strict aunt. When her brother leaves for sea and changes come to her community due to a dam that is to be built, which will in the years to come force the villagers to relocate, she must dig deep within herself to find happiness. This book was based on true events in Wales. The Vyrnwy dam was built in Wales to help bring clean water to the people of Liverp [...]

    21. I love this kind of book. It's historical fiction, the town in this book really did exist, and the events really did happen. The author simply added some characters and a story to go with them. I was actually kind of amazed at the reason that the town of Liverpool needed to build the dam. The young people in town could not find clean water to drink, so they were drinking whatever they could find and in a lot of cases that was alcohol. I can't even imagine not having clean water and turning to al [...]

    22. When Gwen was 10 years of age and her brother, Robert, was 13 years old, their parents became ill and died. Their Welch Aunt Jane took them inn ad finished raising them. Aunt Jane was always kind to them but she wasn't at all like her sisterBut Robert and Gwen always had each other.As they grew up, more upsetting changes were occurring. Soon their village of Llanwddyn would be, no more. She had a special rock where she would go to to meditate and draw. there were only two people she ever shared [...]

    23. One Last Spring is like a pot of your favorite soup. You can eat it immediately or let it simmer and take your time to enjoy. I love the historical facts woven throughout this novel. I ache for the sacrifice of the people in this village, but like how the author helps the reader understand progress continues to change things and that going forward isn't always bad.Gwen is a lovely, refreshing character. She is equal parts brains, talent, spunk and innocence. I love getting to know the history th [...]

    24. When I first saw this was a love triangle I was a little hesitant to read it because I'm not really into the whole, "I have some many people falling for me and I have to choose" bit. However, I am so glad I decided to read this book. And as for the love triangle, it isn't a typical love triangle and that made all the difference for me :)I haven't read too many Welsh books because, honestly, the name really really throw me off. The names weren't difficult, and there were Welsh phrases but the aut [...]

    25. Enjoyed reading this historical, clean romance novel. It was the story of continual loss for Gwen humphrey's, yet her ability to soldier through her trials because there was no other option. In the little welsh town of Llanwddyn, the decision was made to make a dam to feed water into Liverpool. The town would be underwater. The people there would be displaced and some homeless. Gwen didn't like change, but learns to again adapt. Her brother's best friend, Lewis takes the assignment to look after [...]

    26. Life is chaos for Gwen, her parents die, her village is being demolished, her brother leaves for a life at sea. The constant in her life is her sketching, her curmudgeon aunt, and her brothers best friend who she is secretly in love with but fears he will only ever see her as a child. The town being razed is based on what actually happened to a Welsh town. I can't imagine what the sacrifice that must have meant for those families to have to move like that. Gwen was a likeable character and I tho [...]

    27. This story was a cute and easy read, but not one that I am going to need to re-read. Gwen lives in a little town in Wales in the 1880's. They get word that the government is going to flood their valley to supply water to Liverpool. Of course all the locals are upset and angry that they will lose their little village. This story basically tells how Gwen deals with the changes that come to her life. There is a love triangle, loss and triumph. It ended well.

    28. This was a great book. I loved watching Gwen mature into such a beautiful, strong young women. It broke my heart to see her go through so much but it was very rewarding to watch it mold her into who she needed to be. Lewis frustrated me and I would have loved to see more interaction between him and Gwen. I still really liked him, just wanted to get to know him better. Overall I really enjoyed this sweet, clean, read.

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