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The Purple Nightgown

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Step into True Colors -- a series of Historical Stories of Romance and True American Crime
Marvel at true but forgotten history when patients check into Linda Hazzard’s Washington state spa in 1912 and soon become victim of her twisted greed.
Heiress Stella Burke is plagued by insincere suitors and nonstop headaches. Exhausting all other medical aides for her migraines, Stella reads Fasting for the Cure of Disease by Linda Hazzard and determines to go to the spa the author runs. Stella’s chauffer and long-time friend, Henry Clayton, is reluctant to leave her at the spa. Something doesn’t feel right to him, still Stella submits herself into Linda Hazzard’s care. Stella soon learns the spa has a dark side and Linda a mean streak. But when Stella has had enough, all ways to leave are suddenly blocked. Will Stella become a walking skeleton like many of the other patients or succumb to a worse fate?
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A. D. Lawrence
BISAC Category:
FICTION / Christian/Romance
Page Count:
Paperback / 5.5 x 8.375
True Colors

3 Reviews

  • 5
    The Purple Nightgown

    Published by Christena on May 11, 2021

    Another hit in the True Crimes series. I am really enjoying this series of books due to the historical information intertwined within a novel. Stella had debilitating headaches and is searching for a cure or at least some relief. She gets her friend and chauffeur to drive her to an inpatient clinic that supposedly can offer a cure. Will it be a cure or a nightmare come to life? Some parts are really horrible but many true crimes certainly are. It can be difficult to read at times but I couldn't put it down. It is a reminder to all of us that though the worst God's love is always there.

  • 5

    Published by MaureenT on Feb 10, 2021

    This story will have you quickly page turning for answers, how could this possibly happen and then was justice really served? This is the story of a young, wealthy, young woman, struggling to find her place, and about to inherit her fortune. Stella Burke does have a problem of debilitating headaches. Her childhood friend and chauffeur is there for her, but can she see the real him? Stella desperately wants help for her headaches and decides to go to the Hazzard Clinic. Now this is part of the true crime series, and you will soon find your heart in your throat. We are there at the clinic, or known as the Starvation Clinic, run by Linda Hazzard, a quack, and as you are reading, a very scary evil woman. As we meet the people currently at the clinic you will soon wonder if any will leave alive. You really need to read this to see how everything turns out, but I for one did not feel justice was served! You also can judge! I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Barbour, and was not required to give a positive review.

  • 5
    The Purple Nightgown

    Published by Karen R on Feb 04, 2021

    Another intriguing story, with suspense and romance, based on real crimes. This one had moments edging on horror, yet not without hope. The author draws a clear picture of the main character's desperation to be healed from debilitating migraines; desperate enough to try anything. "She wasn’t alone. Not really. God, in all His vastness and unbounded love, saw her." Stella's experience at the institute grows darker on one hand, as she feels trapped there and alone. Her epiphanies of faith bring a wonderful contrast of light in the darkness, as she realizes God has not abandoned her. The tension grows tighter in the last half and the main characters rise to the challenges, overcoming fears, taking risks to help others. Henry proves himself to be a terrific hero and a true friend. He had me cheering him on, especially towards the end. I was especially interested in this installment of the True Crimes series because it took place in the county where I live. I had heard about the institute and shudder to think of what went on there. Olalla was quite remote at the time. Recommend to readers who like historical suspense with faith and a little romance. 4.5 stars (An ebook was provided by the publisher via NetGalley. All opinions expressed are my own.)

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