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When Health Is Corrupted by Wealth Step into True Colors -- a new series of Historical Stories of Romance and 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 me When Health Is Corrupted by Wealth Step into True Colors -- a new series of Historical Stories of Romance and 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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When Health Is Corrupted by Wealth Step into True Colors -- a new series of Historical Stories of Romance and 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 me When Health Is Corrupted by Wealth Step into True Colors -- a new series of Historical Stories of Romance and 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?

30 review for The Purple Nightgown

  1. 5 out of 5

    Vonda

    Historical fiction based on a true crime. Well researched detail and a faith thread of hope that kept me engaged and invested in the outcome, wondering how the heroine would save herself from such evil. True crime, mixed with romance made for a great historical fiction story.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Staci

    1911 Washington Wow. I found myself thinking did this really happen? This historical fiction series based upon true crimes has been fascinating. While it took me a few chapters to get into this novel, once I was hooked, I was completely hooked. I was riveted by the crime this novel is based upon. Stella suffers from migraines and is desperate for relief. She is so desperate that she quickly becomes fixated on one doctor's surefire way to cure ailments. Her chauffeur and friend Henry researches the 1911 Washington Wow. I found myself thinking did this really happen? This historical fiction series based upon true crimes has been fascinating. While it took me a few chapters to get into this novel, once I was hooked, I was completely hooked. I was riveted by the crime this novel is based upon. Stella suffers from migraines and is desperate for relief. She is so desperate that she quickly becomes fixated on one doctor's surefire way to cure ailments. Her chauffeur and friend Henry researches the doctor's practices and urges Stella to study the doctor a bit more before admitting herself to full time treatment. Stella soon finds out things are not quite as they appeared in the advertisements. I particularly enjoyed that the romance is very secondary to main crime story. Loved the author's note at the end which shared what parts were factual and the outcome for the doctor and facility. My gratitude to publisher Barbour for a complimentary NetGalley copy of the novel. I was not required to post a review and all opinions expressed are my own.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Susan Snodgrass

    This True Colors series is absolutely fascinating. I've always been interested in true crime stories and this is right up my alley! I have a book based on the story featured in The Purple Nightgown. That book is Starvation Heights and it's very comprehensive. I love how Lawrence brings the story to life here. I look forward to the next in this series. *My thanks to Barbour Publishing for a copy of this book via Net Galley. I was not compensated and the opinion in this review is my own. This True Colors series is absolutely fascinating. I've always been interested in true crime stories and this is right up my alley! I have a book based on the story featured in The Purple Nightgown. That book is Starvation Heights and it's very comprehensive. I love how Lawrence brings the story to life here. I look forward to the next in this series. *My thanks to Barbour Publishing for a copy of this book via Net Galley. I was not compensated and the opinion in this review is my own.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Karen R

    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, yet her epiphanies of faith bring 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, yet 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, and 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 Colors 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, so it seems plausible that they could cover up their crimes. 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.)

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kristina Hall

    3.5 stars! Characters: I appreciated Henry's and Stella's names. I know that's a weird way to start a review, but I liked that they weren't the really common names found in lots of Christian fiction. Both Henry and Stella had problems to overcome, and they grew throughout the book. I was never sold on Stella's selfishness, though. I wish I'd seen it in action more instead of being told about it by Henry. Language: Clean. Moral: The main moral was stand still and let God fight for you. Yes, but I fe 3.5 stars! Characters: I appreciated Henry's and Stella's names. I know that's a weird way to start a review, but I liked that they weren't the really common names found in lots of Christian fiction. Both Henry and Stella had problems to overcome, and they grew throughout the book. I was never sold on Stella's selfishness, though. I wish I'd seen it in action more instead of being told about it by Henry. Language: Clean. Moral: The main moral was stand still and let God fight for you. Yes, but I felt like this book took that to the extreme. God also gave us brains, and, in most situations, if a way opens up to get us out of danger, we should take it. God often provides through those means. Plot: The historical aspect was interesting, and I enjoyed learning about Linda Hazzard and her schemes. I struggled a little because I kept putting myself in Stella's position. If I'd been in her situation, I'd have been out of that clinic so fast ... But I understand Stella had to hang around for the plot. Random comments: Sometimes, I felt like natural methods of healing were thrown under the bus thanks to dear ol' Linda Hazzard, but I appreciated that Stella found relief from her migraines through a herbal remedy. Romance: Clean. A kiss or two. Writing: I enjoyed A.D. Lawrence's writing style and thought it fit the story well. This definitely didn't read like a debut novel! Overall: The Purple Nightgown was an entertaining read, and I'd recommend it to readers of Christian fiction, romantic suspense, and historical fiction.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Maureen Timerman

    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 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.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Debby*BabyDee

    Having read, The Gold Digger and The Green Dress in this True Colors Series, I was glad to have the opportunity to read The Purple Nightgown. A.D. Lawrence is a new author to this reader and as with the other stories, this was no different. Not one who has an interest in crime stories, this story was and experience in crime, suspense and romance that kept you on the edge of a tinge of horror. This story was well and held my attention from beginning to end. From the gruesome Dr. Hazzard who has no Having read, The Gold Digger and The Green Dress in this True Colors Series, I was glad to have the opportunity to read The Purple Nightgown. A.D. Lawrence is a new author to this reader and as with the other stories, this was no different. Not one who has an interest in crime stories, this story was and experience in crime, suspense and romance that kept you on the edge of a tinge of horror. This story was well and held my attention from beginning to end. From the gruesome Dr. Hazzard who has no value on human life and those who live under her nose i.e., her husband and son who say not one word of her cruelty. There is so much suspense and mystery surrounding this character, her victims and Stella, the heroine who has a kind hearted and relies on her Christian faith. She is also hopeful of the treatment to rid her of her migraines. Unfortunately, she has contrary to the dismay of her chauffer and long-time friend. Although there is the bad, there is good that comes to the heroine. She finds romance with Henry although he has his shortcomings as a suitor. There is so much in this story that I prefer not to say anymore. If you like true crime, this is must read that grabs and thrills you. I recommend the read to those who love historical suspense with a Christian base in faith and a smidgeon of romance. (4.5 Stars) Thank you to Barbour Publishing via NetGalley for this ARC for my fair and honest review. All opinions in this review are my own.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Rhonda

    5 Stars: 5/5 Star Rating I've read one other book in the True Colors series and I have to say that I love this book in the series! Wow! As horrific as the story is, the book and story could not be more well-written. The characters were so real and I couldn't help but like Stella and Henry. I was rooting for them to be together and just kept hoping for it, but Stella is on a journey to find help from the awful, nearly constant migraines that she is experiencing in 1912. I can't imagine being so ho 5 Stars: 5/5 Star Rating I've read one other book in the True Colors series and I have to say that I love this book in the series! Wow! As horrific as the story is, the book and story could not be more well-written. The characters were so real and I couldn't help but like Stella and Henry. I was rooting for them to be together and just kept hoping for it, but Stella is on a journey to find help from the awful, nearly constant migraines that she is experiencing in 1912. I can't imagine being so hopeful of treatment and finding that you're in a place of death and abuse. This book is well worth the read ! Check it out! I don't think you'll be disappointed. This book is based on a true story. I received a digital copy of this book from netgalley and Barbour Fiction. All opinions expressed are my own.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kelly-Ann ~ Sassy Bookish Mama

    In case you are wondering True Colors is a series of Historical Romance and True American Crime. The books do not have to be read in a certain order as they are all based on different crime events in history. In this one we are introduced to Linda Hazzard who ran a "clinical spa" in Washington State in 1912. Our fictional main characters are Stella and Henry. Stella has recently lost her father and is set to inherit her father's company once she turns of age. Her uncle is in charge of the compan In case you are wondering True Colors is a series of Historical Romance and True American Crime. The books do not have to be read in a certain order as they are all based on different crime events in history. In this one we are introduced to Linda Hazzard who ran a "clinical spa" in Washington State in 1912. Our fictional main characters are Stella and Henry. Stella has recently lost her father and is set to inherit her father's company once she turns of age. Her uncle is in charge of the company and doesn't let her have a say on how it is run or listen to any of her ideas. He believes she should be a dutiful wife and is constantly trying to set her up. He is a real jerk. Stella also suffers from what I would consider chronic migraines. She wants relief but cannot find it anywhere until she starts reading a book by Linda Hazzard about her amazing spa. Henry is her childhood friend and is her chauffer. He is in love with her but can't truly express his feelings for her due to his standing in society. Stella decides to go to the spa and while there she quickly finds out that things are not what they seemed. Strange things start happening. She sees deaths and people disappearing. She clings to God and the hope that Henry will come to her rescue. I was shocked that Linda Hazzard got away with so much for such a long period of time. I really enjoyed this story and it was my first by A.D. Lawrence. You can tell she enjoys writing this genre and she did some great research for it. I will definitely be adding her to my to-be-read authors list! I received this book from the author. I was not required to post a positive review. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    Spine-tingling historical fiction based on a true crime, which made the story all the more unsettling. While this is a fictional account, Ms. Lawrence laces the drama with well-researched historical detail and a faith thread of hope that kept me engaged and invested in the outcome, wondering how the heroine would extricate herself from such evil. I am thoroughly enjoying meeting new authors in this series based on historical American crimes. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the Spine-tingling historical fiction based on a true crime, which made the story all the more unsettling. While this is a fictional account, Ms. Lawrence laces the drama with well-researched historical detail and a faith thread of hope that kept me engaged and invested in the outcome, wondering how the heroine would extricate herself from such evil. I am thoroughly enjoying meeting new authors in this series based on historical American crimes. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author/publisher and was not required to write a review. All opinions expressed are my own.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kay

    Wow! This book was not what I was expecting. I was literally sitting on the edge of me seat wondering what was going to happen next!!! It was so intense!!! It was a little bit creepy at some points but I enjoyed it all the same. I would recommend this book to those who like suspense, mystery, and some romance. This book definitely has it all!!! I really loved the characters in this book. I especially loved Henry! I was cheering for him from the beginning to the end! I loved the way he cared for S Wow! This book was not what I was expecting. I was literally sitting on the edge of me seat wondering what was going to happen next!!! It was so intense!!! It was a little bit creepy at some points but I enjoyed it all the same. I would recommend this book to those who like suspense, mystery, and some romance. This book definitely has it all!!! I really loved the characters in this book. I especially loved Henry! I was cheering for him from the beginning to the end! I loved the way he cared for Stela and those dear kids! Stella was a character that I connected with right off the bat. As she was at the institute and began to relies what a dark and awful place it was, I was glad to see her put her trust in God. A.D. Lawrence did an excellent job on this book and I am very glad that I took the opportunity to read it. *I received this book from NetGalley in return for my honest review.*

  12. 5 out of 5

    Carissa (Regency Woman)

    The mystery itself is chilling. Dr. Hazzard is a cold, cruel woman who places no value on human life or any life for that matter, and her husband and son simply go along with her. What makes the story more terrifying is that the woman was released from prison after 2 years and went right back into practice despite having no medical degree. More innocents fell victim to her starvation technique of treatment until she finally starved herself when she began to feel ill, making herself her final vic The mystery itself is chilling. Dr. Hazzard is a cold, cruel woman who places no value on human life or any life for that matter, and her husband and son simply go along with her. What makes the story more terrifying is that the woman was released from prison after 2 years and went right back into practice despite having no medical degree. More innocents fell victim to her starvation technique of treatment until she finally starved herself when she began to feel ill, making herself her final victim. That surprises me because it means she actually bought into her own lies Crazy. It's also crazy realizing Hazzard's book is still available to be read today as if it's some sort of reputable treatment for ailments. How is THAT even possible? Stella is a kind, sweet girl who is constantly battling against her headaches, the manipulations of her uncle, and the pushiness of her chauffeur who was her childhood friend. She constantly thinks of herself as selfish and headstrong, when that couldn't be further from the truth. A woman of twenty-four has every right to seek out medical attention, whether her chauffeur agrees with her or not. And she had every right to be an heiress and every right to refuse the suitors her uncle parades before her. One even had the gall to say that he was all for women having the right to vote because it would be like he himself had an additional vote and if his wife didn't agree with his politics then he would not permit her to vote. Nasty, nasty man who I wouldn't wish on any woman, let alone poor Stella. Stella also undergoes a serious amount of guilt for her "selfish" behavior, like ordering her chauffeur (a paid employee!) to drive her to Washington. My goodness, so selfish when she's only seeking relief or her migraines. In her quest to break free of Dr. Hazzard, had she shifted her focus from God's power again? He had commanded His children to stand still on the banks of the Red Sea, and they had seen a miracle that day. The same God who had parted the waters held her in the hollow of His hand. If God hadn't changed, then the fault lay on her shoulders. Had she truly stood still or waited long enough to see God's delivering power? No. She had seized every glimmer of opportunity, and her headstrong will had brought her to this point. I take issue with the above paragraph. Stella has nothing to feel guilty about for trying to escape from the evil woman's clutches. Should she have simply laid down and attempted nothing? Just wait for some miraculous intervention? If so then she would not have actually sent the telegram that brought her rescue. I cannot agree with instructions to just sit and do nothing when you're in danger. Which leads me to Henry. I don't like him. He's constantly berating Stella in his thoughts for being selfish and thinking that he sees a glimmer of selflessness in her from time to time when she does what he thinks she should do. What woman is he seeing? She is not selfish, she simply is suffering from pain and seeking relief. Also, I'm sorry, but the man is her chauffeur. He is not her father or her uncle or any male relative. He has no right to try and hold power over her or refuse to do her bidding when he is a paid employee. If he was truly concerned for her, he would have stayed in the vicinity of "Starvation" Heights and made sure she was safe, rather than thinking she's made her own bed, let her lie in it. He spent a lot of time making her feel guilty and that was unfortunate because it meant I wasn't engaged in their relationship at all by the end. Overall, the thriller part of the story was exciting. But the romantic relationship between Henry and Stella bogged the book down to the point where I skim-read most of their sections when they were thinking about each other with the whole "loves me, loves me not" approach. Stella's foolishness also knows no bounds in certain aspects. People are stick-thin and dying and yet she's still not sure Linda Hazzard is guilty of anything until it is almost too late. And who brings their expensive jewelry to a health clinic? The Purple Nightgown is still an intriguing read. I enjoyed most of it, all of the spine-chilling bits. If there had been no romance, the story would have been far, far stronger, and more appealing to me. Many thanks to Netgalley and Barbour Publishing for a complimentary copy! I was not required to give a positive review, and all thoughts included are my own.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    "She couldn't stay in this death trap another night." Except that Stella Burke was trapped . . . having checked into the Wilderness Heights Health Spa of her own volition and against the advice of her long time friend Henry Clayton. Suffering chronic migraines, Stella sought out the expertise of Dr. Linda Hazzard, having read great things about her methodology for curing various ailments. But once under the doctor's daily regime, Stella is still suffering headaches and has numerous body aches to "She couldn't stay in this death trap another night." Except that Stella Burke was trapped . . . having checked into the Wilderness Heights Health Spa of her own volition and against the advice of her long time friend Henry Clayton. Suffering chronic migraines, Stella sought out the expertise of Dr. Linda Hazzard, having read great things about her methodology for curing various ailments. But once under the doctor's daily regime, Stella is still suffering headaches and has numerous body aches to match. However, her own experiences paled in comparison to the other creepy, malevolent goings-on under the supervision of the famed Dr. Hazzard. If only Henry would come to her rescue . . . or would he? They had parted on very shaky terms. Thankfully, Stella took hope in God's Word, remembering the words of the psalmist when he wrote, "When I consider the heavens, the work of they fingers, the moon and stars, which thou hast ordained, what is man that thou are mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?" She was not alone. Be prepared to wish that this story was indeed fiction, for the truth of the matter is that Dr. Linda Hazzard was a wolf in sheep's clothing, prowling through the pocketbooks of the rich in order to fuel her own cruel psychosis. Did she get away with it? Apparently she did. Bravo to the author for tackling such a diabolical set of circumstances.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    Stella Burke's migraines dominate her life. She's followed the advice of every doctor at her disposal, and nothing has helped. When she reads about Dr. Linda Hazzard and her healing techniques in Fasting for the Cure of Disease, Stella is intrigued. She eventually convinces her nurse and chauffeur to take her to Olalla, Washington, to allow her to try Dr. Hazzard's methods at her personal spa. Stella has hardly settled in before she observes several alarming incidents. Is she misconstruing facts, Stella Burke's migraines dominate her life. She's followed the advice of every doctor at her disposal, and nothing has helped. When she reads about Dr. Linda Hazzard and her healing techniques in Fasting for the Cure of Disease, Stella is intrigued. She eventually convinces her nurse and chauffeur to take her to Olalla, Washington, to allow her to try Dr. Hazzard's methods at her personal spa. Stella has hardly settled in before she observes several alarming incidents. Is she misconstruing facts, or are actual lives at stake at the Wilderness Heights sanitarium? This book continues Barbour's True Colors true crime series, and A.D. Lawrence brings it with this multi-layered suspense story. Every angle is detailed and well-presented. I was horrified at what Stella saw while she was at Wilderness Heights, and all the more because it was based on real history. Stella's friends back in San Francisco provide a secondary story of compassion and caring for the least of these, a sharp contrast to Dr. Hazzard's preying on those desperate for medical cures. Though there are many chilling aspects to this story, I did not find it too overwhelming in that way. The plot grows more and more suspenseful as it moves along, and you won't want to put it down once you reach the gripping conclusion. I would recommend this book for fans of true crime and historical suspense. I received my copy of the book from the author. All thoughts in this review are my own. This review originated at HTTP://reviewsbyerin.dreamwidth.org

  15. 5 out of 5

    Best In Suspense - Kelly Underwood

    This next installment in the True Colors series gives readers another creepy crime story from American history. The Purple Nightgown takes readers back to the early 1900’s. Stella Burke would do anything to rid herself of terrible headaches. She checks herself into a “spa” run by Linda Hazzard. The promise of healing turns deadly for Stella. Linda Hazzard’s methods include starvation and abuse, and Stella finds herself in a prison that she can’t escape. I read up on the story surrounding Linda H This next installment in the True Colors series gives readers another creepy crime story from American history. The Purple Nightgown takes readers back to the early 1900’s. Stella Burke would do anything to rid herself of terrible headaches. She checks herself into a “spa” run by Linda Hazzard. The promise of healing turns deadly for Stella. Linda Hazzard’s methods include starvation and abuse, and Stella finds herself in a prison that she can’t escape. I read up on the story surrounding Linda Hazzard, and it’s truly horrifying that she convinced people to pay her money with the promise of healing and instead many people died from her questionable therapies. The author did a good job of shielding the reader from some of the more gruesome details, but still brought the story to life. There’s quite a bit of romance too as Stella finds herself falling for her longtime friend and chauffer. But her station in life prevents them from being together. If you are a fan of the series, you’ll love the latest in the lineup. I always find it intriguing that the crimes and atrocities in these stories are all based on true events. Most of the time I’ve never heard of these crimes, so it’s interesting to see the authors’ take on the heartbreaking and sometimes horrifying events from the darker side of American history. Overall Rating: 4 stars (I liked it a lot and would definitely recommend) Suspense Rating: 4 stars (lots of action and suspense to keep me intrigued) I received an ebook review copy of this book through NetGalley. All opinions expressed in this review are my own.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Liz

    I've really enjoyed this True Colors crime series, but I have to admit I didn't like this book until the very end. The writing was solid, but the historical subject was just so horrendous that I couldn't wait to mark this one DONE. It is incredible to me what people will do for money and power. Rich-girl Stella is stubborn and selfish, willing to risk everything for a migraine cure. Chauffeur Henry is just the opposite, patient and kind, prepared to sacrifice even his life for Stella's good. The I've really enjoyed this True Colors crime series, but I have to admit I didn't like this book until the very end. The writing was solid, but the historical subject was just so horrendous that I couldn't wait to mark this one DONE. It is incredible to me what people will do for money and power. Rich-girl Stella is stubborn and selfish, willing to risk everything for a migraine cure. Chauffeur Henry is just the opposite, patient and kind, prepared to sacrifice even his life for Stella's good. Their lifelong friendship was both strengthened and threatened by a correspondence in which each poured out their dreams...but eloquent Henry kept his identity secret in these letters, using a post office box number for his address. Their relationship comes to a head when Stella breaks a promise and puts her health in the hands of a sadistic woman at a therapeutic "spa," aptly nicknamed Starvation Heights by locals. The best part of Stella's story was her remembering her mother's final illness, and taking refuge in the same Biblical faith that comforted her. I felt the end was a bit rushed, considering all the detail of the preceding weeks. I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley and was not required to post a review

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lucy

    How is it possible that this series just keeps getting better. I was so impressed with this debut novel. It was chilling and so realistic that I couldn’t stop thinking about the cruelty that some people can inflict on others. It’s hard to believe that people would be so desperate to actually go to a health spa that believed fasting would cure your ailments. Ms. Lawrence penned the fictional characters perfectly to blend in with the factual characters and wove a story that was engrossing and spin How is it possible that this series just keeps getting better. I was so impressed with this debut novel. It was chilling and so realistic that I couldn’t stop thinking about the cruelty that some people can inflict on others. It’s hard to believe that people would be so desperate to actually go to a health spa that believed fasting would cure your ailments. Ms. Lawrence penned the fictional characters perfectly to blend in with the factual characters and wove a story that was engrossing and spine tingling. The old saying that desperate people do desperate things fits Stella as she seeks help for migraines but instead she finds hope and her eyes are opened to what real love is. I found this book to be a great read but warning if you are prone to nightmares choose to read during the day. I was so curious about Linda Hazzard that I looked her up on the internet and found the authors research impressive. I received a complimentary copy from CelebrateLit/Barbour Publishing. The honest review and opinions are my own and were not required.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ibjoy1953

    I love these true crime stories from Barbour and The Purple Nightgown has a lot of dark moments for Stella and had me scared for her. I liked Stella from the beginning and didn’t want her suffer like she did. Henry was right in having different thoughts about her joining Linda Hazzard’s spa. This was a most interesting and yet somewhat horror of a story and author A.D. Lawrence does an amazing job with creating characters that suit the story well and telling the story in such an intriguing way. I love these true crime stories from Barbour and The Purple Nightgown has a lot of dark moments for Stella and had me scared for her. I liked Stella from the beginning and didn’t want her suffer like she did. Henry was right in having different thoughts about her joining Linda Hazzard’s spa. This was a most interesting and yet somewhat horror of a story and author A.D. Lawrence does an amazing job with creating characters that suit the story well and telling the story in such an intriguing way. I couldn’t put this book down. And I was shocked to find out this is Lawrence’s debut novel. She will fit well into to Christian Fiction suspense thriller genre. This is one of my favorites of the True Crime series and I am hoping for more from Barbour Publishing. I give The Purple Nightgown a Five Stars and I wish I could give it more. A special thanks to the author/publisher for a copy of this book. I am not required to write a positive review, the opinions here are mine alone. I am disclosing this with my review in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Rosalyn

    This is a well written debut novel of a terrible tragedy. In the early 1900s, Linda Hazzard ran a clinic & spa and told people she'd heal any of their ailments if they submit to her treatments, which consisted primarily of fasting (starvation). This author has brought to life in a truly authentic, awful way what a patient at that clinic might have gone through. Stella was a courageous heroine. I enjoyed seeing the happenings through her eyes. I must admit though, that through a large part of this st This is a well written debut novel of a terrible tragedy. In the early 1900s, Linda Hazzard ran a clinic & spa and told people she'd heal any of their ailments if they submit to her treatments, which consisted primarily of fasting (starvation). This author has brought to life in a truly authentic, awful way what a patient at that clinic might have gone through. Stella was a courageous heroine. I enjoyed seeing the happenings through her eyes. I must admit though, that through a large part of this story, my stomach just felt terrible. I do not recommend this book for young readers. Disclaimer: I receive complimentary books from various sources, including, publishers, publicists, authors, and/or NetGalley. I am not required to write a positive review, and have not received any compensation. The opinions shared here are my own entirely. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lori

    "Sometimes you just have to stand still and face what comes head on. And trust that God will guide you." Stand still. This is so very true. You can't keep running away because eventually it will catch up with you. Secrets will come out. This book is the weirdest one yet. They just keep getting darker and darker with each book in this series. That's OK because this is my favorite series by far. I have learned so many new things from this awesome series. I felt sorry for Stella. I can relate to her t "Sometimes you just have to stand still and face what comes head on. And trust that God will guide you." Stand still. This is so very true. You can't keep running away because eventually it will catch up with you. Secrets will come out. This book is the weirdest one yet. They just keep getting darker and darker with each book in this series. That's OK because this is my favorite series by far. I have learned so many new things from this awesome series. I felt sorry for Stella. I can relate to her through her many migraines and all. I still admired her courage through her endurance and trials.. Yes, I didn't care for Dr. Hazzard and I'll leave it at that. There are some surprises in this story that I never saw coming and those are what I like in a book. This story will keep you riveted to your seat to see what happens next. Trust me it didn't disappoint. I recommend this to those are loving this series or for new readers that are sure enjoy this series. My thanks to Barbour publishing for a copy of this book. I was NOT required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Courtney

    4.5 stars. I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. The Purple Nightgown is proof that true crime comes in many forms, and this is as intense and gruesome as any shooting or stabbing, if not more so. It retells the story of the crimes of quack doctor Linda Hazzard, who duped her patience into “healing” fasting regimens that ultimately killed them. The fact that she could manipulate so many and that she wasn’t punished more sever 4.5 stars. I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. The Purple Nightgown is proof that true crime comes in many forms, and this is as intense and gruesome as any shooting or stabbing, if not more so. It retells the story of the crimes of quack doctor Linda Hazzard, who duped her patience into “healing” fasting regimens that ultimately killed them. The fact that she could manipulate so many and that she wasn’t punished more severely for her crimes stunned me as I learned about the case while reading the book. And the fact that many of the peripheral characters were real and they did perish in the manner described…it is truly disturbing. With the two main characters, I loved seeing the balance between Stella, who gets taken in by this =dangerous trnd before becoming suspicious, and Henry, who is more skeptical throughout. I rooted for them to come together, because of their friendship and care for one another, exacerbated by his deepening concern for her. This was a dark, yet hopeful tale of historical suspense, depicting a survivor of such a dark, brutal crime. If you love true crime, you won’t want to miss this.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Elysian Fields

    As some one who suffers from migraines this story hit close to home. That connection made the story come alive (for me) in a way others cannot. I felt every scare, every concern, every moment of the heroines struggles and terror! Stella has migraines, debilitating migraines and she is at her ropes end. She reads an article about Linda Hazzard’s Washington state spa and how they can help and cure her health issues and with all the struggles that Stella has been though she decides to check in and As some one who suffers from migraines this story hit close to home. That connection made the story come alive (for me) in a way others cannot. I felt every scare, every concern, every moment of the heroines struggles and terror! Stella has migraines, debilitating migraines and she is at her ropes end. She reads an article about Linda Hazzard’s Washington state spa and how they can help and cure her health issues and with all the struggles that Stella has been though she decides to check in and get that help. What she doesn’t know, yet is how the spa employees will take advantage and use her and her wealth in terrible ways. Set in 1912 the author creates a vivid world with facts and places. This story is true crime, mixed with fiction, set a fire in emotions and hints at horror. I was absorbed, I was taken a back at moments, cheering, almost crying, and loving the hope that filled the pages. This is more then a story of true crime, it is one of a strong woman, light and dark, real friendship, faith against all odds and the triumph of the human spirit. Without spoilers, this story is for all readers who want a human experience with the telling of a wonderful story. One of my favorite in this True Colors series this story comes alive and captures the reader. I received an ARC via NetGalley and Barbour Publishing and I am leaving an honest review.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Deanna Stevens

    This is a little different from what I expected, but, when based on an idea from a true story… Fact with fiction.. A winner! This lady has been afflicted with headaches for a very long time. She has been searching for any help and has tried everything she has found that just might offer relief. Finally, she reads an article how fasting under the care of this Dr. can be a cure! When she signs into the clinic she has no idea of what her treatments would entail.. I felt like crying when page after This is a little different from what I expected, but, when based on an idea from a true story… Fact with fiction.. A winner! This lady has been afflicted with headaches for a very long time. She has been searching for any help and has tried everything she has found that just might offer relief. Finally, she reads an article how fasting under the care of this Dr. can be a cure! When she signs into the clinic she has no idea of what her treatments would entail.. I felt like crying when page after page we are told of the happenings of her treatments in this clinic. What an ending!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an ARC to review! Rating (on a scale of 1 to 5, 5 being excellent) Quality of writing: 5 Pace: 5 Plot development: 5 Characters: 5 Enjoyability: 5 Ease of Reading: 5 Overall rating: 5 out of 5

  25. 5 out of 5

    Annette

    This was a chilling book! It certainly kept my interest and couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. I was alittle irritated with Stella and wanted to shake her a few times. I enjoyed the story! Definitely recommend this series of books! Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for the early copy

  26. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    A.D. Lawrence’s fictionalized story of a true crime at a “health spa” was fantastic. The writing was excellent in bringing about some tense moments. I found my heart racing along with Stella's flight through the forest. I wanted to close my eyes, hoping she could escape from this awful place, hoping someone would help her. But, having your eyes closed doesn’t work when you are reading! The pacing, the characterization of the diabolical, crazed Dr. Linda Hazzard, and the events that take place at A.D. Lawrence’s fictionalized story of a true crime at a “health spa” was fantastic. The writing was excellent in bringing about some tense moments. I found my heart racing along with Stella's flight through the forest. I wanted to close my eyes, hoping she could escape from this awful place, hoping someone would help her. But, having your eyes closed doesn’t work when you are reading! The pacing, the characterization of the diabolical, crazed Dr. Linda Hazzard, and the events that take place at the spa make this a goosebumps kind of read. The romantic element was just right. It was not too much to take away from the story and it added to the mood throughout the story. If you enjoy suspense with a dash of romance, I recommend you read this debut novel by A.D. Lawrence’s in the True Colors series by Barbour. Thank you to NetGalley for an eARC. I was not required to write a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  27. 5 out of 5

    EM

    May 1911 - Stella Burke is about to turn 25 and receive her inheritance. She suffers from severe migraines & no treatment has been able to give her relief. After discovering Linda Hazards Institute of Natural Therapeutics, she decides to check herself in for a fasting cure. She soon has fears & misgiving about what she sees and hears while at the clinic. Also, she discovers she is unable to leave. This is the latest in the True Crime Series, with a lot of twists and page turners. I was given a c May 1911 - Stella Burke is about to turn 25 and receive her inheritance. She suffers from severe migraines & no treatment has been able to give her relief. After discovering Linda Hazards Institute of Natural Therapeutics, she decides to check herself in for a fasting cure. She soon has fears & misgiving about what she sees and hears while at the clinic. Also, she discovers she is unable to leave. This is the latest in the True Crime Series, with a lot of twists and page turners. I was given a complimentary copy from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn Bryant

    The Purple Nightgown is an excellent addition to the True Colors Historical Stories of American Crime series. Set mostly in Olalla, Washington this narrative chronicles the story of Dr. Linda Hazzard who lured wealthy people with false promises of healing for her own nefarious reasons. A fast-moving suspenseful plot, well-developed characters, a sweet friends-to-more romance, and an inspiring faith element combine to make a fascinating, unputdownable read! The fictional characters mesh seamlessl The Purple Nightgown is an excellent addition to the True Colors Historical Stories of American Crime series. Set mostly in Olalla, Washington this narrative chronicles the story of Dr. Linda Hazzard who lured wealthy people with false promises of healing for her own nefarious reasons. A fast-moving suspenseful plot, well-developed characters, a sweet friends-to-more romance, and an inspiring faith element combine to make a fascinating, unputdownable read! The fictional characters mesh seamlessly with the true historical characters and events. Through the author’s vivid descriptions and superb storytelling skill, I could feel the depravity of Dr. Hazzard who Stella dubbed “wickedness incarnate” and feel the dread and horror that Stella experienced as a patient at “Starvation Heights.” I appreciated the spiritual truths woven throughout the story affirming God’s love and care and the prompting to stand still and let God work. For me, these truths help lessen the intensity of the terrible goings-on at the “clinic”. I highly recommend this book and the series. I received a complimentary copy of this book in ebook form from the publisher through netgalley. All opinions are my own.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Andrea Byers

    Stella Burke suffers from migraines and has since her father’s death. Her uncle Weston is determined to marry her off to people he thinks are acceptable, but have no interest in her as a person, just her inheritance. Henry Clayton is her dear friend and also her chauffer. Jane is her maid. Throughout the course of this story we also meet Linda Hazzard, her husband Sam and son Rollie, plus Tilda, Wendell, Dora, Margaret, Robbie, Rose and Daisy make up most of the characters we see. Set in 1911 in Stella Burke suffers from migraines and has since her father’s death. Her uncle Weston is determined to marry her off to people he thinks are acceptable, but have no interest in her as a person, just her inheritance. Henry Clayton is her dear friend and also her chauffer. Jane is her maid. Throughout the course of this story we also meet Linda Hazzard, her husband Sam and son Rollie, plus Tilda, Wendell, Dora, Margaret, Robbie, Rose and Daisy make up most of the characters we see. Set in 1911 in the state of California and Olalla, Washington this story is about Stella’s quest to rid herself of migraines by going to Linda’s facility called Wilderness Heights and undergoing treatments, which include a starvation diet for a time. Little did she know the extent of that diet. Fast paced story as we meet others at the facility and endure Stella’s treatments right along with her, plus the things she witnesses and her trying to find a way to get home. A complimentary copy was provided by Barbour Publishing via NetGalley. A review was not required and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Emily Flynn

    I am absolutely loving this series of true crime novels. I have found out about incidents that are entirely new to me and this was no different. The start was a little slow, but quickly picked up and with it, the tension increased. I found myself racing through every page and hoping that our heroine would survive the book. The (real) murderer was compelling and very evil. The way that the victims were treated was handled well for a Christian fiction novel while maintaining the realism necessary I am absolutely loving this series of true crime novels. I have found out about incidents that are entirely new to me and this was no different. The start was a little slow, but quickly picked up and with it, the tension increased. I found myself racing through every page and hoping that our heroine would survive the book. The (real) murderer was compelling and very evil. The way that the victims were treated was handled well for a Christian fiction novel while maintaining the realism necessary for a suspense novel. The subject was handled well and made for an entertaining read. Once I got into the story I couldn't put it down. My heart was racing and I found myself absorbed in the story and frankly trying to influence the story, I look forward to each and every one of these books in this multi author series. I received a complimentary copy of this from NetGalley and this is my honest review

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