About the Book:
Abandoned by his mail-order bride, Silas Jonesey has fought an uphill battle to recover from a pattern of poor choices. Now his prayers for reconciliation have finally come true and his estranged wife has contacted him with her whereabouts.
Kate Dawson was supposed to be a mail-order bride, but upon realizing she'd been deceived about her intended groom, she's now settled into life as a schoolteacher. When the mother of a student passes away, Kate assumes she'll take on care of nine-year-old Anthony—until two men suddenly show up in town, claiming to be the boy's father.
Silas can see Anthony loves Kate, so he enlists her help in reaching out to the boy and attempting to prove his paternity to the court. When a common interest in Anthony leads to an interest in each other and Silas and Kate begin to think they can overcome their rocky start, neither is prepared for the secrets and past hurts that have yet to come to light. Can Silas, Kate, and Anthony's wounded souls bind them together or will all that stands between them leave them lonely forever?
My Review: This is a book where you want to
slap gently shake the two main characters. Poor Silas has made poor choices before he met Kate. So after meeting Kate he now decides he's going to make different choices than those he would usually make and of course this makes him miss the mark. Kate has her guard up because of what's she heard from her friend so she has painted all men with the same brush as her friend even though it becomes evident her friend had a few issues. Anyway their path to true love takes a lot of twists and turns because of their misunderstandings and the little boy in the middle doesn't help things.
This book was an okay read. Even with the heavy topics of death, abandonment, and abuse this book didn't read very deeply for me. I didn't connect with either of the two characters and they came across as a bit irritating to me. But it was a decent story that I did read all the way through. I just felt like there was something missing to make this book a really good read. It okay and even with the topics I mentioned above not a traumatic reading but it didn't have me not wanting to put it down.
The historical aspects seemed to be accurate and this is clean, Christian fiction.
About the Author:
Much to her introverted self's delight, Melissa Jagears hardly needs to leave her home to be a homeschool teacher, day-care provider, church financial secretary, and historical romance novelist. She doesn't have to leave her house to be a housekeeper either, but she's doubtful she meets the minimum qualifications to claim to be one in her official bio. Her passion is to help Christian believers mature in their faith and judge rightly.
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