Rachel Matthews isn’t one to rely on others to take care of her. Homeless and alone, she still wants to make her own way and her own money to buy back the family ranch–even if she’s forced into the life of a dance hall girl. Horrified by her circumstances, Rachel’s brother, who is away mining for gold, sends a friend to rescue her.
Cattle baron John McIntyre is focused on acquiring as much land as possible in Montana and has little time to deal with a dance hall gal. Rachel isn’t sure she can take one more day in John’s home–especially once she discovers that he’s the one who holds ransom the key to her family’s future.
Sparks fly between this spunky, independent heroine and the ruggedly handsome hero as they navigate the snarled terrain of pride, greed, faith, and love in Maggie Brendan’s delightful series set in the Old West.
**I received a copy of this book from Revell in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.**
I was really looking forward to picking up this sweet story. The synopsis offers up so many things that make this sound like a truly wonderful novel, and the cover is one that I found to be quite charming. While overall, I did enjoy the book, I did have some issues with it.
First of all, I found the story to be, well, very straightforward. Other than the opening scenes, I didn’t feel as if there were too many surprises along the way. So many of them I saw coming. I had them figured out very quickly. I also found the writing to be a bit stilted. So many times I felt like I was being told what was happening rather than actually experiencing it. This same issue carried in to the dialogue. There were certainly moments when characters would say something and then do or thing the same thing.
With that said, I did still enjoy the story overall. There are some great words of wisdom spoken by the grandmother sprinkled throughout and some wonderful lessons and themes tucked in the pages. The characters were well developed and fun to get to know. It was a simple and easy read, and actually a pretty fast one as well–one of those stories that is easy to pause from and jump right back into.
“Sometimes bad things happen to the best of people and we won’t ever understand God’s purposes this side of heaven…But we must never stop praying, never stop believing God is in control and He is sovereign. Don’t forget that.”
-Estelle, A Sweet Misfortune
About the Author:
Maggie Brendan is the bestselling author of the Heart of the West and The Blue Willow Brides series. Winner of the 2014 Book Buyers Best Award (OCC/RWA) for inspirational fiction and the 2013 Laurel Wreath Award, she was a finalist for the 2013 Published Maggie Award of Excellence and the 2013 HEart of Excellence Readers’ Choice Award.
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