About the Book: Texas, 1865 Willow Madison and her friends, Copper and Audrey taught school in neighboring Texas communities until the Yankees rode into the area and burned them out. In the midst of fear and chaos, survivors banded together to fight for what remained of their homes. Then word reached the people that the terrible war was over.
Now penniless but still hopeful, Willow vows she will take care of her friends, Copper and Audrey, and her ailing uncle, in Thunder Ridge, Texas, even if it means having to marry wealthy Silas Sterling, a man thirty years her senior. But standing in her way is handsome sawmill owner Tucker Gray, with his enticing eyes and infuriating headstrong manner—the man Willow cannot get out of her head . . . or her heart. Even though her friends beg her not to give up her dream of happiness, Willow is determined to do the right thing for those who are dearest to her. But which path does God want Willow to take: a life of duty and commitment . . . or a life of everlasting love?
My Review: Oh man did I go back and forth about whether or not to request this book for review! The thing is, a looonng time ago, Christian fiction was almost all historical fiction, and so I had a huge and steady diet of it....to the point of getting absolutely sick of it when I was younger. For some reason, I worried this book was going to be like that, and I wasn't sure I would enjoy it. But I've enjoyed the other Avon Inspire books I've read, so I decided to give it a try. I'm glad I did, because this book is a treat!
What was unexpected to me was how light this book was...well yes in weight, too, (easy to carry in your purse) but the fact that it brought many a grin to my face. I wasn't expecting it to be funny, but it was, which was a nice surprise. Willow is an extremely likeable character, and Thunder Ridge is a fantastically unique setting. I just really liked everything about this book!
I recommend it if you're looking for something light and fun with a kick of romance. Oh and since I have a lot of new readers, I review a lot of Christian fiction...and it's not what it used to be...the genre has exploded and the talent right now is unprecedented. The risks being taken make this a really exciting time in the market and I hope if you've tried it in the past and didn't like it, that you'll give it another go at some point.
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