From time to time Bethany House Publishers are kind enough to send me a book to review. This book is sent to me free of charge and my only obligation is to post an honest review of the book when I've read it. They ask that this be done within a month of receipt of the book. This time I read the chosen book in one night - the very day I received it. Yes, you read that right...one night. I'd love to say it's because the book was mesmerizing, life changing, not to be missed, but that wouldn't be true, although it was a nice, light read. I'm having a major flare up of arthritis in my hands and the doctor insisted that I take a Medrol Dosepak (is that the correct name?) to get it under control so we can find some sort of ongoing solution to this issue. That medicine gives me lots of energy and steals all hope of sleep for a couple of days. :( Of course, all that worked well for getting the book read, and now the review written!
This picture, taken from the Amazon advertisement for it, pretty much says it all. You've probably seen the story line many times - mid 1800's, mail order bride (beautiful but reluctant), handsome (but also reluctant) groom, hard times, end up in love. It's all that with just a few alterations thrown in to make it a bit different. It is a faith based novel though that is not emphasized. The groom has had a bit of bad luck...he was rejected by his first lady friend, one mail order bride died on the way to him, another married before she got there and another chose someone else after she got there! Needless to say that would explain his reluctance but not hers. Hers stems from some abuse by a suitor back home.
All in all I'd say it is one of those books that you read when you want something light, you don't want to think, and you want a love story with no sex and no violence. It's what some would call a beach book - read it on a lazy day lounging by the beach. It was perfect for my sleepless night and I was so glad Bethany House sent it to me!