The Widow’s Captive is a wonderful, historic/western with undertones of family loyalty, love through hardship, and the blessing of new beginnings with an edgy Christmas theme. Characters are likable, the snowy environment capturing, and the way the author pulls you in as a family is formed between the widow, Adeline, and the sheriff, Jonah Hale, is really endearing. I found the children in this story especially endearing, and the romance was refreshingly clean.
I read The Widow’s Captive before Christmas break (I go to school full-time) and found it a satisfying read, especially for a novella that has a shorter length than the typical novels I enjoy so much. If I had to point out one thing that I, as a reader, would have liked to see improved it would be the wrap-up. While the miner–whose cabin Adeline and her children stay at–is found unharmed I would have liked to have seen more of Adeline’s brother-in-law and his seedy partners.
I recommend The Widow’s Captive because it is an enjoyable, medium-length read (and if you’re the kind of reader that becomes addicted to whatever book you begin, like me, this is a plus. 😊.) Though it contains elements of Christmas, this is the kind of historical romance that can be read year-round.
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About the book:
On the run with two small children and a third due within weeks, Adeline Spencer fears the approaching blizzard will seal their fate. An abandoned cabin is an answer to her prayers. She hopes it will shield them from both the storm and the enraged brother-in-law hot on her tail. But when a stranger knocks at the door, she is convinced they have been found by one of Ward’s lackeys. Blamed for the death of his friend, Sheriff Jonah Hale is determined to prove himself worthy of his badge, even if it means riding into a blizzard to check on a crazy miner. When Jonah reaches the cabin, he’s caught off guard by a pretty and very pregnant young woman wielding a skillet. Bound to a chair while the storm rages, and as Christmas settles in around them, he must find a way to earn Adeline’s trust…and perhaps her heart.
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