I thoroughly enjoyed Sondra‘s portrayal of historic Seattle, and also the way she weaves Biblical values through the book. I was surprised by some of her ideas, in a good way. 🙂 The characters were likable and captivating.
Sondra really paints a clear picture of the happenings and places. It is deep and interesting with agricultural, theological, and historical details. The verbiage is varied and appropriate, but not so over-the-top you constantly need a dictionary.
I felt the romance was slow. Like Tristan and Anna stayed in the crush stage too long without really having time to deepen their relationship before they committed to one another. It would have been nice to see them connect more (and I can’t believe I’m saying this because in romances it is so often the opposite) on a romantic level.
I recommend reading this book because the plot is entertaining, characters engaging, and details accurate. My pickiness with pacing and such is a personal preference. I think readers who prefer a less romance focused book, one with deeply spiritual concepts and educational details, would really enjoy this read.
About the book:
Washington Territory, 1871
Anna Warren grew up on the seat of a wagon, the daughter of Seattle’s busiest freighter. After her father’s death—a tragedy away from home—she returns to their cabin on the outskirts of Seattle, seeking the sense of belonging that eluded her childhood. But will her desire to pray for miraculous healing for the sick and wounded endear or alienate her to the community? Her most aggravating challenger is also her staunchest defender and has brown hair and eyes, stands six feet tall, and farms with unchecked tenacity. Tristan Porter. This farmer her father had befriended holds more secrets than Yesler’s Mill holds logs.
When ugly rumors arise about her spiritual gift and her property, Anna fears her quest to find belonging will be thwarted.
Tristan holds the truth to set her free, but revealing it will require him to face the disappointments of his past and surrender his plans for the future—a sacrifice he’s not sure he can make.
About Sondra Kraak
A native of Washington State, Sondra Kraak grew up playing in the rain, hammering out Chopin at the piano, and running up and down the basketball court. Now settled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, she enjoys spending time with her husband and children, blogging about spiritual truths, and writing historical romance set in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. She delights in sharing stories that not only entertain but nourish the soul. Her debut novel, One Plus One Equals Trouble, was a Genesis semi-finalist (2015) and the winner of the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference Unpublished Women’s Fiction Award (2015). Sondra has since published three novels.