About the book: ~ She thought she’d lost everything ~ Instead she found what she needed most. ~
Illinois ~ 1854
Becky Hollister wants nothing more than to live out her days on the prairie, building a life for herself alongside her future husband. But when a tornado rips through her parents’ farm, killing her mother and sister, she must leave the only home she’s ever known and the man she’s begun to love to accompany her injured father to St. Louis.
Catapulted into a world of unknowns, Becky struggles to make sense of the path the Lord has placed her on and finds solace in corresponding with Matthew Brody, the handsome pastor back home. But when word comes that he is all but engaged to someone else, she must call upon her faith to decipher her future.
Kindle Edition, 301 pages Published April 28, 2017 by Mantle Rock Publishing
My review: Fans of Janette Oke are sure to enjoy this story from Cynthia Roemer. Every day, down-to-earth characters and a story that is full of emotion made this book a quick and easy read.
I liked this story of life on the prairie and one young woman’s struggle to keep her family together after tragedy strikes in the form of a tornado. Becky is smart, strong, and tough. She doesn’t back down and gives up when times are bad. I liked these qualities and they made her a character I wanted to read more about. The way her father had to adapt to life after the tornado was well written and made it easy to understand what he was going through. I also liked Pastor Brody and thought he was a great example of a preacher during these times. Sarah was not a favorite character of mine but she made the story interesting. She’s that character you love to hate.
I liked the simple way in which this story was written. The author’s writing matched the characters and the story they were a part of. This made the story more genuine and authentic and I really appreciated this as a reader. In fact, the author’s writing made me think of Janette Oke and the Love Comes Softly series. Their writing styles are similar and both have written books that could be considered “comfort reads”. This book was entertaining, easy to read, and had a spiritual theme that was woven into the story but wasn’t over the top or too much. I found myself reading this book quickly yet slowing down a bit at the end because I didn’t want the story to end. I liked these characters and the time I got to spend with them.
This book does not read like a debut novel but one from a seasoned author. I can’t wait to read the rest of this series. Cynthia Roemer is now on my “must read” list and I highly recommend her to fans of historical fiction (or anyone looking for a really enjoyable read).
I received a free copy of this book from the author and was not required to write a review. All opinions are mine.
About the author: Cynthia Roemer is an award-winning inspirational writer with a heart for scattering seeds of hope into the lives of readers. Raised in the cornfields of rural Illinois, Cynthia enjoys spinning tales set in the backdrop of the 1800s prairie. She writes from her family farm in central Illinois where she resides with her husband and their two college-aged sons.