Genres: chicklit, Romance, Christian
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Leah Townsend, a recently orphaned heiress, flees Richmond after discovering her fiancé’s plot to kill her after their wedding. She needs a safe place to hide, and finds herself accepting a newspaper marriage proposal from a God-fearing young rancher in the Montana Territory. But when Leah arrives at the mountain ranch, she learns her intended husband was killed by a grizzly, leaving behind a bitter older brother and a spunky younger sister.
When Gideon Bryant finds a city girl standing in his log cabin, his first thought is to send her back where she came from. He’s lost too many people to the wild elements of these mountains––his parents, his wife, and now his brother. His love for this untamed land lives on, but he’s determined not to open his heart to another person.
But when an accident forces Leah to stay at the ranch for seven more months, can Gideon protect his heart from a love he doesn’t want? Has Leah really escaped the men who seek her life?
Thanks to Plundered Christmas, I got on a Christian book kick. Then, I was introduced to BookBub and that was the end of that. Thanks to the combination of the two, I was introduced to this wonderful book.
Leah Townsend is an heiress. She’s also only 22-years-old and, before her dad passed, he’d signed a contract for her to wed Simon Talbert. At an elegant Richmond party, returning from the powder room, she overheard him talking to his brother about “dispensing with her” when he was tired of her and she’d come into her inheritance, which she’d do as soon as she turned 23. When he could legally claim her estates, that was the end of her.
Frightened for her life, she left Richmond behind after praying to God about her dilemma the night before. Her companion and friend, Miss Emily, encouraged her to go to St. Louis where Emily had family. On arriving there, Leah settled into a hotel and looked into a way to learn how to provide for herself. However, an ad she’d read in the Richmond paper haunted her. It was a request for a God-fearing woman willing to travel to Montana to marry a young cattle rancher.
While sitting in her hotel, nursing her sore feet from her fruitless search for a job, she overheard a conversation at the front desk. A man was looking for her. Seeing him pass, she recognized Simon’s brother. Knowing she wouldn’t be safe there any longer, she left a few days later after finding herself sending a telegram to Montana agreeing to the marriage proposal. She then bustled onto a ship, using most of her money to pay the passage, to Montana.
Arriving in Fort Benton, she promptly lost all of her money and found herself stranded. In asking for jobs around Fort Benton, she became discouraged and sat down to rest. Deciding she wasn’t going to move until God showed her what to do, she was joined by an elderly man who went by the name Ol’ Mose’. He turned out to be God-sent indeed. He offered her free passage to the ranch she was to meet Abel.
Unfortunately, when they arrived, they learned Abel had been killed by a grizzly bear two weeks before her arrival. The telegram his brother, Gideon, had sent never reached her. Ol’ Mose’ left her there for the time being so she could stay with Miriam, the brothers’ younger sister. Leah swiftly started to learn everything she’d always wanted to, but had never been allowed to back in her home in Richmond. She realized it wasn’t fair to remain there any longer, and when Gideon offered to refund the passage price from St. Louis, she agreed to it. However, she had a nasty accident right before she was to leave and was forced to remain longer. One thing to remember is God never lets anything happen by chance. Everything had brought Leah to this point for a reason.
I found this to be a grand read. It’s set back in the late 1800s and, as far as I can tell, showed everything brilliantly and was true to the time period. It didn’t hold back from letting you know that trying to make it in the “wild west” wasn’t easy. I enjoyed the book a great deal and didn’t put it down until it was finished. There was absolutely no hiding that this was a Christian book. If that makes you uncomfortable, then I’d definitely avoid it. However, the story told was a terrific one, so if you’re willing to accept that God can and does help those who ask for it, then you will enjoy it. It also appears this is the start of a series and I will definitely be looking into the others.