Publication Date: August 26, 2014
Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group
ARC from Bethany House and Netgalley.com
“He raised his hand and cracked the pistol against her cheek, setting fire to her face. Her body hit the plump side of the woman beside her, and the sunlight dimmed.”
Eliza Cantrell meets the love of her life in an unconventional manner when he has to “doctor” her after she has a run in with a train robber. Eliza, not your typical mail-order bride, doesn’t realize how deeply she will come to care about Will Stanton, doctor’s apprentice and storekeeper. It doesn’t take long for her to figure out that marrying Axel, her future groom, will be a little more complicated than she initially thought.
Eliza is an astute businesswoman just dying to have her own store and someone with whom to share her ideas. As a result of her father’s death, Eliza finds herself headed to meet Axel with whom she has been corresponding. He seems to be the perfect mate for her, willing to listen to her ideas and implement them for the store that he conveniently owns. However, Eliza’s adventures just begin when the train is held up right outside Salt Flats, the little town where the store is located.
The story unfolds as Eliza begins work with Will, who happens to be Axel’s partner in the store. Axel is missing, and Eliza must find a way to make a living for herself. Follow the tale of Eliza’s path to store ownership and true love by reading this fun story!
The characters are very likable, although I wanted to shake Eliza once in awhile to get her to listen to what people were saying about Axel; but overall, they are interesting and add depth to the story. Eliza and Will grow and mature by the end of the story, offering a pleasant conclusion to a good book. Readers of inspirational fiction and romance will enjoy the tale! Nice job Melissa Jagears!
This ARC copy was received from Bethany House Publishing and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.