In 1882, Sarah Whittier dreams of opening an art studio run by immigrant women. She plans to use the house left to her by family friend Josiah Cady as collateral for her studio. But will all be lost when the inheritance is challenged by an angry man claiming to be Josiah's son and legal heir? Rumor of gold nuggets hidden in the house, place Sarah's life in danger. Her future uncertain and her safety threatened, Sarah has nowhere to turn. That is, unless she can soften a vengeful man's heart-and they both learn that love is finer than any gold.
A sublime historical read. Herriman doesn't just create images with her words, she creates scents and sounds as well. I love becoming so immersed in a story that it becomes my reality for a time; a perfect escape from my harried life and all its concerns. God bless authors like Nancy Herriman who lovingly carry me away into literary respite!
This compelling read really got my dander up in more than a few scenes. The author addresses the plight of women grappling with poverty in previous centuries. So many closed doors and prejudices keep the frustrating circle running full tilt. This background, and Sarah's passion for helping the immigrant women she accepts responsibility for makes for an invigorating, thought-provoking read.
And I loved the gnarly romance that starts out with two people making incorrect assumptions on the character and life of the other. That's another kind of prejudice that is also addressed -- making snap judgements and then treating people accordingly. Let's just say that lots of humble pie was served before the story reaches its conclusion.
A captivating and intense plot which includes a thread of suspense kept me committed to discovering the truth behind Josiah's treasure. And oh, bliss, the conclusion didn't disappoint. I just loved this book and I'm willing to bet you will too!
Blogger's Note: My apologies -- on Sunday I forgot to announce the winner of Christmas at Harmony Hill. I've amended the post and the winner is posted now. Sorry...major goof on my part. :-(
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