A BRIDE SEWS WITH LOVE IN NEEDLES, CALIFORNIA
A Harvey Girl waits on true love.
With her brother already on the front lines in France, Meghan Thorson becomes a Harvey Girl in Needles, California. Ready and willing to wait on the hundreds of doughboys heading for Europe. Meghan deems this service her way of contributing to the war effort. When a Red Cross representative breezes through town, Meghan embraces the challenge to do even more, committing to completing a Red Cross signature quilt and canvassing the town for donations to the cause.
Horseman Caleb McBride makes his living by training stock for the US Cavalry and keeps his pride by remaining a longer. When Meghan meets Caleb, she senses something mysterious and wounded about him, piquing her curiosity. But after the townsfolk scorn him as a coward and a profiteer, Caleb feels her pity and becomes even more guarded.
When Needles is hit by an influenza epidemic and the Harvey hotel is made into a temporary hospital, Meghan discovers Caleb's shameful secret.
Oh mercy -- funny and touching and historically fascinating. The whole Harvey Girls backdrop is amazing. I'd never heard of them before and funnily enough read a book a while ago featuring them as well. Vetsch does an incredible job with her historical detail. Rich descriptions created images in my mind so that I felt like I was living the story rather than just reading it.
Strong, engaging characters though annoying enough to make me want to smack them upside the head a time or two. Argh! But I do love getting in the boxing ring with a hero and heroine. Makes the read that much more thrilling.
I felt for Caleb right from the very beginning -- even before I knew his whole story. I could just tell he was an upstanding guy who'd been handed a raw deal and was making the best of it. The only thing standing in his way is his pride. It's kept him living on the outside -- a true loner who has convinced himself that he doesn't care what people think about him. And, for the most part, he doesn't -- as long as they don't know the whole truth. So pride raises its ugly head and keeps him isolated.
Until Meghan shows up. She's considered a bit of a flibbertigibbet by her family and she aims to prove them wrong by serving out her full-six month contract as a Harvey Girl. She aspires to be the best Harvey Girl ever. She struggles with a different kind of pride. Unlike Caleb she does care what other people think about her and sometimes she allows that desire for approval to dictate her actions. Lots of lovely, gnarly bits to work through before this hero and heroine can find their hope for a future.
Fans of Mary Connealy and Margaret Brownley will be thrilled to become acquainted with Erica Vetsch through A Bride Sews With Love in Needles, California.
EBOOK ONLY -- UNFORTUNATELY THIS IS SUCH A GOOD BOOK (THAT'S NOT THE UNFORTUNATE PART) THAT ALL THE PAPERBACK COPIES ARE NO LONGER AVAILABLE AT ANY ONLINE STORE SO...THIS GIVEAWAY COMES IN AN EBOOK FORMAT ONLY
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