Author: Julia Ridgmont
Genres: Historical Romance
Date: April 26, 2019
Will she be a shrinking violet or a voice for good?
As a newcomer to the town of Belle, Wyoming, Emeline Haywood wasn’t prepared for the trouble that awaited her when a man with less than honorable intentions sought her out. Now, accepting a tutoring position for a greenhorn rancher and his two children, who have challenges of their own, seems like a good way to escape the townspeople’s censure. What she thinks will be an easy job however, turns into anything but when disaster strikes. Not only that, but she finds herself taking on a secret identity to sway public opinion in favor of women’s right to vote. Can she hold it all together or will another scandal claim her peace once again?
Richard Dodge escaped the life his parents wanted for him when he married the woman of his dreams. But now, that woman is gone, and he’s left to raise their two children on his own. Heading westward to Belle, Wyoming to become a rancher seemed like a good idea even though he knew nothing about the profession. But the good folks in Belle are willing to teach him. Good thing he’s hired a new tutor who is willing to overlook his daughter’s deformity. If only he can keep the circumstances of her birth a secret…
Then tragedy strikes in Richard’s family and another member decides to target him. Can Emeline save him in time, and in the process, redeem herself? Will they both be given a second chance to right past wrongs?
Rating: Mild. Mild kissing.
I won this novella in a giveaway and didn’t really know anything about it ahead of time but I read it today. It is a clean, quick read. I liked the characters but as is often the case with a novella their relationship moved really fast. I think I would have preferred the story to be a little longer so see more development there but there just isn’t time in a novella.
This story deals with dysfunctional families, women’s rights, loving people as they are, accepting differences, and trusting God to help. That is a lot for a short story. It is packed deep. It also has unexpected twists in the plot. Well, maybe part of it I expected but I didn’t expect it when it happened and some of it was totally unexpected.
The Christian themes are strong so if you don’t like Christian lit you can give it a pass but the story was good and I also loved the historical note from the author at the end.
No sex, language or violence