Abandoned by his mail-order bride, Silas Jonesey has fought an uphill battle to recover from a pattern of poor choices. Now his prayers for reconciliation have finally come true and his estranged wife has contacted him with her whereabouts.
Kate Dawson was supposed to be a mail-order bride, but upon realizing she’d been deceived about her intended groom, she’s now settled into life as a schoolteacher. When the mother of a student passes away, Kate assumes she’ll take on care of nine-year-old Anthony–until two men suddenly show up in town, claiming to be the boy’s father.
Silas can see Anthony loves Kate, so he enlists her help in reaching out to the boy and attempting to prove his paternity to the court. When a common interest in Anthony leads to an interest in each other and Silas and Kate begin to think they can overcome their rocky start, neither is prepared for the secrets and past hurts that have yet to come to light. Can Silas, Kate, and Anthony’s wounded souls bind them together or will all that stands between them leave them lonely forever?
I had a bit of difficulty in making it through this book. It never hooked me where I was so invested in the characters or the plot where I couldn’t wait to find out what happened. The characters are nice enough, but the plot felt a little too forced, in my opinion. It is a given that these type of historical fiction romance novels end with the main characters in love forever. For me, I like to read to discover how it all happens. I thought there were a couple of minor surprises, for example, I expected Silas to determine his paternity from reading Lucy’s journals, but that was not the case. However, those surprises were not enough to keep my interest.
The best part of the book for me was Silas. I enjoyed reading about his struggle with alcoholism, because I’ve never read a book of this genre in this time period addressing people struggling against drinking. I thought it was a nice addition to the book.
Overall, I did not enjoy this book. I wanted to, especially since I enjoyed A Bride for Keeps so much. I enjoyed revisiting Julia and Everett, but this book didn’t grab me as much as that one did. However, I will definitely give the other books in this series a try. I just hope that they are more like A Bride for Keeps.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.