Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Summerside Press (May 1, 2010) 320 pages
All that glitters is not gold. It’s 1890, and Golden, New Mexico, is a booming mining town where men far outnumber women. So when an old wealthy miner named Philip Smith finds himself in need of a nursemaid, he places an ad for a mail-order bride—despite the protests of his friend Jeremiah. Hoping to escape a perilous situation back East, young Madeleine Mercer answers the ad and arrives in town under a cloud of suspicion. But just as she begins to win over Philip—and Jeremiah himself—the secrets she left behind threaten to follow her to Golden...and tarnish her character beyond redemption.
I have officially read my first "Love Finds You" book!!! :) I'm know that they are all very much different and all by different authors, but I'm really looking forward to reading more of them. This was another book off my "won" shelf and after reading it, I really hate it took me so long to get to it. I enjoyed meeting the characters in Golden, New Mexico.
I have a feeling most who read this book will like Phillip's character the most. He was definitely my favorite! Actually, he's probably up there as one of my favorite characters in general. And I was very surprised at what happens with one of the characters. I don't see that with most books I read. Mrs. Lena has created so many wonderful characters in this story!
I didn't agree with most of the religious aspects of this story, but, I guess the main one I want to point out is the way one of the characters believed that God was working in his life. I don't believe that God works that way. For example: If I was hunting a nanny for my little boy. I wouldn't take a stack of resumes and pray over them and expect God to point me to the exact one He knew I should pick, without me even looking to see what the resumes said. Absolutely not!!!! BUT, this is a FICTION book, and I thought it was a cute addition to the story.
Aside from the religious aspects that I disagree with, I definitely recommend this book. I can't wait to read more from Mrs. Lena!