Thursday, September 25, 2014
Mail-order bride Eliza Cantrell is on her way to meet her intended groom and help him grow his general store business when her train is held up by robbers and she loses her dowry. She's further thwarted upon arriving in Salt Flatts only to find Axel, her groom, away on business.
Hoping a wife would push Axel to become a better business partner, William Stanton had encouraged him to seek a mail-order bride. With Axel gone, Will feels responsible for Eliza, so he finds her a place to stay and lets her help in the store. Working together isn't what they'd expected, and when Axel is further delayed, neither can ignore the sparks that fly. But Eliza is meant for Axel and is set on a future with the store, while Will is biding time until he can afford medical school.
Their troubles are far from over when Axel returns to town, however, and soon both Will and Eliza must decide what they're willing to sacrifice to chase their dreams--or if God has a new dream in store for them both.
Cafe Lily's Review:
I enjoyed this book from start to finish! Eliza Cantrell is a woman with resolve and spunk, tested beyond her limits as she travels to meet her groom. By the time she gets off the train at her destination, she's went through more than most people endure in a lifetime. Eliza is a sharp, savvy businesswoman yet tender and sweet.
I love historical fiction and this book did not disappoint. The author includes a note about the rare medical condition mentioned in this book, which made me want to dig deeper and learn more. The characters were easy to relate to, and I admired Eliza as she faced one hardship after another. I haven't read the first book in the series, but highly recommend this one.