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1891 . . . Spinster librarian, Olive Wilkins, is shocked to learn of her brother’s violent death at a saloon gaming table. Compelled to rescue and raise his children, Olive travels to Ohio, intending to return to her Philadelphia home with her niece and nephew. Little does she know that the children have come to love their caretaker, widower Jacob Butler. Will Olive return home without them or learn to love Jacob as well?
I wasn’t certain that I would like this story when it began, but within a couple of lines, I was hooked. It was in 1890 and I was really curious to see what would happen to this prim, proper and straitlaced thirty-something spinster calming walking into a sheriff’s office in a small farming town in Ohio.
Having been informed that her niece and nephew had been orphaned, she had come to find them and return to Philadelphia with them. The sheriff offered to take her to where they were staying and she climbed into his wagon and left for an adventure of a lifetime.
Things were not what she was used to, and it all came as a shock to her. However, she was determined to manage somehow. Being unable to take the children back right away, and being accustomed to having a maid and cook, it was fun watching as she attempted to adapt to the workload on a farm.
She was a strong willed and determined woman, and began to learn the ins and outs of this rough life. I really enjoyed reading about how she managed the house, the children, and of course the handsome young rancher.
This really isn’t a typical romance. It has a lot more to it than that. I was fascinated watching the people change, not just her, but the children, the rancher, and the people she encountered.
I would recommend this to anyone looking for a really good story about the early west. I liked it very much.
4.5/5 Flowers - It was a very good book!
Holly has been writing all of her life and is a voracious reader of a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction, particularly political and historical works. She has written four romance novels, all set in the U.S. West in the mid 1800’s. She frequently attends writing conferences, and has always been a member of a writer’s group.
Holly is a gardener, a news junkie, and vice-president of her local library board and loves to spend time near the ocean. She is the proud mother of two daughters and the wife of a man more than a few years her junior.
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