Genre: historical fiction; Christian Inspirational; romance
Plot Summary: When Sergeant Nathan Boone happens across the remains of an Indian attack on the Nebraskan plains, he does not know he will also discover a young woman who has survived horrible abuse. Laina Gray is at first unable to speak but, gradually with the help of kindhearted Granny Max, begins to take a few steps forward toward a new life. What will happen when a newcomer to Camp Robinson who has taken an alias to escape his past recognizes Laina from her days as Riverboat Annie?
My Book Review: A friend’s mom recommended the author Stephanie Grace Whitson to me many years ago. Although I enjoy many genres, I rarely read Westerns for some reason. But I happened across this series on goodreads and was not prepared for how much I would come to appreciate this book.
At first I thought it would be a typical Christian historical romance but I’d stick it out and finish it. I thought maybe this one would be one of those ‘tell instead of show’ books. But the more I read, the more interested I became and I was deeply drawn into the story and the characters. I really wondered what would happen next. I feared the ending would be predictable, but the next chapter brought a new twist! Then I found myself crying. I was surprised at the spiritual depth in it, seasoned no doubt by the author’s own experiences. Whitson pulled off a rare feat—I began to worry about the characters and how the story would end.
People who are supersensitive to what they may call ‘preachy’ books will probably not enjoy this read. However, I don’t consider this story to be preachy. Characters in their situations have conversations about spiritual matters and prayer lives (just like in real life), but that doesn’t make it preachy in my opinion. A romance (or two) occurs, but I didn’t feel the book centered on it. Instead, it was a natural occurrence that sprang among two people after both went through a thorough season of transformation by God. It was amazing to read about, like they were your close friends.
Is it possible for fictional characters you thought you thoroughly disliked to become your objects of compassion? This is what I found whilst reading the first in the trilogy, Pine Ridge Portraits and am looking forward to my experience in reading the next. Yes, keyword: this book was an experience. Whitson has my newfound admiration.
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