Decent Story, Disappointing Decisions

One mistake.

One man.

And now Dinah is running from her past.

Leaving the city life behind her, Dinah turns to Kansas, pursuing dreams of becoming a Harvey Girl.

But her past haunts her.

When Amos Ackerman starts to pursue her, she is confused. And when her past comes to light, will Amos reject her?

Fact: Well written and well researched. A fairly interesting historical fiction – it represents accurate “stereotypes” of the time period. The characters are well developed, although they appear quite shallow at times. Still, a likeable and interesting story.

Feeling: While the romance developed well, and I realize a writer needs some issues to resolve in order to create an intriguing story line, I was very disappointed in Amos’ behavior towards the end. Snap judgments based on opinion and an unwillingness to give Dinah a chance to explain really caused me to dislike his character. While his attitude is typical of the time period, I was very disappointed in his behavior, especially since he claimed to be a Christian/concerned about Dinah’s soul. While the story was well written, it didn’t really capture my interest. Since I probably won’t read it again, I can’t see giving it over a four star rating.

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through Blogging for Books in exchange for this honest review.



A Touching Story of Motherhood

The past and the present are intertwined in this story of loss, betrayal, love, and motherhood.

In the past, Beth Winslow volunteered to be a surrogate mother. But when the parents decide to end the pregnancy, she flees, kidnapping the unborn child.

In the present, Rhoda Mummau is a midwife. Delivering babies is her life. No one would guess that she is concealing a tragic past.

When past and present collide, secrets are laid bare. Who is Amelia, the young, pregnant girl also hiding secrets? Will Rhoda’s heart survive? Or will she spend the rest of her life with the pain of a shattered past?

Fact: This book is well written and also appears to have been carefully researched. The characters develop believably, and there are enough twists and turns in the plot to hold a reader’s interest. It does flash back and forth between past and present, but the transitions flow smoothly and did not interrupt the general course of the story. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good, clean, satisfying story.

Opinion: I don’t usually read this kind of story, since I’m more of a suspense person, but I loved this book! The characters were so lifelike that the story was almost real to me. The emotions in this book were raw at times, but it is a sweet story, and while the resolution can’t completely make up for all the pain in the characters’ pasts, it does help. This is a five star story in my opinion, and I’ll add this book to my read again shelf.  I’m looking forward to reading more of Jolina Petersheim’s work.

I received a free copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for this honest review.