Her life was planned out ~ until he rode in ~ Illinois prairie ~ 1859
After four long years away, Esther Stanton returns to the prairie to care for her sister Charlotte’s family following the birth of her second child. The month-long stay seems much too short as Esther becomes acquainted with her brother-in-law’s new ranch hand, Stewart Brant. When obligations compel her to return to Cincinnati and to the man her overbearing mother intends her to wed, she loses hope of ever knowing true happiness.
Still reeling from a hurtful relationship, Stew is reluctant to open his heart to Esther. But when he faces a life-threatening injury with Esther tending him, their bond deepens. Heartbroken when she leaves, he sets out after her and inadvertently stumbles across an illegal slave-trade operation, the knowledge of which puts him, as well as Esther and her family, in jeopardy.
I enjoyed reading this engaging story. The characters came to life and pulled me into their story like welcoming friends. Right from the beginning, I was drawn into the action, and I felt like I was part of the story. Engaging and endearing, this is a story that you won’t soon forget.
I especially appreciated the deep roots of faith and the journey of growth that happens over the course of this story. Difficult decisions are made, and I appreciated the fact that the characters strove to honor God first and foremost in their lives. I enjoyed watching these characters grow.
Full of unexpected twist and turns, I enjoyed the journey this story took me on with these delightful characters that quickly became new friends. With a special reminder that God loves us all. That in His eyes, not one of us is better than another. We are to treat each other like brothers and sisters in Christ.
I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a wonderful story to read, full of delightful characters and strong faith.
(I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I am not required to write a positive review. My thoughts and opinions are my own.)
About the Author:
Cynthia Roemer is an Inspirational Historical Romance author from rural Illinois. She and her husband, Marvin, have been married for twenty-three years and have two college-aged sons. They enjoy quiet living and God’s wondrous creation on their 300 acre farm.
Cynthia’s thirst for writing began her junior year of high school, when her short-story won first place in a local college writing contest. She went on to pursue a career in writing by earning a B.A. in English (with an emphasis on Creative Writing) from U of I of Springfield, IL in 1988. Since then, Cynthia has had over 100 articles and short-stories printed in various Christian teen and adult publications.
She is currently working on her Prairie Sky Series, consisting of three Inspirational Historical Romance novels set in the mid-1800s, the first of which , Under This Same Sky, is due to release with Mantle Rock Publishing April 28th, 2017.
Cynthia is a regular contributor to Putting on the New Blog, a collective effort of various Christian women writers. It is her ardent prayer that the Lord will plant seeds of hope into the lives of those who read her work.
When she isn’t writing, Cynthia enjoys spending time with her family, taking walks in the country, 4-wheeling, biking, gardening, and reading.