Lucy Fairbanks is a twenty-year-old woman with a passion for photography, a tendency to allow her curiosity and impetuousness to get her into trouble, and an unfortunate habit of talking too much, particularly when she is nervous. The man known as David Wolf is a half-white, half-Native American living in Texas only a few years after the end of the Indian Wars. He has returned to Rocky Creek to find the four men who drove him out of town as a ten-year-old boy, and to reclaim the box they stole from him, the box that he hopes will hold the key to his identity. David and Lucy meet when he rescues her from a stagecoach robbery-gone-wrong (and quickly finds the most effective way of quieting the talkative woman).
While her father keeps trying to marry her off, Lucy wants a career in photography. Unfortunately, her first assignment for her local newspaper ends when the unscrupulous printer rewrites her story about the â€˜wild man', David Wolf, which results in him being shot and Lucy secretly nursing him back to health. David faces further trouble when man goes missing, and David is suspected of being involved, which presents both characters with problems.
Lucy is a likeable character, although she has her faults - she is talkative, freethinking and possibly overly independent, while David is more private (to the point of being secretive). Although A Vision of Lucy is the third book in Brownley's Rocky Creek series (following A Lady Like Sarah and A Suitor for Jenny), it can easily be read as a stand-alone. A Vision of Lucy is a formula Western romance, but is no less enjoyable for its predictability, with the instant attraction between Lucy and David providing both enjoyment and some frustration (well, as the saying goes, the path of true love never did run smooth, and this is especially true in romance novels).
Oddly enough, this is the second historical Christian Fiction I have read recently about a lady photographer with this one being the lighter of the two. This was an enjoyable novel, and while for the most part it was a light-hearted romance, it did touch on deeper issues including discrimination, revenge, forgiveness, and how our upbringing affects our views of God. I would certainly read more books from this author.
Thanks to Thomas Nelson for offering this as a free ebook in an online competition.
Lucy Fairbanks' passion for photography gets her into unusual situations. She's not afraid to take a risk if the reward earns her the title of artist or photographer. After ending up as a witness/almost-victim in a stage coach robbery, Lucy is saved by the mysterious David Wolf who is believed to be a wild man by the locals of Rocky Creek. Motivated by both gratitude and selfishness, Lucy attempts to vindicate David by photographing him for the local newspaper. Unfortunately, her plan backfires and places David's life in danger. But this isn't the first time that the town's inhabitants have tried to kill David. As a half-white, half-Indian child, he was ostracized and endangered. Twenty years later, he's back with a vendetta. As Lucy and David grow closer to each other, the mystery of David's past becomes an insurrmountable hurdle. Will their young love survive? Or will prejudices of the past keep them apart forever?
A Vision of Lucy by Margaret Brownley is the third book in the Rocky Creek Romance series, but it is fine to read as a stand-alone novel. This book combined two of my favorite pastimes (reading and photography), but I wish it had been more engaging. Some books will draw me back to them whenever I have a free moment. Unfortunately, this one didn't. However, I did enjoy the photography quotes and learned some information about very old photography practices. I thought the characters of Lucy and Caleb were well-written and I honestly couldn't guess who the "fourth boy" was until he was revealed.
A Vision of Lucy will probably be loved by some people and disdained as forgettable by others, a judgment depending solely upon personal taste. I recommend renting it from the library before buying.
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This is the first time I've heard of the Margaret Brownley and the Rocky Creek Romance Series. A Vision of Lucy is fine as a stand alone book - though I'm curious about the other characters in the series after reading this book!
This was a fun and easy read for me. I loved the story - being a photographer myself I got how hard it is to sell your work and all the "issues" that incurr while trying to capture that perfect shot! It was a really crazy fun story- I admit slightly cliche, but just the way I like it! lol. I love the story of Lucy's faith and the redemption that runs through the story.
David Wolf made for an interesting character - I will admit the flags when up and a touch of heat when he commented about himself being a "half breed" ~ being Canadian and knowing the history of the Metis people that is an extremely touchy word even in today's society (or just perhaps because I'm getting older lol) so I had a real connection with his feelings as I've been through that racial issue personally as a child and understand the depths far more than what was expressed in this book - that being said Margaret wrote it well enough that I was not offended and felt okay with way she used the expressions.
All in all A Vision of Lucy was a fun book for anyone looking for a sweet romance book! I would gladly look for more books by Margaret Brownley and the rest of the Rocky Creek Romance Series because it is fun and what a sweet Christian romance book should be like!