Oh mercy -- funny and touching and historically fascinating. The whole Harvey Girls backdrop is amazing. I'd never heard of them before and funnily enough read a book a while ago featuring them as well. Vetsch does an incredible job with her historical detail. Rich descriptions created images in my mind so that I felt like I was living the story rather than just reading it.
Strong, engaging characters though annoying enough to make me want to smack them upside the head a time or two. Argh! But I do love getting in the boxing ring with a hero and heroine. Makes the read that much more thrilling.
I felt for Caleb right from the very beginning -- even before I knew his whole story. I could just tell he was an upstanding guy who'd been handed a raw deal and was making the best of it. The only thing standing in his way is his pride. It's kept him living on the outside -- a true loner who has convinced himself that he doesn't care what people think about him. And, for the most part, he doesn't -- as long as they don't know the whole truth. So pride raises its ugly head and keeps him isolated.
Until Meghan shows up. She's considered a bit of a flibbertigibbet by her family and she aims to prove them wrong by serving out her full-six month contract as a Harvey Girl. She aspires to be the best Harvey Girl ever. She struggles with a different kind of pride. Unlike Caleb she does care what other people think about her and sometimes she allows that desire for approval to dictate her actions. Lots of lovely, gnarly bits to work through before this hero and heroine can find their hope for a future.
Fans of Mary Connealy and Margaret Brownley will be thrilled to become acquainted with Erica Vetsch through A Bride Sews With Love in Needles, California.
Meghan Thornson is ecstatic when she secures employment as a Harvey Girl in Needles, California. A good job, earning her own money, greeting and encouraging World War I recruits, gaining her independence; the perfect combination for success . . . .right?
Caleb McBride keeps to himself, rarely visiting town unless he is required to pick up horses or deliver trained horses to the railroad station for transport. His contributions to the war effort are not appreciated by the residents of Needles, many think he is profiting off the war , rather than volunteering his services; in other words they consider him a coward. And Caleb has done nothing to overtly change those opinions.
When beautiful, outspoken Meghan meets handsome, introverted Caleb, the town of Needles, California may never be the same. Enjoy this light, entertaining look at the brave men and women on the home front during this period of American history.
Interesting multi-faceted story of life in a dry, barren land we traveled through many times in my youth. As an RN, I was fascinated by the way a severe epidemic of influenza was treated as the Army was transported through the area by train. (Not much different than the Ebola virus we are seeing today.) Implications of prejudice and rejection of others based on race and handicaps explored in a helpful way. Loved this story.