Middle was a little thin, but overall a good story
January 12, 2015
Debbie from ChristFocus
"Daughter of Joy" is a historical romance set in 1895 in Colorado. It has a common storyline: a lady becomes the housekeeper for a handsome but unkind man with an untamed child and she wins them over. We get some details about everyday life in 1895, but the historical aspect is mostly just a backdrop for the action.
The heroine has some depth to her character and motives which play a nice role at the beginning and end to make the story unique. However, the middle felt a bit rushed. She decides to marry someone not a Christian in hopes her influence will make the difference. Suddenly everything from the man's past comes back--and seems easily overcome. Too easily. I would have liked it better if his struggle had been more developed here. Then she realizes he hasn't changed, really, but is simply doing what she asks because he wants her. At this point, the story slows down and explores their struggles and conflicting emotions again. I do not find unkind men to be attractive even if they are handsome, so I couldn't quite relate to that. But I could accept that she was attracted to him based on her past and because he wasn't always unkind.
The Christian element was woven into the story. Their religious beliefs were a part of their lives, their past, and motivated their actions. There were no sex scenes or bad language.
I'm not a fan of romance novels but I did enjoy this one and it kept my interest. The ending was predictable with a slight twist. It gave me something to look forward to and enjoy at the end of my day when I was winding down at bedtime.