Millie Evans has decided to leave her wayward half-brother to his life of crime, and boards the stagecoach to Salt Lake City in search of an honest life. Much to her surprise, one of her fellow passengers is David Stone, who knew her as a thief named Charlotte Evans. Millie has been reading the Bible she stole from David, and how is a changed woman. But will David see that and learn to trust her?
Back in England, Merrileigh Stone has ambitions to be a Countess and the mother of an Earl. But for that to happen, David Stone will have to meet an unfortunate demise, and she hopes that this plan will be more successful than her last. She enlists the assistance of her gambling brother, Peregrin Walmore, to â€˜assist' her in achieving her ambition, and this adds an element of suspense to the plot.
I often read American contemporary fiction where one person chooses to ride 'shotgun': that is, in the front passenger seat, but the origin of the phrase was beyond me. A Lady in the Making solved the puzzle: a shotgun rider sat in the front seat of the stagecoach, to deter potential robbers and outlaws. See, you can learn something new reading Christian fiction!
A Lady in the Making is generally a sound historical novel, but there were some negatives. I found there was a distinct lack of romantic tension, especially compared with some of Davis' previous books (my personal favourite remains Frasier Island). There were a few annoying examples where the English characters used Americanisms in their speech (e.g. using fall instead of autumn), and I thought the ending was quite abrupt.
This is the third book in the Prairie Dreams series by Susan Page Davis, following The Lady's Maid and Lady Anne's Quest (both previously reviewed). Although part of a series, this can easily be read as a standalone novel, as the couples from the previous novels are only mentioned in passing. Overall, this was a good story, but by no means the best Susan Page Davis has written.
Thanks to Barbour and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review.
This is book three in the Prairie Dreams series. I would highly recommend reading the other books in the series before reading this one. I know you will enjoy the story even if you don't read the others but it will make the book easier to follow if you do.
Millie Evans has decided to change her life. Will she be able to convince those she has hurt that she is turning her life around? David Stone can not believe he has run into Millie again! Can he learn to trust her? Can they finally be together or has too much passed between them to have a future together?
I gave this book 4/5 stars. I thought the story itself had good adventure and great characters. I liked the interaction of the main characters. I especially enjoyed the setting. I do think that reading the others in the series is important and therefore gave the lower rating, as it is not a good stand-alone book.
I would like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for the copy of this book I enjoyed reading. I gave an honest review based on my opinion of what I read.
David Stone had come to America from England twenty years ago to make his own fortune. Being a third son he would have no title or fortune handed down to him_or so he thought. He was sought out by his niece, Anne, in the previous book to be told that the title of Earl of Stoneford has come to him after the demise of his two older brothers. So now he is headed back to England to claim his title. After almost falling for a gold digger and being shot he's ready to leave this country. Wouldn't you know his luck_.that very same woman that he despised above all others_.is headed across the country as well!
Millie Evans is a new woman. She and her step-brother, Sam Hastings, had a tough life and didn't live it very well but after she stole a bible_.God truly did change her. She had to get away from Sam though and away from crime. When she noticed David Stone_.a man she once tried to marry for his fortune_.on the same stage, she was thankful she could return his things she had stolen. Cuff links and his bible. Returning his property was not enough for him to believe she was a changed woman though. Would she ever be able to regain his trust and prove she was truly a new creature in Christ?
Follow their perilous journey from Oregon, where they run into all kinds of complications, let alone David trying to ignore the beautiful Millie. If you enjoy knowing the whole story, you will want to read The Lady's Maid, where Anne comes to America to find her long lost Uncle David, and Lady Anne's Quest where she does find her uncle and much more. Another well written and enjoyable series by Susan Page Davis.