I thoroughly enjoyed "The Lady's Maid." Intriguing premise and plot; nice balance of adventure, suspense and romance; great historical detail which made the story all the more interesting. I am a stickler for good writing skills and Susan Page Davis did not disappoint in that regard, either. There is not much spiritual content for a "Christian" book, but at least it is a nice, clean book. My only real complaint, however, is that I felt I'd been "had" when I came to the end and discovered I had to buy the next book to find out the answer to the biggest question of the plot! I am sure this is a marketing ploy to sell more books (we see it more and more these days in books, movies, etc. that come In "series") but it was even more blatant in this book. Whether this was the author's idea or the publisher's I cannot say, but it irritated me. I prefer to have the loose ends tied up, especially when it comes to the main mystery. It really is an excellent read, though--as long as you are prepared to shell out more money to find out the end of the story.
First of all, her name is Elise Finster, not Kleinschmidt. Anyway, I really liked this book. For anyone who wishes they would have been born "back in the day" this is a fascinating read. Parts of pioneer life are skipped over for the sake of the story line, but you get the picture of what life was like traveling the wagon train. It has enough mystery to keep a reader's attention, and enough romance to stir your emotions. I'm glad I read it.