Love Finds You in Golden, New Mexico
This was a new author for me and what an enjoyable read this was. I have read several books in the Love Finds You series and have found every one truly entertaining.
In Love Finds you in Golden, New Mexico we find an older, Godly man Phillip, who is being obedient to what God has told him to do, much to the chagrin of his young friend Jeremiah who want's nothing to do with God after a horrible tragedy in his childhood. Meanwhile across the country in Boston, Madeline Mercer is dealing with her own personal heartbreak and the aftermath that has come with it. Believing that escape is her only alternative, she answers a personal ad from a man in Golden, New Mexico.
Whenever I pick up a book in this series I can always count on a good, God centered story with great research about the place the book is set in and characters that are mostly likable. I loved Jeremiah's struggle to trust God again, as well as Madeline's fight to be obedient to what she believes God has called her to do. These were just two of the life lessons that I found in this book. The relationship between Madeline and Jeremiah proved to be more interesting as the story developed which was wonderful. It was very realistic, because most relationships take time and trust to develop.
The only thing that I truly had a problem with was the bad guy. He wasn't as developed as a character as much as I would have like to have seen. But that is just a minor thing as he didn't have a big enough part in the overall story to really make a difference.
Overall it was a very fun, light read and I enjoyed it very much.
August 30, 2013
Truly A Delightful Read!
In Love Finds You in Golden, New Mexico, Lena takes us off on a romantic, historic, and spiritual journey between several people. It is the 1890s, and Philip Smith, an elderly, sick, quite well-to-do miner instructs his young friend, Jeremiah Dennison, to put an ad in the newspaper for a bride. Philip has loved Jeremiah like his own son, and so he feels obligated to fulfill the old man's wishes, much to his dismay. Why does Philip need a young gold-digging wife to take care of him, when Jeremiah can meet all of his needs?
Madeline Mercer, of Boston, a fine, young Christian woman, finds herself in a terrible dilemma when a business partner of her recently deceased father, announces that she is penniless and must marry him. Also a friend of Maddy's dies in childbirth and insists Maddy take care of her baby, Pearl, before she passes away. Desperate to escape the horrible Horace, and have a means to support Pearl, Madeline answers Philip's ad and flees to New Mexico. Upon meeting him, she is shocked to see that he is so old, but soon grows fond of this kind, Godly man, who has offered to take care of her and the babe.
Jeremiah, is very suspicious of the lovely Madeline, but finds himself irresistably drawn to her as a moth to a flame; his best friends intended. Jeremiah also believes that even though he is not a Christian, he is a good man, and doesn't need God. Soon Maddy's past and Horace's lies and accusations catch up with her. Will she be able to stay in Golden, where her precious baby and Philip have grown to love one another so? And what exactly are the old miner's plans for her and Pearl? Does Jeremiah give in and let God take control of his life? And what horrible things does Horace do, all for the love of money? Has he gone too far for God's mercy and redemption?
This was a beautiful story of forgiveness, love, and redemption, as only Lena Nelson Dooley can tell it! I found myself, more than once, with a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes...what a wonderful read with a surprise twist near the end!
January 9, 2012
One of the better Love Finds You titles!
I thoroughly enjoyed this historical novel by Lena Nelson Dooley. It's now one of my favorite Love Finds You titles. The story structure reminded me of Tracie Peterson's style, but this author added her own personal touch to make it uniquely hers.
The writing style was smooth and intelligently put together. It was easy to read without feeling choppy. I got a bit misty-eyed a few times as well, which is not a frequent occurrence for me. That only happens when my heart is engaged, and in this case the author did a great job of making me care. The baby in the story was a big part of that bonding process. The author used that character well in connecting various situations and thus making my eyes water.
The theme of forgiveness was strong and beautifully written. I didn't see any flaws or downsides to this novel. The spiritual thread was strong and flowed naturally, which is not often the case with historical fiction. The church setting enhanced the novel and I adored the elderly man, Phillip.
The hero, Jeremiah, was dreamy. Though he had his weaknesses, they didn't feel contrived and just made him more intriguing and heroic to me. The heroine was strong in her own way, while remaining somewhat dependent like women tended to be in those days, especially women who had limited financial resources. Sometimes when I read a historical novel I get annoyed when the women seem atypically strong for that time period. This heroine was perfectly constructed in this case. I enjoyed spending time getting to know these characters. I highly recommend this book.
January 5, 2011
Madeline is facing a lot of changes in her life: the recent death of her father, the death of a poor friend which leaves a newborn baby in Maddys care, and her fathers supposed business partner, Horace, and his claims to marriage with Madeline. Not to mention the rumors surrounding her fathers death. In an attempt to escape marriage with Horace, Maddy flees to New Mexico in answer to a bride wanted ad in the newspaper. Imagine her surprise when she arrives to learn that the man who places the ad is actually an elderly miner! In addition to all that the miners best friend cant seem to stand Madeline and treats her with utmost suspicion. With all these things added together you have a recipe for adventure.There were some things about this book that I thought could have been better. Those were mainly really small things, though, like phrasing and stuff like that. For the most part though, this is a well written, sweet romance and I would recommend it.
August 21, 2010