It was very entertaining...very comfortable read, and lots of really fun parts...most of all I thought it brought to our minds a sometimes forgotten people...the American Indians...and their need for the Lord...
This was a great read! I wasn't aware of the history of debtors prison and servitude. The author kept you wanting to read more. It was hard to put the book down. I'm glad this was book one. I'm anxious to read the stories of the other sisters.
Rose's Pledge is written by Dianna Crawford and Sally Laity and published by Barbour Publishing, Inc.
Rose Harwood can not believe she is on her way to a trading post out west when only weeks ago she was selling all her family owned in England to help keep her father out of debt prison. Coming from England to America by boat and being auctioned off was not all she had hoped it would be. She and her two sisters are now separated and not sure when they will be together again. So far meeting a young man named Nate has been the only positive part of her trip! Nate is attracted to Rose and decides to go on the journey to the trading post with the fur trader and Rose.
I liked the descriptive writing in this story. It was not overdone and really helped me picture the people and settings talked about. The whole story moved quickly and entertained me as well. I enjoyed the writers' style and thought this was one of the best western fiction books I have read. This is an excellent Christian fiction book to escape into!
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.
Rose is the oldest Harwood Daughter. Her mother died when she was only 13 years of age. She became the mother figure for her younger siblings. She has sacrificed her courting years to take care of her family. Now she's an old spinster.
When her father is in debt and is threatened to go to debt prison, Rose comes up with a plan to get money to pay her father's debt. That plan included selling herself as bond servant to the colonies.
A dirty old man named Smith bought Rose to become his cook. The man is a fur trader and lives on a trading post in Indian territory. While traveling the 30 miles to that post she meets Nate, a handsome frontiersman, who wants to free her from Smith. But Smith doesn't want to sell his cook. Nate travels with Smith and Rose to the trading post and starts to have feelings for Rose.
Rose is a dedicated Christian and Nate isn't. So she's trying to guard her heart, but is attracted to him nevertheless.
It took me a while to get into the story, but once I did I really liked the story. I loved reading about the untamed wilderness, how they traveled and crossed rivers, always on guard for enemy Indians and Frenchmen. Also interesting to read was how the fur trading was done. I liked to read how Rose adapted to life in the wilderness, how she learned the fur trade and became a tough lady.
For the lover of historical fiction, especially frontiers settings, this book is a must read.
*I received a copy of this book from NetGalley and was not required to write a positive review.*