"What a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive." I don't know who first said that, but my fifth grade teacher loved to repeat it. It's very appropriate for this book.
Janie's dying cousin begged her to take her newborn to hide and protect him from his abusive father. Janie gives up her dreams and flees with the child, ending up in Kansas with her brother. This mock marriage they dream up to protect the child later becomes quite an entanglement.
When Janie's brother dies, what is she going to do? She can't run the farm alone. Aaron, the neighbor who offers to help, is attracted to Janie, as she is to him and his children.
Maybe a marriage of convenience will work. Or maybe the child's father will find them. Or maybe Janie will lose the farm. Maybe the secret about her baby will come out.
What happens and will Janie's future be in jeopardy will keep you reading until the very end.
Thank you, Ms McDonough, for a plot that is definitely not run of the mill.
***A special thank you to Cathy Hickling for providing a review copy.***
Song Of The Prairie may look like your average prairie romance from the lovely cover but there is more to it than first impressions.
The harshness of the prairie that was a reality is often forgotten in novels but not so in this one. Vickie McDonough has accurately portrayed how life back then was hard and the people were tough, but faith and family held them together.
Populated with a variety of delightful and some not-so-nice characters, readers will find themselves joining in the joys and fears of Janie, Aaron, and their family.
This slim little novel is a quick but thought provoking read. Song Of The Prairie will leave you admiring the pioneer spirit and thinking about how even the smallest choices we make affect those around us.
I hadn't read any of Vickie McDonough's full-length novels until now, and since I enjoyed this one so much I will be looking forward to reading more of them.
Fans of prairie fiction and Vickie McDonough will find a treat in Song Of The Prairie.
(I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own.)
In life we are faced with many choices that will forever alter our destiny. Thus is the case for Janie Dunn, a young lady with dreams of becoming an opera singer, until the fateful night a knock sounded at her door, and the newborn son of her cousin who died in childbirth , is thrust into her arms along with a desperate message to take her baby and save him from his abusive father.
Janie flees to Kansas and seeks shelter with her brother Phil on his farm. There they tell everyone they are married to protect the baby's identity.
When Phil is injured and is found by his neighbor Aaron Harper, with his life draining from him he asks Aaron to take care of Janie and the farm.
I loved this book !
Life was hard on the Kansas prairie and Vickie McDonough has written the story of Janie and the Harper family on our hearts. Who wouldn't love the quiet strength of Aaron Harper, or cherish the friendship of his family, and not be encouraged by Janie's selfless dedication to her son.
I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.
Vickie McDonough is one of my favorite writers and this book did not disappoint. :) It held my attention from start to finish. I really enjoyed the characters. Although it is part of a series, it stands alone nicely.
I received this book from the publisher for review purposes. The view stated above is my honest opinion.