The protagonist, Guinevere Arlington, better known as Gwen, is so beautiful that she stops men in their tracks, but if they want to make points with her, they'd better not mention her looks. She's much more than that, and she resents the common thinking that women should not be involved with things other than housekeeping and child-rearing.Then, the unthinkable happens. Gwen decides to run for mayor--in 1915--in the small town of Bethlehem Springs, Idaho, and she sets the town to talking!This first book of the Sisters of Bethlehem Springs series asks the question, "Who says a woman can't be mayor?" The second in the series, Fit to Be Tied, the story of Gwen's sister, Cleo, is due out the end of this year. The question in that novel is "Who says a woman can't be a wrangler?" If you like historical romance novels, this is a good one to grab.
I finished reading Robin Lee Hatcher's A Vote of Confidence this evening. I enjoyed it! Robin always tells a good and entertaining story that also plainly shares Christ and gives a good example of how to live your life according to God's plan and ways. Both of the main characters in this story, Gwen Arlington and Morgan McKinley were very good examples of Christians seeking to live their life according to God's will and plans for them and both sought to follow His leading. I enjoyed also that Gwen was a strong and independent woman who was not afraid to stand up for her beliefs and had the courage to run for the office of mayor in the year 1915. I don't think I had thought about how women of that day might have had some of the same aspirations as women do now. The love story part of the book came together nicely and I especially enjoyed the character of Morgan and how he was a strong and respectful gentleman who who wanted to know everything about Gwen. That part touched my heart because his manner and ways reminded me of my own sweet husband which made the whole relationship of the characters in the book strike a chord with me. It was a good book and I would recommend it as some great summer reading. You will enjoy it, plus at the back of my advanced reader copy it indicates that there will be a follow up book about Gwen's sister coming out as well. I am looking forward to that!
This is the first book I've read by Robin Lee Hatcher. I am thrilled I had a chance to read this book! I just saw that it was 352 pages and I'm shocked! I enjoyed the book so much and read it whenever I had a free moment that I didn't realize it's length.Robin's characters were easy to picture in my mind and I felt like she drew me back in time.Gwen's fiestiness is something I definitely appreciate. It served her well in her big for the Mayor's seat. She didn't want to win because of her beauty.Along comes Morgan who finds Gwen not only beautiful bit intelligent as well. Too bad he's thrown his hat into the ring against Gwen in the bid for the Mayor's seat.In the midst of it all we have Gwen's sister Cleo who's campaigning for Gwen and Harrison Carter tries to control everyone.I really loved this book and can't wait to read Cleo's story.
A Vote of Confidence, written by the award winning author Robin Lee Hatcher, wonderfully answers Gwen Arlington's questions. This book explores what it is like to live and work in a man's world in 1915. Robin Lee Hatcher writes a smoothly flowing yet intriguing page-turner. It is 1915 and it is totally a man's world. Should a woman assume authority over a man? Gwen Arlington knows what constitutes a woman's place. She also understands the needs of Bethlehem Springs and wants to run for mayor. Over the years, countless people complimented her beauty, but never understood that Gwen is quite intelligent also. What is wrong with a woman being smart? Why do men have to assume all leadership roles and make all the decisions? Even the Bible tells about women in leadership positions Gwen teaches piano and writes a column for the local newspaper. Should that not be enough for one beautiful woman? Complicating the situation is her growing love for one of her piano students who throws his hat into the ring for mayor of Bethlehem Springs. Miss Arlington wants to do what is right according to the Bible, but is fearful concerning the town's current leadership.What about Harrison Carter? Is he upstanding and honorable? Why would Mr. Carter oppose a health resort being built near Bethlehem Springs? It seems that a resort would bring new jobs and new money into the area. Gwen's life in a man's world is anything but peaceful. Gwen Arlington lives a life filled with questions in need of answers. How much must Gwen change to win? Exactly what is it that Gwen really wants? Read and enjoy A Vote of Confidence by Robin Lee Hatcher. It is available at your local bookstore and at various places online. You will find this book to be money well-spent and time reading it enjoyably spent.