When lumber heiress Tess Wakefield travels to upstate Michigan in order to sign over the property rights for Wakefield Timber, she never could have imagined how a tragic wagon accident would change the course of her life. Stranded in a lumber camp with over one hundred men and no recollection of who she was or why she was traveling so far north, Tess accepts the fact that she just might be the school teacher that the camp was so eagerly expecting. But foreman Jake Lannigan has his doubts; her delicate features, strong-willed nature and propensity for hats, leaves Jake with a nagging suspicion that the lovely stranger with amnesia might just be his nemesis, after all. The problem is, just what does he plan to do about it? Certainly, not fall in love.
This simply written, illuminating story about life in an 1873 Michigan lumber camp, weaves a tale filled with life and love, mistakes and regrets, faith and forgiveness, but finishes strong; vintage Lori Copeland!
When Love Comes My Way is a Christian love story that keeps you turning the pages. The story takes place in Michigan during the late 1800s. The author gives us a glimpse of how lumberjacks lived in the old logging towns. Reading this book gives you a better understanding for the courageous men who did that kind of life-threatening work. You will enjoy the way this book describes an era of long ago while the reader can only imagine a 19th century way of life. You can almost feel the bitter cold and smell the pine trees as the author introduces you to the main characters.
One of the main characters, Tess Wakefield, discovers she lost her memory after a horrible wagon accident on her way to sell her Timber Company. She is the only heir to the profitable company, but her interests are back East in her new fashion business. In the midst of losing her identity, she begins to lose her heart to the man that may know who she is and why she was headed to his town.
This man, Jake Lannigan, puts his interest first and conveniently allows Tess to believe she is the new school teacher the town has been desperately waiting for. Jake secretly begins to see Tess as a very special person in his life and begins to feel badly about not being honest with everyone regarding Tess' real identity. Tess settles into her new life well and eventually gains the respect of the townspeople and her unruly students. Will God help these two main characters discover that through forgiveness and His guidance they can truly be happy?
This book is a wonderful story and would be a great addition to anyone's library. (reviewed by M.Hicks)
DISCLOSURE: Harvest House Publishers provided a complimentary copy of When Love Comes My Way on behalf of the author for the purpose of our rendering an honest review. Opinions expressed are solely those of the reviewer.
Lori Copeland is a great Christian romantic comedy writer. I could really feel the characters in this story - a great story by the way. The woman was histerical and I love when the gruff characters are really softies inside. Great book !
Jake is in charge of the lumber company that Tess owns. He had been good friends with her grandfather before he died. Now Tess wants to sell the company so she can buy more hat stores. Tess is coming to the Lumber camp in the U.P of Michigan to close the sale and Jake is not happy. On the way to the camp along with the new school teacher there is a bad wagon accident and Tess is the only survivor. Tess can not remember who she is and since she did not tell Jake when she was coming many thing she is the school teacher. Jake keeps it to himself that she might be Tess and tells her she is the school teacher and does not treat her very nice.
Even though Tess does not like all the things Jake has her do she does them with out complaining and slowly Jake finds himself falling in love with her. But when Tess's old life comes front and center will they find true love or will their differences keep them apart?
This was a fun book to read. I live in the U.P of Michigan so it was neat to read a book based here.
What I liked: I enjoyed the fact this book took place close to where I live. Made it more interesting. I really liked how Jake and Tess interacted. I found myself laughing at their antics a lot.
Over all I did enjoy the book and found myself really drawn into it the last quarter of the book. I just wish the first 75% had been a little more exciting. But the fun banter between the characters helped me give it a higher rating.