Travis Logan wanted nothing more than to be left alone to live his own life, but God has a way of changing things up. Like taking care of a dying man and having him bequeath his land to him and offered him heaven.
Heaven Wharton had been left by her Pa to wait for him while he went to Chicago. She is in charge of the farm and all the animals, and her little sister Angel, who is blind. Heaven and Angel had lived in Nashville and were not acquainted with any of the daily chores of life. Not cooking, not housekeeping, not tending animals, or any other the other things that needed doing on a daily basis.
When Travis and Heaven meet it is anything but a Holy union, at first anyway. They both go through many personal trials, both growing and learning at the same time. They are also both growing in their faith, Travis not starting out with much.
Travis and Heaven both learn what it is to have a community love on them.
My favorite quote from the book is "She giggled and then broke into a hearty laugh, grabbing her stomach, which surprised him. She was so petite, he'd have thought she'd have a dainty behind-the-hand giggle. At that moment, he knew_..".
The discussion questions at the end of the book make you stop and think, did I read that section, maybe I need to go back and read it again. The story made me laugh with the girls, and sigh when Travis said his part.
I would recommend this book to all Young Adults and Adults, it is a fun, engaging story that will hold your attention to the end.
Review: A delightful read. I found this book very engaging, entertaining, and easy to read. The author has given us characters that we can relate to and cheer on in their quest to find the right answers for their situation and then follow through with doing the right thing while seeking God's ultimate direction. The author's descriptions easily allowed me to visualize the story and I found myself smiling quite often. "A Bride's Dilemma" is well suited for middle school and older readers.
DISCLOSURE: A copy of this book was given to the library by a friend. Opinions expressed are solely those of the reviewer.
I enjoyed A BRIDE'S DILEMMA IN FRIENDSHIP, TENNESSEE very much. The romance was touching, the hero noble, the young woman delightful, and the secondary characters were charming. I liked the fact that the heroine's other choice for a beau was not a complete, cardboard villain but rather a flawed man. When the heroine and her blind sister, who had both suffered so much, had to weather a tornado that nearly destroyed their house, I felt tremendous sympathy for them! I also enjoyed the unexpected twist involving an overabundance of green beans.
I particularly enjoyed the author's ability to draw us into the world of Friendship, Tennessee in the 1860s, soon after the Civil War. This is not a time or place I am normally drawn to read about, but the little details about life and the hardship of the times made the story come alive for me. The contrast between the more civilized Nashville and life on a farm really helped make the experience more vivid.
I recommend this book. It delivers everything a romance should.
I do think this novel might be my latest "cute novel find". A sweet romance with characters that had me chuckling and loving their antics upon the page, was the perfect end to my restful Sunday, while also completely entertaining me.
I loved the light-hearted side of this novel. Yes, there were serious issues the characters tackled; it's not comedy by any means, but some of the character's thought processes and their excellent dialogue had me chuckling.
Angel just might be my favorite character in the story. What the little girl lacks in sight, she more than makes up for in wit. What a pistol.
Heaven and Travis have great chemistry on the page and their dialogue was great. Their story is a quick read, but one that took me out of the everyday stress of my life and gave me welcome, pleasure-filled time amongst the pages. A good score for this newest Barbour line!
This review is my honest opinion. Thanks to the author for my copy to review.
More like 4.5 stars, but still an excellent read. I loved how the author had the character's dialog so unique and well done that I could hear their voices in my head while they spoke. Each character had a distinct voice and way of thinking. That made this book stand out from others. Plus, it wasn't boring. Just being honest here. While the story itself isn't exceptional in the sense that it's not very unique, it still made me smile and had plenty of redeeming qualities. The spiritual arc in the story was one of them. And the sister being blind made me think of Mary from Little House on the Prairie. Just sayin'.
I also enjoyed the romance. It was interesting reading alternating perspectives from two different groups of people finally intersecting about three quarters of the way through the book, and at the same time it seemed to take away from the main story. Not sure how else to explain that. At any rate, the romance was sweet and tender, the hero was admirable and appealing, and the younger sister was just precious in how she said what she was thinking without worrying about propriety. I found that adorable and her older sister's love touching. The heroine was stronger than she realized and sometimes being less dependent helps that strength come out. All in all, a solid read and one I would recommend without hesitation.