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A Home of her Own, a Love Inspired Historical novel, by Keli Gwyn
When her drunken brother attacks her, then frames her for arson, Becky Martin makes a hasty decision to accept a position half-way across the country. She’s never met James O’Brien, but the offer is well-timed and her minister has vouched for the requestor. Once there, Becky begins to have regrets. But with no home of her own, where else can she go?
Number of Pages: 288
Vendor: Love Inspired Historical
Publication Date: 2016
Series: Love Inspired Historical
Becky Martin knows that she can't stay at James O'Brien's apple farm forever, but she wishes she could. After her brother framed her for arson, she flees Chicago, traveling cross-country to California and finding work caring for James's ailing mother. Beneath the apple blossoms, it's almost as if she has a real family but her secret won't stay buried forever.
James, scarred from an explosion, didn't expect to connect to the pretty young traveler. Could she really love someone damaged like him? He knows she's hiding something. If only she'd trust him. Can she let go of her past and believe in the possibility of a future amid the apple trees?
ECowgill5 Stars Out Of 5Wonderful Historical Novel!June 12, 2016ECowgillQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5When reviewing books in the past, I have admitted that the historical category of books is not my favorite. There's certainly nothing wrong with the genre - I just happen to like the contemporary category better.
I may have to change my mind, however, after having read Keli Gywn's A Home of Her Own. Ms. Gwyn easily transports the reader back to the late 1800's with her accurate description of that time and of the region of Diamond Springs. The story takes place on an apple farm and Ms. Gwyn shares a wealth of information about growing and harvesting different types of apples. The authenticity of the historical aspect of the book really makes the reader want to learn more about that time and place in American history.
The heroine of the story, Becky, has fled a bad situation at home and travels across the country to California to care for the hero's mother, who is suffering from cancer. James and Becky are attracted to one another, but as in any good love story, there are obstacles to overcome, including a challenge from the local doctor for Becky's attention.
Although some of the lessons learned by James and Becky were hard, it was delightful to watch these characters grow as the story moved forward.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading A Home of Her Own and highly recommend you add it to your summer reading list!
Julie GravesOklahomaAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5a home of her ownApril 7, 2016Julie GravesOklahomaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Becky Martin leaves Chicago and her abusive brother after he tries to frame her for arson. Arriving in California, Becky becomes the caretaker for James O'Brien's mother who is dying of cancer. James owns a local apple orchard which is the perfect place for Becky to hide from her brother.
With a tender heart Becky nurses James' mother while also caring for James. One of the last requests James' mom has for Becky is for her to stay on the orchard until James makes his peace with God. Becky still has a debt to pay to James, but she knows that she can't stay on the orchard forever. Sooner or later Becky's brother will find her, and Becky knows she must leave the man that she has grown to care for.
I love the setting of this story! Having been raised in California I have visited the apple farms near Placerville. I could envision exactly what James' farm looked like during harvest time. I also loved the characters in this story. Becky is such a sweet girl, stubborn too! I loved her desire to learn about James' apple orchard. James has a tough exterior, but he really is a tender/loving son and friend/boss. A Home Of Her Own is a sweet love story between Becky and James with a bit of suspense thrown in with the specter of Becky's brother looming in the background. If you have not read any of Keli Gwyn's books I highly recommend that you pick one up soon!
Kav5 Stars Out Of 5A Wonderful ReadMarch 22, 2016KavQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5First, take a gander at that gorgeous cover! The Love Inspired art team did an incredible job. Promises exactly what this book delivers.
James and Becky's first meeting is certainly memorable and highly entertaining to read. James is all gnarly and Becky is all obstinate and thank goodness James's mother is on hand to sort those two out. But my it does take time and a lot of patience! A complex plot with a hint of danger gives this sweet romance a bit of bite. And I love how Gwyn brings history to life both in the area and the apple orchard. Adds a whole new dimension to the story. There's joy and sorrow and plenty of conflict before James and Becky reach their happily ever after and I enjoyed every blessed minute!
Patti JoGeorgiaAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5In The Apple OrchardMarch 11, 2016Patti JoGeorgiaAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5While reading Author Keli Gwyn's wonderful historical romance, A HOME OF HER OWN, there were times I almost felt I was in an apple orchard! The author's descriptions of her setting and characters really carried me away, and I was reminded of why I enjoy Keli Gwyn's writing so much. This sweet story is set in California in 1871, and follows Becky Martin, who fled her mean, abusive brother in Chicago. Now she hopes to make a new life and never encounter her brother again, but she didn't expect to be so attracted to James O'Brien, her employer. As Becky takes care of James's very ill mother, she yearns to learn more about the apple orchard. Since he is scarred from an explosion, James doesn't expect Becky to be interested in him, but as they work together feelings deepen. With romance, action, and characters who came alive for me (including some secondary characters!) this book is a delightful, highly-recommended read. FIVE STARS!!
Britney Adams5 Stars Out Of 5A Home of Her OwnMarch 10, 2016Britney AdamsQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0There are so many things to love about this book! Keli Gwyn weaves together historical details, picturesque descriptions, and heartfelt emotion to create a beautiful and romantic tale. I loved James and Becky and reveled in the tenderness of their story. I highly recommend A Home of Her Own and cant wait to read more from this wonderful author!
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review. All thoughts expressed are my own.