Amanda Cabot has a way of writing a love story with just enough suspense to keep you guessing throughout. Just when you think you have it all figured out, well you just may be wrong! I love how this book represents forgiveness and how even when we put up walls, God can show us His love through the kindness of strangers. Aunt Bertha is my favorite character as she shows love to a complete stranger, Lydia. The characters and situations are believable and the plot draws you in and you want to sit and devour it all at once. This one should go on your must read list. Anxiously awaiting the next book in this series.
I received a complimentary copy from the author. The honest review and opinions are my own and were not required.
The main character, Lydia, moves out west. To earn her living, and with help, she opens a sweet shop and is welcomed into the home of a wealthy elderly woman. I enjoyed reading about the fudge and other things she made. I also liked the family and the town. The characters seemed very real to me.
As I read through the book, it seemed like a light entertainment, with occasional references to prayer and church. There was a peaceful feeling of occasional suspense here and there. Towards the end of the book is where I was shocked. The story got very intense and felt like a television crime show. I was not happy about it. If I had known it would be this type of book, I never would have read it. It is just not the type of story I want to read. I consider this book to be more secular than religious, even though it is published by a Christian company.
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For the most part it's a gentle love story, as Lydia learns how to get past the disappointment of a broken heart and move on. I especially liked her relationship with Opal and the lessons she learned by befriending her; it takes even more character than dealing with certain prejudiced people who haven't got past the Civil War [cough cough, Travis's dad].
Aunt Bertha is a dear--one of those great characters who steals the show from the principal leads. I really liked the supporting cast in general, especially Catherine and Opal (and Bertha, of course). I'm pleased to see it looks like book two will be about Catherine. And even though he's largely a gruff old curmudgeon, Travis's dad cracked me up in his constant reference of Lydia as the "Cursed Enemy." Pretty big title for a girl who was barely born by the start of the war.
There is some mystery and danger, keeping Travis hopping in his role as sheriff. I was pleased to have figured out the villain, though I was disappointed that the person has a villain-reveals-all moment. So many villains in stories would have a decent chance at succeeding if they just kept their mouths shut.
Thank you Revell for providing a free book. No review, positive or otherwise, was required, and all opinions are my own.