Lucy Fairbanks could never have dreamt that her dream of becoming a photo-journalist would have landed her on top of a stagecoach . . . . in the middle of the woods .. . in the middle of an armed robbery. The ensuing wild ride lands her somewhere far more dangerous, however; landing at the feet of a handsome hero, who for all intents and purposes is a rather wild man himself. And catching him in a photograph could quite possibly secure her future as the Rocky Creek newspaper. Never would she have suspected that the end result would be quite opposite for her, and for the reclusive David Wolfe.
David Wolfe has returned to Rocky Creek after many years of transient living, in order to find answers about the cruel act that he endured as a young boy, which nearly killed him and ultimately stole his identity. Left on the doorsteps of a local mission as an infant, his bi-racial status has long ostracized him from both the Indian and white communities. Meeting a blond beauty on a runaway stage has left Wolfe in a quandary; could she possibly be trusted to help him and what purpose would it serve in the long run, if their friendship could never deepen into love? But he hardly has time to figure it out before he is a man on the run from local justice, after being accused of a crime that he did not commit.
"A Vision of Lucy" is the final book in Margaret Brownley's very entertaining and well-written "Rocky Creek Romance" series; each with endearing characters, inspirational depth and stirring romance. It will take the efforts of this entire community to solve the decades old mystery surrounding David Wolfe and the power of forgiveness to transform revenge into restoration.
Lucy Fairbanks is a twenty-year-old woman with a passion for photography, a tendency to allow her curiosity and impetuousness to get her into trouble, and an unfortunate habit of talking too much, particularly when she is nervous. The man known as David Wolf is a half-white, half-Native American living in Texas only a few years after the end of the Indian Wars. He has returned to Rocky Creek to find the four men who drove him out of town as a ten-year-old boy, and to reclaim the box they stole from him, the box that he hopes will hold the key to his identity. David and Lucy meet when he rescues her from a stagecoach robbery-gone-wrong (and quickly finds the most effective way of quieting the talkative woman).
While her father keeps trying to marry her off, Lucy wants a career in photography. Unfortunately, her first assignment for her local newspaper ends when the unscrupulous printer rewrites her story about the Ã¢â¬Ëwild man', David Wolf, which results in him being shot and Lucy secretly nursing him back to health. David faces further trouble when man goes missing, and David is suspected of being involved, which presents both characters with problems.
Lucy is a likeable character, although she has her faults - she is talkative, freethinking and possibly overly independent, while David is more private (to the point of being secretive). Although A Vision of Lucy is the third book in Brownley's Rocky Creek series (following A Lady Like Sarah and A Suitor for Jenny), it can easily be read as a stand-alone. A Vision of Lucy is a formula Western romance, but is no less enjoyable for its predictability, with the instant attraction between Lucy and David providing both enjoyment and some frustration (well, as the saying goes, the path of true love never did run smooth, and this is especially true in romance novels).
Oddly enough, this is the second historical Christian Fiction I have read recently about a lady photographer with this one being the lighter of the two. This was an enjoyable novel, and while for the most part it was a light-hearted romance, it did touch on deeper issues including discrimination, revenge, forgiveness, and how our upbringing affects our views of God. I would certainly read more books from this author.
Thanks to Thomas Nelson for offering this as a free ebook in an online competition.
Lucy Fairbanks' passion for photography gets her into unusual situations. She's not afraid to take a risk if the reward earns her the title of artist or photographer. After ending up as a witness/almost-victim in a stage coach robbery, Lucy is saved by the mysterious David Wolf who is believed to be a wild man by the locals of Rocky Creek. Motivated by both gratitude and selfishness, Lucy attempts to vindicate David by photographing him for the local newspaper. Unfortunately, her plan backfires and places David's life in danger. But this isn't the first time that the town's inhabitants have tried to kill David. As a half-white, half-Indian child, he was ostracized and endangered. Twenty years later, he's back with a vendetta. As Lucy and David grow closer to each other, the mystery of David's past becomes an insurrmountable hurdle. Will their young love survive? Or will prejudices of the past keep them apart forever?
A Vision of Lucy by Margaret Brownley is the third book in the Rocky Creek Romance series, but it is fine to read as a stand-alone novel. This book combined two of my favorite pastimes (reading and photography), but I wish it had been more engaging. Some books will draw me back to them whenever I have a free moment. Unfortunately, this one didn't. However, I did enjoy the photography quotes and learned some information about very old photography practices. I thought the characters of Lucy and Caleb were well-written and I honestly couldn't guess who the "fourth boy" was until he was revealed.
A Vision of Lucy will probably be loved by some people and disdained as forgettable by others, a judgment depending solely upon personal taste. I recommend renting it from the library before buying.
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