Abandoned by his mail-order bride, Silas Jonesey has fought an uphill battle to recover from a pattern of poor choices. Now his prayers for reconciliation have finally come true and his estranged wife has contacted him with her whereabouts.
Kate Dawson was supposed to be a mail-order bride, but upon realizing she’d been deceived about her intended groom, she’s now settled into life as a schoolteacher. When the mother of a student passes away, Kate assumes she’ll take on care of nine-year-old Anthony–until two men suddenly show up in town, claiming to be the boy’s father.
Silas can see Anthony loves Kate, so he enlists her help in reaching out to the boy and attempting to prove his paternity to the court. When a common interest in Anthony leads to an interest in each other and Silas and Kate begin to think they can overcome their rocky start, neither is prepared for the secrets and past hurts that have yet to come to light. Can Silas, Kate, and Anthony’s wounded souls bind them together or will all that stands between them leave them lonely forever?
My thoughts: This is an excellent historical novel, full of secrets and mysteries. When Kate tries to do what is right for one of her students who is recently orphaned, she is pulled into a debate over who the boy belongs to. When past hurts come to light, Silas, Kate and Anthony must figure out how to move forward.
My favorite part about this book is that it has a lot going on, which makes the story far from dull! The characters are well developed and I enjoyed all the secondary characters as well, since I thought they added to the story quite nicely.
I received this book from Lit Fuse in exchange for my honest review.