This kind of felt like I was reading a Disney movie from the 1970s set in the Old West. Think The Apple Dumpling Gang or Hot Lead and Cold Feet. This book didn’t take me back to the time period it was supposed to be set in, mainly because the dialogue simply didn’t fit.
The publisher’s blurb:
All of her life, Grace Bidwell has longed for a loving husband and children, but now the chances of her dreams coming true are looking slim. Widowed and caring for her elderly father, she struggles to maintain her late husband’s ranch, until she places an ad for a hired hand.
Robert Frasier arrives in town with three pitiful, bedraggled children who have nothing but the tattered clothes on their backs and a load of hurt, pride, and anger. Believing this is divine intervention in her life, Grace welcomes them with open arms. As feelings grow between her and Robert, Grace will have to convince him that she is a woman who can be trusted with his heart.
Readers will be swept away into 1860s Montana’s lush Gallatin Valley, nestled among towering mountains and proud pines, in this emotional conclusion to the Virtues and Vices of the Old West series
What I thought:
This is the third in a series, but definitely able to be read on its own. It’s a good little read, and the story itself begins to pull you in – but then heavens! What poor Grace Bidwell must go through is enough for any woman to just throw her hands in the air and lock herself in her house for the long run. From almost drowning in a river (Robert rescues her) and spraining her ankle (Robert brings her soaking salts) to being kidnapped and attacked… I admit I think we’ve all had short spans of time where it felt like “Oh, what next???” in our lives. In the context of the book, it felt almost too rushed, as though the author suddenly realized the book was due in three days and needed to smash all these happenings in before the ending.
That bit aside, this book is enjoyable. Easy to read and follow along. So many times I come across stories, especially romances, where the kids are just “too darn cute” or who come off as so much wiser than the adults they are with. The three kids in “Trusting Grace” were a refreshing change from that. The characters have a good depth to them, and the budding interest between Grace’s father and the odd woman who owns the boarding house is a treat.
If you are looking for a good poolside read, this would be a great choice.
**I was sent this copy from Revell in exchange for my fair and honest opinion.**