About the book: Her life was planned out ~ until he rode in ~ Illinois prairie ~ 1859
After four long years away, Esther Stanton returns to the prairie to care for her sister Charlotte’s family following the birth of her second child. The month-long stay seems much too short as Esther becomes acquainted with her brother-in-law’s new ranch hand, Stewart Brant. When obligations compel her to return to Cincinnati and to the man her overbearing mother intends her to wed, she loses hope of ever knowing true happiness.
Still reeling from a hurtful relationship, Stew is reluctant to open his heart to Esther. But when he faces a life-threatening injury with Esther tending him, their bond deepens. Heartbroken when she leaves, he sets out after her and inadvertently stumbles across an illegal slave-trade operation, the knowledge of which puts him, as well as Esther and her family, in jeopardy.
Publication Date: September 10, 2019
Publisher: Mantle Rock Publishing
Genre: Historical Fiction
Series: Prairie Sky #3
My thoughts: Sometimes reading a book isn’t about the ending but the journey to the end. What a journey this story was! From the prairie of Illinois to the bustling streets of Cincinnati this story grabbed my reader’s heart and didn’t let go!
First of all, I love the characters the author has created. Even though they are fictional I have come to care about them from the very first book in the series. The chemistry between Esther and Stew was palpable at times and made the book so fun to read. It was also great to see Charlotte and her growing family. Can’t say I was a fan of Lawrence Del Ray but this just goes to show how talented the author is in creating characters that readers can dislike as well as ones they can love.
The story was interesting and there were twists and turns that I didn’t expect. While it seemed very likely from the beginning that Esther and Stew would find their happily ever after it was all these twists and turns that made the story so good and kept my interest. The pace of the story is excellent and the author has a way of writing that made me feel part of the story. Her writing reminds me so much of that of Janette Oke
I highly recommend this book. While it can be read as a standalone I would read the series in order to get to know the characters better. This is a book for fans of historical fiction, especially American historical fiction. This book is not to be missed and is definitely one for the keeper shelf!
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author and was not required to write a review. All opinions are mine.
About the author: Cynthia Roemer is an award-winning inspirational writer with a heart for scattering seeds of hope into the lives of readers. Raised in the cornfields of rural Illinois, Cynthia enjoys spinning tales set in the backdrop of the 1800s prairie. She writes from her family farm in central Illinois where she resides with her husband and their two college-aged sons.