by Cathy Marie Hake

March 2007
ISBN: 978-0-7642-0166-0
Reviewer Graphic Button Bethany House Publishers
Trade Paperback

Sacramento, California 1860

Ivy Grubb and her family are squatters on Galen O’Sullivan’s land. Galen shows compassion for this unkempt bunch and allows them to stay on his land in exchange for help on his farm. He hopes he is not making a mistake by doing this.

It seems as though Laney McCain has been in love with Galen all her life, but he still sees her as pesky tag-along little kid. Somehow she needs to somehow open his eyes to the fact she is a grown woman. She is not at all happy Galen has allowed Ivy Grubb and her family to stay on his land. In her gut she feels they are big trouble. When Galen is forced into marriage by shotgun, Laney’s fears have become real, how could Galen do this to her? She wants to believe Galen is the innocent victim here and this is just a bad mistake.

Galen and Laney will need to honor the vows he made before God and learn how to be just friends. They also learn love can be sometimes bittersweet.

Hake was written a moving love story. Love has its ups and downs in any relationship and in any century. A worthwhile read for fans of Hake and historical fiction

Reviewed in August 2007 by Pat.

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