Yearning for safety, acceptance, and permanence, Sophie Biddle and her daughter Caira move to Stone Creek, Michigan to work in a boardinghouse. In order to keep her true identity hidden, and to be accepted into the community of the small town in 1900,Sophie introduces Caira as her sister, both having been orphaned.
As Sophie works hard at the boardinghouse, she is endeared by the owner, and the local (single) pastor and his sister. As these relationships develop, she is slowly able to trust God again, and accept that she is a worthy and honorable person, despite rumors to the contrary.
Reverend Ian McCormick must forgive himself and accept God's forgiveness for a mistake he made in the past. Only then would he be able to allow himself to consider entering into a romantic relationship.
The author portrayed Sophie in a way that made me want to cheer for her when things finally went her way. That said, she faced some heavy opposition from influential townspeople, which made for an interesting and believable read.
Fans of historical fiction and romance will want to lose themselves in this book!
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review, which I have given.
About the author
Kathleen Rouser has loved making up stories since she was a little girl and wanted to be a writer before she could read. She desires to create characters who resonate with readers and realize the need for a transforming Savior in their everyday lives. Previously a home-school mom, she has more recently been a college student and then a mild-mannered dental assistant for a time. Along with her sassy tail-less cat, she lives in Michigan with her hero and husband of 34 years, who not only listens to her stories, but also cooks for her.