Intriguing Glimpse into the Past by Bestselling Historical Author Judith Miller
With her penchant for seeing the best in everyone, Hope Irvine sees a world full of good people in hard places. When her father accepts a position traveling in a chapel car as an on-the-rail missionary, she is determined to join him in his efforts and put her musical skills to good use by serving the mining families of West Virginia, saving their souls, and bettering their lives.
Luke Hughes shares Hope's love of music and her love of God, but as a poor miner he knows he can offer her no future. Still, the notes she sings resonate in his heart. When she begins to travel with a young mine manager to neighboring counties, Luke can hardly suppress his jealousy. It isn't until he begins to suspect these missions of mercy might be the mine manager's cover for illegal purposes, though, that Luke feels justified in speaking up. But how can he discover the truth without hurting Hope or, worse, putting her in danger?
I had never heard of chapel railroad cars before, so it was interesting to learn something new as I read this book.
I appreciated Hope's joy in serving the Lord, whether it was leading the singing during services, teaching the children, or helping to repair people's homes. Her father, the preacher, also had a servant's heart. When he wasn't preparing a sermon, he was counseling, or helping in the community.
The plot moved forward through the conflicts of the mining families with the managers of the mines.
Romance and historical fiction fans will enjoy this cozy romance, set in the coal mining hills of West Virginia in the early 1900's.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Bethany House, for review purposes. The thoughts expressed here are my own.
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