A dressmaker in the Wild West and a rough man who has been hurt by women. They would appear to have nothing in common, but they do. They are both believers in God and they have trusted Him with their lives. The result is a sweet romance with colorful gowns, deep contrasts and an underlying mystery.
I liked this book, it is godly as well as romantic. The characters were rather well-drawn and their relationship progressed believably. I also liked the secondary characters and their stories, such as the dirty old man and the hero's sister who is transformed into a beauty. The hitorical detail is very good and helps transform the reader to that time and place and the writing is beautiful. However, I had a few problems with this book.
Firstly, the problem the two protagonists were facing while developing feelings for each other seemed insourmountable to me. The hero, Jericho, thinks that Hannah, the heroine, will corrupt the women of the small town and lead them towards thoughts of vanity and beauty, in a place where work is hard and money sparse. The problem is, I agreed with him and until the very end, nothing happened to make me change my mind. The heroine's ideas were too vain and wordly for my taste, and since he thought so too, I can't very well understand how he overcame this difficulty. He felt attracted to her, for sure, but that is certainly not enough grounds for marriage. The most important thing is unity of opinions and minds. That was a rather substancial problem for me.
On the other hand, maybe the author chose to show this controversy on purpose, which is well and good, but I wanted this matter resolved by the end.
The second problem I had with this book was the heroine's attitude. She is otherwise very sweet, caring and godly, but she seems to suffer from bouts of meanness and childishness. Actually, I think I have seen this happen in a lot of Christian Fiction books, and it seems that this is the only way some authors have of showing that a gentle and believing heroine has spunk and opinion. However, all she came out was spoilt. Really, there is a difference between standing up for yourself and for what you believe to be right and being rude and mean and spoiled. I think this goes a little beyond a flawed heroine, especially since she doesn't redeem these qualities by the end. Thankfully, she rather seems to understand that something went wrong with her behaviour afterwards, but then she rarely apologizes, which I found odd for a woman who professes to believe in God.
In a lesser note, I was a little annoyed with the gymnastics that took place ever so often in the book and found them rather superfluous, but they didn't bother me very much.
And isn't the cover the prettiest ever?
Please let me know your opinion of this book, as it is rather new and there aren't many reviews out there.