Fed up with the poor quality of life in 1880 New York, Tarsie Raines encourages her friends Joss and Mary Brubacher to move with their two children to Drayton Valley, Kansas, a booming town hailed in the guidebook as the land of opportunity. She offers to help with expenses and to care for Mary and the children as they travel west by wagon train. But when tragedy strikes on the trip across the prairie, Tarsie is thrown into an arrangement with Joss that leaves both of them questioning God and their dreams for the future. As their funds dwindle and nothing goes as planned, will Tarsie and Joss give up and go their separate ways, or will God use their time in Drayton Valley to turn their hearts toward him?
When I read the back of this novel, my immediate thought was that I’ve read this before….and then I was introduced to Joss. Joss, to say the least, is a bit rough around the edges, but he grows on you. And I like how Tarsie doesn’t give Joss an inch. Though the novel, is to a degree predictable, the details surrounding the plot make it original. I felt that the novel was more focused on Joss getting his life together (as it should have been) than on romance and so the romantic thread was quicker than I liked. Spiritually, Tarsie and Mary’s continual faith in God through bad circumstances was strong and the conversion in the novel believable. Good novel. Recommended.
** I recieved this novel from BethanyHouse publishers. My opinion was not affected in anyway.**