I really enjoy historical romance fiction and sometimes you just want an uncomplicated book about the old days (though as we know, things were very complicated in the olden days). And this book delivers that.
What I liked about it: The novel is told mostly from Katherine and Micah’s viewpoints. I really felt like I got to know both of them really well. I understood why they made the decisions they made and why they reacted the way that they did. I found them both very fascinating and I found myself invested in their romance.
The children: Amanda, Lucy, and Zach. They are not just extras thrown in to look cute and make mom and dad fall in love. They add an extra tension to the novel and they have their own longings and desires that they want to come true.
Katherine’s mom, who manages to come across as real in both her meanness and her brokenness.
Spiritually, I like how though Micah has run away from God. God has not run away from Him and how he is able to see God through His people. I also liked how Katherine had to balance honoring her mother and dealing with her mother’s rudeness (though I do think it wouldn’t have been wrong if she confronted her a time or two).
What I didn’t like:
It took Katherine and Micah a minute to start their romance, and when they did, it happened fairly quickly. They spent a portion of the novel misunderstanding each other and frankly, dealing with their own personal problems. I had hoped the romance would start a bit sooner.
Otherwise, I got exactly what I wanted. A sweet romance that was God-uplifting!
Romantic scale: 7.8