I really enjoyed going back to the boardinghouse in Baker City, Oregon. The series is almost like a TV show, because the novels, though focused on two people, always have these lovely side stories with the secondary characters that you just don’t want to miss. Book Two makes Jeffery and Beth the main attraction.
Beth is an interesting heroine. She’s got this mysterious past on two fronts: her ex-beau and her parentage. Watching the two pasts unravel slowly was really nicely done. I found myself turning the pages and trying to figure out what had happened with Beth. However, Beth is not one of the best heroines. She’s a bit flighty, because I wasn’t sure what she wanted in life. She was a bit self-absorbed because she thought everything and everyone was talking about her. And to be perfectly honest, this is not a romance, this is a book about Beth deciding whether or not she wanted a romance. That said, she’s not the most annoying heroine I’ve ever read, and if you just remember that she’s overdramatic, than she won’t bother you as the reader.
Jeffery is another mysterious character because you’re not sure about him in book one, but in this novel you really get in his head. You learn his passions, what he’s hiding, and who he’s hiding from. I will say, that he is a very beta, low-key male. Sometimes I wanted to say stop whining and do something already! But that low-keyness is probably what makes him and Beth work. Jeffery also has some parental issues (like in the first book) that are worked out really nicely in this one.
The secondary characters are all there! Plus there is an extra boarder or two who causes trouble and will bring a smile to your face. I particularly enjoyed Frances’ character. I love that though she has changed, she hasn’t changed.
Spiritually, Beth has to learn to trust God and realize that she can’t control everything while Jeffery learns that God is very interested in everything that we do.
Overall, I think if you don’t go into this novel expecting a romance, it’s a great book about this boardinghouse and the things that go on there. The writing is strong, I didn’t find myself bored at all, and I’m very interested in what is going to happen in the third book in this series.
Romantic scale: 6
**I received this novel from Netgalley. My opinion was not affected in anyway.**