MY HEART BELONGS IN SAN FRANCISO --Abby's Prospects-- by Janice Thompson, reviewed by Paula Shreckhise
This is a realistic portrayal of the rough and tumble gold rush period in 1853. There is humor as well as hope within its pages.
Abby Effingham and her family’s butler want to travel to Oregon to catch up with her mother who has a penchant for travel and adventure. Washed out roads force them to detour to San Francisco with the plans for her mother to join them there. When they arrive in San Francisco, a booming gold town, they encounter Sam Harris and his father, owners of The Gold Rush Inn and the woman who runs their dining room, Cookie. Cookie is a delightfully quirky character you grow to love quickly, not the least for her humor and her habit of quoting scripture for every situation.
The author injects much levity into this fish-out-of-water story. Her descriptions of the bustling town in its early days is that it “has grown too big for it’s britches”. The antics of the boisterous, mostly male inhabitants is contrasted by the refinement of Abby and Neville, her butler. Things get more complicated when the two are forced to seek employment due to their dwindling funds and their resolve to do something on their own.
The Gold Rush Inn is a remarkable place where you can get the best food in town, thanks to Cookie. The owners are Godfearing people who demonstrate their faith in the way they conduct their business and by the way they help people.
Will Abby reconnect with her mother or will her father come to rescue her from this harsh mining town? Will her parents reconnect?
This book offers hope and shows how God loves all of us and only wants the best for everyone.
There is an interesting footnote in the book entitled: Fun Facts About The California Gold Rush.
BACK COVER BLURB:
Journey now to San Francisco, California, of 1853 where...
An English socialite finds more treasure than expected on her trip to the American West.
When Abby Effingham becomes stranded in the middle of the California gold rush, her money depletes quickly even while her prospects for marriage increase daily. But Abby is on a mission to find her mother—not romance. Will a ridiculous scandal keep her from traveling on, or will it wake up an aloof innkeeper to the treasure right under his roof?
Samuel Harris runs a moderately priced hotel where Abby and her family’s elderly butler find shelter. He is looking forward to when she—and her parade of suitors—move on, though he concedes to let her work in his restaurant. When the sassy socialite is in trouble, will Samuel come to her rescue or find himself alone?
* I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review. All opinions are my own.*
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