Saturday, October 24, 2020

FIVE SIMPLE GIFTS by Sondra Kraak, Reviewed by Winnie Thomas

Five Simple Gifts concludes the Love That Counts series by Sondra Kraak, and what an outstanding wrap-up it is. Wilder Monaghan finally gets his own story, a story of redemption and a happy ending. Kraak writes with wit and charm and paints a vivid picture of the lumber industry in Pine Creek, Washington in the 1890s. Her characters all have such distinct and captivating personalities, and I’ve enjoyed meeting them all and seeing them reappear in other stories in the series. 

Although Wilder had some growing and maturing to do, he had a wonderful sense of humor and fun, and it was entertaining to see him become more responsible while coaxing some happiness and playfulness into Langley’s life. I’ll miss the characters in this series, but, hopefully, this author will have more tales in store for us in the future.

*I bought this book and was under no obligation to provide a positive review.

BackCover Blurb:
 Langley Taft is a firm believer in the narrow way. She trained to work alongside her father in their lumber dynasty and married the man of her parents’ choosing. A man who turned around and issued her a humiliating divorce. Left alone to raise her sister’s illegitimate son, she defies her family to do what she knows is right: deliver the baby to his father—even if that man is Wilder Monaghan, the irresponsible heir to a rival lumber company who lives on the other side of the country. And who happens to be the scoundrel she once fancied in her youth.

A lover of adventure, opportunity, and all things exciting, Wilder isn’t prepared for the surprise appearance of the son he thought was dead, or for the woman who shows up with her life shaded by unjust accusations but determined to help him raise his son. Parenting alongside the stringent Langley might be his most challenging adventure yet. Or his most rewarding, provided he can teach her how to have fun and in the process win her affections. But why would a studious, responsible woman like Langley Taft look twice at him, a reprobate trying to find his course back to the narrow way?

As secrets are revealed, driving a wedge between Wilder and Langley, they both must humble themselves to receive a gift they did not earn, a gift not bought with money or charm: the gift of a second chance.
TrailHouse Publishers, September 2020

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