In a heartwarming story that takes on some difficult subjects, Ms. Peterson engaged me in the lives of the characters.
Cassie has much to deal with after an estrangement with her sister. Her memories of a loving but harsh and hurting father, along with her faith have sustained her.
I like the way the author not only presents problems encountered in every day but provides the spiritual answers. The setting was interesting and I learned a lot about the early railroads and living in a desert town. She crafted a believable villain who was sneaky but did not pull the wool over the eyes of Cassie or Brandon.
Brandon was a steady force but had things in his past that haunted him and needed to be resolved. The conclusion was satisfying.
A theme that was woven throughout was that we need to yield to God and trust in Him. “It is all about Him and not about us.” Other themes presented were forgiveness, reconciliation, reward in honest work and that truth will be revealed.
*A complimentary copy of this book was provided by Bethany House through Interviews and Reviews. I was not required to post a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*4 stars and a solid faith thread
Will their faith prove to be stronger than their fear?
Sensible and independent, Cassie Barton never anticipated being on her own at thirty-two. But after the death of her father and the marriage of her sister, she's found joy in her work as a seamstress. When a minor accident leaves her unable to sew, she decides to use her time to compile a book of stories about the men working on the Santa Fe Railroad. But worry begins to grow in San Marcial as Mexican revolutionaries set out to destroy the railroad--and put many lives in danger.
With Europe at war and his longtime friend Cassie injured, railroad worker Brandon DuBarko is burdened by his troubles. He promised Cassie's father he would watch over her, but as their comfortable friendship slowly transforms into something deeper, he feels trapped by a secret from his youth. When a vengeful man reappears in Brandon's life, intent on causing conflict, Brandon must face his past before he can move forward.
As the danger intensifies, Cassie and Brandon must rely on God to overcome the obstacles that stand in the way of a brighter future.