Thursday, December 15, 2022

THE LADY'S MINE by Francine Rivers, Reviewed by Rebecca Maney

"Even as a child Kathryn had been enraged by injustice. Her first crime, in the eyes of the judge (her stepfather), had been to steal the Thanksgiving turkey from Cook and give it to a poor family who had come to beg for work at the gate."

But it didn't stop there, and Kathryn Walsh found herself banished from Boston and sent across country to a small mining town in the Sierra Nevadas, her out-spoken opinions and determination to remain single landing her in Calvada, where there were more saloons than women. (maybe a slight exaggeration, but not much) Having inherited her uncle's newspaper office and abandoned mine claim(through her mother's willingness to send her away), Kathryn sets about to do what she does best, take charge. . . and runs straight into two men who want to claim her . . . Matthias Beck and Mordan Sanders. Ultimately, only one man would be able to declare; "the lady's mine", for trouble had stepped off the stage . . . in the form of a red headed little dynamo.

"Falling in love with her had shaken and then inspired him. . . He didn't want to win the bet. He wanted to win Kathryn Walsh's heart."

Hard-headed meets hard-headed in this mountain top battle of the wills, with a wagon load of bantering, badgering, and bargaining (utilizing the kind of persuasion that generates a little heat), keeping the reader (and the residents of Calvada, for that matter) thoroughly entertained. Did I think that the ending was a bit rushed . . . possibly. But no one is going to argue with the end result! If you ever doubted the power of an individual, or two, to bring about positive change in an entire community, consider this story as your textbook.

* I purchased a copy and was under no obligation to provide a positive review.


BackCover Blurb:
A delightful new western romance from the New York Times bestselling author of Redeeming Love

New York Times bestselling author Francine Rivers returns to the California frontier in this sweeping, romantic tale of a displaced New England suffragette, a former Union soldier disinherited by his Southern family, and the town they join forces to save.

1875. When Kathryn Walsh arrives in tiny Calvada, a mining town nestled in the Sierra Nevadas, falling in love is the farthest thing from her mind. Banished from Boston by her wealthy stepfather, she has come to claim an inheritance from the uncle she never knew: a defunct newspaper office on a main street overflowing with brothels and saloons, and a seemingly worthless mine. Moved by the oppression of the local miners and their families, Kathryn decides to relaunch her uncle’s newspaper—and then finds herself in the middle of a maelstrom, pitted against Calvada’s most powerful men. But Kathryn intends to continue to say—and publish—whatever she pleases, especially when she knows she’s right.

Matthias Beck, owner of a local saloon and hotel, has a special interest in the new lady in town. He instantly recognizes C. T. Walsh’s same tenacity in the beautiful and outspoken redhead—and knows all too well how dangerous that family trait can be. While Kathryn may be right about Calvada’s problems, her righteousness could also get her killed. But when the handsome hotelier keeps finding himself on the same side of the issues as the opinionated Miss Walsh, Matthias’s restless search for purpose becomes all about answering the call of his heart.

Everyone may be looking to strike it rich in this lawless boomtown, but it’s a love more precious than gold that will ultimately save them all.

Tyndale House Publishing, March, 2022
Available in digital ebook, paperback, hardcover, and audiobook:
Buy The Lady's Mine at Amazon, Christianbook .com, or Baker Book House




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