History, Suspense and Romance (4 Stars)
Keeping Faith by Hannah Alexander (Harlequin Love Inspired Historical – September 2013)
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Early American history, wagon trains, freed slaves, and those who are full of hate against those who are against slavery. We even have a woman doctor! Dr. Victoria Fenway, who learned from her husband who was a doctor. But he had been murdered for his stand against slavery and now his wife, Victoria was out for revenge on the man who murdered him. She hooks up with a wagon train from Missouri to Kansas in hopes of starting a fresh new land where slaves were free men and treated equal. And also in hopes of finding Thames, the awful man who murdered her husband.
Little did she know that this trip would be a test of everything she knew and of the faith that she has lost sight of when her husband was murdered. Her first (and only true love) is the captain of the wagon train, Joseph Rickard, and that brings trouble for her. She’s newly widowed and still has feelings for Joseph, but he left her 10 years ago to go back to his plantation in Georgia where they had slaves, knowing how she felt. They both had a lot of growing up to do during the past 10 years and also during the time on this trip across some dangerous territory. They had to fight weather, illness, wild animals and mean, heartless men and a couple of young boys who needed to grow up and listen to instructions. Would they be able to make it across to Kansas and start fresh? Would everyone on the trip make it with them? Would Victoria and Joseph be able to overcome the obstacles that had caused their problems before and finally admit their feelings. Most of all, would Victoria be able to forgive God for letting her husband die? Would she be able to enter into a close relationship with Him again?
This was a very good book, full of excitement and hard to put down. Even though some things you expected, there were enough unexpected plots and adventures that will keep you guessing. I have read the contemporary medical mysteries written by Hannah Alexander and loved them, so I was a little bit afraid I wouldn’t like this change in genre. But I did! I love historical novels and this had some of the early medical treatments in it to satisfy that need. If you like historical romances with lots of suspense, then you’ll love this book.
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