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Book Title: Heartland Courtship|
The author of the book: Lyn Cote
Edition: Center Point
Date of issue: September 1st 2014
ISBN 13: 9781628992212
Format files: PDF
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Heartland Courtship may be my favorite of Lyn Cote's Wilderness Brides series. It is difficult to decide, since they were all so good!
Spinster Rachel Woolsey is a Quaker who moved west in 1871 to claim her own homestead and to start a bakery business at a time when most women did not have such opportunities. She arrived at Pepin, Wisconsin, by riverboat and was met by her cousin, Noah, with whom she would stay until she had a place of her own.
On the same riverboat was Brennan Merriday, a Civil War veteran who had lost everything, including any hope for the future. While traveling, he became very ill with a fever and was offloaded by the boat's crew because no one knew who he was, and there was no money for his care or additional passage.
Noah, the town's pastor, and Rachel bring Brennan home to stay with Noah's family, and Rachel cares for him while he recovers. The process of overcoming the challenges they each face and the difficulty they have acknowledging feelings for one another make for a great story.
Mrs. Cote's writing is historically accurate, and her characters are well developed. Most of her heroes and heroines are a mix of virtues and faults. Rachel, however, never demonstrates any real fault. Although she is a little too perfect, she is not preachy about it, and it doesn't detract from enjoyment of the story.
Rachel's strong-heroine-character is a loving and kind-hearted person who asserts herself without being rude or abrasive. She always has the perfect wise and gentle thing to say any time there is any conflict. Rachel suffers believing that her feelings for Brennan are not reciprocated, but continues to do the right and honorable thing in every instance.
Brennan's character doesn't succumb to insta-love, nor does he suddenly become miraculously and instantly healed. His journey toward self-discovery and healing is a process that occurs over time with Rachel's help and support, as a result of events that happen, and (it is implied) because God cares for him and is in control of the events that keep bringing Rachel and Brennan together.
If you enjoy clean historic romance, I highly recommend Heartland Courtship and the Wilderness Brides series.
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Read information about the authorLyn grew up loving books. Her favorite night of the week was Friday night, when the Bookmobile came to her neighborhood in Illinois. She’d spend those two hours chatting with the driver of the Bookmobile and the librarian and making the big decision of the week — which books to check out! In those distant days, children were limited in how many books they could check out. Lyn could only take home six a week — and there were so many to choose from. Her favorites were Cotton in my Sack by Lois Lenski, The Little House series and the One of a Kind Family series. Later, she discovered Georgette Heyer’s Regency romances!
This love of books led to a desire to write. Lyn won prizes in high school and college for her poetry and, not surprisingly, Lyn became a history and English teacher. When she became a mother, she gave up teaching, and while raising a son and a daughter, she began working on her first novel. Then she wrote her second and third. Long years of rejection followed — as it does for most writers. Finally in 1997, Lyn got "the call." Her first book, Never Alone, was chosen to appear in the first year of the new Love Inspired line. Lyn has written many articles on writing and the emerging Christian Booksellers Assoc. (CBA) fiction market. In 2006, Lyn's book, Chloe, is a finalist for the RWA's RITA, the highest award in the romance genre in the inspirational category.
Now, Lyn spends her days writing books that show the power of divine as well as human love. Her nest is empty and she and her real life hero, her husband, have more and more time to spend together in their home on a lake in the lovely northwoods. And books are still dear to her heart.
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