Sophia's Leap-Year Courtship by Kristin Holt
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Received eBook to Review
Genre: Historical Fiction/Romance
Book Description: Union Pacific Station Agent Chadwick Hughes has everything in a state of readiness to welcome his mail order bride…everything but the bride. The woman he’s corresponded with for a year didn’t change her mind or miss her train in Omaha—she never existed. Chadwick’s mortified to discover he’s been swindled by a fraudulent matrimonial agency in Chicago. He needs a lawyer if he’ll ever recover a dime of the fortune he spent on worthless membership fees and the nonexistent bride’s transportation west.
Sophia Sorensen, Attorney at Law, is a spinster on the edge of propriety. The good people of Wyoming Territory are open to a lot of things, including Lady’s Privilege during Leap Years, but some aren’t fond of her day-to-day behavior. Why, the woman rides her bicycle hither and yon, showing her petticoat ruffle and ankles. She might be the least ladylike specimen beneath Wyoming skies, but it’s entertaining to watch her court the U.P. Station Agent, Chadwick Hughes, the most-eligible bachelor in the county.
My Thoughts: This is such a cute story with a strong, feisty heroine. Sophia is a lawyer in the late 1800's in Wyoming. This is not a popular career choice for the time. Many men will not hire her and many more think her incompetent because she is a woman. She doesn't consider marriage until the local gossip columnists suggests she would be taken more seriously if there were a man to control her a bit.
The idea of women doing the courting in Leap Year was new to me. I do not know if it were something that really happened or the author's idea for the telling of this story. Regardless of where it came from, it's a great idea. Women who have been looked over can make a connection with a man who may be a little too shy to make the first move. It's a win, win.
This is a delightfully clean addition story. There is some kissing and some wooing. This is also not a full length novel.
Source: I received an electronic copy to review as part of a book tour.
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About the Author: (Taken from Goodreads) Kristin Holt, USA Today Bestselling Author writes Sweet Victorian Romance set in the American West. She writes frequent articles about the nineteenth century American west--every subject of possible interest to readers and amateur historians. She contributes monthly to Sweet Romance Reads, Sweet Americana Sweethearts, and Romancing the Genres.
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