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Rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Received to Review
Genre: Historical Fiction/Romance
Book Description: Twenty-six-year-old Katie Macauley has placed all her hope in Hope Springs, a small town in the 1870 Wyoming Territory. But if she wants to return home to Ireland to make amends with her estranged family, she'll need to convince the influential Joseph Archer to hold true to his word and keep her on his payroll as his housekeeper despite her Irish roots. The town is caught in an ongoing feud between the Irish and the "Reds" the frontiersmen who would rather see all the Irish run out of town and the Irish immigrants who are fighting to make a home for themselves in the New World. When Joseph agrees to keep Katie on as his housekeeper, the feud erupts anew, and Katie becomes the reluctant figurehead for the Irish townsfolk. As the violence escalates throughout the town, Katie must choose between the two men who have been vying for her love though only one might be able to restore hope to her heart.
My thoughts: I love Sarah Eden's writing! She hasn't written a book that I haven't anxiously started and finished. Well, I haven't read all of them yet, but I do own the books that I haven't read and will get to them sometime in the future.
Sarah Eden does well with writing historical fiction. This book takes on the 1870's in Wyoming Territory. The subject is the poor public opinion of Irish Immigrants. In this case the antagonism leads to a renewal of a feud.
Katie wants to work to earn passage back to Ireland. She wants to return to her family to show that she has done something good with her life. She feels guilty for the death of her younger sister, she was eight at the time. She wants her family to forgive her. She has been working and wandering for 18 years, seeking penance.
Contrary to her plans she comes to the attention of two eligible bachelors. One is her employer and the other an Irish Immigrant who we meet early on. Both are unique characters and add a lot to the story. I loved the shameless flirting of Tavis O'Connor. Joseph Archer is a devoted father and a man of honor. The question is can one of them capture her heart and change her plans to return to Ireland?
Sarah Eden captured the time and heart of the community. It is a sad time in history. I can understand the fear of locals to loosing jobs, but I have a hard time understanding how they could treat a community so poorly.
If you have never read a Sarah Eden book, this is a good one to start with. She writes clean romance that will have you longing for her next book.
(The kindle edition at Amazon is $7.99 until the end of August)
About Sarah M. Eden: Sarah M. Eden is the author of multiple historical romances, including Whitney Award finalistsSeeking Persephone (2008, Covenant Communications) and Courting Miss Lancaster(2010, Covenant Communications). Combining her obsession with history and affinity for tender love stories, Sarah loves crafting witty characters and heartfelt romances. She holds a Bachelor's degree in research and happily spends hours perusing the reference shelves of her local library. Sarah has twice served as the Master of Ceremonies for the LDStorymakers Writers Conference, acted as the Writer in Residence at the Northwest Writers Retreat and is one-third of the team at the AppendixPodcast.com. Sarah is represented by Pam van Hylckama Vlieg at Foreword Literary Agency.
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