My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Genre: Christian Western Romance
Book Description: Man on a Mission…
Nate Bohannan won't let anything stand in the way of his grand plans in California. Even if it means traveling there with unreliable huckster Robert Salali. But after a destructive bender in Simpson Creek, Texas, the unscrupulous Salali runs out, leaving Nate to carry the blame—and the debt. He can fix broken furniture…but can anything fix the despair in café owner Ella Justiss's eyes?
When her café was destroyed, Ella felt sure she'd lost her dreams along with it. Yet somehow Nate's cheerful care and optimism fill her with hope again. Painful secrets from her childhood make Ella wary of men. When danger threatens, will Nate be the hero Ella can finally trust—and love?
My thoughts: This book is set in Texas during the time of the Old West.
Ella has a history that she wants to keep in the past. Her life has been altered by emotional and physical abuse. The abusers were those entrusted to her care when she was a child. It is hard for her to open her heart and mind to others. She doesn't feel worthy of love and friendship.
Nate came into the small town as a sidekick to a man selling a miracle elixir, sure to fix all ills. He does it to earn money and passage San Francisco. His plans are interrupted when the business goes bad and he is left to atone for the sins of his employer.
I enjoyed this story of two people who have had problems growing up. They both need someone to stabilize them and help them through problems. This book dealt with the issues of redemption and forgiveness. It also has content of dealing with the past and moving forward. There is a path to healing.
This book is a Christian romance. I enjoyed that the characters used faith, or rediscovered faith to help in their decisions.