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Book Review: The Homesteader’s Sweetheart

Title: The Homesteader’s Sweetheart
Author: Lacy Williams
Publisher: Love Inspired Historicals
Date: May 2012
ASIN: B007BBVDJS
Genre: Historical Romance
Reviewed by: Cara Putman

The Homesteader’s Sweetheart, the latest Love Inspired Historical novel from Lacy Williams, is a sweet story connecting an outsider homesteader with the beautiful banker’s daughter. Unbeknownst to her, their lives had intersected years earlier in Philadelphia, but now Penny Castlerock’s back in Wyoming and trying to make a life apart from the glass pedestal her father insists she occupies. Jonas White lives on the outskirts of life, yet has collected an assortment of abandoned children and teens. He’s made a family for them, one he protects at all costs.

At the beginning Penny seems a wee bit shallow. She’s focused on the limited life her father allows while trying to avoid the advances of an unwanted suitor. Then she intercepts a letter from her grandfather that suggests he needs help, and hijacks Jonas to take her to her grandfather. As the pages unfolded, her character developed, bringing me to a point of rooting for her. Soon her selfless nature completely pulled me in to her story. Jonas is a complicated character that took time to peel back all the layers. Boy, was it worth the time!

While this story is a well-told historical set in 1890 in Wyoming Territory, ultimately it is a story about choices. The choice to form a family. The choice to risk a heart. And the choice of people over things. A very well-done and satisfying read.

Reviewed by:
Cara C. Putman http://www.facebook.com/caraputman
Releasing in 2012: Cherry Blossom Capers, A Wedding Transpires on Mackinac Island, & Rainbow’s End (all Barbour) ACFW Publicity Officer.

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One Response to Book Review: The Homesteader’s Sweetheart

  1. Beth K. Vogt says:

    Thanks for the review, Cara. You prove that sometimes you have to give a story time to progress, for the characters to develop before deciding if it’s worth reading or not — and Lacy William’s book sounds like it is!