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.