“Can Love Survive When Secrets Collide?
She’d kept her secrets safely hidden—those from her past, and those in the present. Some things, Beth Roberts knows, a lady simply doesn’t share, even in the 1880’s West. The townspeople would never understand. No one ever has.
Jeffery Tucker, a handsome young writer, has kept his own secrets. He doesn’t have a right to pry into Beth’s affairs but finds himself strangely drawn to her and intrigued by the whiff of mystery surrounding her.
Beth knows that one day someone will unravel the threads of her past. And when two men from her past arrive, the truth might just hurt … Beth’s future and her heart.
As shadowy memories surface, Beth sketches the scenes she sees and is shocked by what—and who—her illustrations reveal. Dare she risk her heart again?”
The publisher gave me a copy of this book to read and review (from NetGalley). This has, in no way, altered my opinion of the book and what is written below is a 100% honest review.
When it comes to Christian historical romances, man, I’m a goner. I’ve never read anything by Miralee Ferrell so I didn’t know what to expect when I began this one. I’ve read many other Christian historical romances, so I do know what I like and what I dislike in this genre.
I found the character of Beth Roberts very calming and relateable. Her self-esteem problems and insecurities stem from her childhood scars and she doesn’t believe that she is worthy of love. She comes to find her comfort and security in the fact that God loves her unconditionally and does not find a flaw in her. What a wonderful message of love!
I did have a problem with the constant tug-and-pull in this novel. I understand that Beth Roberts is insecure, but, at times, I just wanted to roll my eyes. This novel contained a four or five different narrators and the viewpoint was switched one or two times each chapter. I became easily bored while reading. Jeffrey would declare he loved Beth and then Beth would spend four pages wondering if he really loved her. I get that Beth had been scarred in past relationships and that she was hesitant to love anyone or put her trust in another man. I understand that. But, there’s only a certain amount that I could take of Beth complaining and whining about whether or not Jeffrey loved her or not. How many times did the poor man need to tell Beth of his love for her?!!?! I don’t know, but I felt badly for the poor lad.
The ending was pleasant, though, and I had no problems with the happy ending (my favorite kind). I enjoyed the author’s message about God’s unfailing love and felt like she wove it well through the characters and story plot. I wasn’t crazy about this novel, but it was entertaining and I would definitely think of reading another of her novels.