“Beloved Christian fiction authors Lori Copeland and Virginia Smith team up once more in the second volume of the Seattle Brides series.
When the Burgert family moves to Seattle in 1852, Kathryn is convinced her father has destroyed her life. The backwoods settlement offers none of the comforts and culture she loves in San Francisco. She cares nothing for the new sawmill the townsfolk are so excited about. That is, until she meets Jason, a lumberjack with dreams for a bright future. As she comes to know Jason, Kathryn can’t help catching his vision.
But the future they hope for is anything but secure. There are some who see Seattle as a threat and will stop at nothing to make sure the sawmill fails. With the harsh and rugged weather, at times it seems even the land itself is determined to thwart Seattle’s very existence. Kathryn and Jason’s plans for a happy future become entwined with Seattle’s struggle to survive in the midst of adversity, both manmade and natural.
A gripping story of love, tenderness, and survival in the rugged Pacific Northwest.”
WILL BE AVAILABLE: April 1, 2014
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.
It’s not often that I find a Christian romance that is set in Seattle. I must confess that is one of the major reasons I picked up this book. I’ve never read a book by either of these authors, but I enjoyed this one.
There wasn’t a overly preachy tone to it which pleased me. Some Christian fiction becomes nothing more than a overbearing sermon and that grates on my nerves. Between the characters and the story plot, the authors did an excellent job of inserting Christian themes, but not “overdoing” it.
This novel had a unique plot. A young woman, Kathryn, ventures to Seattle because her father wished it. She hates the town at first and, of course, the horrid weather. Soon, she finds herself falling in love with the kindness of the people that inhabit Seattle and their determination behind developing the small town. Kathryn also feels drawn to a certain lovely gent, Jason Gates. At times, I felt like Kathryn and Jason’s relationship was a bit forced, so I cannot say with 100% certainty that they definitely belonged together. It seemed like Jason went straight from hating her to being interested her in the next chapter. The story also lagged a bit in parts and didn’t always keep my interest.
I enjoyed the frightening possible conflict of a nearby indian attack and felt like the authors weaved history into the plot well.
There were a lot of puzzle pieces that appeared out of order throughout the book, but I felt like the authors set everything right in the very end. In fact, I loved that I didn’t understand the full background story until the last couple of chapters. It was one of the novel’s aspects that kept me interested and reading.
Overall, I’d say that I enjoyed this novel. It isn’t something I’ll gush about to all of my friends, but it was enjoyable and fun. Chemistry between the two main characters appeared a bit forced and that was a turn-off for me, but the rest of the novel flowed well.