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As Norah King surveys her family land in Iowa in 1880, she is acutely aware that it is all she has left, and she will do everything in her power to save it--even if that means marrying a man she hardly knows. Days before her wedding, Norah discovers an injured man on her property. Her sense of duty compels her to take him in and nurse him back to health. Little does she realize just how much this act of kindness will complicate her life and threaten the future she's planned.
Norah's care does more than aid Quincy Barnes's recovery--it awakens his heart to possibilities. Penniless and homeless, he knows the most honorable thing he can do is head on down the road and leave Norah to marry her intended. But walking away from the first person to believe in him proves much harder than he imagined.
Rachel Fordham invites you to experience the strength and beauty of love forged in the crucible of hardship in this heartwarming story.
In this sweet romance from Fordham (A Lady in Attendance), a young woman falls in love with a down-and-out stranger in 1880s small-town Iowa. Norah King has strived to maintain her family's farm after her father's death a year ago, but his gambling habit left her with few friends, and the bank's threats to call in her father's loan test her optimism. When Jake Granger, a middle-aged farmer 20 years Norah's senior, offers to marry her and take on her debt, she says yes. Days before the wedding, Norah discovers a severely injured man on her farm and takes him in. She helps the man, Quincy, recover from wounds sustained after being roughed up for throwing a boxing match and instills in him the transformative power of God. The two bond, but Quincy, destitute and aimless, feels she's better off with Jake and hits the road. Two years later, Quincy has opened a successful hotel and decides to reunite with Norah, unaware of the dire consequences that aiding him has wrought on her life. Norah and Quincy's Dickensian reversal of fortune lends the story a satisfying narrative symmetry, and the resolution's testament to the healing power of Christian forgiveness might inspire a tear or two. The strong central couple make this a road worth travelling.