Murmur in the Mud Caves
He came to cook for ranch hands, not three single women.
Gideon Swift, a visually impaired Civil War Veteran, responds to an ad for a ranch cook in the Southern California desert mountains. He wants nothing more than to forget his past and stay in the kitchen where he can do no harm. But when he arrives to find his employer murdered, the ranch turned to ashes, and three young women struggling to survive in the unforgiving Borrego Desert, he must decide whether his presence protects them or places them in greater danger.
Bridget "Biddie" Davidson finally receives word from her older sister who disappeared with their brother and pa eighteen years prior, but the news is not good. Determined to help her family, Biddie sets out for a remote desert ranch with her adopted father and best friend. Nothing she finds there is as she expected, including the man who came to cook for the shambles of a ranch.
When tragedy strikes, the danger threatens not only her plans to help her sister, but her own dreams for the future—with the man who's stolen her heart.
Wonderful historical fiction!
A lovely story set in 1873 in the southwest, full of adventure, danger and more. Biddie has a dream - to open a bakery and help her adoptive parents with their charity. Will this dream ever become a reality? Gideon was in the war and returned healthy, except for the debilitating migraines that followed him home. He has not been able to accept the forgiveness of the Lord after all those war experiences and thus also cannot forgive himself. Feeling like less than a man, will he ever let faith and hope return to his life?
True joy came from true love and true love couldn’t be earned - it was a gift! But who was worthy of such a gift? Would any of the well developed characters learn that true joy?
An ARC of Chaparral Hearts Book 4 was received through WildHeart Books, BookFunnel and CelebrateLit. These impressions are my own and were in no way solicited.
What a fun book! I haven’t read the others in the series, but this one stood on its own two feet. The characters were lively and the harsh conditions and constant threat of danger kept me on my toes the whole read through!
Gideon and Biddie, though expressed in different ways, both struggle with being good enough and allowing themselves and others to accept them for who they are and not what they can contribute. This was a beautiful story about seeing yourself through God’s eyes and letting that be enough.
The challenging desert environment and one especially crabby sister added a lot of fun background and excitement to the story! All of these elements blended together to create such a fun story, that I couldn’t put it down!