She's desperate to find her missing father. His conscience demands he risk all to help.
Eliza Brooks is haunted by her role in her mother's death, so she'll do anything to find her missing pa—even if it means sneaking aboard a southbound ship. When those meant to protect her abandon and betray her instead, a family friend's unexpected assistance is a blessing she can't refuse.
Daniel Clarke came to California to make his fortune, and a stable job as a San Francisco carpenter has earned him more than most have scraped from the local goldfields. But it's been four years since he left Massachusetts and his fiancée is impatient for his return. Bound for home at last, Daniel Clarke finds his heart and plans challenged by a tenacious young woman with haunted eyes. Though every word he utters seems to offend her, he is determined to see her safely returned to her father. Even if that means risking his fragile engagement.
When disaster befalls them in the remote wilderness of the Southern California mountains, true feelings are revealed, and both must face heart-rending decisions. But how to decide when every choice before them leads to someone getting hurt?
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Wonderful and Inspiring Story!
What a wonderful book! This is a Historical Christian Romance set in 1854 in California. I thought this book was great and I loved the characters. I loved how independent Eliza was and how important family was to her. I loved how honorable Daniel was and I loved the chemistry that was between them. Even though they didn’t get along as first I loved how with the different trials they had to go through together how they grew to love each other. I also loved how Daniel helped Eliza to let go of the guilt she felt about her mom’s death and to know that God loved her. This book was very well written and I look forward to reading more books by Kathleen.
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A dance in the Wilderness?
A wonderful introduction to an author that is new to me, this book just makes me want to read more! The characters are either lovable or you want to shake some sense into them. Eliza is stubborn, headstrong and blaming herself for her mother’s death when she was just a child. Thus she has taken on what she feels is her job - taking care of her father - a tough situation for a young lady to be in.
Uncle Henry is just the sweetest and Aunt Celilia is one of those you’d love to shake! Daniel is a gentleman, honest to a fault, a hero that anyone would love. Back in Massachusetts are several other characters that lend credence to my earlier impression of Daniel.
What follows is a story that will have you laughing, sometimes frustrated and certainly wanting to impart some practical wisdom to several of the characters. There is adventure and disaster, suspense and romance in this well researched historical novel. Will the search in the mountains bring the answers Eliza desires?
This e-copy was received through Wild Heart Books and CelebrateLit. The impressions and comments are my own and were in no way solicited.