"I can't love her," he told himself sternly. He lowered his gaze to the floor and sighed as the truth washed over him. "I can't not love her."
When Clara's husband dies suddenly, she is released from a loveless marriage. She and her children travel to a Montana ranch, the last place where she felt truly happy. However, she does not know that her late husband's secrets will catch up to them at the ranch.
From the moment I saw the lovely picture on the front, I knew I wanted to read this story! I was thrilled that the picture on the front is the same as a photograph described in the story. I kept coming back to look at it. The back of the book drew me in further by giving me JUST enough information to make me want to know more, and then the first chapter starts off with the action immediately. Even though this is part 3 of the Sapphire Brides series, the book stands on its own (and now I need to find and read the other two!)
There are only a few quibbles I have with the book. The "bad" characters seem to be ALL bad. I wish the "bad" characters had some redeeming qualities. That would have made them more believable. Also, in the story there are 4 year old twins. It is said that they were born because their father was an identical twin. However, identical twins don't run in families and when fraternal twins run in families, they run on the mother's family. Also, I think the 4 year olds speak more like 8 year olds.
But I'm a bit nit-picky sometimes. I just pretended the characters were more fleshed out, ignored the part about twins passing through the father's side, and re-imagined the twins as 8 year olds.
Overall I was very impressed and (between meals) read the book in one sitting! There are some surprising twists, quite a bit of danger, characters to loathe and love, and a somewhat predictable yet happy ending.
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I received this book from Bethany House for this review.