Silas Jonesey's life in Salt Flatts, Kansas, has not followed the course he imagined. After his mail-order bride, Lucinda, abandoned him, it was an uphill battle to recover from a pattern of poor choices and sour moods. Now his prayers for reconciliation have finally come true; his estranged wife has contacted him after ten years of silence to tell him of her whereabouts.
Kate Dawson was supposed to be a mail-order bride, but after realizing she had been deceived about her intended groom she never went through with the marriage. Settling into life as a schoolteacher, she's spent her spare time the past few years helping her student, Anthony, and his sick mother. When Lucinda passes away, Kate is ready to fulfill the woman's wish that she take care of nine-year-old Anthony--until a man shows up in town asking about Lucinda and claiming he was married to the woman ten years ago.
Silas and Kate disagree over who should raise young Anthony, who has opinions of his own about his future. After being forced to come together for the good of Anthony, Silas and Kate begin to see another side to each other and the possibility of a united future despite all that stands between them. When Kate's past comes to light, Silas's feelings about women who abandon their grooms immediately throw the walls right back up between them. Can Silas, Kate, and Anthony's wounded souls bind them together as a family, or will past hurts and new resentments leave them lonely forever?
For some reason, I expected something completely different than what this book turned out to be. But in the end, it still turned out to be a great book.
One of the things I love about historical fiction is getting a glimpse into the way life was way back when. I love all the tradition and the "old" views of how a proper lady should act - especially around men. This book was no disappointment in that department.
Kate is the local school teacher, but she is young and single. The entire town has their eyes on her behavior, and she is not one that totally conforms to their expectations. When she decides to take Anthony to raise, the school board has strong feelings about that decision. But Kate is one to stand by her decisions, and her strong willed personality made her a favorite character of mine throughout this entire book. She stands up for what she believes in, and she is not afraid to speak her mind.
From the first paragraph of this book, you pretty much know there is going to be something going on between Silas and Kate. Silas has been hurt pretty bad in his past, and he is hard-hearted and almost mean. But the discovery of Anthony completely changes Silas' personality, and I ended up really liking the man he becomes throughout this book.
There isn't much I can really say about this book without giving away the major plot and drama points, but I can say it was a great read and a love story that I truly enjoyed reading. A must read for anyone who loves historical fiction.