Synopsis: After the death of their father, three sisters decide to become mail-order brides so as not to be a burden to their only relation, an elderly aunt. Faith has accepted the suit of Nicholas Shepherd who owns a ranch in Texas, but every time they go to get married something comes up to postpone the wedding. Obstacles and miscommunication make the pair believe that the marriage may not be meant to be, even as they begin to fall in love.
Author: Though she has now written over fifty books since she first started in 1982, this is Lori Copeland’s first inspirational novel. She has won awards for both her historical and contemporary novels, but Lori still feels that this book is her proudest achievement.
Product: The most inspiring thing about the cover art is the font of the title; even the back is more interesting in its appearance of old parchment paper. The pages within this trade paperback are occasionally skewed to a slight slant, but the wide margins prevented any words from being lost.
Writing Style: The story has what it takes to be a tale of hilarious hijinx, but instead manages to keep a level of seriousness throughout. While the tone may not be funny, it is still light-hearted and enjoyable without taking away from the gravity of how important the decision of marriage really is.
Plot: The tale of a mail-order bride having trouble getting to the ceremony is full of potential, added is the fact that the woman is a tomboy who would much rather be hammering a nail than threading a needle. While I personally feel this combination could have been dealt with more comically without taking away from the solemnity of the topic of marriage, it still worked out nicely.
Point of View: While most of this novel is told from Faith’s perspective, it occasionally allows the reader to see into the minds of both Nicolas and his mother, Liza. Without these snippets of alternate perspectives, the reader would be less likely to sympathize with the mother and son, leading to a dislike of the pair.
Character: Adam Walters is a boy around five years old and was born blind. He will never be able to see, but doesn’t let that stop him from doing anything. He has to try harder than everyone else who takes vision for granted.
Theme: The relationship between the heroine and a motherless boy in this story is similar to a parable. Faith is a young mail-order bride who intends to teach Adam, a blind boy, how to use his imagination to picture things as well as how to read Braille. Faith is teaching a blind boy how to see; belief allows unbelievers to recognize God’s love and turn to him.
Quotes: If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans.
Her sister always said she hugged the life out of people, but she didn’t care.
The Verdict: Lori Copeland is a very talented writer who creates interesting plots. The character’s relationship with God was tightly woven into the story, never seeming unnatural or preachy. While she doesn’t surpass my current favourite Lori Wick, I will definitely continue to read the Brides of the West series
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