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. June has accepted the suit of Eli Messenger, a young assistant pastor in Seattle, who feels God has led him to help build an elaborate tabernacle there. June takes up the cause, but soon feels more drawn to the neglected orphans. Torn between the two needs, June soon finds herself fighting with and fighting an attraction for Parker Sentell, Eli’s best friend who opposes the tabernacle in favour of the orphans.
Location: The novel takes place in Seattle, Washington, yet back in the 1800s. It isn’t a large city filled with towering buildings, but a highly forested area with fields and water bodies. It lends a bit of history to the story to be reminded that America wasn’t always the metropolis it seems to be now, but a still-growing nation.
Plot: Ironically, the story line I thought the previous novel in this series, Faith, would take occurs in this novel. The mail-order bride was brought to town to marry one man, but just may be there to marry another. The conclusion of this book also mimicked the other novel at first, but soon took its own –and more satisfying- ending.
Theme: This novel shows that we need to care about one another, help those in need in whatever way we can. This is revealed by June’s desire to lend a hand with the orphans and further illuminated when the pastor reads from Matthew 25.
Character: Samantha is a sixteen-year-old girl from England who came to Seattle to care for her aging aunt. Instead she finds herself running the orphanage as her aunt’s health deteriorates further. Sam and June met on the boat to Washington and become fast friends, and they work together to raise funds for the orphanage.
Romance: Eli and June become companionable immediately, but Parker seems to take an immediate dislike to the girl for reason that is never made clear. In Eli’s absence, Parker becomes progressively protective of June and eventually comes to care for her. The pair have a tendency to miscommunicate, not uncommon between genders, and thus realistically depicts that pride can cause you to loose what you love most.
Quote: God answers prayers. In his own time and in his own way –sometimes he says yes; sometimes he says no; sometimes he says wait. But always, always he answers us.
The Verdict: This novel was as well written as Lori Copeland’s first inspirational novel, but has a bit less predictable plot. I found I enjoyed the book as much as the previous in the series, and hope that each consecutive book continues to improve.