Man on a Mission…
Nate Bohannan won’t let anything stand in the way of his grand plans in California. Even if it means traveling there with unreliable huckster Robert Salali. But after a destructive bender in Simpson Creek, Texas, the unscrupulous Salali runs out, leaving Nate to carry the blame—and the debt. He can fix broken furniture…but can anything fix the despair in café owner Ella Justiss’s eyes?
When her café was destroyed, Ella felt sure she’d lost her dreams along with it. Yet somehow Nate’s cheerful care and optimism fill her with hope again. Painful secrets from her childhood make Ella wary of men. When danger threatens, will Nate be the hero Ella can finally trust—and love?
Brides of Simpson Creek: Small-town Texas spinsters find love with mail-order grooms!
I debated whether or not to read this one, but eventually a dearth of books made me read it!
The reason I wasn’t so sure was that I visited the author’s website and discovered she was a born-again evangelical Christian. As an Australian, that terrified me! I also can’t say I’m thrilled by the emphasis on “spinster”!
It turns out A Hero in the Making isn’t that religious a book, despite it being published as a Christian romance. In fact, the first mention of anything religious (in this case ‘the Lord’) is at the 10% mark. The fact these so-called Christian romances are less in-your-face religious than some mainstream fiction is something I’ve been noticing a bit recently.
However, there’re some definite preachy themes going one in the background. Clearly we’re supposed to believe anyone who drinks alcohol is evil (and quite likely a rapist!). I’m not going to lie: it is extremely incorrect and offensive!
I can’t say I’m at all familiar with America’s “Wild West”. I can’t really comment on the historical accuracy or anything like that.
If historical-set Christian fiction is your thing, then I think this might be one of the better-written books. Even though it is #7 in a series, I wasn’t hopelessly lost with the side characters.
On the other hand, if you don’t think having a beer every so often makes you the spawn of Satan, you might not be interested!
Review copy provided by NetGalley.