The Widow’s Second Chance
Meg Thomerson needs assistance getting back on her feet—even if it comes from the man who made her a widow. Ace Allen didn’t intend to kill her husband, he only wanted to protect the town from the man’s rage. Now Ace is keeping Meg’s business and farm running while she heals, both physically and emotionally. But is he helping her out of charity—or because of something more?
Half Native American, Ace struggles to find his place in the world. He keeps himself isolated from the community, but sweet Meg begins to penetrate his defenses. At first, he simply wanted to make amends to her. Now, if she’ll let him, he could become the loving husband she deserves…
I have an unusual love of these little Christian, Western historical romances. Considering the Protestant/uh… North American?/Evangelical version of the religion these books promote is pretty much the exact opposite of the version of Christianity I grew up with, it’s a surprise I like them so much.
Even so, I love the realistic depictions of nineteenth century USA, and often these books are more exciting than similar books set in Regency England. However, this book is clearly part of a series (I’ll reserve my frustration with Harlequin’s inability to promote series as SERIES for another time), and instead of the major drama being shown on the page, we’re told it as summaries throughout the book. It obviously happened in a past book… I really missed not knowing these characters and the major dramas forming their story.
Wolf Creek Widow is about a young wife and mother whose horrifically abusive husband was killed, and now she is recovering from terrible wounds he inflicted, and trying to get back on her feet. The man who – justifiably – shot him is now trying to make amends by caring for her.
The central conflicts of this story are that the hero – the man who shot the husband – is feeling guilty about not regretting what he did, and that the heroine – the wife – is not sad he is gone.
I have to say I could not understand why a woman who was emotionally and physically abused by her husband for years, and then almost killed by him, was supposed to be sad he was gone. Her “big secret” was that she wasn’t mourning him. And everyone in the community felt sorry for her because they thought – after he broke many bones in her body and came close to killing her – she was supposed to be devastated by his loss.
This was a pretty silly expectation, and I think it would have been a stronger story without misplaced guilt being dragged into it.
I think this series, if I’d read the rest of the books, would be good. It was an entertaining read, a bit darker than these books usually are, but the central conflict made no sense to me.
Review copy provided by NetGalley.