Bound by a Child
Hoping to overcome her reputation as Leadville, Colorado’s biggest gossip, wealthy socialite Flora Montgomery offers to help a miner care for an abandoned child. But her growing affection for the sweet boy’s handsome rescuer could be a problem. Especially since her parents insist she must marry for money.
Undercover mine owner George Baxter is digging himself into a dilemma. The once-spoiled Flora has become a delightful, generous woman, and she’ll be devastated by his deception. Yet if he can’t discover who’s sabotaging the mine, George will lose any chance of making a home for Flora and Pierre. Can the little boy who holds both their hearts help them lay claim to a new dream of family?
There is clearly some background to this story (not sure what series it is part of), but this is the first novel by Danica Favorite I’ve read. An Unlikely Mother has a trope that seems to be gaining popularity: the heroine who was selfish or even a bully in the past, now redeemed. If it’s done well I do like it – it’s a nice change from misogynistic, one-dimensional characterisation of women.
I really appreciated that theme in this book. I also liked the slightly more innovative plotline involving a mine, immigrant workers, undercover work, etc. There are very similar themes in many of these books, and this was a little more original.
Some books in Harlequin’s Love Inspired Historical line (which is a Christian line) work just fine for non-religious people, with the Christian aspects only popping up every now and then, and having little impact on the story.
This is a different kind of book. Instead of the odd prayer peppered throughout, the religion is on every page, in most conversations in some way. I suppose this is really how Christian fiction ought to be, but it doesn’t work as well for people who don’t like the preaching.
I would have been fine with it except for one thing: the redemption of a “fallen woman” character. It is obviously a continuation of something that happened in another book, but it’s referenced multiple times here. The woman who had a child out of wedlock repeatedly talks about ‘God forgiving her for her sin’ in a way that made my stomach churn. While it is a historically accurate mindset, it is appallingly sexist. I’m not so sure about referring to babies as “sins”, either!
I think readers who are genuinely religious will enjoy this more than secular readers (like me). I’d like to try another book by this author at some point, however.
One little thing: a nineteenth-century woman named Shannon? It was mostly a man’s name until the 1970s!
Review copy provided by NetGalley.