I was so happy to return to Pepin, Wisconsin in this series finale. What a great book this was! I have enjoyed the entire Wilderness Brides series by Lyn Cote and this book, Heartland Courtship, is no exception. It is part of a series, but can easily be read as a stand alone book, too.
Rachel Woolsey, the heroine of the book, is a Quaker and travels to Pepin to start up her own bakery. Her cousin’s family lives in Pepin, so she is not totally on her own in a new town. But, a woman who plans to be independent faces plenty of trials back in 1871.
Brennan Merriday unexpectedly ends up in Pepin when he falls ill on a riverboat. The Captain leaves him in Pepin and Rachel nurses him back to health. But, while Brennan may be recovering physically, he bears many psychological scars from the recent war between the states. These wounds travel with him and he has allowed them to shape who he is. Brennan’s back story is slowly revealed throughout the book. I enjoyed this and it kept me wondering about him and reading to find out more.
Rachel and Brennan were both very likeable characters. They both have challenges to overcome in the story. I love how caring Rachel is to everyone she reaches out to take care of. I just really enjoyed the scenes between these two characters, whether they were getting to know each other, or Rachel was trying to help Brennen get over some of his issues, and even a painful scene between the two. They were all just so well written. A very good book and a very good series. (5 stars)
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, which I have given. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Lyn grew up loving books. Her favorite night of the week was Friday night, when the Bookmobile came to her neighborhood in Illinois. She’d spend those two hours chatting with the driver of the Bookmobile and the librarian and making the big decision of the week — which books to check out! In those distant days, children were limited in how many books they could check out. Lyn could only take home six a week — and there were so many to choose from. Her favorites were Cotton in my Sack by Lois Lenski, The Little House series and the One of a Kind Family series. Later, she discovered Georgette Heyer’s Regency romances!
This love of books led to a desire to write. Lyn won prizes in high school and college for her poetry and, not surprisingly, Lyn became a history and English teacher. When she became a mother, she gave up teaching, and while raising a son and a daughter, she began working on her first novel. Then she wrote her second and third. Long years of rejection followed — as it does for most writers. Finally in 1997, Lyn got “the call.” Her first book, Never Alone, was chosen to appear in the first year of the new Love Inspired line. Lyn has written many articles on writing and the emerging Christian Booksellers Assoc. (CBA) fiction market. In 2006, Lyn’s book, Chloe, is a finalist for the RWA’s RITA, the highest award in the romance genre in the inspirational category.
Now, Lyn spends her days writing books that show the power of divine as well as human love. Her nest is empty and she and her real life hero, her husband, have more and more time to spend together in their home on a lake in the lovely northwoods. And books are still dear to her heart.
You can connect with Lyn at http://booksbylyncote.com/SWBS/ as well as on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Goodreads.