Set in 1905 in New Mexico territory (a few years before it officially became a state), Amanda’s Beau is a compelling read. It follows the struggles of Amanda as she tries to take care of her very sick and newly widowed sister, her nephew, and her premature niece while attempting to hold everything together on their chicken farm.
Amanda is a beautiful main character, and I refer to her heart when I say this. She is a caregiver and has given so much of herself over the years that she is afraid there will never be any time for her own dreams. She feels guilty and selfish for thinking these thoughts, but always does end up putting others before herself.
Two men find themselves drawn to Amanda, and although they are friends, they are very different from one another. As I read, I was concerned and hoped that Amanda would chose the man that was right for her and not be pulled in the wrong direction. This story was sweet and interesting and moved quickly for me. The author included accurate New Mexico history and those little, special details about a location that can make a book even more realistic for the reader. I love New Mexico and it was such a joy to read this book and feel like I was there! I look forward to reading more from this author. Very enjoyable read. (4 stars)
I am including two links below for the Nook and Kindle versions of the books. The book is a fantastic deal at $2.99. If you are a fan of Christian historical romance, this book would be a great choice. 🙂
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I received a complimentary copy of Amanda’s Beau from the author in exchange for an honest review, which I have given.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
An award-winning nonfiction writer and former columnist for The Santa Fe New Mexican.
Shirley Raye Redmond has sold 27 books and over 450 articles to a wide variety of publications, including The Pacific Stars and Stripes and Cosmopolitan as well as Highlights for Children and The Christian Standard. Two of her nonfiction children’s titles have sold more than 200,000 copies each.
Lewis and Clark: A Prairie Dog for the President (Random House) was a Children’s Book of the Month Club selection. Pigeon Hero! (Simon and Schuster) won an Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award. Patriots in Petticoats, Heroines of the American Revolution was named one of the best children’s books of the year in 2004, when it was released by Random House.
Her historical romance novel, Rosemary’s Glove, won the 2009 New Mexico Book Award. It was a finalist in the Phoenix Desert Rose Golden Quill Contest that year too.
Shirley Raye has one husband, two grown children, one delightful grandson, and an M.A. in Literature. She has taught a variety of writing and literature courses at the University of New Mexico–Los Alamos campus, WORDHARVEST Writers Workshops, the Tony Hillerman Writers Conference, and many other venues across the country.