Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Book Review: Calico Christmas at Dry Creek


Calico Christmas at Dry Creek by Janet Tronstad Love Inspired Historical #19 Nov 08

This is a great book for Ms Tronstad’s foray into the Historical Inspirational market. After 14 contemporary Dry Creek books, the author has gone back 130 yrs to the beginning of this small Montana town. Her refreshing story had me smiling because I could picture it all as the story unfolds including the determination of the heroine as she sat waiting for God to come and claim her.

Elizabeth O’Brian has lost her husband and infant to the influenza and is waiting for her turn to die. She sits in her tent and waits. And waits.

Jake Hargrove has inherited his half-brother’s part-Sioux daughters. The youngest is just weeks old and desperately needs nourishment. Jake has heard that Elizabeth has lost her baby and might be receptive to nursing his infant niece. After 10 days without her own baby, all it takes is the wail of Jake’s niece to start her milk flowing again. In order to ensure the baby has nourishment until it can take solid food, Jake offers a temporary marriage to Elizabeth.

Elizabeth doesn’t want to forget her first husband, but she takes on the raising of the 2 young girls including the trials of the older sister as she tries to attend an all-white school. Elizabeth must use all her matronly skills to make this a special Christmas for everyone and avert a community disaster.

When Elizabeth starts having feelings toward Jake, she pulls back in guilt. How can she feel like this for another man when her first husband hasn’t been in the grave very long? But most disturbing of all is the fact she never felt like this before.

Heat level: Affectionate

My Rating: Great - 4 stars (a keeper)

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2008 Harlequin 100,000 Book Challenge: 114 books read

Harlequin Imprint: 105, Others: 9

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