It is the summer of 1838 in St. Lawrenceville, Missouri, and Molly McGarvie's life is about to change forever. When her beloved Samuel succumbs to cholera, Molly is heartbroken but determined to take care of herself and her children. But when Samuel's unscrupulous brother takes over the family business and leaves Molly to fend for herself, she knows she must head out on her own. It is a dangerous journey and Molly has to leave her old life behind. Somehow she must find a way to make a living, keep her family together, and fend off some over-eager suitors.
Ann Shorey's debut novel extends far beyond the standard historical romance. Delving deep into the heartache of a pioneer women, desperate to protect her children after the death of her husband, Ann has created a complex character in Molly as she fights prejudice and pity. Molly's ability to adapt her life and emotions for the benefit of her family is admirable and challenging and makes for an engaging story. Ann's storytelling is stamped with authenticity and substance, the romance marked by restoration and relationship providing readers with a multi faceted and mature tale.
Wednesday, 8 April 2009