Sunday, December 1, 2013

Advent Reads Day 1: Review of A Lantern in the Window by Bobby Hutchinson

Synopsis: "Ever wondered what it might be like to be a mail order bride? Or the groom, already married to a woman he’s never laid eyes on?

On the Canadian prairies in 1886, having a mail order romance wasn’t unusual. Noah Ferguson desperately needed help on his farm. Annie Tompkins knew she couldn’t go on working in Lazenby’s cotton mill. So she’d been a little less than honest in her letters, was that really so terrible? It was unforgivable, Noah fumed. He’d wanted an older widow, and Annie was a young virgin. But even that wasn’t the full extent of her lies.

Problem is, Noah hasn’t exactly been straight with Annie, either, and his secret has the power to break Annie’s heart.

Can even a special Christmas gift make their marriage work?"

My Review: This was a lovely short read for the holiday season. I enjoyed the characters, particularly Bets and Zachary. The story is a simple one and kind of predictable but it still keeps you reading. A couple of the elements were a little hard to believe, like being able to survive for 12 hours in a blizzard in Canada. Again with that said it was still a lovely story that can be read in a sitting or two.
My Rating: While the setting was unique, the rest of the story was rather predictable.  I give it a rating of One Paw and a Stump Wag.

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