A Home Of Her Own (Mills & Boon Love Inspired Historical) Kindle Edition
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Reading "A Home of Her Own" was a particular delight for me because I want the history in a romance to be woven into the plot. I want the story crafted so that it could only happen in the time period it takes palce. I also want to learn new things about the setting and time period.
In addition, I'd like to discover surprises as to the use of technology from the time period of the story. If I can also learn things I didn't know about the arts, newspapers, science, medicine, cooking, and agriculture, then I'll be really happy with the story. Well, I was really, really happy with "A Home of Her Own" because it accomplished all the above and more!
While "A Home of Her Own" passes my history test with flying colors, it's also a five star romance full of emotion, suspense, and surprises. I really had no idea where the story was going to go next. When I thought I knew what was coming up next, I was wrong. This 'not getting it right' really held my interest and kept me up late turning pages. I bought this Kindle book the day it went on the market.
The hero and heroine are among the most loveable and deserving souls you're likely to find in any romance. Both are physically and emotionally wounded as the story opens. The hero's beloved mother is dying of cancer. The heroine is hired to be her nurse until the end. In short, I didn't see anything lacking in making this a memorable romance that will stay in your heart long after you've put the book down.
I'm so happy that I've 'discovered' Keli Gwyn! I've seen her books for years now but this is the first I've read. I can't wait to read some more.
BTW: at the back of the book it mentions that the author lives in the area of the story and loves doing historical research. That's obvious on every page!
"A Home of Her Own" -- A Wonderful 5 Star Reading Experience!
Becky and James did not see eye to eye, but Becky proved to be more than James had expected from someone caring for his mother as she was in the final days of her life. Will Becky and James be able to come to terms with their past? There are action packed scenes with Becky assisting James beyond her usual household duties and intense moments when their lives were endangered. What arrangement can Becky make to support herself after her nursing position ended?
Readers of history will enjoy A Home of Her Own. The hero and heroine along with Mrs. O'Brien are characters that will remain with the readers along with secondary characters. Emotions will run a full range as each chapter is read whether it is with tears, smiles, hurt, angry, or laughs. I appreciate Gwyn's research about apple orchards, railroads, the Chicago fire and the heartfelt story related to a sweet relative with a German heritage
James and Becky's first meeting is certainly memorable and highly entertaining to read. James is all gnarly and Becky is all obstinate and thank goodness James's mother is on hand to sort those two out. But my it does take time and a lot of patience! A complex plot with a hint of danger gives this sweet romance a bit of bite. And I love how Gwyn brings history to life both in the area and the apple orchard. Adds a whole new dimension to the story. There's joy and sorrow and plenty of conflict before James and Becky reach their happily ever after and I enjoyed every blessed minute!
This is the third book I've read by Keli Gwyn, and once again she writes with a tender touch to the desires of the human heart, traces of humor and tension, and creates colorful secondary characters. The author knows the range of human emotions and weaves them deeply into this story so well.
Becky is an honest, determined young woman, running from her past and the limitations she's put on herself. James is honorable and caring, though he hides behind the scar that affected his face and life. They're sympathetic characters thrown together to care for his ailing mother and the apple farm that is James's livelihood.
I really enjoyed learning about the apple orchard industry, what life was like during the 1870s in California's Gold Country, different kind of baked goodies and treats eaten, and even the books (and dictionaries:) published at that time.
The author included a couple well-known historical events into the story, and included a heart-warming cameo by a sweet fictional couple from another one of her books.
A Home of Her Own is a lovely gem about second chances and faithfulness, by an author I'm looking forward to reading again. I highly recommend this delicious treat of a story.