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In this first book that I've read by Davalynn, I found myself “thrown off” the train in the middle of the night just as Elizabeth Beaumont–aka Betsy Parker—was and plunked in the middle of fighting a fire and a town I never thought I'd be back to. Yep, it was that real from the first line! My only regret, I never read 'An Improper Proposal' first so therefore I didn't have the backstory to exactly who Elizabeth was and why she never thought she'd return to her hometown. It took me a couple of chapters or so to really get into it and feel like I wasn't missing something important. Well worth my time reading it however, because I fell in love with the characters and Olin Springs, Colorado!
Sheriff Garret Wilson seems to get a kick out of goading Elizabeth every chance he got, finding new ways of stoking the fire of her anger just to see sparks fly. He irritated me on more than one occasion! But as I read further, he somehow wiggled his way in my heart...obstinate man! He's just as tight-lipped as Elizabeth is about his past & where he came from. Trying to get information out of these two was like pulling a nail out of a solid wood plank—pardon the cliché! However, Davaylnn slowly coaxed it out of them with her persistent & gentle writing; kind of like gentling a skittish filly. Both of them need to face the past head-on with the grace and forgiveness that God extends to each of us and rid themselves of self-inflicted guilt. There's also the backdrop of a mysterious arsonist to catch and a suspicious character to figure out.
A great read and time well spent in the pages of this book. Plenty of reminders of our own struggles with regret & guilt and where we can take those; to the cross Christ provided for us! I also enjoyed getting to know each of the characters. I think Maggie has to stand out to me with her wisdom and taking Elizabeth (Betsy) under her wing showing her the unconditional love of a friend and the Lord. Yep, this is one book I'd recommend to anyone who loves western historicals sprinkled with faith, love and forgiveness!
*I received a complimentary copy from the author and was under no obligation to leave a favorable review. *
An Unexpected Redemption is masterfully written! Not only is the story full of rich, interesting characters and an engaging plot, the author has a way with words. She knows just how many metaphors and similes to use before they are too much and her descriptions are insightful and lovely but not overused.
My favorite thing about the crafting of this book is the way the chapters end and begin. The start of each chapter contains a word or a phrase from the last sentence of the previous chapter. It is subtle – I didn’t notice it until somewhere around the seventh chapter. Then I started looking for it and found that no matter the topic, when I found the match, I would giggle. I occasionally found myself going back and forth between chapters to find the word, and I think those obscure links were more fun than the ones that were overt.
Betsy was ashamed about how she left town and the events that followed She allowed some misconceptions to go uncorrected and told some lies to cover her embarrassment. As is usually the case, there were consequences for that. Garrett had scars from his past that he tried to hide. Both discovered that the truth really does set you free.
The message of God’s forgiveness was strong and clear. I loved the way the lyrics of the hymn A Mighty Fortress is our God were sprinkled throughout the book. This hymn was the favorite of Betsy’s mom and the lyrics were used to speak the truth about God’s love to her.
We will not fear, for God hath willed His truth to triumph through us
This second book of the series stands by itself. There was a little hint about the events from the first book, but unlike some series that are like this, I had to look up the first book to see if my guess was right about who the main character was.
This review was originally posted on AmongTheReads.net
I would like to thank Davalynn Spencer for giving me this item. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.