In the 1890′s, women were expected to marry, keep a fine home, and raise children. But some women have always fought against the mold and Hodgson’s heroine, Ida Sinclair, is one of those. After taking business courses, she aspires to be a successful businesswoman in the east. After a nearly disastrous false start that leaves her disillusioned about working for a man, she comes west to join her sisters in Colorado, where she lands a job with a somewhat notorious businesswoman there whose success seems based on an 1890′s version of insider trading.
Tucker Raines is a former traveling preacher who must give up his ministry to take on his family’s ice business when his father falls ill with TB. Tucker’s father has always been harsh to him because he chose the ministry, which causes Tucker hidden pain. He is taken with Ida, but hesitant because she seems to prefer material goals over marriage and family. And then there’s the too-smooth businessman wooing her.
The story of how Ida learns that love is really what is valuable in life, how she gains discernment into character, and how Tucker regains his true calling and the love and respect of his father is a tender, heartwarming story. I had not read the first book in the series, TWO BRIDES TOO MANY, but I’m thinking I need to!
This book was provided free for my review by Waterbrook Press in the Blogging for Books program.
Blessings, Laurie Kingery