Saturday, June 6, 2009

When Love Blooms Review

When Love Blooms by Robin Lee Hatcher was released by Zondervan in February.

When Emily Harris takes a job in the rugged high country of Idaho, she’s about to discover that changing the heart of one man may be the destiny she’s been in search of all her life. A heartwarming historical romance by bestselling author Robin Lee Hatcher.

From the moment Gavin Blake set eyes on Emily Harris he knew she would never make it in the rugged high country where backbreaking work and constant hardship were commonplace. She would wilt there like a rose without water. He'd be sending her back to Boise before the first snows. He'd be willing to bet on it.
She could say what she wanted. Emily Harris didn't belong in the hard life of the Blakes.
Beautiful and refined, she was accustomed to the best life had to offer. Heaven only knew why she wanted to leave Boise to teach two young girls on a ranch miles from nowhere. He'd wager it had to do with a man. It always did when a beautiful woman was involved.
Emily wanted to make some sort of mark on the world before marriage. She wanted to be more than just a society wife. Though she had plenty of opportunities back East, she had come to the Idaho high country looking to make a difference. Gavin’s resistance to her presence made her even more determined to prove herself. Perhaps changing the heart of one man might make the greatest difference of all.
I have always enjoyed historical novels.  My mom got me started on Janette Oke and Gilbert Morris. While I enjoy contemporary romances, my heart remains with the historical fiction.  When Love Blooms reminded me a lot of Janette Oke's Love Comes Softly series. The story line is clear, the Gospel message is presented in a natural way, and the characters are realistic.  The plot is believable and inspiring. The descriptions of the countryside are so vivid, it felt like I was there!

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