Book 1 of Dry Creek Historical Series
"It wasn't as easy to die as it looked."
Elizabeth is alone and ready to die. Her husband and baby have succumbed to a fever, but perversely, she is alive and well. Well....physically well. She is ready to give up on life until a stranger approaches her, needing her help with his nieces - one a baby who needs to nurse. As much as she wants to, she can't turn them away. Jake needs Elizabeth's help - and her hand in marriage. His Indian half-brother has left his nieces in his care. He cannot take care of them alone, but will a marriage in name only be enough to help them through the trials ahead? Will Jake be able to convince Elizabeth that she has a lot to live for?
My Opinion: I really enjoyed this book. "Frontier life" stories are often fun with the added dimensions of the hardships of living in such primitive and harsh conditions. I really enjoyed Jake and Elizabeth's characters. I thought they showed good character building and strengthening. The romance was more gradual as they worked together to deal with the rest of the plot, but it was good. It was also a good amount of Christian theme. Sometimes authors get preachy, but this one was great - just the right touch of learning how to accept God's will and desires for us. The side characters were very realistic and human - always an added bonus. I would love to read more of this.
I added the links to books 1 & 2. I know there are contemporary Dry Creek books by this author, but I think she only wrote 2 historical ones. Not completely sure.