An Unexpected Redemption
by Davalynn Spencer
Series: Front Range Brides #2
Published by Wilson Creek Publishing
Publication Date April 26, 2018
Genres: Western, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Action/Adventure, Christian Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: Colorado Gilded Age – US – 1875 – 1900
Main Character Ages: 18-24, 25-34
Written for: Adults
Sweet Historical Western Romance An Unexpected Redemption – Book 2 in the Front Range Brides collection of stories about courageous women who find and defend love in 1880s Colorado.
He doesn’t need her sass. She doesn’t need his approval. But they both need a second chance.
Abandoned by her faithless husband for the Dakota gold fields, Elizabeth Beaumont returns to her hometown determined to prove she’s not the impetuous girl she once was. Armed with a new skill and old determination, she’s intent on making it on her own. Discovering that the new sheriff lives downstairs in the same boarding house wouldn’t be nearly so frustrating if he’d stay out of her affairs, quit calling her Betsy, and stop making her wonder if she could love again.
Sheriff Garrett Wilson’s first attempt at law enforcement cost an innocent bystander his life, so he exchanged his deputy’s badge for a drover’s bedroll. Now he’s back wearing a star in a Front Range cow town, hunting an arsonist and falling for a woman who wants to know the secret behind his deepest scar. He can run again from his painful past, or he can stay and fight for the town that needs him and the woman who’s worked under his skin and into his heart.
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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 Come, Thou Fount 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.