While camping in Joshua Tree National Park, my dad was teaching me to ride my bike. I remember wobbling along and making progress. Then it happened! I fell and hit my head! Yes, this was before the days of bike helmets.
After crying in a lounge chair nursing my ache, I decided I wasn’t going to let the bike get the better of me. I announced that I was going to try again. Do you know what? I did it! I think that was the last time I fell while learning to ride my bike!
The Trouble with Nancy
by Chautona Havig
Series: Gold Diggers #2
Published by Havilah Press Publications
Publication Date July 18, 2019
Genres: Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Action/Adventure, Clean Romance
Setting: Indiana, The Old West Civil War Era - US - 1849-1865
Main Character Ages: 18-24, 25-30
Written for: Adults
Her reputation precedes her, whether the bad guys realize it or not.
Nancy Harrison has finally stepped out of her prissy box and tried to do something helpful--but did she go overboard in her first self-less act?
She can’t ride, she hates horses, and she’s terrified of being alone. What’s a girl to do?
Join the Pony Express, of course.
When Nancy Harrison’s family receives a tax bill they can’t pay, there’s only one option open to them. Her brother, Lewis, will have to join the Pony Express and earn the money that way.
It would have worked, too, if ruffians hadn’t attacked him and broken his leg.
She doesn’t want to do it, of course, but what choice is there? Lose everything or ride a stupid, smelly horse for a few weeks? Nancy decides that she’ll chop off her hair, take to the dusty overland trail, and prove that she isn’t a “flighty little thing.”
But things go from bad to worse as she discovers that riding astride is worse than sidesaddle—especially when you’re not used to it.
Can’t she just go back home to balls, teas, and the hope of a suitor before her twentieth birthday? Sans her hair, of course, because that’ll entice the fellows. Sigh.
I would like to thank Chautona Havig for giving me this copy of the book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
I don’t know why I’m always surprised when I’m surprised by twists in stories by Chautona Havig! She caught me off guard again in The Trouble with Nancy with a mystery.
Nancy was a silly girl and I probably wouldn’t have cared for her if I had been introduced to her before the start of the story. She was frivolous and while she wasn’t simple, she was much too impulsive, not thinking of the effect of her actions on others. Yet I wasn’t introduced to her earlier. Instead it was when she realized that she needed to step up to the plate and help the family out.
And you know what? I loved Nancy and her determination despite difficult circumstances!
She couldn’t ride a horse, in fact, she had great difficulty even mounting a horse! Falling while mounting, falling while riding. Jarred mercilessly while riding! While this made for a comical situation, it wasn’t absurd. Instead of making me scoff at how ridiculous it was, it made me admire this young lady who was willing to sacrifice her comfortable life for the sake of her mother and brother. Despite fall after fall, embarrassment, and discomfort she persevered!
As you might imagine, Nancy had a lot of maturing to do. Not only that, she questioned her relationship with the Lord and whether He cared for her, or if this was some sort of punishment. As I do expect and appreciate with Chautona Havig’s books, the spiritual aspects were insightful and integrated into the story quite naturally.
I also liked that this story showed what was happening back home in Indiana as Nancy traveled her lonely route. Nancy wasn’t the only one facing perils in this story! All the characters were relate-able and I loved the ones I was supposed to love!
I also loved gaining more insight into the Pony Express, the types of riders selected (orphans preferred!) and the perils of their journeys. While this is not the first story I’ve read about a rider on the express, The Trouble with Nancy showed me things I had never considered.
If you enjoy historical fiction that teaches, challenges, inspires, makes you laugh and makes you sigh, look no further!