Woman of Sunlight
Series: Brides of Hope Mountain #2
Published by Bethany House Publishers
Publication Date March 3, 2020
Genres: Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Action/Adventure, Clean Romance, Mystery
Setting: Colorado, Illinois Reconstruction Era – US – 1863 – 1877
Main Character Ages: 18-24, 25-34
Written for: Adults
After years of isolation on top of Hope Mountain, Ilsa Nordegren may finally be ready to leave. Raised to fear the world, Ilsa and her sisters never planned on coming down, but when the Warden family arrived in need, they had to help. And it may cost them everything.
Having made his fortune, Mitch Warden returned home and found the family homestead abandoned. In a land grab, a ruthless cattle baron had forced his family to escape up the mountain, and when he follows, the last thing he expects is to fall smitten to a black-haired woman who dresses like Robin Hood.
Warden is intent on helping his family reclaim their land, but doesn't realize the risks his past has brought. Dangerous men have tracked him, and rather than risk innocent lives, he's determined to end the danger. But that means a journey to the city--and when Ilsa insists on joining him, the mismatched pair suddenly find themselves on a venture they'll never forget.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
Also in this series: Aiming for Love (Brides of Hope Mountain Book #1), Her Secret Song
I love the unusual characters and circumstances in Mary Connealy’s stories! The narrative and conversations are always laced with such humor! There are so many quotable passages it’s difficult to not pick them all!
The Nordegren sisters’ unique upbringing and circumstances made them appear quite eccentric to outsiders. Their fear of outsiders bringing in sickness. Their ability to blend into the wilderness like feral animals. Their ignorance of the ways of the world. Their misconception about just how many Bibles there are. . .
As the Brides of Hope Mountain series continues, Ilsa ends up getting a chance to see the world, following Mitch, under circumstances she hadn’t expected, to cities and towns with more people she had ever dreamed possible. Her reactions were so funny, which seemed reasonable for a woman who had never seen more than four people in the same place in her life. Until the Wardens came to their valley.
I especially loved the way Mitch reacted to Ilsa’s quirks. How he began to realize that he didn’t want to change her, to mold her into a “proper” lady. He even got to the point of trusting her instincts and allowing her to use her abilities in ways that would have threatened many men.
Ilsa had the same struggles as Jo did in Aiming for Love related to their misconception that Aesop’s Fables was “the other Bible”. Mitch was appalled by this at the start and was not quiet in his correction. And yet he began to realize that his approach to correcting her wasn’t exactly helping. I liked the method he finally ended up employing to help her see the truth.
I also loved that the name of Jesus was mentioned. So many of the Christian fiction stories I’ve read lately refer to God and Lord but few actually proclaim the beautiful name of my Savior. He was presented as the Good Shepherd who seeks the lost. And salvation was proclaimed. Yay!
One mystery presented in Aiming for Love was solved here, that of who it was that sought to have Mitch killed. The mystery regarding the man attempting to steal the Circle Dash ranch remains unsolved. Wax’s was revealed a bit more, enticing me to want to read the next book in the series when it comes out. Which I hope is soon! I’m very curious to find out if my theory on something I think will happen is correct.
If you have not yet read, Aiming for Love, you’ll want to read that first. The stories in this series build on one another. If you enjoy historical fiction, this is a series you won’t want to skip!