“I fell off a stepladder and broke my right foot and fractured my left wrist. Can you come out and help us?” my mom requested. I am fortunate to have a job that can be done remotely and a boss who allows it on occasion so I flew out the next day to care for my parents for the next several weeks until she could get around better.
We actually had a nice visit and I was able to help a little bit with getting their house ready to sell and for them to move. As an added bonus, I was able to look at condos with them and got to see the one they made an offer on which allowed me to picture them there after they moved. . .
The Widow's Plight
by Mary Davis
Series: The Quilting Circle #1
Published by Mountain Brook Ink
Publication Date July 1, 2018
Genres: Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: Washington Gilded Age – US – 1875 – 1900
Written for: Adults
Washington State 1893
When Lily Lexington Bremmer arrives in Kamola with her young son, she’s reluctant to join the social center of her new community, the quilting circle, but the friendly ladies pull her in. She begins piecing a sunshine and shadows quilt because it mirrors her life. She has a secret that lurks in the shadows and hopes it doesn’t come out into the light. Dark places in her past are best forgotten, but her new life is full of sunshine. Will her secrets cast shadows on her bright future?
Widower Edric Hammond and his father are doing their best to raise his two young daughters. He meets Lily and her son when they arrive in town and helps her find a job and a place to live. Lily resists Edric’s charms at first, but finds herself falling in love with this kind, gentle man and his two darling daughters. Lily has stolen his heart with her first warm smile, but he’s cautious about bringing another woman into his girls’ lives due to the harshness of their own mother.
Can Edric forgive Lily her past to take hold of a promising chance at love?
I would like to thank Mountain Brook Ink for giving me a copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
Also in this series: The Daughter's Predicament, The Damsel's Intent
Aunt Henny, who was no one’s aunt yet everyone’s aunt, had broken her leg and had to turn her boarders out because she couldn’t cook or clean easily enough. So when Lily was looking for a place to stay, Edrich knew exactly where to take the sweet widow and her son, Toby, providing them with a place to stay and a job as well.
I loved Aunt Henny. She is one of those godly women who knows exactly when to meddle and when not to. She was observant enough to see part of Lily’s secret and yet knew enough to not ask questions. Yet. She cared so much for the broken woman that she was always finding ways to help her. Her relationship with the Lord was such that she was willing to challenge the women in her quilting circle when they were quick to judge, exhorting them with appropriate Scripture. Yay!
As I read, I have found that despite the more random way I select my books, there still seems to be a common thread that ties the one to the next. It seems like this was the weekend to read about men who are so in love they are willing to pursue the object of that affection and to patiently wait for them to heal from their scars. Edrich was such a tender and loving man. He had two young daughters that he loved to distraction. And I love seeing a daddy with his little girls!
Lily was a lioness when it came to protecting her son, yet she was broken and perhaps a little naive. Some of the choices she made were ones that would make her appear weak by today’s standards, yet she was still an endearing character. Enough so that once Edrich’s father met her, though he could sense that she had secrets, he wholeheartedly approved of her. Even after the nature of the secret came out. The women rallied around her (well, after some prompting from Aunt Henny) and the things they did for her near the climax of the story made me laugh! Yeah, it would be giving a possible spoiler, so you’ll have to read it to see what I mean.
Despite me thinking I knew what was going to happen, I was only partly right. It was a complete surprise the way some of the events played out. There was just a bit of mystery and suspense mixed into this lovely romance to keep it interesting.
This was a tender and sweet story. Though Lily and her son both bore bruises and emotional scars from her violent husband, it was merely a background detail. The one flashback to that time was tastefully written so that I wouldn’t be concerned with my nieces reading the book. If you have reason to be sensitive to this subject, do be aware it is there.