I enjoy learning about history, especially through fiction. In some ways, I guess that is almost cheating. I love to read the author’s notes to find out what details in their stories come from fact and which are made up out of whole cloth, as they used to say.
It has been a few years since I discovered Kristin Holt’s books. Since that time I have signed up for her newsletter and started to read her blog (you can find the link below.) I am constantly amazed at the depth of research she puts into her stories and just love the way she shares the things she has learned on her blog.
I have also had some fun e-mail conversations with this lady who I now consider a friend, all because I had sent her a message telling her how much I enjoy her stories.
Is there an author who has written books you have enjoyed? Take a moment to find their website, e-mail address or social media links and let them know. Not only will you bless them, you might also be amazed at the friendship that results. I have made some great friends this way.
by Kristin Holt
Series: Holidays in Mountain Home #8
Publication Date September 13, 2018
Genres: Historical Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: Colorado Gilded Age – US – 1875 – 1900
Main Character Ages: 25-34, 35-60
Written for: Adults
Expanding Hank Murphy's grocery emporium into the adjacent storefront should be easy, as he and the landlord already shook hands. Yet his clueless neighbor, Miss Jane Vancoller, intends to enlarge her silly Tea Room into the not-so-vacant premises. The Tea Room is plenty large, but the Grocery Emporium must stockpile adequate winter supplies before winter's blizzards close off the high mountain valley.
Negotiations should be simple, but the landlord delights in pitting Hank and Jane against one another, and foolishly involves the community--and the annual Harvest Celebration--in the business decision. The festive atmosphere tempts matchmakers to unite the disparate Tea Room and Grocery Emporium, along with incompatible Hank and Jane.
Discovering a solution...
Warding off misguided matchmakers...
Uniting two hearts ravaged by the past...
... Will take a Thanksgiving miracle!
UNMISTAKABLY YOURS by USA Today Bestselling Author Kristin Holt, is a sweet western historical Christian romance novel (clean language and sweet kisses--and nothing more). Unmistakably Yours is book 8 in the Thanksgiving Books & Blessings Collection One Series, and book 8 in the Holidays in Mountain Home Series. [400+ paperback pages.]
I would like to thank Kristin Holt for giving me this copy of the book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
I appreciate how from the very start I was pulled into the world of Mountain Home, Colorado, 1887. That is, after all, one of the reasons I read historical novels. Strangely enough, though, I read before work, at lunchtime and a bit afterward, working on my computer in between, the thing that jarred me out of 1887 so rudely was the classic movie my husband chose for the evening.
There was considerable attention given to details of the period in a way that was both natural and insightful regarding the customs of the time. Emphasizing details we wouldn’t even notice today. An example was Jane chosing to wear gloves instead of using her muff – which was a sign to Hank that she wanted to be able to hold onto his arm or, gasp, hold his hand.
One of the contrasts from the time period that struck me was how “normal” it was for Hank to leave his young boys to mostly fend for themselves during the day when he was at the store. The older ones were expected to care for the younger ones, but still, the youngest was two! No one thought it strange, though Jane did at least pity them.
My emotions traveled the gamut. At one moment I was laughing out loud at the contests at the Harvest Festival and at the next my heart constricted with sadness for the pain and grief the characters were enduring.
Speaking of the characters, they went through quite the emotional roller-coasters as well. From anger to attraction to fear – they were all over the place. I fell in love with them all, especially little Clyde. Each of the characters played an important part in the story and performed their role to perfection. Their flaws were just as they should be. The decisions they made, though sometimes painful, were consistent with who they were at that point in time.
As a bonus, this was not the love story of just one couple but two! Many characters from previous Mountain Home stories made appearances here or were at least mentioned. Reading the other stories could be helpful for background but is not entirely necessary (other than for your reading enjoyment!)