Blog Tour and Book Review: Becoming Lucy (Winds Across the Prairie, Book 1) by Martha Rogers
by Martha Rogers
Published by Realms
Christian Historical Romance
After her parents' deaths, 17-year-old heiress Lucy Bishop takes refuge on her aunt and uncle's ranch in Barton Creek, Oklahoma. If it weren't for ranch hand Jake Starnes, the genteel young woman wouldn't survive the backbreaking work. But a dark secret torments him. Can Jake face his past before somebody claims Lucy's hand---or her life? 304 pages, softcover from Realms.
I had such high expectations for this book after seeing the beautiful cover and the cover blurb for this book. I had the idea, from the title, that this was going to be something of a coming of age story about a girl named Lucy. However it really wasn't so much about Lucy as it was about Jake in my opinion. The first few chapters (about Lucy) were very interesting but as I read on it seemed to drag along. I was waiting to discover who the person was who was attempting to harm one of the people on the Haynes' ranch but he dropped out of the picture and everyone seemed to forget about him which is kind of hard to believe. If someone tried to kill me, it would always be on my mind and trying to find out who the killer was would be a top priority for me and my family. The ending was sweet and just as I expected, a little predicable, but then again a lot of romance novels are. We know that everything will work out for the good of the main characters in the end.
I did enjoy the character of Aunt Clara, as she added a little spice to the book. I think it was unfortunate that we met her over halfway through the story as she could have added some fun and caused a stir with the townsfolk especially snotty Mrs. Frankston. But as Christian fiction goes this has a very strong spiritual message of things working out for those who love God and a very clean romance with nary a kiss until the end. If you enjoy that kind of book then you might like Becoming Lucy.
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*I received my copy through FIRST Wildcard to review from the publisher.*