Reviewer: Trudy Smith
Title: Love Finds You in Deadwood, South Dakota
Author: Tracey Cross
Publisher: Summerside Press
Release Date: August 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Inspirational Historical Romance
Year/Setting: 1889/Deadwood, SD
Overall Rating: 4.25
Sexual Content Rating: None
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: Minimal
Tracey's Website/Blog: www.traceybateman.com/traceycross.html
Jane Albright, recently widowed and pregnant, is determined to save her land for her children, the only inheritance they have. Janeís determination strengthens when Franklin Lloyd shows up. Jane discovers just what her no-account husband has left her. . .up to her knees (or higher) in debt.
Franklinís intentions are honorable, as far as that goes, for someone ready to foreclose on a debt that has been sadly neglected. He had plans for the land so he would gladly give Mrs. Albright train fare to anywhere she wants to go to start over. Little did he expect the stubborn determination Jane had to keep the homestead. With hesitation, Franklin gives Jane six months to pay the debt.
At first Jane is actually helped along by Franklin and without realizing whatís happening their feelings for each other grow. They both resist as Janeís husband was not the kind of man a woman could be proud of and Franklin lost his wife not long after they married. In fact, he used to be a preacher before he lost his wife and his faith.
Without knowing anything about the work or having a stake to start with, Jane takes up her husbandís freighting business hoping to pay off her debt. But quickly lies and deceit indenture Jane to Trent Bedlow, owner of most of Deadwood. He wants Jane for himself and will stop at nothing to keep her.
As Jane always has, she looks to God for answers. Does Franklin care enough to find a way to rescue her from Trentís cruel prison-type existence? Will Franklin find his faith again and trust God and his instincts to realize Jane couldnít possibly love a cruel man like Trent? How will God cause good to come from Jane and Franklinís dire situation?
Iíve had the privilege of reading Tracey Cross as Tracey Bateman. Iíve always found that Tracey has a way of writing that will keep you glued to the pages. Love Finds You in Deadwood, SD is no exception. Itís an exciting inspirational romance of good vs. evil with strong life-like characters. Jane is depicted as a strong heroine yet her tender side is exposed that makes her likeable right from the start. You canít help but like Franklin; a man that has strong morals and a good heart, though his faith had been shaken.
Deadwood is as wild as you can get in the west but as with any great story, good will prevail. Take the time to visit; youíll be glad you did.
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