Reviewer: Trudy Smith
Title: Love Finds You in Calico, CA
Author: Elizabeth Ludwig
Publisher: Summerside Press
Release Date: July 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Inspirational Historical Romance
Year/Setting: 1883/Calico, CA
Overall Rating: 4.0
Sexual Content Rating: None
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: Minimal
Elizabeth's Website/Blog: www.elizabethludwig.net
When the explosion in the silver mine caused the death of her father, Abigail Watt’s was all alone. Why would God take a good man like her father? Now she was left in a rough mining town needing to make a living. Abigail was a good seamstress but there’s not much call for well-made clothing in Calico and especially from the likes of her since rumors are flying that her father caused the explosion.
Livery owner, Nathan Hawk was a good God-fearing man. His faith has wavered since the death of his wife leaving Nathan alone to care for their daughter. Nathan felt alone, broken really but he went on for Lizzie’s sake. When the explosion took one of his best friends, Nathan now truly believed that God has turned his back on him.
Nathan knew that his friend, Anson, would want him to check on Abigail, see to her needs. Nathan hadn’t counted on Abigail being so stubborn but she was Anson’s daughter. Abigail was determined to find a job and take care of herself until she was beaten and robbed of everything she had left. Now what?
Marry Nathan? If Abigail would marry him, in name only, of course, she would have his protection and Lizzie would have a mother. After a while Abigail realized that the town had totally turned against her thinking her father caused the explosion. What choice did she have but to marry Nathan? What she didn’t count on was falling head over heals in love with her husband. Nathan’s protection quickly turned to love but their agreement was in name only.
God will cause all things for good but will Abigail and Nathan be able to trust Him to see what He has in store for them? Will they be able to trust each other with their true feelings? Will they dispel the rumors and prove her father’s innocence?
This is Elizabeth Ludwig’s first historical romance and I have to say that she hit the proverbial nail on the head. Her extensive research in the silver mines of California is well woven throughout the story. Ms. Ludwig’s characters are portrayed with human-like emotions, which go through the trials of life with fear and doubts but come to trust and love. The inspirational message is not preachy but gives food-for-thought. The scenes are depicted with just the right amount of detail to give the reader a nice flavor of the life in a small western silver mining town.
I hope that Ms Ludwig will continue in this genre, transporting her readers to a time and place that will give hours of pure Christian entertainment.
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