Reviewer: Connie Payne
Title: One True Love - 3rd in the Belles of Timber Creek series
Author: Lori Copeland
Publisher: Avon Inspire
Release Date: March 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Inspirational Historical Romance
Year/Setting: Post Civil War, Texas and in to Colorado
Overall Rating: 3.0
Sexual Content Rating: None
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: Negligible/Minimal
Lori's Website/Blog: www.loricopeland.com
Some might say Copper Wilson is willful, prickly, and maybe selfish. Josh Redlin is too much of a gentleman to say these things out loud. Yet somehow in other ways of speech and deed he seems to be able to covey whatís not said and raise Copperís hackles with next to no effort at all. Sheís very happy heís on his way to Colorado with his wagon train and out of her life. He was a nuisance.
A dire accident places Copper in Joshís care, on his wagon train. The doctor in Beederís Cove doesnít have the skills to see to her injury so sheís on her way to Fort Riceson and the only doctor who does have the skills to heal her.
Filled with anger and pain, Copper slowly comes to terms with her injury and the fact that she may never walk normally again. She also learns that time is of the essence as each day that passes her ankle begins its awkward healing process and any damage may be permanent. Of course itís one delay after another and what isnít the fault of nature is the fault of Josh Redlin. Heís infuriating.
One set of circumstances opens Copperís eyes to her past and current behavior, startling her, making her ashamed. With a new resolve to view things differently and trust that God knows what Heís doing, she tries to accept each situation, though itís a monumental struggle filled with plenty of backsliding.
While specific things are beyond the scope of this readerís belief, Ms. Copeland evokes many emotions from the reader through Copperís behavior and outlook: frustration, sympathy, admiration, and irritation to name a few. Copper is prickly and selfish, but she also becomes aware of it and makes an effort to change. When things ultimately donít go her way, the faith disappears and the world-weary chip on the shoulder takes its place, much as it is in our daily lives when we donít recognize who we should put our trust in, who has a plan that is greater than ours.
I applaud Ms. Copland on her efforts to inspire and encourage and entertain her readers through the difficult lessons and triumphs of her characters.
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