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Today I’m featuring
The Element of Love by Mary Connealy.
With their sharp engineering minds, Laura Stiles and her two sisters have been able to deal with their mother’s unfortunate choice in husband, until they discover his plans to marry each of them off to his lecherous friends. Now they must run away–far and fast–to find better matches to legally claim their portion of their father’s lumber dynasty and seize control from their stepfather.
When Laura befriends a mission group heading to serve the poor in California during their escape, she quickly volunteers herself and her sisters to join their efforts. Despite the settlement being in miserable condition, the sisters are excited by the opportunity to put their skills to good use. Laura also sees potential in Caleb, the local minister, to help with gaining her inheritance. But when secrets buried in Caleb’s past and in the land around them come to light, it’ll take all the smarts the sisters have to keep trouble at bay.
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[Graphic Text]: May 1872, Northern California ~ They were running away from the threat of misery, pain, and degradation.
The Element of Love by Mary Connealy is the first book in her new The Lumber Baron’s Daughters series.
This book captured me from the beginning. I loved the intelligence of the three sisters and the way their knowledge of the lumber industry helped their escape. I also loved how Caleb explored his new faith by being unafraid to ask tough questions. When ministry didn’t go the way he expected, he was willing to ask whether they were doing things the best way.
I’ll admit, I was nervous to read this book. I wanted to like it (I love lumber-themed stories), but other books I’ve read by this author seemed a bit over the top. This book had a different feel entirely. Perhaps it was the difficult topics that permeated the story (trigger warning for abuse, but handled well, I think). The characters had depth and questions and I liked it a lot.
The Element of Love is definitely the first book in a trilogy. If you prefer to read a connected series all at once, then I recommend waiting until the next two books have released. Without giving any spoilers … based on the way this one ended, the three books will definitely be better read all together. And I can’t wait for book two!
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with FTC guidelines.
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