Set in 1890, young Julia Cavanaugh works in an orphanage in New York City, very much loving her young charges. Imagine her surprise when the matron announces that she is getting married and closing the orphanage! Many of the young girls are put on an orphan train headed out to Montana, where they will be delivered to host families along the way. Julie accompanies the girls and a piece of her heart breaks each time she has to say goodbye.
The last stop is Lonesome Prairie, Montana, where the final two girls, her favorites, are set to meet their new parents, who Julie is happy to find the quite acceptable. But she also discovers that not only is her ticket a one-way ticket, but she has been sold as a mail-order bride to one of the miners!
Luckily the local circuit preacher steps in and defuses the situation. And a little seed of interest is planted.
It's been quite some time since I've read any sort of historical romance and I will admit that not only did I love this story - I devoured it. The authors - a team of two - not only did a seamless job in portraying the old west, but they also wrote a perfect heroine. Julie was not some vapid young girl who knew everything or was over-spunky. Instead she found herself asking for help and accepting it from many local people.
I loved the Julie and the preacher had some great conversations about God and the Bible. She also learn a lot about true friendship along the way and I found that I did too, through her.
This book is definitely one of my favorites from the year. And I love reading a story that I wouldn't hesitate to recommend to a teenage daughter of a friend.
The authors, Tricia Goyer and Ocieanna Fleiss, have put together one humdinger of a contest for this blog tour! Enter the Fall in Love With Lonesome Prairie Contest and WIN a perty Montana Gift Basket!
To enter, simply fill out the entry form (http://www.triciagoyer.com/
contest.html ), (then tell 5 or more friends about the contest)! The winner will be announced December 14th, just in time for an old-fashioned Montana Christmas. Giddy-up!
The Winner of our ‘Fall in Love with Lonesome Prairie’ giveaway will receive a fantastic Montana Gift Basket, including:
*Winter fleece throw
*Huckleberry chocolate bar
*Paula Dean candle
*Burt’s Bees gift set
*Wild Huckleberry taffy
*Montana stationary notebook
*Montana greeting card set
*Montana ball cap
*Montana refrigerator magnet
*Charlie Russell 2010 Montana Calendar
** Thank you, LitFuse, for providing a copy of Love Finds You in Lonesome Prairie, MT, for me to review.