Ellie's story is somewhat predictable, but it was one I really enjoyed. Ellie is a spinster at 31-years-old and finds herself almost entirely alone in the world. The only relatives she has left are two male cousins who are not really the nicest folks around. She has been sent to keep house for free for a widower with two young sons as "punishment" for her actions. Ellie makes the two-hour journey by foot hoping beyond hope that the man will give a recommendation so that she might find a position somewhere and no longer be dependent on her Cousin Mark. As the tale unfolds, Ellie finds herself in a situation she's always dreamed of but never thought it would be the way that it is. Along her journey she comes to care deeply for her young charges and their father as well as the island she now calls home. Can God cause a miracle to happen? Can a man truly love a woman as plain as Ellie? Can circumstances so change that true love flows on both sides? A story half full of sadness and half full of joy. I enjoyed journeying through this tale with Ellie as she came to a place she truly felt God wanted her to be. She is a woman of great character and depth and insight. She has a heart for her Father. I found the male lead in the story to be rough around the edges and moody and somewhat dense at times, but I think he had a lot of growing to do and heartache to work through. A good historical read from Delia Parr set in Pennsylvania! Enjoy!
This book was provided free for review by Bethany House Publishers.