Love Finds You in Lonesome Prairie, Montana
Orphan trains, mail order brides, shootouts, circuit preachers, and gold mines are all part of our country’s “wild west” history. Tricia Goyer and Ocieanna Fleiss have teamed up to bring these topics to life in Love Finds You in Lonesome Prairie, Montana. Julia Cavanaugh traverses the country by train with her orphan charges making sure they are all placed in safe and loving homes. At the last stop, she expects to return back home to New York after seeing the last two girls placed in homes. Of course, if that happens too easily, we would not have a novel to read!
Circumstances quickly spiral out of control as Julia Cavanaugh realizes her benefactress promised her as a mail order bride! Will she be doomed to be a prospector’s wife? Will the circuit preacher and his family be able to help her? Will she ever find a place of belonging? Goyer and Fleiss weave an intriguing and humorous plot throughout Love Finds You in Lonesome Prairie, Montana.
I appreciate the depth of the characters in Love Finds You in Lonesome Prairie, Montana. They address some challenging heart issues and grow in their faith. Scripture and prayer are used to mold the characters. The historic threads are interesting without being overbearing, and the moderate romance is tasteful. A secondary plot line demonstrates the power of redemption and forgiveness. Fear and faith challenge the lead character, Parson Ike, and he must face the truth. I would have been interested to see a little more attention given to the process of the orphans and the orphan train experience. However, this potentially could have led to the novel being too long. I thought the authors’ sensitive and subtle presentation of adoption was appropriate and positive.
Summerside Press offers a series of Love Finds You novels from various authors. They all have historic perspectives in various locations, but are stand alone novels. Love Finds You in Lonesome Prairie, Montana is light reading with just enough history and food for thought mixed in! I believe this would be appropriate for high school students; but as always, parents should preview it to judge it by their family’s guidelines. It would also be great as a read aloud for families with older students, and is appropriate for gift giving.
Last Updated: February 11, 2013
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