Hake takes us again to 1860s California, revisiting some of the same characters from Letter Perfect. The romance is sweet and the reader roots for Laney and Galen to get together, but the storyline featuring Ivy is frustrating and the ending is too conveniently tied up. Writing the dialogue as the characters would actually speak it makes the story more accurate, but it is very tedious to read and decipher.
Laney McCain has been in
love with her brother's best friend Galen O'Sullivan for years, but he still thinks of her as a small child rather than the woman she has grown to be. Ivy Grubb and her twin brother have grown up squatting on others' land while their alcoholic father manufactures moonshine. Galen finds them on his land and allows them to stay in exchange for working on his farm. Just as Galen starts to fall in love with Laney, Ivy accuses him of getting her pregnant, and he is forced to marry her. Is there hope for Laney and Galen's love? (BETHANY HOUSE, Apr., 384 pp., $19.99)