A BRIDE SEWS WITH LOVE IN NEEDLES, CALIFORNIA
The reader will feel the heat and dust of the desert while experiencing the life of a Harvey Girl. Meghan and Caleb’s stubbornness are so real that you want to knock their heads together. However, the story wanes in the last 75 pages, leading to an unsatisfying and abrupt ending.
Wanting to travel and experience life on her own, Meghan Thorson signs up to be a Harvey Girl. Upon arriving in Needles, Calif., she trips on the train tracks and is rescued by local rancher Caleb McBride. Caleb is unable to join the army because of a childhood bout with polio. He keeps his disability a secret even when townspeople call him a coward. When Meghan wants to include his name on a quilt she is making for a Red Cross auction, she discovers the hatred toward him. Will she be able to stand up to the town and break through to Caleb’s heart? (BARBOUR, Dec., 320 pp., $12.99)