Unlike her other novels, the third book in Brunstetter’s Brides of Lehigh Canal series is a bit slow to engage the reader. But biblical verses clearly demonstrate the characters’ faith in God and their reliance upon His word.
At age 27, Sarah Turner is trying her best to raise her three children since the accidental death of her husband three years ago. She works hard daily as the lock tender for boats in the canal. Elias Brooks plans to follow in his grandfather’s footsteps after his boat was willed to him, despite protests from his parents. He’s drawn to Sarah, much to the dismay of the local blacksmith, who has had his eye on her for years. Sarah desperately wants to keep her children as far away from the canal as possible. Could she allow herself to fall in love with a boatman, or is a marriage without love a safer option? (BARBOUR, Dec., 288 pp., $10.99)
Leslie L. McKee