by Sharlene MacLaren
I wish I had the back cover copy, but I loaned the book to my oldest son's girlfriend was waiting to read it next. :)
This is the first of a new series called The Daughters of Jacob Kane. This one is about the oldest daughter. She works at the family mercantile and has her life all mapped out, including a impending proposal from her beau Dr. Ralston Van Huff (whom her youngest sister Abbie Ann calls Huffy).
Then Gabriel Devlin comes to town as the new sheriff. Only Hannah first met him in the mercantile with a shabby and bruised up kid (an orphan that had hidden in his wagon and stowed away from the last town he'd stopped in). She didn't know he was the sheriff and took him for an abusive father. When she went first thing the next morning to report this awful man to the new sheriff, was she ever surprised to see who the new sheriff was!
But then they joined forces to take care of the orphan whose name turned out to be Jesse.
The characters are wonderfully three dimensional, the whole town, I wonder how people can populate a town and a large cast and do it so well you feel like you know them when the book ends. The spritual journey was so real, it could have been any one of us. It wasn't overdone. The growth of both characters was woven into the plot seamlessly. The plot was fresh and unique and had some unexpected twists. The humor was great!
The only problem I had with this book was the fact that I couldn't get anything else done! All I wanted to do was read. (Okay, I carried the book around with me, reading in my spare moments, and inadvertantly lost it for a couple days! Panic ensued and I tore the house apart before I finally found it in my newly rearranged bedroom.)
Now I am more than ready to make another journey to Sandy Shores to see the Kane girls again. Now will the next story be about beautiful Maggie Rose or the irrepressible little sister Abbie Ann?