As with most historical fiction, the heroine tries to be independent and strong but still enjoys having a man save the damsel in distress.
The heroine of this story is Melanie Ross who is fired as a governess and must make a way for herself out west. She has no family left but inherits half of a general store. The other half is owned by Caleb Nelson, a widower and the single father of young Levi. Melanie and Caleb do not agree on how to run the store and often find themselves at odds. Only when they have to defend the store and the honor of their uncles, do they settle their differences.
The story line was slow. The action did not really pick up until the last quarter of the book. I thought the story was about the difference of opinions between Melanie and Caleb. Instead it was about the deaths in town that were tied together but a common thread. By the time this part of the story reached its climax, the romance between Melanie and Caleb was long overdue. Even though the murderer was not who I expected, the rest of the story was predictable.
Bethany House provided me a free copy of this book in exchange for my review which I freely give.