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I grew up in rural NY and Michael is a "city boy" from AZ. We met at college, taught school in AZ, MO and PA, homeschooled, and created curriculum and videos for church and commercial productions. We have three 20-something children, and now travel the 48 states together in a tractor trailer.
on Jan. 14, 2012 :
Taking a closer view of a much overlooked part of American history, Ms. Findley has woven a story of history, hope, salvation and love with so much suspense and tension that you can’t wait to turn each page to find out what happens next. It begins with a false marriage, a marriage of convenience between two people, one a beautiful singer and the other a drunkard. However, both carry deep secrets and neither is who they appear to be. As the two carry about their mysterious work, tensions with Mexico are rising, and it falls our lead characters to find love, find God and triumph over the evil antagonist, Chaco.
Ms. Findley provided a very well-written book with the right amount of history to keep you intrigued. Her characters were well-developed, and I was particularly taken with Ham. As a wounded warrior, he was charming, humble and very loyal and dedicated despite his injuries. I liked that he did not let them wear him down. Maeve was so mysteriously beautiful but wrapped up in activities I could not help but dislike, and I was counting on Ham to rescue her the whole way through. As they both redeemed themselves, I gave a cheer for a happily ever after. With the help of the devout Duvall family, these sins are forgiven, and they manage to triumph over their past to look forward to a wholesome future together. Despite all the difficulties, there is hope. A very nice, fast-paced, informative and touching read that I truly enjoyed.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)