Sunday, April 17, 2022

The Lady's Mine by Francine Rivers

New York Times bestselling author Francine Rivers returns to the California frontier in this sweeping, romantic tale of a displaced New England suffragette, a former Union soldier disinherited by his Southern family, and the town they join forces to save.

1875. When Kathryn Walsh arrives in tiny Calvada, a mining town nestled in the Sierra Nevadas, falling in love is the farthest thing from her mind. Banished from Boston by her wealthy stepfather, she has come to claim an inheritance from the uncle she never knew: a defunct newspaper office on a main street overflowing with brothels and saloons, and a seemingly worthless mine. Moved by the oppression of the local miners and their families, Kathryn decides to relaunch her uncle's newspaper--and then finds herself in the middle of a maelstrom, pitted against Calvada's most powerful men. But Kathryn intends to continue to say--and publish--whatever she pleases, especially when she knows she's right.

Matthias Beck, owner of a local saloon and hotel, has a special interest in the new lady in town. He instantly recognizes C. T. Walsh's same tenacity in the beautiful and outspoken redhead--and knows all too well how dangerous that family trait can be. While Kathryn may be right about Calvada's problems, her righteousness could also get her killed. But when the handsome hotelier keeps finding himself on the same side of the issues as the opinionated Miss Walsh, Matthias's restless search for purpose becomes all about answering the call of his heart.

Everyone may be looking to strike it rich in this lawless boomtown, but it's a love more precious than gold that will ultimately save them all.

Audiobook, 15 hours, 19 minutes
Published February 8, 2022
 by Recorded Books Audio
3.5/5 stars

This was one of my highly anticipated book of 2022. Francine Rivers has written some of my favourite books, The Masterpiece, Redeeming Love and her Mark of the Lions Series. So maybe my expectations were is a tad to high. That being said, after I finished reading I discovered that the author has made it known she wrote something lighter this time around.

The Lady’s Mine follows the arrival of Kathryn to any unknown area and basically to fend for herself. It’s a time when women are suppose to cater to the men, to be at their beck and call and forgo their own desirers, but such is not the case for Kathryn.

I liked her determination, her strength and the way she stands up for herself. She is smart and doesn’t bow down to those against her, no matter the danger.I also loves how she stood up for others, those being taken advantage of or just with no one to lend a hand.

The story was lighter than what I am used to, so that took a bit of adjustment. This book took me to the era of saloons, mines and printing presses. There was mystery, intrigue and of course, romance.

Not my favourite Rivers book but still entertaining. I went with the audiobook, narrated by Kate Forbes, who did a great job.

This audiobook was obtained through my subscription to Scribd, if you would like to try it for free for a month let me know and I can send you link.

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