The year is 1840 and Ellie Kilmer is in a desperate situation. After years of caring for her parents, she has become a spinster that has to rely on unwelcoming relatives for support. She is long past the marrying age, and is not attractive. Her desire for love and family are beyond her reach, and her relatives obviously see her as an unwelcome duty.
Arrangements are made for Ellie to become a housekeeper for a widower and his young boys. The widower, named Jackson, is also desperate. After his embarrassing marriage he wants nothing to do with any woman, much less a homely spinster. But he does offer an unusual contract for Ellie that could help both their situations.
This story seemed like it would be predictable, and in some ways it is. However, there are many twists in the plot and the author does a great job in developing the main characters so that I wanted to keep reading. There are good life-lessons and it was enjoyable reading this book.
This review was written by guest blogger Patricia Walker
A complimentary copy of this novel was given by Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review of this book.