Willow Madison and her friends Copper and Audrey taught school in neighboring Texas towns until the Yankees rode in and burned them out. In the midst of fear and chaos, survivors banded together to fight for what remained of their homes. Then word reached the people that the terrible war was over.
Now penniless but still hopeful, Willow vows she will take care of her friends, and her ailing uncle, in Thunder Ridge, Texas, even if it means having to marry wealthy Silas Sterling, a man thirty years her senior. But standing in her way is sawmill owner Tucker Gray, with his enticing eyes and infuriating headstrong manner--the man Willow cannot get out of her head . . . or her heart. Even though her friends beg her not to give up her dream of happiness, Willow is determined to do the right thing for those who are dearest to her. But which path does God want Willow to take: a life of duty and commitment . . . or a life of everlasting love?
My Overall Feeling of the Book:
I've had this book and the 3rd book of the series on my TBR shelf for quite a while. I don't know why I didn't pick it up to read sooner because I really liked it. In fact, I already order the second book so I can read rest of the series in order.
I found Thunder Ridge to be quite charming. A town where it constantly thunders and lightnings but never rains. Well, almost never :)
The book started with a bang and ended with a bang. I can't wait to read more!
My Favorite Character:
Willow takes my favorite character spot just slightly over Tucker. She is willing to do whatever it takes to ensure a future for her and her best friends from Timber Creek. She's tough when she need to be and gentle when it is called for.
My Favorite Scene:
I think my favorite scene is when Willow first sees the schoolhouse that she is supposed to start teaching at in the fall.
My Favorite Sentence/Paragraph:
Uncle Wallace paused before a small, tin-covered building at the edge of town. The shack had two windows, both with broken panes, and a door on each end. The ground outside was cover with chicken feathers. Rustic was too kind a word for this dilapidated hovel. Willow knew a chicken pen when she saw it.
It Would Have Been Better If:
I really can't think of anything that would make this book better. Great characters, setting and writing. I look forward to book 2 and 3:)
I Would Recommend This Book To:
Nieces, soldiers, best friends, survivors, teachers, church cleaners, Lori Copeland fans.