Wednesday, August 2, 2017

The Prodigal's Welcome by Kristin Billerbeck

Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Barbour Books
Released: August 1, 2017
320 pages
About the Book:
Two Historical Romances Face the Challenges of Rebuilding the Old South
The Prodigal’s Welcome by Kristin Billerbeck
Rediscover this classic romance from bestselling author Kristin Billerbeck. Nathaniel Pemberton left his Mississippi plantation upbringing to seek a golden fortune in California. He assumed nothing at home would change—but then the War Between the States broke out. Fighting to defend the family home, Nathaniel’s brother lost an arm but won Nathaniel’s childhood sweetheart. When Nathaniel decides to return home, no one, it seems, but his father is entirely happy to see the prodigal son. Where does Nathaniel belong?  Can he find the forgiveness his heart longs for?
My Beloved Waits by Peggy Darty
Grace Cunningham is the only one left to care for her ailing mother and to defend their small Alabama farm from Yankee carpetbaggers. When a Northerner, Jonathan Parker, appears at their front door, Grace doesn’t want to trust him. But circumstances force her to work with the Yankee stranger who claims to bring a message entrusted to him by Grace’s dying father.

My Rating & Thoughts:    🌟 🌟 🌟  (3 stars)

“He wouldn’t just give up the woman he loved
because he didn’t want to stir up any trouble.”
Two stories that take place shortly after the Civil War ends. The first story is about Nathaniel and Eleanor. Nathaniel returns home to find his girl engaged to his brother, but it is not as it seems. Nathaniel fights with himself between following what his feelings want and what is best for the girl. I did find the story hard to follow with characters opinions changing throughout. By the end I felt for Eleanor and how she was treated, I wanted things to turn out in her favour. Nathaniel was easy to like, especially when compared to his brother.
The second story is about a daughter struggling to keep up the family farm and look after her mother after her father and brother do not return from the war. A stranger arrives with a message from her father and a treasure hunt begins bringing a southerner and a yankee together. They begin to develop feelings for one another but they face quite a bit of prejudices along their journey which lead them to realize that any relationship between them would be difficult. Can they overcome the prejudices of those around them? Can find the treasure and save the farm? Both characters were strong and willing to fight for what they believed was right that it was easy to like them and want them to figure out a solution to their problems. I did feel that the feelings expressed toward one another happened too quickly but I was pleased with the ending.
Anyone who likes short stories set in south during this time period would probably enjoy these stories. I would have preferred more depth to both stories by creating the love connection to be more realistic.
“God has put us here for a reason, and we have to believe He has a plan.”
(I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Books through NetGalley;
opinions expressed in this review are my honest opinion and completely my own.)

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