Saturday, May 25, 2024

Henley by Shanna Hatfield (Review)

Series: Love Train #2
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Wholesome Hearts
Released: April 25, 2022
218 pages
About the Book:

Love is a gamble, and heartbreak is a risk she’s willing to take.

Despite her dreams to set down roots, Henley Jones has never had a place to call home. She’s spent her life on riverboats and railroad cars, tagging along with her gambling father. A shoot-out during a card game results in his death, leaving Henley alone and nearly penniless. Out of luck and options, Henley agrees to travel across the country to the newly established town of Holiday, Oregon, to marry a stranger.

A demanding practice in a town clawing its way to respectability keeps Doctor Evan Holt rushing at a hectic pace. He’s far too busy to see to pressing matters like hiring competent help or finding a wife. When one of his patients orders a mail-order bride, Evan can’t decide if the man is crazy or brilliant. From the moment he meets her, Evan battles an unreasonable attraction to the beautiful, charming woman who seems to be hiding something from her past.

In a town flush with possibilities, will taking a chance on love end with heartache or a winning hand?


My Rating & Thoughts:    

There's something about the way Ms. Hatfield writes that pulls me into the story and has me growing to love the characters shortly after meeting them. Henley has just lost her father and agrees to travel to Holiday, Oregon as a mail order bride. On the train she meets Dr. Evan Holt and a friendship begins. Turns out Evan is returning home to Holiday after visiting his family out east. He has no plans to fall in love but is drawn to Henley's spirit. While they may be headed in the same direction literally, their future plans don't sync. I loved watching the friendship bloom. Will Henley marry the stranger or does God have different plans for her? I enjoyed the mention of praying and asking God for his guidance. It was a pleasant surprise to have appearances from other books show up in this one.

(I purchased my copy of this book; opinions expressed 
in this review are my honest opinion and completely my own.)

Other books from this author that I have reviewed:    

Love on Target (Pink Pistol Sisterhood #2)

The Christmas Bargain (Hardman Holidays #1)

The Christmas Token (Hardman Holidays #2)

The Christmas Calamity (Hardman Holidays #3)

The Christmas Vow (Hardman Holidays #4)

The Christmas Quandary (Hardman Holidays #5)

The Christmas Confection (Hardman Holidays #6)

Crumpets and Cowpies (Baker City Brides #1)

Thimbles and Thistles (Baker City Brides #2)

Corsets and Cuffs (Baker City Brides #3)

Bobbins and Boots (Baker City Brides #4)

Lightning and Lawmen (Baker City Brides #5)

The Christmas Cowboy (Rodeo Romance #1)

Wrestlin' Christmas (Rodeo Romance #2)

Capturing Christmas (Rodeo Romance #3)

Barreling Through Christmas (Rodeo Romance #4)

Chasing Christmas (Rodeo Romance #5)

Racing Christmas (Rodeo Romance #6)

Garden of Her Heart (Hearts of the War #1)
Home of Her Heart (Hearts of the War #2)

Valentine Bride (Holiday Brides #1)

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