Most romance novels are predictable, so what makes one good is a combination of great characters and unique circumstances (whether it be action, setting, etc). The characters and the heroine’s unique profession for the time make this book an enjoyable read. Adeline came to Dodge City with her uncle to escape her past. When he dies, she’s left to run the photography studio alone. However, her past comes back to haunt her when a shopkeeper is murdered and her shop is vandalized. Will she finally break free from the choices she made?
In a time and setting where the only women who ran businesses opened brothels for traveling cowboys, I love Adeline’s character. She has a flair for capturing her clients , a fierce determination to succeed in a time when women didn’t own businesses, and an independent nature that comes from a past filled with mistakes. I think my favorite part of her character was her personality coming out through her photography. The author does a great job capturing the spirit of the West’s women.
The murder and the addition of Adeline’s friend’s story kept the book moving at a quick pace, making for a quick and enjoyable mystery. I was surprised somewhat who the murderer was, and I was glad the author didn’t take the predictable route in that.
Overall, fans of Christian fiction, especially historical fiction will enjoy this romance with interesting characters and a bit of mystery.
I received this book in exchange for my review. My thoughts are my own.