Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Calico Christmas at Dry Creek by Janet Tronstad: Historical Romance

Calico Christmas at Dry Creek (Dry Creek Historical Series, Book 1) (Steeple Hill Love Inspired Historical #19) Calico Christmas at Dry Creek by Janet Tronstad

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I love Janet's Dry Creek series with Love Inspired, but this is a Love Inspired Historical--going back to the early days of Dry Creek and Miles City. It's a Christmas story, but you could read it any time of the year.

In 1879 Elizabeth O'Brien is a young widow who loses her husband and baby to influenza not long after coming to the Montana territory. Jake Hargrove is desperate, looking for someone to nurse his baby niece and help him with her older sister--little girls who are half-Sioux, orphaned not long after Jake's brother asks Jake to take care of them when their mother dies. Jake has never been married and must find help quick--and no one else will take little girls who are half-Indian. 

I love the details in this story--of Elizabeth's expertise in cooking and dyeing cloth, of the harsh realities of living in the Northwest and how to survive, mourn, of prejudice and fears and relying on God.

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Carole said...

I bought this book on my Kindle before Christmas but haven't had time to read it yet, Crystal, so I'm glad to see your positive review. I enjoy historicals very much.

Carla Gade said...

THis looks like my kind of story! Even though Christmas is over I'll probably pick it up.