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She’s Back! Recommendation for Francine Rivers New Release, “The Lady’s Mine”

I remember it like it was yesterday. I saw the cover, the girl with the intriguing look, the California Gold Rush setting… and before I knew it, I was reading my very first Christian Historical Romance Novel.

You’ve probably read it.

Or seen the recent film adaptation.

Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers showed me how to write a love story and bring glory to God through artful storytelling. Over the years I’ve strived to pay homage to that book. (Though whether I’ve been successful or not is up for interpretation…)

I was thrilled to hear of Francine Rivers coming out with a new book, and I’m sure you’ll be as pumped as I am! Take a look!

A delightful new western romance from the New York Times bestselling author of Redeeming Love New York Times bestselling author Francine Rivers returns to the California frontier in this sweeping, romantic tale of a displaced New England suffragette, a former Union soldier disinherited by his Southern family, and the town they join forces to save. 1875. When Kathryn Walsh arrives in tiny Calvada, a mining town nestled in the Sierra Nevadas, falling in love is the farthest thing from her mind. Banished from Boston by her wealthy stepfather, she has come to claim an inheritance from the uncle she never knew: a defunct newspaper office on a main street overflowing with brothels and saloons, and a seemingly worthless mine. Moved by the oppression of the local miners and their families, Kathryn decides to relaunch her uncle’s newspaper―and then finds herself in the middle of a maelstrom, pitted against Calvada’s most powerful men. But Kathryn intends to continue to say―and publish―whatever she pleases, especially when she knows she’s right. Matthias Beck, owner of a local saloon and hotel, has a special interest in the new lady in town. He instantly recognizes C. T. Walsh’s same tenacity in the beautiful and outspoken redhead―and knows all too well how dangerous that family trait can be. While Kathryn may be right about Calvada’s problems, her righteousness could also get her killed. But when the handsome hotelier keeps finding himself on the same side of the issues as the opinionated Miss Walsh, Matthias’s restless search for purpose becomes all about answering the call of his heart. Everyone may be looking to strike it rich in this lawless boomtown, but it’s a love more precious than gold that will ultimately save them all.

Review

Library Journal Starred Review VERDICT: With nods to The Taming of the Shrewand the musical Oklahoma, this novel is more lighthearted than Rivers’s (The Masterpiece) typical epic sagas but still retains hallmarks such as compassion for the downtrodden and redemption for the sinner. Read-alikes include Joanne Bischof’s The Gold in These Hills and Tamera Alexander’s “Fountain Creek Chronicles.” Library Journal

What?! The Taming of the Shrew? I’m in.

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