Summary (from Goodreads)
Washington Territory, 1871
Anna Warren grew up on the seat of a wagon, the daughter of Seattle’s busiest freighter. After her father’s death—a tragedy away from home—she returns to their cabin on the outskirts of Seattle, seeking the sense of belonging that eluded her childhood. But will her desire to pray for miraculous healing for the sick and wounded endear or alienate her to the community? Her most aggravating challenger is also her staunchest defender and has brown hair and eyes, stands six feet tall, and farms with unchecked tenacity. Tristan Porter. This farmer her father had befriended holds more secrets than Yesler’s Mill holds logs.
When ugly rumors arise about her spiritual gift and her property, Anna fears her quest to find belonging will be thwarted. Tristan holds the truth to set her free, but revealing it will require him to face the disappointments of his past and surrender his plans for the future—a sacrifice he’s not sure he can make.
What I thought
This was a nice, clean inspirational romance–perfect for ending the year!
I enjoyed it & thought the message about faith was touching and profound. It was a slower read, but I mean that in a pleasant way–it didn’t drag. It had a nice, relaxing pace. I truly enjoyed Tristan & Anna’s journey through healing and forgiveness and ultimately towards love. I just loved Anna–she was an inspiring example of a Godly woman and yet she still held onto her spunk & wit. Kraak’s writing was beautiful & flowed so well that his was an easy read. My only complaint was that I felt like some of the plot lines could have been shortened. I liked that Kraak took her time to develop Tristan & Anna’s characters, but I felt that the story could have been 50 pages shorter. Really, that’s the only thing that kept this from being a solid 4 star read.
Overall, I really enjoyed my time reading this inspirational romance. I loved watching Tristan & Anna grow together & come to terms with their feelings towards each other. This story was a good, old-fashioned romance centering on God & faith, topped with lovely writing. I definitely recommend this for fans of Christian romance!