I love historical fiction. I think I have enjoyed this genre ever since I was a little girl reading the Mandie series (which I still have and am looking forward to the day when my daughter and nieces want to read them!). So I was incredibly excited to be able to review A Home in Drayton Valley.
A Home in Drayton Valley is about Tarsie Raines and her friends Joss and Mary Brubacher. Tarsie and Mary have both been dreaming about leaving the poor conditions of New York City in 1880. Tarsie has saved enough money over the years to give to Mary in order for her and her family to leave a terrible situation, if she can convince her husband Joss. Mary has been sick, and although Tarsie has been giving her as many herbal medicines as she has available, it isn’t working. Mary wants Tarsie to travel with her family to Kansas, which Tarsie agrees to. When tragedy strikes on the trip, Tarsie is thrown into a relationship with a man that she isn’t exactly keen on.
I really enjoyed this book. It was hard for me at first to get through the sadness. Being a mother with small children, I am convinced that any book that has any sort of hurt for a mother and her children, I feel it wholeheartedly. But, I continued reading anyway. I wanted to know what happened to Tarsie and Joss and the children.
Joss was such a hard-hearted man for the first half of this book. I was unsure of how the author would be able to turn it around for such a hard character. But, there were glimpses of his love, and his sensitivity in his interactions with his children.
Overall, I thought this was a very well written book. If you can get through the sadness at the beginning, it really picks up and delivers a wonderful ending. There is all manner of subjects touched upon in this book. Prohibition, race, following the will of God. It was a very good story, and I definitely recommend it!
I received this book for free from Bethany House Publishers in return for my review. The opinions are my own.