★★★★ ☐ The publisher has provided a copy for review.
This completely old-fashioned novel caught me by surprise. It reads like a Laura Ingles Wilder novel - with an adult woman as the heroine. I haven't thought recently about the prescriptions of society about two hundred years ago, but oh my - things have changed! Instead of "anything goes" (like today), in the 1830s, culture and neighbors ruled people's expectations and behaviors. Not everyone complied of course, but there was a price to pay for any indiscretion or stepping out of bounds.
Beautifully written, this romance transports readers back to a time when details of life were carefully dissected and examined under the fine lens of gossip and neighborliness. If you long for a "kinder and gentler era," this will be an eye-opener and reminder that each time comes with its own joys and burdens.
It's a love story, a historical picture, and satisfying entertainment.