Emma is a little woman with a big heart, who can to ride, shoot, love, and pray!
Emma Johnson juggles family, friends, and pioneer chores, all the while dealing with threats to her own life, those she loves, and the safety of the ranch on the western slope of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains in the early 1900s. The challenges of living in the shadow of gold fever bring opportunities to use the skills learned from her Indian stepmother while praying as if everything depends on the Lord. Families, schools, and churches are moving into Riverbend, where gold assessors, saloons, and brothels have prevailed. Conflicts arise between miners, ranchers, bankers, railroad tycoons, Indians, and lawmen. Emma finds herself involved in the rescue and restoration of three abandoned or abused women. As hope, beauty, and new life blossom, the four women help uncover an evil plot and learn the meaning of forgiveness.
This Historical/Western/Romance novel shows us what women encountered in the West, especially in gold-rush boom towns. And it demonstrates the difference that faith, prayer, resourcefulness, and self-sacrifice can make in any hard situation.
Season of Forgiveness offers a colorful cast of characters, pacing that lets you experience family life on a Western ranch and the flavor of life in those days, peppered with suspense, danger, and a little mystery. The drama and pathos in the stories of the three women ~ Sally, Daisy, and Dee ~ are eloquent and will touch your heart. Each of them begins to come into her own and each develops love interests by the end of this book that will form the bases of the plots in books 2 and 3 of the series. By the time you read to the end of Season of Forgiveness, these characters will be real to you and you will want to read about the next seasons of their lives.
Get to know Emma Johnson, her cowboy husband, their seven rambunctious sons (the oldest ones becoming men), and Emma’s young, rescued-women friends in Season of Forgiveness, first novel of the new series, Seasons in Riverbend.
by Templa Melnick
Templa Melnick lives in Grand Junction, Colorado. She is married to her high school sweetheart, Chris. They have raised three sons and a menagerie of animals. Templa loves history, out of the way museums, and dusty attics filled with forgotten treasures. She’s always ready to listen as old timers talk about how things were back in their day. Raised in the mountains of Colorado and influenced by colorful family memories, these elements naturally weave their way into her stories, creating rich, realistic details. Templa also draws from her varied experience as a business owner, a sales and marketing executive, and most recently, serving in Wake Up Ministries. Find her online ~ and enjoy her blog, “Templa’s Trivia” ~ at TemplaMelnick.com.
This book had many scenes that had me gripping the book. Templa touches on many sensitive subjects and tackles them with raw honesty that will have the readers heart’s breaking for the characters.
I loved how Emma is such a spiritually centered character. Her heart of others is so evident and her struggles to hold back her own reactions to prejudice is very really.
I did struggle with a few things in the book. I think the book probably could’ve started with chapter two. Chapter one is full of back story that I think could have been weaved into the story a bit more. What happen for me was I felt like it was too much information and I had to keep flipping back to the first chapter to remind myself of other characters. I think if that information could have been sprinkled throughout more I would’ve retained the information better.
I also felt that sometimes we moved from one thing to the next without any transition. I simple break on the page could show the passing of time a bit more smoothly for me.
Those are just nit-picky things. But the story is good and will grab you if you give it a chance. I am glad I kept reading because I did enjoy it and the characters very much.
A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.