Monday, June 11, 2012
Romancing Olive by Holly Bush
In 1891, spinster librarian, Olive Wilkins, is shocked to learn of her brother’s violent death at a saloon gaming table and her sister-in-law’s subsequent murder, traveling far from her staid life to rescue her niece and nephew, now orphans. She arrives to find the circumstances of her brother’s life deplorable and her long held beliefs of family and tradition, shaken.
Accustomed to the sophistication of Philadelphia, Olive arrives in Spencer, Ohio, a rough and tumble world she is not familiar with, facing two traumatized children. Her niece and nephew, Mary and John, have been living with a neighboring farmer, widower Jacob Butler, the father of three young children of his own and a man still in pain from the recent loss of his wife.
Real danger threatens Olive and Mary and John while Jacob and his own brood battle the day-to-day struggles for survival. Will Olive and Jacob find the strength to fight their battles alone or together? Will love conquer the bitterness of loss and broken dreams?
I really enjoyed this book. I loved the plot, the characters, and the setting. It is a really cute romance set in the late 1800s. Both things that I love in a book. There was not much that I did not like about this book. But it just did not wow me. I definitely recommend it, but I don't know that it is worth re-reading.
It did seem repetitive at times though, and then the book wraps up very quickly in the last two chapters. Regardless, I enjoyed this book and you should read it if you enjoy historical fiction.