Friday, December 2, 2016

Naomi's Choice, by Claire Sanders

Prism Books, November 2016

Naomi Sullivan has traveled from San Antonio to Loma Verde to visit her grandmother, and perhaps to stay with her permanently. Her mother is dead, her father has remarried, and Naomi is frankly tired of being an unpaid housekeeper and governess for her new stepmother's four children from her first marriage.

On the stagecoach, just outside Loma Verde, they pick up Ethan Garrett, whose horse turned up lame. He's clean and polite, but relatively rough dressed, and not as polished as Lucas, her former beau whom her stepmother ordered off.

Soon after, when they arrive in Loma Verde, she meets Lt. Bret Anderson, a cavalry officer who is handsome, tall, and as polished and smooth as a girl can imagine.

Guess where this is going.

Nevertheless, it's moderately well-handled, and I don't regret the time i spent reading it. Sanders is a little simplistic and a bit-heavy-handed, but I basically like her main characters and her general assumption that most people are decent and inclined to be kind.  The Christian imagery and language is familiar and comfortable for me, especially  when one of my favorite hymns is quoted, but that will be unwelcome or just less comfortable for some readers.

Enjoyable for what it is.

I received a free electronic copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.