Love’s Winter Hope by Naomi Rawlings
Reviewed by: Pam Graber
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Cedar Lake Press
Publication Date: April 24, 2017
“Except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it.” Psalm 127:1
After 5 years of silence from her husband, Thomas, Jessalyn Dowrick has given up hope that he would ever return. She has made a life for herself and her three daughters in Eagle Harbor, Michigan, working as the town seamstress. When her oldest daughter comes to her in the middle of a blizzard complaining of yet another earache, she bundles her girls up and heads for the doctor’s office. On their arrival, they discover a waiting room packed with shivering men – an indication that there has been another shipwreck. As they settle in to wait for the doctor, the man who steps out of the examination room, insisting he’s fine, stuns her. He looks like Thomas, sounds like Thomas, has Thomas’ height but it can’t be him, can it? If Thomas isn’t dead, why hasn’t she heard from him in 5 years?
Thomas Dowrick left 5 years ago to find a way to provide for his wife and two daughters. He never expected to be away from them so long and had been sending monthly letters begging his wife to join him in Deadwood, South Dakota. Until recently, he thought she was simply mad at him for leaving. He had no idea that his letters and checks never made it to her. Braving Lake Superior on the last ship out before they closed the shipping lanes, Thomas was unprepared to be shipwrecked. Rescued by Elijah Cummings’ crew, Thomas is thrilled to learn that his search for his family can end in Eagle Harbor but when he walks out of the doctor’s exam room he’s unprepared for the sight of his wife with not 2 but 3 daughters. And, the wife he is so excited to see is anything BUT excited to see him.
Can he make her see that her place is with him? How can he overcome 5 years of what she sees as neglect to build a marriage? Will Jessalyn ever look at him again with trust in her eyes?
This story had me wanting to shake some sense into Jessalyn – often. It could be that I sympathized with Thomas a little too much but I loved his willingness to do whatever he needed to in order to earn his wife’s trust and forgiveness. Jessalyn, on the other hand, had gotten so used to going it alone that she didn’t want to even share “her” daughters, let alone “her” life, with her husband. As events in Eagle Harbor heat up, throwing the pair together, can they rediscover the love that brought them together in the first place? Romance readers, historical readers and even mystery/suspense readers will find something to enjoy in Naomi Rawlings’ latest book, “Love’s Winter Hope.” This series just keeps getting better!
Rated G: There are some light kissing scenes but the characters are married and their children are generally watching the kisses happen so I didn’t see any worries here.
Reviewer’s copy was provided by the Publisher. Thank you!