Oct 24, 2011

The Measure of Katie Calloway by Serena Miller

Her heart seeks sanctuary in the deep woods. But will trouble find her even here?

The Civil War has ended, but in Katie Calloway's Georgia home, conflict still rages. To protect herself and her young brother from her violent and unstable husband, she flees north, finding anonymity and sanctuary as the cook in a north woods lumber camp. The camp owner, Robert Foster, wonders if the lovely woman he's hired has the grit to survive the never-ending work and harsh conditions of a remote pine forest in winter. Katie wonders if she can keep her past a secret from a man she is slowly growing to love.

With grace and skill, Serena Miller brings to life a bygone era. From the ethereal, snowy forest and the rowdy shanty boys to the warm cookstove and mouth-watering apple pie, every detail is perfectly rendered, transporting you to a time of danger and romance.

Serena Miller is the author of Love Finds You in Sugarcreek, Ohio, as well as numerous articles for periodicals such as Woman's World, Guideposts, Reader's Digest, Focus on the Family, Christian Woman, and more. She lives on a farm in southern Ohio.

Serena Miller is a "new to me" author, and I am thrilled to say that she is now one of my favourites. In this story, the reader is transported to another time and place filled with rich history of a logging camp in the rough Georgia frontier in the mid 1800's.

I loved the vivid and descriptive portrayal of the logging camp life ... the harsh climate, the back-breaking work, the camaraderie, and the fabulous food. Katie risked everything to provide a safe place for herself and her young brother, far away from the horrific abuse they both received at the hands of her husband.

Isolated from the rest of society over the entire winter, the shanty boys became like a family to Katie. They helped each other through some very harsh and trying times. I really enjoyed the story of Katie Calloway and highly recommend this book.

Disclosure: Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

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