Tuesday, October 16

Strong and Stubborn by Kelly Eileen Hake

Ride out west to join the last sawmill bride as she attempts to select her mate. Naomi Higgins isn’t about to settle for just anybody. Carpenter Michael Strode and his son—a chip off the old block—are ready to start a new life. Can they convince Naomi to be a part of their future when problems from the past still haunt Hope Falls? Will secrets sabotage the struggling town—and any hope of romance?

Barbour Publishing Inc.
ISBN: 9781602607620
Available: Nov 1, 2012

Kelly Eileen Hake received her first writing contract at the tender age of seventeen and arranged to wait three months until she was able to legally sign it. Since that first contract a decade ago, she’s fulfilled twenty contracts ranging from short stories to novels. In her spare time, she’s attained her BA in English Literature and Composition, earned her credential to teach English in secondary schools, and went on to complete her MA in Writing Popular Fiction.

Writing for Barbour combines two of Kelly’s great loves—history and reading. A CBA bestselling author and member of American Christian Fiction Writers, she’s been privileged to earn numerous Heartsong Presents Reader’s Choice Awards and is known for her witty, heartwarming historical romances.

A newlywed, she and her gourmet-chef husband live in Southern California with their golden lab mix, Midas!

I have not read the first two books in the Husbands for Hire series, and this is Book #3.  First there was Rugged and Relentless, then Tall, Dark and Determined, and now there is Strong and Stubborn. What great book titles!

In this latest book in the series, I adored the character of Naomi. She definitely was a very "strong and stubborn" future bride, but she has secrets and hurts from her past that hold her back from making a lifelong commitment.

And then there's the dollhouse!  I was mesmerized by the descriptions of the intricate dollhouse and how all the components were made. The tiny furniture and fixings, right down to kitchen utensils, descriptively and vividly explained, and I could almost visualize the final result.  Simply amazing! 

Michael Strode, a stranger that appeared on the scene, immediately immersed himself as a vital part of the community. Most of the men in the story had arrived in Hope Falls with only one thing in mind, but Michael was different, in more ways than one. His story intrigued me, and I loved how his story unfolded in the small town.

This is the first book I have read by Kelly Hake, and I loved it! I look forward to reading the other books in this series too.

Disclosure: Ebook received through Net Galley courtesy of Barbour Books, in exchange for my honest review.

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