Jul 15, 2012

A Bride Opens Shop in El Dorado, California by Keli Gwyn

An ever-resourceful widow, Elenora Watkins arrives in El Dorado ready to go into partnership with Miles Rutledge. When he refuses, Elenora becomes the competition across the street. Is this town big enough for the two of them? Miles can’t help but stick his well-polished boot in his mouth whenever he comes face-to-face with Elenora. Can he find a way to win her heart while destroying her business? Miles’s mother, Maude, is bent on Elenora becoming her new daughter-in-law while Elenora’s daughter, Tildy, thinks Miles would make a perfect papa. How far will these meddlers go to unite this enterprising pair?

Keli Gwyn writes stories that transport readers to the 1800s, where she brings historic towns to life, peoples them with colorful characters, and adds a hint of humor. A California native, she lives in the Gold Rush-era town of Placerville at the foot of the majestic Sierra Nevada Mountains. Her debut novel, A Bride Opens Shop in El Dorado, California, set in the heart of the Gold Country where she lives, will be released in July 2012.

When Keli’s fingers aren’t hovering over the keyboard of her newfangled laptop, she enjoys strolling past stately Victorian houses in her historic town, burying her nose in reference books as she unearths interesting facts to include in her stories, and interacting with other romance readers. Her favorite places to visit are her fictional worlds, the Coach factory outlet store, and Taco Bell.

Visit the author's website at http://keligwyn.com/ 

I loved this story of the widow Elenora and her struggles to make a way for herself and her daughter Tildy. Assuming that she had been accepted as a full partner of the El Dorado mercantile, she arrived in town only to be immediately rejected simply because she was a woman. Determined to prove everyone wrong, she decided to open her own shop immediately across the street from the other store.

The interaction between Elenora and Miles Rutledge (the owner of the other mercantile) was at times very humorous, as they constantly tried to outdo each other. They had an ongoing competition of wits, business ventures, proficiency with guns, and also violin playing.  In the background, Elenora's daughter and Miles' mother are convinced that Ellie and Miles should also have a romantic interest in each other.

A great historical fiction story filled with lovable characters, I highly recommend this book. In fact ... there are still a few days left to enter my giveaway for an autographed copy! The giveaway ends on July 18th, check out details here.

Disclosure: Review copy received courtesy of the author in exchange for my honest review.

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