Jul 17, 2012

For Such a Time as This by Ginny Aiken

Drought has forced farmers around the small town of Bountiful in the Hope region of Oregon to mortgage their property. Then word comes of plans for a spur line to run through the area and join the railroad in nearby Milton. Folks with money see an opportunity to fill their coffers by buying farmland cheap then selling to the railroad for a profit. The Bank of Bountiful, owned by Eli Whitman, appears to be doing that, as well.

Widowed two years earlier, Eli, with a son and daughter to raise, sought a hard-working, educated Christian woman to care for them and his home. Olivia Moore filled the bill, and as soon as Eli recognized her as an excellent investment, he offered her first employment then a marriage of convenience.

While Olivia is an excellent choice, her large family gives Eli pause. He knows about the problems posed by in-laws, so he will do whatever it takes to avoid a repeat of his earlier experiences.

When Papa tells Olivia the Moore family must move according to Eli's terms for the new railroad line, she fears for their safety, since they'll be homeless during winter. Where will they go? How will they survive?

It is up to Olivia to convince her husband to renege on his demands, though she swore before their marriage she would stay out of his business.

Ginny Aiken, a former newspaper reporter, lives in Pennsylvania with her engineer husband. Born in Havana, Cuba, raised in Valencia and Caracas, Venezuela, she discovered books early and wrote her first novel at age fifteen while she trained with the Venezuelan Classical Ballet Company. She burned that tome when she turned a "mature" sixteen. Ginny has taught novel-writing seminars and workshops at Harrisburg(PA) Area Community College and Penn State University.

Olivia's parents wondered how they would feed their family over the winter, and their farm was mortgaged to the maximum.  Fearing that the bank would soon be knocking on their door, they are desperate for things to change. When Olivia found out how desperate things were, she vowed to help out in whatever way possible.

While in town one day, Olivia came across a group of young boys chasing some girls ... and a pig. A humorous scene to visualize, but Olivia immediately took charge. She had no idea that her actions that day would result in life changing events for herself and her entire family.

Olivia stepped out of her comfort zone and approached the father of one of the young boys about a position as a nanny.  Olivia was full of spunk and good old country determination, and the Moore children might have finally met their match.

When Eli Wharton, a prosperous bank manager, agreed to give Olivia a temporary three month trial position as nanny to his children, he had no inkling that their family dynamics would never be the same. And the last thing he had in mind was romance!

For Such a Time as This is a great historical and inspirational romance with a sweet touch of humor. This is the first book I have read by Ginny Aiken, and it was a delight!   

Disclosure: Ebook received through Net Galley courtesy of Hachette Book Group/FaithWords, in exchange for my honest review.

1 comment:

  1. Janet, I'm so glad you enjoyed Olivia, Eli, and the kids. The pig, too! Blessings, Ginny Aiken.