Lucinda Bishop (Lucy) has lain both of her parents to rest and now must move West to family members in Oklahoma. But 1896 Oklahoma ranch life is far removed from the culture and society of Boston. Her aunt and uncle do their best to acclimate Lucy to her new life, though Lucy struggles with newfound feelings for ranch hand Jake Starnes and longings for her former reality. Between Jake’s past and Lucy’s future, will she ever be able to live this new life?
About the Author:
Martha Rogers placed her faith in Jesus Christ 65 years ago. He has seen her through her step-father’s sexually abusive behavior toward her sister and brother, her own breast cancer, two mastectomies, two miscarriages, her husband’s heart attack, her grandson’s cystic fibrosis, and the deaths of her parents. She holds a Master’s degree in education and enjoyed a 36-year teaching career. To say she’s an inspiration to those of us trying to walk a faithful path is a gross understatement.
This is the tale of a young lady who was raised in a wealthy, formal household in the late 1800s in Boston, MA. Her parents are killed in a horrible accident and she finds herself alone at 17. Her aunt and uncle from Oklahoma Territory take her in and Lucinda has to learn to adjust to a whole new way of life.
Life is far less structured on a cattle ranch and it takes Lucinda a little while to adjust. In her formal life she lived a life of comfort with servants to care for her. She had no idea how to cook or do chores. She also has had very little contact with young men.
On her first day in Oklahoma she meets a ranch hand named Jake and sparks fly. But Jake is harboring a secret. Lucinda slowly learns how to live on a ranch and her relationship with Jake develops; but Lucinda is deeply Christian and Jake has fallen away from the early religious training of his youth. Lucinda’s Uncle Ben provides Jake with a Bible and answers his questions but Jake feels he has done something so horrible that even God won’t forgive him.
As time passes and Lucinda and Jake start feeling more for each other Jake finally comes to believe that God will indeed forgive him but he must face his past.
Lucinda too, must learn to throw off her past and learn to live and love a more relaxed lifestyle and “become Lucy.” Will she have Jake by her side? Her faith in God will certainly pull her through.
I did enjoy the book and found that once I started it was hard to put it down. The tales of life in the Old West seemed to to the time and the romance grew slowly. The tragedy suffered by the town in the story helped to pull everyone together and I found the ancillary characters to be fun.
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