I'll admit, I ordered The Rose Legacy by Kristen Heitzmann to review from Bethany House on accident, but I am SO glad I did! I picked it up on Wednesday night and started reading, and was really pulled in by the story. I had to force myself to put it down that night, and then finished it on Thursday in the car on the way home from our Thanksgiving dinner at the in-laws' house.
Carina Maria DiGratia ran away from her family and home in Sonoma, California, to heal her broken heart. She naively chooses Crystal, Colorado, a rough-and-tumble mining town, to start over. Her hopes for a new and better life are crushed by the reality of men hoping to strike it rich and women with few options. As she struggles to adjust to her new life, she also struggles with her relationship with God. Slowly she develops friendships and roots, but when increasing violence threatens the town she finds herself in a dangerous position that could help bring the violence to an end. In the end she learns that she must forgive and let go if she wants to move forward.
I absolutely loved this book. Carina is a spitfire--independent, funny, friendly, and with a quick temper. Just the kind of heroine I adore. The story is suspenseful and heartfelt. It is heartbreaking to watch Quillan, the freighter, work through the ghosts of his own past and his grudge with God while trying to stop the violence in town and deal with those who think he is the prime suspect. This is the first book in a series, so the story isn't really finished at the end of this book. There is still unfinished business for Carina and Quillan, which disappointed me. But this is an older series that is being reissued, so I don't have to wait for the next book to be published. I can just order it! And I will be ordering it--I just have to know what happens next!
★★★★★ This is one of my favorite books this year. I definitely recommend it. 5/5 stars.
**This book was provided for review through the Bethany House Book Reviewers program (for more information on my reviews, please view my disclosure policy).**