Valancy Stirling continues to astonish me with her depth of character development. I love characters who undergo a metamorphosis, and that's her whole story. Dowdy, mother-hen-pecked, and joy-starved old maid at the beginning, she blooms into a contented, happy, useful, loving woman. And her transformation is totally believable. Wow, such good writing.
Also, Barney Snaith is officially my favorite fictional romantic hero. Sorry, Mr. Rochester.
Word to the wise: don't get buy the copy with the cover I've featured here. It's riddled with typos. Very disappointing. The edition from Tundra books is much better. So is the one from Sourcebooks Fire -- I recommend either of those ones.
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Particularly Good Bits:
She brushed the old years and habits and inhibitions away from her like dead leaves. She would not be littered with them (p. 91).
If This was a Movie, I Would Rate It: PG for a couple of old-fashioned curse words, alcohol use, and discussion of an unmarried girl becoming pregnant.