Sixteen Civil War widows living in St. Louis respond to a series of meetings conducted by a land speculator who lures them west by promising “prime homesteads” in a “booming community.” Unbeknownst to them, the speculator’s true motive is to find an excuse to bring women to the fledging community of Plum Grove, Nebraska, in hopes they will accept marriage proposals shortly after their arrival!
Sparks fly when these unsuspecting widows meet the men who are waiting for them. These women are going to need all the courage and faith they can muster to survive these unwanted circumstances–especially when they begin to discover that none of them is exactly who she appears to be.
At first I wasn’t sure how things were going to turn out a couple chapters in. There were several characters and having multiple voice/narrators in a story is no easy task. It can easily become a tangled mess of chaos (much like my fro of curls that rested on top of my head for my entire childhood), but Whitson shows how it can work. And well.
There was more to each woman than being a widow and I enjoyed how Whitson brought these facts and revelations to light in each page. These were strong women who suffered different things (whether they had amazing husbands, horrible ones, left behind families, etc.), yet were examples of how to make it through the valleys of life. I really enjoyed the mysteries and secrets that unfolded with each page turned.
So if you’re looking for some cowboys, wild west and good ol fashion romance, don’t miss out on this one.