When her mother dies, Mary Lenora must grow
up quickly to take care of her brothers and sisters. Can love help her
to shoulder the burden?
Mary Lenora Caine
knows she is adopted. As she was growing up, her mother called her
“God’s blessing.” But now that she’s gone, Mary no longer feels like any
kind of blessing. Her father, in his grief, has cut himself off from
the family, leaving the running of the home entirely in Mary’s hands.
she nears her eighteenth birthday, Mary can’t see anything in her
future but drudgery. Then her childhood friend Daniel begins to court
her, promising her a life of riches and ease. But her fairy-tale dreams
turn to dust when her family becomes too much for Daniel, and he
abandons her in her time of deepest need.
Will Daniel come
to grips with God’s plan for him? And if he does return, can Mary trust
that this time he will really follow through?
From the first page to the last, Mary's Blessing is a sweet romance, the kind I love to settle back in my recliner for a few hours to read. While Mary suffers much grief in her eighteen years, Daniel lives an easy life by comparison. After knowing Mary since they arrived by wagon trail years earlier and admiring the way she cared for her younger brothers and sister, Daniel finally decides to court her.
Don't assume it will be clear sailing after that because Ms. Dooley really ramps up the conflict. Mary's family issues take front and center, and soon differences in how they want to begin their married life become insurmountable obstacles. Add in stress and fatigue, and things go south fast. At one point, I wanted to give Daniel a good kick in the pants, but he came around and vowed to show Mary that he'd changed. Not only did I enjoy cheering both main characters on to their happily-ever-after, but the secondary characters added so much dimension to the story. A great read! I look forward to reading the last triplet's story, Catherine's Pursuit.
Disclosure: I received this book from the author for a fair and honest review.
About Lena Nelson Dooley
Award-winning author, Lena Nelson Dooley, has more than 650,000 books in
print. She is a member of ACFW and president of the local chapter.
loves James, her children, grandchildren, and great grandson. She loves
chocolate, cherries, chocolate-covered cherries, and spending time with
friends. Travel is always on her horizon. Cruising, Galveston, the
Ozark Mountains of Arkansas, Mexico. One day it will be Hawaii and
Australia, but probably not at the same time. Helping other authors
become published really floats her boat. And the high point of her day
is receiving feedback from her readers, especially her fans. And she
loves chocolate, especially dark chocolate.
Her book LOVE FINDS YOU IN GOLDEN, NEW MEXICO, won the Will Rogers Medallion Award for Western Fiction.