I settled in to read this historical romance with a happy heart. After all, it’s set in the South right after the Civil War. It’s that world of dangerous conflict and sacrificial love that has always gripped me. And this beautiful book contains all those intriguing elements to draw readers in.
I did, however, struggle with a few things in the story. I have not read the first two books in The Homeward Journey series yet and I had a hard time keeping all the different characters and their families straight. It’s not exactly what I would consider a stand-alone novel. With that being said, though, I still grew to appreciate the individuals and the glimpses into their past. I found myself wishing I’d known them better. I’ll have to hunt down the first two books now. 😉
At first I wasn’t entirely convinced with how fast Molly and Stefan fell in love and I wasn’t sure about the issues that kept them apart, but maybe I missed something from the previous books. I did appreciate the lessons they both had to learn and how God grew them in maturity and faith. All the characters were likable and some surprising twists kept the pages turning.
I loved the series concept of strong Southern women living out their faith in trying circumstances. That’s a theme and perspective I’ll always enjoy reading. I think many readers will enjoy this book. I would just recommend starting from the beginning of the series first. That way Molly and Stefan are old family friends by the time you turn the first page of Love Never Fails. 😉
This review is my honest opinion. Thanks to the author and publisher for my copy.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
At odds over their beliefs and separated by the war, Molly and Stefan must learn to depend on God.
In book three of the Homeward Journey series, Daniel and Sally Delaney’s daughter Molly finishes school and returns to her home to teach. When old friends of her parents come for a visit with their son, Stefan, Molly is attracted to the young man, but all he is interested in is talking about his position in the army. When he leaves to rejoin his regiment, Molly is both relieved and saddened. Can they overcome their differences and find love?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Martha Rogers is the author of Becoming Lucy; Morning for Dove; Finding Becky; Caroline’s Choice; Not on the Menu, a part of a novella collection with DiAnn Mills, Janice Thompson, and Kathleen Y’Barbo; and River Walk Christmas, a novella collection with Beth Goddard, Lynette Sowell, and Kathleen Y’Barbo. A former schoolteacher and English instructor, she has a master’s degree in education and lives with her husband in Houston, Texas.
Learn more at www.marthawrogers.com
I sat down recently and had a chat with Martha. 😉 If you missed the interview, you can still read it here…