Thursday, November 20, 2014

"A Pony Express Christmas" by Rhonda Gibson

About the Book

When Jake Bridges suddenly finds himself the guardian of his orphaned niece, he knows he needs a wife. What does a stock tender at a pony express station know about raising little girls? A marriage of convenience to the child's caretaker is the most practical solution.  

A mail-order marriage seems like Leah Hollister's last chance to know the simple joys of family life. But then she receives word that her would-be groom is dead. Now Jake proposes she marry him. She knows love isn't necessary. Yet the more she learns of sweet Molly's kindhearted uncle, the more she dreams of a true partnership with the man who has unexpectedly captured her heart.

This book was released in November 2014
This is a well loved library book that was reviewed.

My Review

“A Pony Express Christmas” by Rhonda Gibson is a story of two fearful souls who find the magic of love at Christmas time. This was truly a romantic story with some trials before all was said and done, as well as fears being laid to rest.

I so enjoyed how this story was told for there were introductions of characters who came and went, leaving me to wonder what was the purpose of said characters only to go “WHAT!”. This is not a mystery or suspense book but there of course is the uncertainty that life has in general of what was going to happen next. The twist and turns that the book took kept also helped keep this book interesting to where I hated putting down the book and when I had to put it down, I rushed back to it as quickly as possible.

Leah is a woman who has some pretty simple dreams that is for sure, but then again for her those dreams almost seem impossible. She has a couple of 'rug yanked from under her feet' moments but she doesn't stay down long for she has a lot of spunk and determination. Through it all though there is her fear, a fear that is understandable given her past, and to watch that fear fade away was something truly special. It was done in such a way that it didn't seemed forced nor was it gone in a flash.

Jake is a man who puts others ahead of himself, but he too has a fear, a fear that is holding him back, but in a way his fear makes sense as well. Jake works hard and enjoys what he does, but he is willing to do what he must for the sake of his family. Jake's fear may have washed away like a flash flood, yet there was warning signs that the fear was being washed away along the way.  When his fear did go away completely it was done in a way that made so much sense for it matched his fear in the first place and I can't see it going away any other way than the way it did happen.

To watch these two interact, the talking, working together and so much more, was really so romantic. There is conflict in the story that helped keep the romance from being over the top, and that conflict was both internal and external. The external helped to bring both Leah and Jake closer in knowing each other and what is to be expected of the other in their marriage of convenience. The internal conflict was a part of both of them working through their fears or trying to protect themselves.

There is not much mention of a message in relation to Christmas that shouts a Christmas message here, I think anyway. I do think the message of love being the greatest of all gifts is there which works wonderfully with the Christmas season.

I hope all who read this book enjoys it as much as I did.