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Walker's Wedding by Lori Copeland
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Circa 1870,Walker McKay owned and lived on his large spread outside of Spring Grass, Wyoming. He’d spent two years trying to convince himself he loved Trudy Richards and they were to be wed. In a last-minute decision, Trudy left town on horseback to follow after a man who sold bowler hats. Walker was left to look like a fool and made a vow to never let a woman get close to his heart again.

Sarah Livingston was an only child of a wealthy railroad owner, Lowell Livingston, who was widowed. Mr. Livingston was left alone to raise Sarah along with her black nanny, Wadsy, and servant, Abe. She desperately wanted to get married and have a family of her own.

Abe had just caught Sarah before boarding a riverboat with a young man to get married and brought her home. Her father was exasperated with her shenanigans, so he was going to send her off to Uncle Brice’s once again, and she subsequently ran away with the help of Abe, wearing his grandson’s clothes.

On the train to New York, Sarah was able to take the place of a mail-order bride going out West. When Sarah met Walker, she deceived him as to who she really was, and Walker was still embittered over Trudy. He needed an heir, so they married.

Lori covers the early days of Sarah and Walker’s marriage in such a true-to-life manner for the days of mail-order brides–brides of convenience.

There’s always a transitional time during a normal marriage, but Lori catches the difficulties amidst the unusual circumstances and the emotions between stranger newlyweds with delicacy and intrigue, especially since Walker didn’t trust women. Period.

It was comical to see the disasters of a pampered young lady learning how to cook for her husband. But it was difficult to watch the anger and bitterness when Sarah’s deception was found out. Walker’s rage and self-pity are portrayed so vividly. Lori was really into her characters’ emotions and behaviours.

The spiritual aspects that jumped out to me were Sarah’s lies and deception; Walker’s angry vow towards women, along with his deep bitterness; and the lack of prayer together since both characters came from Christian upbringings. Will Sarah and Walker allow God to bring forgiveness into their lives and reconcile their issues? Many lessons can be learned from this book.

This book was provided by Barbara of Harvest House Publishers for my honest review. If you love historical reads with spiritual impact, pick up Lori’s book.

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