Delia And The Drifter by Melody Carlson is a marvellous Christian historical novel and the first in the Westward To Home series.
The novel concerns family, inheritance and wealth. Family is more than just blood ties, family is those who love and care for us. Sometimes family casts us off, this is in direct contrast to our heavenly Father who has promised to never leave us nor forsake us.
Inheritance is more than just money. Inheritance is family traits passed down to us such as kindness and character. The richest person is not the one with the biggest bank balance but the one with the kindest heart.
We need to have correct priorities. “There’s more to life than gaining wealth.” Pursuing wealth to the exclusion of all else will often lead to a downfall in a character.
The characters were wonderfully drawn. The leading lady was very much a modern miss for 1884. “Why a woman needs so much education is beyond me.” She broke out of the mould that was constraining a woman to marriage to the highest bidder, regardless of age or love. She was not afraid to get her hands dirty. Her kindness and open hearted living was a breath of fresh air.
Delia And The Drifter was a delightful read. The series promises to be fabulous.
I received this book for free. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.
About the Book
Book: Delia and the Drifter
Author: Melody Carlson
Genre: Historical Romance (Western)
Release date: February 15, 2021
An arranged marriage to save the family from ruin?
Delia Blackstone knows what her mother is up to—she intends to marry her off to an older man who is all fortune and no future. And Delia’s having none of it.
When a mysterious visitor appears on the family doorstep and offers an opportunity for Delia to travel from Pennsylvania to Colorado, Delia knows it is time for her to strike out on her own and discover a new life. Along the way she encounters a handsome drifter who captures her heart. But is he interested in trading his exciting life of adventure for love?
Two murders, a missing will, and a number of puzzling relationships are enough to unsettle anyone—even smart, capable Delia. Who can she trust? And can she trust her heart in matters of love?
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About the Author
Melody Carlson has written more than 200 books (with sales around 6.5 million) for teens, women, and children. That’s a lot of books, but mostly she considers herself a “storyteller.” Her young adult novels (Diary of a Teenage Girl, True Colors etc.) appeal to teenage girls around the world. Her annual Christmas novellas become more popular each year. She’s won a number of awards (including RT’s Career Achievement Award, the Rita, and the Gold medallion) and some of her books have been optioned for film/TV. Carlson has two grown sons and makes her home in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and yellow Lab dog.
More from Melody
I love historical stories about women. Particularly ones in the American frontier and old west. Probably because I grew up hearing pioneer stories from my grandparents, whose parents arrived in covered wagons. But contributions made by pioneering females is often overshadowed by their male counterparts. That’s why I enjoy researching and telling these fictional yet reality-based stories of women who lived and loved and did their part to settle the frontier. To me they are the unsung heroes of the West.
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