Because this book was so enjoyable to read, I found it hard to put down. The characters were believable and struggled with many things that I've struggled with so that helped me to be able to identify with the characters right off the bat. This book takes place in the 1870's in Oregon and so has the "old West" kind of feel with the small town that has a General Store, bank and church and not a lot else.
The book starts with nineteen year old Olivia Moore praying that she can somehow help her family out since they've fallen on hard times due to droughts and grasshopper plagues. She certainly isn't expecting God to answer her prayer by allowing a pig to cross her path and some young boys falling shortly behind, but that is how God opens the up the way for her to become a nanny for one of the young boys and his older sister.
She starts working for the President of the local bank as his children's companion and due to circumstances end up entering into marriage as strictly a business proposal and she is to have no say in the bank. Meanwhile, her family is sent a letter signed by the President of the local bank stating that they have been foreclosed on and will be losing their homestead if they don't pay soon. Torn between loyalty to her family and her husband, she isn't sure what to do and starts wondering if God led her to that family for "Such a Time as This".
As I said earlier, I really did enjoy reading this book. The plot really wasn't complicated and so it made a nice easy read - something to take your mind off of things and to curl up to at the end of a stressful work day. I'd highly recommend this book if you enjoy "Old West" kind of books. There is just something about reading about other peoples' troubles that helps take your mind off of your own.
I received this complimentary book from Faith Words in exchange for an honest review. All of the thoughts in this post are my own. I was under no obligation to give it a positive review.