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Will heiress Lucinda Bishop learn the meaning of true love and forgiveness on the Oklahoma plains?
In 1896, after her parents’ deaths, seventeen-year-old heiress Lucinda Bishop is sent to Oklahoma to live with her aunt and uncle. But Oklahoma ranch life brings her more than she bargained for when she meets ranch hand Jake Starnes, a drifter who is running from his past. As her friendship with Jake grows, Lucinda faces emotions she’s never before experienced.
As Jake learns more about God’s love for him, he realizes he must face his past and the consequences of his actions, even if it means he will lose the one girl he loves. Will he be able to get his life together before someone else claims her hand…or even her life?
Lucinda was raised in an upstanding Boston family and taught the proper etiquette of young women of her station. The death of her parents and her subsequent journey to Oklahoma turns her world upside down. Rules and expectations take on a completely different form in the rugged territory of Oklahoma, but she adapts fairly quickly to her new family and their way of life.
Much of the process of “becoming” is an internal journey. One must determine beliefs, standards, and dreams which will later guide decisions made and actions taken. Thus much of Lucinda’s story is an internal journey as she determines who she will be and what she wants in her young life. Jake’s journey is similar, as he must wrestle not only with his past actions, but also his standing with the God of the universe.
Lucinda’s family is able to reach out to Jake with the gospel in a way that communicates their sincerity and concern for him without being “preachy” to the reader. I was disappointed that, despite their apparent love for the young man, they did not hold out much hope for him, but seemed quick to encourage Lucinda to move on with her life. Perhaps that is just my determined loyalty showing through. However, as a believing family, I would have preferred to see them face the challenge with more trust in the Lord’s ability to work all things together for good.
Becoming Lucy held enough “suspense” to keep me reading, but not so much that it would threaten a nice manicure. I found myself wanting to take the characters aside and encourage them. Thankfully Aunt Clara appeared and did a bit of that for me! She was a great side character.
The first book in the Winds Across the Prairie series, Becoming Lucy is an enjoyable step back in time, and a great reminder of God’s love and His ability to work all things together for good (even when Lucinda’s family didn’t see it coming).