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Travel back in time to a growing Seattle and its eligible young elites.
Despite her spoiled upbringing, twenty-year-old Lenore Fulcher isn’t pretentious. She simply believes a marriage should be built on true love. Her father, however, thinks she’s wasted enough time searching for the perfect husband. He wants to marry her off to one of his business partners–who is seventeen years her senior–an idea that is out of the question for Lenore.
Kolbein Booth, a young lawyer from Chicago, arrives in Seattle looking for his headstrong sister, who he believes may have answered an advertisement for mail-order brides. Sick with worry, he storms into the Madison Bridal School, demanding to see his sister, only to learn she isn’t there. But Lenore Fulcher is, and something about her captures his attention.
Is this the man Lenore has been searching for? She may not have long to find out…
While the romance of the story involves Lenore and Kolbien, much of the novel deals with the Lenore’s young friend Abrianna and her best friend, Wade. Abrianna has a heart for the less fortunate and is determined to help them, much to the dismay of her “aunts.” With her red hair and matching personality, Abrianna is not easily dissuaded. And Lenore, who was raised with plenty, must ultimately decide where her priorities lie.
Steadfast Heart is a pleasant escape to another era, a world of proper etiquette and fancy gowns. I enjoyed Abrianna’s feisty personality and the friendship that the girls shared. It was not a book that I just couldn’t put down, but it was well-written. There was resolution to Lenore’s story, although her story seemed a minor one overall. The ending left several threads hanging for subsequent books, and I do find myself wondering how they will all resolve. Overall it was a somewhat simple story, but it was an enjoyable read.
(I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. The thoughts expressed here are entirely my own.)