Relive the glory of a Pennsylvania canal town through the eyes of those who ministered to the needs of the workers. Betsy Nelson reluctantly returns to her childhood home to care for her failing father, a faithful minister who served the town for years. William Covington, a confirmed bachelor, comes to town to become the new pastor and set aside the luxuries of this birth for service to God. Can Betsy and William find common ground on which to work together for the better of the townspeople?
My take on this book: (note this review may contain spoilers) Its the summer of 1896 and Betsy Nelson has just received a telegram stating her father, who is the pastor of the community church along the Lehigh Canal in Walnutport Pa. has just had a heart attack and will have to resign his position in the church.Betsy immediately decides to leave her home in New York to take care of him.
When she gets home she immediately meets the man who will replace her father.
William Covington comes from a wealthy family in New York but he looks forward to the chance to head to Pa. He had recently been left at the alter by his fiancee with only a note telling him that the ministry couldn't keep her in the life she was accustomed to. He vows then and there never to fall in love again.
When some members of the congregation decide that the preacher needs a new wife, things start to get interesting.
Betsy has resigned herself to the fact that she is 31 considered an old maid and will probably never marry. She really just wants to fit in and find a place to belong.
This is a very fast paced story. I really couldn't put it down once I started reading it, I actually read it in one sitting. Mrs. Brunstetter has a way of telling a story that makes you feel like you know the people personally. The characters are so realistic that you are left hoping there is more because you just don't want the story to end.
Even though this is the second in the Brides of Lehigh Canal series it is a totally stand alone book. I didn't read the first one and had no problem jumping right into this story.
Thanks to Reader's Favorite for allowing me to review a copy of this book.