The Widow's Second Chance
Meg Thomerson needs assistance getting back on her feet—even if it comes from the man who made her a widow. Ace Allen didn't intend to kill her husband, he only wanted to protect the town from the man's rage. Now Ace is keeping Meg's business and farm running while she heals, both physically and emotionally. But is he helping her out of charity—or because of something more?
Half Native American, Ace struggles to find his place in the world. He keeps himself isolated from the community, but sweet Meg begins to penetrate his defenses. At first, he simply wanted to make amends to her. Now, if she'll let him, he could become the loving husband she deserves…
My take on this book:
Ace Allen feels guilt for killing Meg Thomerson's husband, thing is Meg only feels relief that he is no longer alive to hurt her. Ace decides that he and his mother will help Meg out on her farm while she recovers from her husbands final beating. Ace and Meg are both trying to work through past hurts, she is fearful of men, and because he is half Native American it's hard for him to believe that people would accept him. When feelings develop between the two Ace decides there can never be a future for them because he doesn't want her to be ridiculed for marrying someone like him. Will these two wounded souls find spiritual healing and perhaps even a love that will endure a lifetime?
Historical romance is one of my favorite genres to read and Wolf Creek Widow was that and more. The characters were so easy to connect with. I found my heart breaking not only for Meg but for Ace as well. He was such a kindhearted person who had faced many trials through his life, for so many years he struggled because he felt like he wasn't sure which world he belonged in. His faith in God allowed him to grow and realize the person he could be. The story that developed between him and Meg was second to none. Instead of it being a quick romance, the author allows the readers to witness first hand Meg's spiritual healing, something that happened because of the kindness that Ace and his mother showed her. I found myself savoring the dialog between Meg and Ace because of the many spiritual messages that were woven into them. While the author does deal with domestic violence she handles it very well, and the positive messages that comes from the story line is certainly inspiring. When I started reading this story I didn't realize that it was part of a series but honestly the author provided enough background information about the characters that I had no problems understanding the story. With that said, I was so swept away with this story that I feel like I need to go back and read the other books just to reconnect with the people in Wolf Creek.
A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review.