I enjoyed this book! It was not in my usual genre so it took some getting used to. It is set in Ohio during the early 1890’s. Olive is a librarian from Philadelphia who learns of her brother’s violent death at a saloon gaming table and her sister-in-law’s subsequent murder in her home on the farm. Olive’s niece and nephew are now orphans without any family who is willing to take them in. When Olive receives a letter asking her her to come and take custody of the children, she travels to Ohio meaning to pick the children up and return to Philadelphia with them.
Having never met their aunt the children are, at first, afraid of her so Olive accepts an invitation to stay for a short time so that the children can get to know her and she can build a relationship with the children. Of course, when Olive travelled to Ohio she never expected to fall in love with town or with Jacob (the widower who has been the children’s guardian since their parents were killed).
I loved the ending to this story.
Lee Anne Howlett is a wonderful narrator for this story. There are not so many characters that she had to come up with a lot of voices. Also she has some very believable voices for the children.
This book is a solid four out of five stars.
I received this book from the narrator in exchange for an honest review!