Poor but honorable Ian McPherson travels from Kentucky to Montana, not to marry Fiona as his grandmother promised the O'Rourkes, but to determine if their land is suitable to raise his small herd of thoroughbred mares, the only assets left after his family suffers the loss of their wealth. Dismayed by the run-down condition of the O’Rourke property, Ian has no intention of staying and marrying Fiona, especially when her father demands a huge sum of money for her that Ian doesn’t have. But her plight touches his heart, and when she is attacked by a ruthless acquaintance of her father’s, Ian is determined to protect her, even if it means sacrificing his own dreams to help her fulfill hers.
The theme of this tender, introspective story is unconditional love and the sacrifices it’s willing to endure. Ian, like Jesus, is motivated by doing God’s will and he is selfless in everything he does, even though it causes him pain. Fiona, like so many of us, protects her heart from the one who loves her and won’t accept him except on her narrow-minded terms. Both protagonists possess good and bad traits, and internal struggles make them achingly credible. I like the way the author adds another dimension to the characters and the plot through the use of weather conditions and animals. Family members and friends add great tension and conflict that Fiona and Ian must overcome as well. Best of all, it’s a beautiful testimony to the goodness and love of God.
Publisher: Steeple Hill Love Inspired Historical (Harlequin)