STORY-LINE ELOF’S MISSION:
In Elof’s Mission, we are back in Morgan’s Crossing. Author Linda Hubalek’s story begins at the cemetery as Elof Lundahl’s placing an iron cross on Nolan’s father-in-laws grave. If you have followed the Grooms With Honor Series, you will remember Nolan from Nolan’s Vow. If not, Hubalek gives enough background in her stories to bring you up to speed. Hearing a wagon coming, he finds Swedish immigrant Linnea Meyer, her son Jamie, and Linnea’s husband’s body. Although the landlord came with Linnea to the cemetery, far from kind, he insist she vacate her home before nightfall.
Linnea a mail order bride of eight days, finds herself with a dead husband, a five-year old stepson, and no place to go. Elof, compassionate and with a good heart, offers to help her and Jamie. Elof, recently retired from the Army, is ready to settle down with a wife and family. What he didn’t count on was Linnea and Jamie. Traveling with Linnea and Jamie opens Elof to a new world of love, romance, and fatherhood.
CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:
To begin my reviews for romance novel Elof’s Missions, I must say how much I enjoy the Honorable Grooms Series. Author Linda Hubalek’s hero’s are tough, straight as an arrow, can protect what’s his, and yet, has a compassionate heart and sense of honor and justice. As a result, the reader finds Elof such a man when he rescues Linnea and Jamie. Elof’s characteristics, forged early in life, will not allow him to turn his back on anyone in need. Linnea finds herself alone, knowing little English, with a stepson depending on her, and no money or resources; Elof’s heaven-sent. Instilling Linnea’s character with strength. independence, determination, and stamina, she’s determined to carry on. Hubalek created the type of characters in Elof and Linnea who helped settle the west and plains.
Although Elof’s Mission is a standalone book, it was wonderful to revisit characters from earlier books. I felt I was coming home to visit people I knew and loved. Threading just enough history to give the reader background, Hubalek immerses the reader in the all her characters; she leaves you dying to read the next novel in the series. As a result of following the characters from book to book, I became invested in the story-line and people.
Furthermore, the pace of the book was steady and smooth without stops and starts. I also found the plotting excellent as Hubalek wove a tale of lose, strength, determination, and love. Elof’s Mission is a sweet romance which warms the heart. Finally, in concluding my reviews for western romance novel Elof’s Mission, I found an easy to read clean story filled with emotion, skillfully crafted characters, and a well-developed story-line. Hubalek has no need of fluff or sex to fill pages in her books; her story telling skill’s are all she needs.
ELOF’S MISSION RECOMMENDATION: STARS 4
I would not hesitate to buy this book for my self or a friend.
FINALLY PLEASE NOT:
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