Christian Historical Fiction (Ladies of Sanctuary House Book 1)
Stone Creek Series
STORY-LINE LAUNDRY LADY’S LOVE BY SOPHIE DAWSON:
In Laundry Lady’s Love, we meet widowed Laura Duffle, saved by Nugget Nate from a life as a saloon girl or worse; he takes Laura and her two sons to Sanctuary House. When Nate gets a “Callin,” he travels where God leads to rescue abused and destitute women. Laura stays for five years; when the women head to Stone Creek seeking eligible men to marry, Laura also goes. Laura’s hoping to set up a laundry business and find love again. It has been five years since she lost her husband; her boys need a father figure.
Arriving in Stone Creek, Laura asks advice from the local barber, Hank. She finds herself attracted to Hank. But is Hank attracted to her? Hank’s thinking, “maybe it’s time for him to find a wife,” when in steps Red Dickerson, asking to court Laura. Has Hank waited too long? Will Red win Laura’s hand in marriage? Or will Laura walk off leaving both of them in her dust? My Christian romance book review of Laundry Lady’s Love follows.
CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:
An intriguing sweet clean romance, Laundry Lady’s Love, will touch your heart. Laura’s a strong independent woman who misses the stability of a man in her life, as well as, in her heart. Although her hearts set on one man, she realizes she might have to take another good man instead. Her characters, typical of women of their day; strong and realistic. They had no time for daydreams in this hard pioneer life. I can’t imagine myself widowed with two children, no means of support, and no hope in sight. Laura, having backbone and faith in God, takes the bull by the horns and carries on.
Hank’s indecisive; he hesitates in making decisions because of insecurity from past experiences. Hank’s character traits are wonderful; he’s a good man who/s willing to help in any situation, hard-working, and loyal. Except for his indecisiveness, he’s a prince among men. Dawson showed how indecision could affect your life; because had Hank gone to God in prayer, God would have led him on the right path.
Dawson skillfully revealed Red’s practical character; he is not looking for love, but a woman as a helpmate. It almost seems as if he doesn’t care who it is as long they say yes. I am sure many men in this period had this attitude as women were scarce. When Laura hears an announcement by Red, fur hits the fan. Did I say Dawson created a strong woman in Laura? Yeah, I think I did, and she proves it.
Dawson crafted an epidemic, which takes many lives. Diseases which are curable today, at this point in history, were a death toll. Dawson’s’ writing so vivid at this point, I cried. How sad to know many died of things which are curable today. However, as the good book states in Psalm 30:5
“Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning”.
A well-plotted, entertaining read, I found the pace smooth and steady with well-developed characters. Sophie Dawson included humor in her story. I laughed at loud over the manger scene. What a hoot! Along with humor, the reader will find grief as an epidemic finds its way into town. A good solid sweet clean romance; Dawson did not need fluff or sex to fill the pages; her writing talent alone carries the story. I would not hesitate to buy this book for myself or a friend.
LAUNDRY LADY’S LOVE RECOMMENDATION: STARS 4
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