This is a suspenseful romance set during the late 1800's in which Naomi, her husband, and her two sisters were making their way to California in their wagon when her husband dies and she feels led to put down roots in Defiance. Defiance is a lawless town built on gold mining and the only women there are prostitutes. Needless to say, it's pretty shocking for these three upstanding women with the looks and comments they get.
Naomi strikes a deal to run a restaurant and hotel with Charles, the wealthiest local saloon and brothel owner who pretty much owns the town. The sisters try to befriend the prostitutes and show them God's love,
but there is one who's incredibly hateful and threatening to Naomi. Rose is pretty unpredictable and that's where the suspense comes in
because you're not sure what she'll do next. Naomi is grieving, but soon finds herself feeling attracted to Charles, a man she despises. Not only does she hate his profession, but he also has no use for God. He delights in getting a rise out of her and she has a hard time being civil to him. There's also a bit of romance for one of her sisters.
I enjoyed this story about three sisters trying to change a town with God's help. We get to see the different character's points of view and I really liked all three sisters, especially Naomi. She's a feisty character who struggles with showing God's love and not being judgmental. I liked the darker aspect to it that the Rose character lent. The story's gritty without being graphic. There were also some great humorous moments. Overall, an enjoyable story for historical fiction lovers!
This is only available as a kindle e-book.
I received the e-book free from the author in exchange for an honest review.