Under the Summer Sky by Lori Copeland

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Under the Summer Sky by Lori Copeland
Publisher: Harvest House
Genre: Action/Adventure, Historical, Inspirational
Length: Full Length (265 pgs)
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by Aloe

1893—A man who goes only by the name of “Jones” isn’t looking for trouble when he happens across Miss Trinity Franklin at the riverside. He is simply on his way to North Dakota to seek the advice of Tom Curtis, a former CN&W Railroad land purchaser. But when Jones spots a lady who is about to become the victim of a marauding band of thugs, he quickly follows his instincts. A handy barrel and a nearby river seem the perfect getaway solution…how was he to know she couldn’t swim?

Thus begins an adventure beyond what either could have anticipated. After Jones again rescues Trinity—this time from the river—they find their destination is the same: a small town in North Dakota. A seemingly coincidental beginning comes to a delightful and charming ending when orchestrated by the One who can put the pieces of any lost and broken life together.

Not only did she not know who this man was, he stuck her in a barrel and put the lid on it. Then during a fight with others, he managed to knock her barrel into the river! She hated being confined in the dark and couldn’t swim. What was she going to do now???

Ms. Copeland writes western historical novels with a touch of romance. She brings her characters to life; they no longer live in the pages, they walk in your mind just like real. She also creates endearing characters. You have Trinity and Jones, the two main characters, who have been getting along fine and aren’t looking for love. She also adds Trinity’s grandmother, who happens to be 94 and is sparking with a long-time love that she denied in younger years but is feeling a bit mellower about in her old age.

Life is not easy for a woman alone in the west. Trinity had nothing of value but the ranch her brother was trying to build. Her parents had died and now her brother is gone, too. When rustlers come through and destroy the cabin and her belongings and steal her money, it’s bad enough. But then locusts come through. Anything that had any value is gone now. She only has the land left. How will she locate the title to sell the land? She has no idea, but she knows she may have a relative in town, so she starts walking.

The dance between the couples facing love is the best part of the book. Grandma is still feisty and her suitor isn’t about to give up. Trinity and Jones keep trying to separate and go on with their lives, but somehow it never works out. The author tantalizes you with the back and forth emotional war they are living through.

It’s a good read about strong personalities and good people and I liked it well enough I’m going to keep the book in my personal library so I can read it again. I do that when authors can bring their characters to life and keep my attention though out the book. After all, I wouldn’t mind taking Jones home with me…

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