Twenty-six-year-old Katie Macauley has placed all her hope in Hope Springs, a small town in the 1870 Wyoming Territory. But if she wants to return home to Ireland to make amends with her estranged family, she’ll need to convince the influential Joseph Archer to hold true to his word and keep her on his payroll as his housekeeper despite her Irish roots.
The town is caught in an ongoing feud between the Irish and the “Reds” the frontiersmen who would rather see all the Irish run out of town and the Irish immigrants who are fighting to make a home for themselves in the New World. When Joseph agrees to keep Katie on as his housekeeper, the feud erupts anew, and Katie becomes the reluctant figurehead for the Irish townsfolk. As the violence escalates throughout the town, Katie must choose between the two men who have been vying for her love though only one might be able to restore hope to her heart.
This is the 2nd Proper Romance book to be released almost ten years ago! At the time, I rated it 5 stars but never left a review. Silly past me didn’t know how much I’d love books! Partly because of Sarah M. Eden being such a gifted storyteller! Once I read a few of her books, I quickly looked for them all at the time and read as much as I could! Her Regency stories are amazing! But these prairie ones are SO good! So much depth of emotion with sweet romances.
This story has all the feels! Katie must find a place in this small town. She feels drawn to both “worlds” and feels guilty for her feelings. She’s found family amongst them all but boo on everyone else making her choose. I loved her interactions with Joseph’s children. Even with Joseph, it was so sweet, melt my heart. But I am #teamtavish so I secretly hated all the time she spent with Joseph but seeing as she lived there – forced proximity and all.
But I love Tavish! I see him as a young Sean Connery from Darby O’Gill (anyone see the resemblance?) Even though he’s a Scottish actor, I grew up watching this movie every year. So he heavily influenced me and swoony book boyfriends. Haha. But back to the book – Tavish adds fun and tried to lighten Katie’s spirits.
I enjoyed the historic detail and the plight of Irish immigrants at the time. I knew of the potato famine but never really understood its cost to them.
Sarah has started a wonderful series with so many big personalities! The answer is always more books – always – especially because this book ends on a cliff hanger!