Journey now to Castle Gate, Utah of 1910 where…
Forbidden Love Tries to Survive Old World Expectations
Schoolteacher Leanna McKee plans on leaving the coal mining town of Castle Gate, Utah, and never looking back. Good riddance to coal dust, rugged men, and the fatal mine that took her husband’s life.
Until the widow meets a widower who awakens her heart…and she finds herself inexplicably falling for miner Alex Pappas which stirs up a whole heap of trouble.
Alex’s Greek parents have arranged a more traditional match for him. When the schoolteacher’s association with the Greek family begins to anger the American miners, they threaten Alex and his family. Leanna has received an offer to teach elsewhere and feels she has no choice but to leave Castle Gate. . .though she will be leaving her heart behind.
We all need a little romance in our lives! Angie Dicken is a new author.
The My Heart Belongs series continues with a story of prejudice and discrimination in a western mining community. Despite being born to a wealthy family in Boston, Leanna has learned to adapt to poverty. Still, she doesn’t plan on spending the rest of her life in Castle Gate where men want her repay her late husband’s gambling debts. Alex came to America to provide for his sickly wife back in Greece. She didn’t survive, but the rest of his family followed him and made new lives for themselves. These two people come from opposite ends of the social spectrum, but are drawn together over two young Greek children who happen to be Leanna’s students.
The United States of America is less than two hundred years old during the time frame of Dicken’s novel, but the members of the Greek community are seen as outsiders and immigrants taking American jobs. It reminded me of reports of discrimination against Irish, Jewish, and other minority communities around the turn of the 20th century. It’s something we still see in the 21st century. Some of the Greeks portrayed here are well-mannered while others are sleaze balls. Some of the American-born men are gentlemen while others can’t even stay faithful in a marriage. In short, there are no characteristics that define a particular group.
This is a romance novel so the connection between Leanna and Alex is central to the narrative. There are many stops and starts in the relationship as the characters vacillate between being pragmatic and following their hearts. There is much for them to overcome. Romance novels have to end well, but the cynic in me wonders about the possibility of a happily ever after. The obstacles haven’t totally disappeared by the end, and I would’ve liked to see an epilogue set at least six months later. But perhaps that’s just me being pragmatic instead of looking simply from the heart. Overall though, this is a nice little romance that will help pass the time on a winter’s day.
Thank you to Barbour Publishing for my complimentary copy of My Heart Belongs in Castle Gate, Utah, which I received for my honest review.
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Publisher: Barbour Publishing
Publication Date: 01 November 2017
Page Count: 256
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