Yorkshire dales where life is harder, it is also simpler. Next
in line to inherit her family’s farm, she will raise another
generation of children and sheep high in the uplands of England.
Waiting until next year when she is 19 to marry her father’s
handsome hired hand, Alan, is the detail she added herself.
But in 1939 even the most stalwart corners of the world are
vibrating with the tremors of change. Eve’s long-anticipated
proposal comes on the wings of losing Alan to the Royal Army and
at the brink of the farm’s profitable war years the sheep herd
is decimated by a mysterious illness. With her steady future
suddenly in the clutches of a capricious fate, Eve is introduced
to Jonathon Doran, a land manager anxious to prove himself in a
crisis, and she discovers that the solid earth beneath her feet
is moving after all.
loved how different this book was from the other power of the
matchmaker books.Giving a different prespective and adding a
sweet farm girl lifestyle where you also have to be grown up at
a young age as there is much to do. Loved this book.
This book was a very different read from the other books in
series, from the completely different era set in the early dawn
of WWII in the English hills on a sheep farm, to a personal
journal style recounting of events.
Eve is what I would expect of her character, but the more you
get a look into the inner workings of her rather complex mind,
the more you discover there is so much more to her than just an
English farm girl. She has this soft, yet very strong-willed
personality, set in an era where woman don’t always have the
luxury of having an own opinion and say in every matter. She is
grown up in so many ways, taking care of the farm, and the men
living on it, yet she is so young and inexperienced in matters
of the heart. She longs to feel loved and wanted, but is so
unfamiliar how to go about it all.
Then she is thrown in an engagement that she thought she always
wanted, and feeling all kinds of feelings she’s not quite
familiar with for Alan, when Jonathan Doran comes along and
throws a spanner in the works. Poor Eve is torn in two trying to
understand her feelings, and fighting to feel the ones she
thinks are the right ones for the right man, when for us as
readers it is all so very clear what she must do, and where her
heart truly lies.
My heart went out to Alan. He is such a sweet, loyal guy,
clearly not the perfect fit for Eve, but such a kind and loving
guy under his very few words and very down to business exterior.
Somewhere in my mind I could connect to him, even though I feel
we have absolutely nothing in common.
All in all, a good read, a nice change from what I am used to
reading, and a nice addition to the series.
reach higher and be better. She believes in the powerful years
of adolescence and loves to capture the raw moments when young
adults begin to solidify into the people they were meant to be.
She lives in Kansas with her high school sweetheart (also known
as her husband), her two daughters, and their nearly hairless
cat. She continues to write stories that won’t leave her alone.