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Meghan's Choice (Known by Heart)

af Donna L. H. Smith

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I very much enjoyed reading this book. The story was light and full of wonderful characters. I enjoy reading about the late 1870's and how different it was starting a town. Meghan is a delightful character with a very proper upbringing. It was a challenge for her to go out on her own, but her father wanted her to mature and learn to be more independent. Can you imagine the thoughts running through her head as she takes her first steps into New Boston, Kansas? The sounds of gunfire can be heard and I had to laugh when she couldn't find anyone to bring her trunks to the boarding house till the following day. Meghan must have been taken aback a bit as she suddenly realized she was really on her own.

One of the things I liked about the story was reading about Meghan teaching the children in this town. She has her hands full with little space to teach and children of all ages. She seemed to thrive as a teacher and really connected with them. There was enough supplies for the children but I don't think all the parents were confident of her teaching ability.

She does find herself in a love triangle when the local doctor named Scott and a cowboy named Duncan both fancy her. This part of the story was interesting and I picked my favorite and was cheering him on. Both men have good qualities but for some reason she questions why the Duncan takes her under a tree one Sunday to have church. Her upbringing has taught her that you must worship God in a church setting and she felt uncomfortable not being with others on Sunday. It made me think of how people go to church on Sunday and everyone assumes they must be Christians. In reality you can worship God anywhere and feel close to Him. Just because you carry a bible or attend church doesn't mean you are a christian. It gives food for thought how people perceive things and how we can get legalistic about a building. The author brings up a good subject that I thought was interesting. We all worship God in our own way and Meghan was experiencing something out of her comfort zone.

My favorite character was a young woman who was not exactly what we would call ladylike. Her story is heart breaking and I loved how Meghan reached out to her. This woman was desperate to have a friend and escape her past. I won't say much about her but it is definitely a reminder that we need to look past the sin and see them the way Jesus does.

The story is well written and has a wonderful theme of forgiveness, hope, redemption and a closer relationship with God. I loved Megan's journey to find independence and seek a real understanding of the bible. I wonder who Meghan chooses to be her husband? That is something you will need to find out on your own.

I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion. ( )
  Harley0326 | Aug 23, 2019 |
You have to get a job and you have to live on your own for one year! This isn't what a spoiled girl wants to hear when she has been used to getting new clothes and new shoes any time she wants but it is the ultimatum that Meghan Gallagher hears from her father in March 1871. Fast forward about a month and Meghan has left her safe and luxurious life in St. Louis to work in New Boston, Kansas. Suddenly, in this railroad town, Meghan is exposed to saloons, bar fights, guns, and romance. She also gets shot soon after she arrives! When she catches the eye of two men who want to 'come courting' on Sundays she finds herself referring to her Sundays as either Scott Sunday or Duncan Sunday. Scott Allison is the town doctor, Duncan Wilcox is a handsome cowboy, and suddenly, Meghan is lonely no more!

Fans of westerns will enjoy this Christian historical romance that is set in 1871. There is excitement, danger, and even a tornado that rips through the town and there are several intriguing characters. Olivia Baldwin runs the boardinghouse where Meghan gets a room, Rosie is a dance hall girl who becomes Meghan's friend, and Duncan is like the cowboys that I grew up watching on TV, one of the good guys wearing the white hats! As for Dr. Allison: he proves to be both a contradiction and a complication! But most of all, this is the story of how Meghan matures. She becomes self-reliant and self-assured and she begins to experience a new relationship with God. Meghan has always known about God but it is through her father's challenge and Duncan's guidance that Meghan begins to KNOW God. She goes from believing that 'To her, God was judgement, hell to avoid, someone to believe in, but not really know' (p. 206) to realizing that 'Jesus loved her, died for her, and would guide her through life.' (p. 311).

Meghan's Choice is A Known by Heart novel from author Donna L. H. Smith and I recommend it for anyone who enjoys Christian romance and historical fiction.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Celebrate Lit but I am voluntarily sharing my thoughts. ( )
  fcplcataloger | Aug 20, 2019 |
This is a wonderful debut novel which I found to be well researched and thus quite believable. Young Meghan has grown up wanting for nothing. When her father decides it’s time for her to become more self-sufficient she takes the first teaching job offered. As you can well imagine, she is not really ready to be out on her own. I loved the way the author brought the right friends into her life - those she could learn from as well as help them learn. Olivia, the boardinghouse proprietress, has much knowledge to give, while Rosalie could use Meghan’s help.

There is no shortage of excitement with a tornado, barroom brawls as well as shootings in this small, fast-growing town. With two men vying for her attention, Meghan seems to find herself in the midst of this, as one is the town doctor and the other a foreman at a local ranch. Will she choose the one that is right for her? Will her questions about God be answered?

This well written book was received through CelebrateLit. I am looking forward to further works by this author. The impressions and opinions stated here are my own and were not solicited in any way. ( )
  Eamace | Aug 18, 2019 |
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