Love Finds You in Golden, New Mexico
Summerside Press, 2010
by Lena Nelson Dooley
4 1/2 stars
Truly A Delightful Read!
In Love Finds You in Golden, New Mexico, Lena takes us off on a romantic, historic, and spiritual journey between several people. It is the 1890s, and Philip Smith an elderly, sick, quite well-to-do miner instructs his young friend, Jeremiah Dennison, to put an ad in the newspaper for a bride. Philip has loved Jeremiah like his own son, and so he feels obliged to fulfill the old man's wishes, much to his dismay. Why does Philip need a young, gold-digging wife to take care of him, when Jeremiah can meet all of his needs?
Madeline Mercer of Boston, a fine, young Christian woman, finds herself in a terrible dilemma when a business partner of her recently deceased father, announces that she is penniless, and must marry him. Also a friend of Maddy's dies in childbirth and insists Maddy take care of her baby, Pearl, before she passes away. Desperate to escape the horrible Horace and have a means to take care of Pearl, Madeline answers Philip's ad and flees to New Mexico. Upon meeting him, she is shocked to see that he is so old, but soon grows fond of this kind, Godly man, who has offered to take care of her and the babe.
Jeremiah is very suspicious of the lovely Madeline, but finds himself irresistibly drawn to her as a moth to a flame, his best friend's intended. Jeremiah also believes that even though he is not a Christian, he is a good man, and doesn't need God. Soon Madeline's past and Horace's lies and accusations catch up with Maddy. Will she be able to stay in Golden, where her precious baby and Philip have grown to love one another so. And what exactly are the old miner's plans for her and Pearl? Does Jeremiah give in and let God take control of his life? And what horrible things does Horace do, all for the love of money? Has he gone too far for God's mercy and redemption?
This was a beautiful story of forgiveness, love, and redemption as only Lena Nelson Dooley can tell it! I found myself more than once with a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes... what a wonderful read with a surprise twist near the end!
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