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by Julie Moral

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Where the Road Rises: A Christian Romance in 19th Century California by Julie Moral was a most delightful book with the main character being one of the most interesting that I have read about in some time. Seventeen year old Victoria eloped with the mayor’s son and after a weekend marriage both sets of parents forced the couple to annul the marriage. To escape all the gossip, Victoria’s parents sent her to Etna Mills, California to live with her older sister. The year is 1893 and “good” women must abide by all the strict rules of society. Victoria seems to break all the rules as she struggles to provide for herself and deal with a most disagreeable sister who greatly resents Victoria being sent to live with her. Victoria starts a business where she gets unemployed men from the east to come to Etna Falls where there are many available jobs. Being a woman working in a man’s world, she constantly fights an uphill battle but she never gives up. Then to add to her problems, she finds that as a result of her three day marriage, she is pregnant. Now she has to find a husband quickly so that she can pass the child off as his.

Many times while reading I was so impressed with Victoria’s business savvy that I would forget that she was only seventeen years old. One of my favorite scenes was when Victoria was enjoying a cooling swim at the local swimming hole and heard several men approaching. She quickly hid behind a very large boulder and since she could not leave for fear the men would see her, she sat on a rock using her towel as a cushion. Since there was nothing she could do, she sat there eating bread and cheese, sipping cold tea, and reading her magazine. And she was not above taking a quick peek at the half naked men in the swimming hole. She was finally rescued unseen by a young woman she had befriended. Unknown to her, she was seen by the young man who was quickly becoming more than just a friend.

The author did an excellent job with the plot and character development and the dialogue provided me with many good laughs. Scene descriptions were so real that I felt as if I were walking right along beside Victoria. Besides all the great characters in the book, there was a most amazing dog. The romance in this book was quite different than so many romance novels but I found it to be very enjoyable to read. There was also enough mystery to pique my interest. I was impressed with the way the author included dialogue dealing with the love and forgiveness of God and that we all need to have faith in God and to love and forgive others. The ending to the book was a little bit of a surprise but it was a great ending. I definitely hope that the author writes a sequel to this book. I want to read more about the spunky Victoria.

I highly recommend this book, especially to those who like a very good historical western with a good bit of romance thrown into the mixture.

A big thank you to the Author for providing this book for review. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own. ( )
  deanna13 | Apr 22, 2013 |
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