A woman with a dream to build a haven for former prostitutes in Denver circa 1887 and who needs money. A banker who is highly successful with money to lend. What more could be needed to bring Dessa Caldwell’s dream to fruition? A great deal as Maureen Lang shares in her book, All in Good Time.
Lang’s characters come alive on the pages as Dessa obtains her loan from Henry Hawkins’s bank but not because of Hawkins’s approval. Hawkins’s uncle, Tobias Ridgeway, sees the goodness in Dessa’s plans and dreams and hopes to see her do well in cleaning up a part of Denver. Hawkins, however, only sees Dessa’s plans as foolhardy and futile, and he openly expresses his ability to foreclose if she misses a single payment date.
Despite their differences about Dessa’s hope for helping former prostitutes, Henry and Dessa begin to find themselves drawn to each other. Because of Dessa’s inability to wait patiently for things to happen, she finds herself in interesting scrapes and yes, even in danger. Turk Foster, a rake who runs an establishment serving gamblers, begins to pursue Dessa. But for his own purposes or to help her efforts?
A secret in Henry Hawkins’s past is troubling to him and threatens to destroy any possibly relationship with Dessa Caldwell, but he does not know that she too is hiding something. What will it take to bring the two together in a harmonious relationship? Lang once again uses this beautiful story to share the love of God and His faithfulness to each one of us, if only we believe.
This was my first Maureen Lang read, and I will read more. After receiving this historical romance novel from Tyndale House, I learned that All in Good Time is the second in the Guilded Legacy Series. After researching the series, I’m happy to report that the books in this series are stand-alone books and can be read in any order without fear of losing the thread of any story.
RECOMMENDATIONS: Those who enjoy Christian and historical romance novels, those with an interest in Denver history, lovers of Maureen Lang, church librarians.
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Thanks to Tyndale House Publishers for providing a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review.