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When a wagon train is attacked leaving women and children alone and vulnerable, churches throughout the Ozarks take them in. Maggie Lynn and her wards, along with three other women, end up in an out-of-the-way town in Arkansas. Maggie has seen her fair share of loss, but now she's responsible for raising her orphaned nieces and must find a way to support them.
Sensible small-town sheriff, Owen Sommers, tries to keep the peace when a wagon full of women descends on his city of bachelors, but his principles are challenged when he suspects the ladies have something to hide. His suspicions are confirmed when strangers appear in town looking for what they believe is rightfully theirs.
As tensions rise and hearts become entangled, will Maggie be able to trust Owen with the truth? And what will happen if she does?
From the opening pages, The Welcome Wagon and its charming cover welcomed me right in. I was drawn to the small town of West Ridge, Arkansas and the story of its citizens and the new arrivals. Often when there is a larger cast of characters besides the two main ones—in this case, Maggie and Owen—they are introduced too quickly, or not defined well enough so that I lose track of who is who. That wasn’t the case here. The minor characters contribute greatly to the story, and some are strong enough to work into major roles in their own story. That’s my subtle way of suggesting more books set in West Ridge!
One thing I loved about this book was that even though there was a quandary to overcome, I was never on edge waiting for something unexpected to explode. Sometimes I’m up for more intrigue and drama, but this was the kind of story I needed right now. I felt safe reading it and that made me enjoy it more. However, there were times I wished there were more clues about what had happene
When a wagon train undergoes a disaster, the town of West Ridge takes in several of the surviving women and children. They arrive in the town on The Welcome Wagon and are greeted by the townspeople, including a handsome (and single) sheriff, Owen Somers. One of the women, Maggie Lynn, hides a secret of something she has done. And that act forces her to steer clear of Owen. Full of mystery and romance, this was a wonderful story of forgiveness and second chances.