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James Bloom has prayed three years for rain and five years for a wife. His dreams are demolished on Palm Sunday, 1935, when a catastrophic dust storm hits Oklahoma, and his neighbor’s niece has to ride out the storm at his house–-overnight. The next day, he’s forced to marry her, an East coast city girl who can’t speak. Could this be God’s plan?
Condemned to a future married to a stranger in the dusty Oklahoma wasteland, Lily Driggers longs for her home. Yet somehow, her new husband is the only one who understands her silent pleas.
As Easter approaches, Lily and James wonder if there is hope after the storm.
I was privileged to read this book before it was submitted to Pelican. Kudos, Pelican, for knowing a great story when you read one!
Jericha Kingston plunges the reader into the hardscrabble life of dustbowl-era Oklahoma where James Bloom has been patiently praying for a wife. Someone to share his life with. Someone to talk to on the long, lonely evenings on the farm.
Lily Driggers is a big city girl on a visit to her aunt and uncle. She doesn't expect to meet a handsome farmer - or to get caught in one of the worst dust storms in history with him.
Sparks fly and misunderstandings abound when Lily's aunt and uncle find the pair together in his house after the storm. Can love bloom amid the dust and doubts?
I highly recommend this book!
I was lucky enough to read this book in advance, and it's wonderful. Jericha has a way of painting characters that makes them feel like old friends. I love the character of Lily--a woman whose inability to speak doesn't keep her from having a sharp, clever, and sometimes sarcastic (internal) tongue. I'm sure this is the first book of what will be an excellent career.
I read this in one sitting, unable to put the book down. Lily and James find themselves married before they know what's happened. James has been praying for a wife for many years, and is convinced Lily is the woman God picked out for him. But does Lily feel the same way?
Ms, Kingston has written a wonderful story sure to make you smile, chuckle, and leave you wanting more.