Love Finds You in Calico California by Elizabeth Ludwig

Love Finds you in Calico California“A spunky young seamstress weaves her own story in a world run by men. When news of a silver strike reaches her Virginia hometown, Abigail Watts packs up her needles and thread and follows her beloved father out West. But when she’s suddenly left alone in the rough mining town of Calico, California, Abigail finds herself pressed into a marriage of convenience with the local livery owner, Nathan Hawk. Determined to uncover the mystery surrounding her father’s death in the mines, Abigail agrees to stay in Calico. But when the truth sets her free, will she decide to leave the town – and Nathan – for good?”

I’m just going to come out and say it, I really disliked this book. When we had gone to Myrtle Beach this summer we stopped at a Christian Bookstore and this was one of the few books that I brought back home with me. After reading the back cover I was excited to read this novel but, like I already said, I was very disappointed. This book was extremely easy to predict. By the time I was about a fourth of the way into it I knew what had happened and what to expect. Now I understand that many historical Christian novels basically have the same plot line (in a way) but at least with the other books in this genre you’re constantly left to doubt your hypothesis and, on occasion, the ending is the complete opposite of what one expected. I also thought that it was hard to follow along once in a while. I felt as though since the author knew what she wanted to happen some of the details that we needed to know, where left out. The transitions from one event to the next weren’t as clear as they could have been. The love story between Nathan and Abigail also felt unrealistic. Very rarely, if ever, do two people fall madly in love with each other within two weeks of marrying for convenience. I really dislike writing negative reviews about books but I was just really disappointed with how this book turned out to be. It’s like the saying goes, “don’t judge a book by its cover.” I was drawn to this book because of the summary on the back cover and the front cover looked interesting, yet it was far from what I was expecting. Either way, just because I didn’t like it doesn’t mean that you won’t. If you do give this book a try, I hope you enjoy it more than I did!

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