About the Book
Author: Elaine Manders
Genre: Christian Historical Romance
Release Date: December 27, 2018
Nothing can be hidden that won’t be revealed.
When her father dies, Katherine Levinson discovers her parents have kept secrets that render her happy childhood a farce. She and her gravely ill mother face eviction, and she has no choice but to appeal to the brother she’s never seen, the famous cattle baron, Rhyan Cason. Over her gravely ill mother’s objections, they move to Nebraska and the sprawling cattle ranch, Sollano.
Instead of the warm welcome Katherine expects, she and her mother are met with whispers and scorn in the little prairie town near Sollano. Gradually, the sins of her parents’ past surface, and Katherine begins to doubt her very identify. With her brother busy with cattle rustlers and her mother too ill to be bothered, Katherine turns to Colt Holliman, a soft-spoken neighboring rancher, for comfort.
Tired of waiting for the right woman to come along, Colt has promised to wait for Charley Ryder, an acclaimed female sharp shooter and equestrian acrobat with the Wild West Show, but it’s becoming clear Charley loves the show more than him. As his attraction to Katherine grows, he finds himself spiritually conflicted. How can he break from past commitments and follow his heart?
Then unexpected danger strikes, testing Katherine’s and Colt’s faith in God—and each other.
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The cover of this book is what first grabbed my attention. The look on the model’s face is a little mysterious – I don’t know if she’s laughing, grinning, and planning something. And being a girl who likes horses but doesn’t get to see them very often, I was excited to see this beauty in the background. I was eager to begin and see what this lady was all about! I will admit that it did take me just a little bit longer than normal to get into the story, but I think it was because there are several characters in this book, and my brain was trying to remember who was who and what purpose they served. Once I got them all straight, I found it was a great story that I did not want to end. The issue may have been that this is the third book in the series, and I have not read books one and two. I have read other books by Elaine Manders and enjoyed them, so I wasn’t letting this stop me!
This book sort of hit home for me in an unsual way. I have a brother whom I have never met, and does not know that I even exist – for different reasons than this story. So in reading this, I kept thinking of myself as Katherine. How would I have tried to contact my brother and how would he have responded? I have never had a book hit me like that, and so it made this book extremely emotional for me to read, especially in the beginning. Once I kind of got over that hurdle, I enjoyed seeing Katherine and Colt forge a relationship. It is one of those slow and subtle growths that I have found I long for in a book relationship. With all that Katherine has going on in the book, it was sweet to see Colt be there for her. Every damsel in distress (or subject to mockery) needs a knight and shining armour to save them, and Colt is the perfect man for job. He had his own growth to do as well, especially in his “relationship” with Charley. The author did a great job showing his inner struggles in this!
Overall this is a great story, although I would highly recommend reading the first two books in the series before starting this one. Historic fans will be swept away in emotion and finding themselves drawn to the storyline to the very end. I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
About the Author
Elaine Manders writes wholesome Christian romance and suspense about the bold, capable women of history and the strong, dependable men who love them. Her stories twist, turn, and surprise, told by characters who aren’t afraid to show their love for God and each other. She grew up a small town country girl and now lives in Central Georgia with her fur baby. Besides writing, she enjoys reading, sewing, crafts, and spending time with her family.
Guest Post from Elaine Manders
Intrigue under Western Skies Series, Book 3
Back when I watched television, drama series were my favorite—Little House of the Prairie, the Waltons, the Virginian. I was caught up in the lives of these characters and looked forward to seeing what they were up to each week. For much the same reason, I enjoy writing episodic series.
Intrigue under Western Skies, a blended genre, historical romantic suspense series falls in this category. Some of the characters show up in every book, with new ones added along the way. But the books can be read out of sequence since each one has a different premise and plot.
In Revealed, Book 3 of Intrigue under Western Skies, I wanted to give Colt Holliman, previously introduced as a secondary character, his own HEA. Also, it seemed the time to reveal what happened to Rhyan Cason’s mother, the woman who’d caused so much angst in the first two books. More importantly, it gave me the opportunity to introduce Katherine, the sister he never knew existed.
Unexpectedly, my research led me to the history of show business, and how it developed through the Wild West shows of the nineteenth century. From that, a mystery evolved.
The spiritual thread running through Revealed explores the emotions of a young woman who discovers blood relatives have been hidden from her. Can she accept and love her new family and forgive the sins of her parents?
Maybe the greatest insight I gained from writing Revealed is that one can never trust his own heart without first trusting God.
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