Saturday, September 3, 2016

The Carpenter's Inheritance by Laurie Alice Eakes

Sweet Christian historical romance set in 1893. Lucinda follows in her father's footsteps, and those of her ancestors before her, by becoming a lawyer. She didn't have a brother, so she knew it was up to her. She had grown up reading her father's lawbooks, so it was a natural for her.  She felt a calling to help defend women with issues like pension claims and land disputes. Complete with a college education, she is ready to set up shop, but her home state (Virginia) would not accept women lawyers.  So her father set her up in Massachusetts, a state that accepted women lawyers, in a practice recently vacated by a friend of his. Only neither of them realized the danger that might put her in. 
There was also a different kind of danger in town, a handsome carpenter, the best artisan for miles around. But his mother's background kept him from being truly accepted by the society in town.  It doesn't keep him from falling for Lucinda, or her from falling for him, but it does place some obstacles for them to overcome.
The story unfolds in ways that you probably won't completely expect - at least I didn't. Each comes to realize the importance of God's love and guidance in their lives, accept who and what they are, and their love for one another - regardless of what they thought of others' opinions or even their own.
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Publisher's Description
Join Lucinda Bell in 1893 as she leaves behind her family and fiancĂ© to buy a dying law practice in Massachusetts, determined to prove herself in a male dominated profession. Matthew Templin, a local carpenter with a questionable past, is in need of a lawyer but knows hidden truths could destroy her ambitions and endanger their lives. When faced with a choice, will Lucinda choose career over love? Also includes a bonus historical romance, A Love So Tender by Tracey V. Bateman. 

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