Friday, June 8, 2012

Prairie Fire by Catherine Palmer

Book two in the Town Called Hope series, this books picks right up where the first one ended. In this book we follow Catrin Murphy an Irish immigrant and Jack Cornwall. If you have already read book one then you know that Jack Cornwall is Chipper's uncle and he devoted a lot of time to tracking Seth Hunter and Chipper down to reclaim his dead sister's son. Book one ended with Jack giving up and heading back home. This book picks up with Jack hiding out in the O'Toole's barn because he is injured and Catrin finding him and nursing him a bit in secret. The have a strong attraction to each other but Catrin had a strong faith in God and Jack doesn't. Jack leaves but promises to come back. While gone his faith in God is strengthened and he realizes that he needs to make changes in his life if he has a future with Catrin. Jack returns to Hope with his mom and "crazy" sister in tow. I don't want to spoil any more of the story so lets just say there are a lot of misadventures and prejudices along the way. The author shows a different side of the inhabitants of Hope and how many people, even Christians, can hold on to prejudices. The character development was better in the first book and I would have liked more background on both Mrs Cornwall and Lucy but still a great story. I loved the turn of events at the end of the book and look forward to the next installment!

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