ABOUT THE BOOK
Felicity’s father dies, leaving her stranded at Ft. Laramie, Wyoming, one-third the way to homestead 640 acres in the Oregon Territory. She has money and supplies to continue her journey, but a woman alone cannot claim the free land. So, she advertises for a husband.
Ben’s got massive debt and Gold Rush fever and heads to California. But at Ft. Laramie he’s robbed of everything he owns, including his horse. His only recourse is to strike a bargain with Felicity.
At the fork in the trail, will he trek to Oregon to help her homestead, or will she accompany him to dig for gold in California? Can these two stubborn people with very different goals make the right choice?
The Choice proves once again why Anne Greene is an award winning author. Her very human characters and the realistic situations completely transported me to Fort Laramie in 1850. Felicity Daniels and Ben Bonneville join a wagon train at Ft. Laramie but their final goals aren't the same. What if they could join forces and each achieve their dream? Could they make this journey together until the wagon train reaches a place where they could branch out and reach their individual destinations?
I felt like I was right there as Felicity and Ben endured the tremendous hardships along the journey. Rugged terrain and uncertain weather conditions presented many challenges but it is their personal relationship that suffered the most and their 'marriage in name only' seemed to be the biggest obstacle of all. I witnessed Felicity's stubbornness and determination to get to Oregon and I marveled at Ben's gentleness and his longing to share God's Word in California. The only thing that they appeared to agree on was that they were beginning to have feelings for each other. It was apparent that a choice would have to be made but I doubted that there could be a happy solution!
If you like historical fiction and Christian romance, you will want to read The Choice. It is an enjoyable novella and it left me wanting more of Felicity and Ben's story!
I received a copy of this book from the author but I was under no obligation for a favorable review. I am voluntarily sharing my honest thoughts.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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