At the farthest Georgia outpost this side of hostile Creek Territory in 1813, Jared Lockridge serves his country as a scout to redeem his father’s botched heritage. If he can help secure peace against Indians allied to the British, he can bring his betrothed to the home he’s building and open his cabinetry shop. Then he comes across a burning cabin and a traumatized woman just widowed by a fatal shot.
Freed from a cruel marriage, Esther Andrews agrees to winter at the Lockridge homestead to help Jared’s pregnant sister-in-law. Lame in one foot, Esther has always known she is secondhand goods, but the gentle carpenter-turned-scout draws her heart with as much skill as he creates furniture from wood. His family’s love offers hope even as violence erupts along the frontier—and Jared’s investigation into local incidents brings danger to their doorstep. Yet how could Esther ever hope a loyal man like Jared would choose her over a fine lady
Author Denise Weimer seamlessly combines historical facts and fictional details in this heartwarming story of love and friendship. I loved watching Esther's self-esteem blossom, and I admired Jared's struggle to do what was right. This memorable tale has exciting adventure, sweet romance, and an inspiring journey of hope and faith. I recommend A Counterfeit Betrothal to all who enjoy historical Christian fiction.
I received a digital copy from the author. There was no obligation for a positive review. These are my own thoughts.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars