The Heart’s Frontier
Emma Switzer and her Amish family are traveling in 1881 Kansas when bandits steal their wagon and goods. They walk to the nearest town, where God answers their prayers for help when trail boss Luke Carson lands at their feet after being ejected from a saloon. Emma is underwhelmed by this particular specimen of the Lord’s help. Nevertheless, even though it may prevent the cattle’s arrival at the trail head in time to meet the train, Luke delays the drive to help recover their wagon. The Switzers find they can repay Luke by rounding up strays after rustlers kill some of his men. Then Emma is kidnapped by one of the surviving rustlers. Can Luke rescue her? How can their growing attraction resolve, when Luke declares he’ll never become Amish?
It’s a sweet love story, with chemistry between the protagonists. Emma’s tart-tongued grandmother adds humor. The authors include enough foreshadowing that the surprise ending doesn’t seem to come out of nowhere. A few modern expressions (“have a nice life”) jar the reader out of the period. But overall, fans of inspirational novels, especially of the Amish subgenre, will devour it.