Song of the Prairie

Whitaker House. (Pioneer Promises, Bk. 3). 2014. 256p. ISBN 9781629111704. pap. $12.99; ebk. ISBN 9781629111711. CF
OrangeReviewStarPutting aside her opera singing dreams, Janie Dunn, at the request of her dying cousin, takes the relative's newborn son and flees Boston to protect the boy from his maniacal and abusive father. But life for Janie is very different on the Kansas prairie, and when her brother Phil, who is posing as her husband, is bitten by a rabid coyote and shoots himself, Janie faces a difficult future as a woman alone with a young child. Neighbor Aaron Harper helps Janie run the farm while she pulls her life back together. And while she has always been attracted to the widower, as a "married woman" she tried to suppress it. When a romance sparks between the two, Janie has reservations. Could this God-fearing man love her and the child he believes is her son if he knew the truth about them?
VERDICT McDonough's well-rounded, sympathetically drawn characters feel like old friends, and the strong love Janie has for her adopted child is palpable and will work its way into readers' hearts. This latest installment in McDonough's historical series (following Call of the Prairie) will be enjoyed by fans of poignant stories about love, blended families, answered prayers, and second chances.

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