The Lady’s Mine

Tyndale House. Feb. 2022. 416p. ISBN 9781496447579. $27.99. CF
Kathryn Walsh is sent west from Massachusetts to California to collect an inheritance from an uncle she never met. When she arrives in Calvada, she is shocked by the lack of amenities, abundance of uncouth men, and gunshots on the main street. Kathryn battles mud, lice, marriage proposals, and a dim view of a woman’s abilities while she tries to restart her uncle’s newspaper. Saloon owner and Mayor Matthias Beck cautions Kathryn to temper her passion to oppose injustice, but Kathryn refuses to accept the prejudice of 1870s America. Her determination brings change to the whole town but also attracts the ire of powerful and dangerous men.
VERDICT With nods to The Taming of the Shrew and the musical Oklahoma, this novel is more lighthearted than Rivers’s (The Masterpiece) typical epic sagas but still retains hallmarks such as compassion for the downtrodden and redemption for the sinner. Read-alikes include Joanne Bischof’s The Gold in These Hills and Tamera Alexander’s “Fountain Creek Chronicles.”
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