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Reviewed by Joy Hannabass for Readers' Favorite
Marcella Lewis grew up as an only child and she feels there is no one she can confide in. So when she goes to the local witch for help when she thinks she is pregnant, she is not ready for the reaction she gets from everyone, especially from her family. She and Jesse were given no choice in what to do, or where to live, nor did they have much help. This couple has to grow up and mature fast, even at a very young age. But life only gets more difficult for Cella and Jesse, just when they think things are settling down. Will their love for each other be enough to hold their family together in the midst of their trials?
I didn't read the first two books in this series, but I thoroughly enjoyed reading Cella: The Cedar Cove Chronicles, Book Three, and I had no problems reading it as a stand-alone. The plot did a fantastic job of keeping my attention as well. Being pregnant at fourteen seems unreal, but back in the early 1950s, I can believe it happened, as well as having a local witch. Author Cynthia Ulmer does an amazing job writing this wonderful, heartfelt story. I like the way she handles the situations, and her hanging onto the characters to keep them in check, which she has to do because of the difficult issues at hand. The lead characters, Jesse and Cella, stole my heart and attention from the beginning. They were both so young, yet their strong love for each other pulls the story together in such a heartwarming way. I do love this story, but I feel an epilogue would have been nice to pull loose ends together. But then maybe this will happen in the next book. I can't wait to read Trudy: The Cedar Cove Chronicles, Book Four! If you enjoy historical fiction, this is a good book for you. Though there are difficult times for the characters, it is also a sweet, heartwarming historical romance.