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Reviewed by Lisa McCombs for Readers' Favorite
Abigail Thompson is fine with the family move to Colorado, especially when she sees the magnificence of God’s mountainous creation. The air is so clean it nearly squeaks. The problem is her mother. Mama was dead set against leaving her Dallas home to travel to the rugged wilderness where she finds herself. The lack of culture is one of the biggest problems and her disappointment in the dilapidated state of the town’s opera house fuels her dislike even further. If only she could encourage Abigail to take her music lessons seriously and share the angelic quality of her voice, Mrs. Thompson might then find the will to give Central City a go. Abigail wanted nothing to do with music lessons, though, and the presence of handsome mercantile owner Noah Presley didn’t help her concentration. But Noah was the only person who could help Abby with the dual issue of her mother AND the opera house. Essential to Abby is that the Thompsons stay in Central City.
Chords of Love by Janetta Fudge Messmer is definitely that golden needle lost in the proverbial haystack. Messmer’s approach to an old fashioned love story is refreshing. Set in the early 1900s, the time frame makes this tale no less relevant to contemporary readers. Her dialogue is genuinely relatable and the insight she offers into the male perspective is delightful, as we see Noah emerge into that fellow that every mother wishes for her daughter. I really appreciate the foundation of Christian values offered, minus the “preachy” feel that so often accompanies this genre of writing.