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Reviewed by Peggy Jo Wipf for Readers' Favorite
Edith and the Mysterious Stranger takes place in the early 1900s when an independent woman was still a novelty. Linda Weaver Clarke skillfully incorporates her family heritage into this romantic work. A woman’s choices were limited after she married, so Edith was determined to find the perfect man who encouraged her strengths while completing her weaknesses. The problem with that was she judged each man before she got to know his heart. Before Edith came to help her cousin, Melinda, with her pregnancy, her family prepared their matchmaking scheme. They cast two men before her to compete for her heart, but it is the mysterious stranger who writes to her that steals her heart. She doesn’t know who he is but as they reveal their souls on paper, she realizes she may have been too harsh with men.
Edith and the Mysterious Stranger is a cozy romance that will warm any heart. I love how Linda Weaver Clarke sees the beauty and mystique in her own grandparents' courtship and incorporated much of their lives into the story's plot. The story not only focuses on Edith but also Melinda and Jenny, who are featured in other books in the Bear Lake series. The characters' flaws give them a realistic feel that endears them to the reader. While writing letters to a stranger is not original, it is a nice touch in a love story. Knowing that some of the love letters are based on correspondence her grandmother received gives the reader an authentic reading experience. I truly enjoyed this novel and will look for more books from this author.