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Reviewed by Brenda Casto for Readers' Favorite
WOW! Heather Gray certainly knows how to grab this reader's attention from the beginning pages with Redemption, book three in the Ladies of Larkspur series. Wilhelmina (Minnie) Drake seems to have a knack for finding trouble, and the latest mess she finds herself in includes the murder of her husband. However, she married a man she knew little about while away at college in San Francisco. Luckily, she is allowed to return to Larkspur and her family, under one condition and that's to check in with the local sheriff weekly. Turns out the sheriff happens to be childhood friend Art Paulson. Art realises that Minnie isn't the same girl he once knew, but that doesn't stop her from stealing his heart, and when trouble follows her to Larkspur he vows to keep her safe no matter what! Can they figure out who is after Minnie before it's too late?
Fans of historical fiction are in for a real treat with Redemption by Heather Gray. Along with romance, there is also a murder mystery, suspense, and enough humor to make for a page turning read. I found the characters to be very well developed. Minnie was easy to like and enjoy. After a bad marriage, she took matters into her own hands by figuring out a way to survive in San Francisco, which I thought was very clever. Somehow she lost her faith in God along the way, but Art (or Arty as she liked to call him) kept reminding her that God was always with her. Speaking of Art, he was a wonderful male lead, kind and gentle with a real sense of right and wrong. While the romance is slow in building, the plot never drags and instead the author provides enough mystery and suspense with a few twists to keep the story moving. I found the humor of the green vest to be quite funny at times. While this story has an inspirational slant, the author doesn't come off as preachy; instead she just blends faith together with everyday life.
While I read the first book in the Ladies of Larkspur series I haven't read the second one, but it didn't hinder me at all from diving right into this one. I have enjoyed the series so much I plan on reading book two. Anyone who enjoys a good, clean historical romance blended together with suspense, mystery, along with a dose of humor and a splash of inspiration will enjoy Redemption.