In the year 1872 near northern California, you’ll find the three affluent yet sheltered daughters of Margaret Stiles Beaumont running away. The new Mrs. Beaumont has decided to help her girls flee from their abusive stepfather and his plans to marry them off to his horrible friends. Each young woman is truly talented and intelligent so they have decided to find suitors that match their capabilities. This marriage will also allow them to use their engineering skills and insight to claim their portion of the family lumber dynasty.
In an effort to blend in, the Stiles sisters join a mission group traveling throughout California to serve the poor. Caleb, the mission’s parson, has plenty of potential but cannot understand and apply his knowledge in this new role. That was a fancy way to relay that his decisions might be the death of all involved if help doesn’t come soon. Thankfully the Stiles sisters and their education can assist Caleb, the mission, and all volunteers in ways they never imagined. For the first time, the Stiles ladies must work through often miserable conditions and use their talents in different ways than they were taught.
I liked how the story started immediately and not a few chapters in. From the first paragraph, you’re involved in the story of these women, their future spouses, their mother, and the family business. I haven’t read a really good Christian Historical Fiction book in quite some time so I was happy to receive The Element of Love by Mary Connealy. This is the first book in The Lumber Baron’s Daughters series and I look forward to more from this author.
You can find The Element of Love by Mary Connealy in-store or online wherever books are sold. Thank you Bethany House Fiction for the opportunity to read this book.
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