Friday, May 28, 2021

The Blacksmith's Bravery by Susan Page Davis

Book cover
The Blacksmith's Bravery
by Susan Page Davis

ISBN-13: 9781602607965
ebook: 320 pages
Publisher: Barbour Books
Released: November 1st 2010

Source: ebook rented from Kindle Unlimited.

Book Description, Modified from Amazon:
By age twelve, Vashti Edwards was orphaned and working her way west by way of saloons. In the mountain town of Fergus, Idaho, she has found faith and new hope in her friends from The Ladies Shooting Club and an employer who turned her saloon into a restaurant. But money is tight, and Vashti tries to get the job she’s dreamed of--as a stagecoach driver. Griffin Bane, local blacksmith and stagecoach manager, wrestles with his attraction to her--wanting to protect her while also wanting her to have her dreams. When a gang of outlaws target the stagecoach line, will The Ladies' Shooting Club come to their friends’ aid again, saving Vashti and Griffin to build a future together?

My Review:
The Blacksmith's Bravery is a Christian romance (with some suspense) set in 1887 in Idaho. This is the third book in a series. You can understand what's going on without reading the previous books. The main events in the previous books were not spoiled in this one.

The author wove interesting historical details about stagecoach lines into the story. The suspense came from the real threat of stagecoach robbers, making Griffin worry about Vashti's safety while at the same time admiring her enough that he wants to allow her to drive the stagecoaches if it can be done somewhat safely. Griffin also had to figure out how to raise a teenaged nephew who was giving trouble back at home. The main characters were capable, likable characters that supported each other.

Having read the series, I thought it was interesting that one character at the beginning wanted to influence the whole town. However, quiet and humble Hiram is really the man who changed the town through his influence. He supported his sister becoming a crack shot and teaching the other woman to shoot well. He didn't feel the need to put himself forward to shine in the shooting contest, allowing the women to gain some respect for their shooting. Following his example, at the end, even those who were good shots were more concerned about getting the job done than getting the glory. It was interesting how the whole town subtly but noticably changed throughout the series.

There was no sex or bad language. Overall, I recommend this enjoyable novel.

If you've read this book, what do you think about it? I'd be honored if you wrote your own opinion of the book in the comments.

1 comment:

Carole said...

That cover is a hoot Cheers