Love in the Balance
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
There was a lot to love about the book Love in the Balance. I found myself laughing, sympathizing, and smiling throughout the whole book.
It’s the year 1879 in Prairie Lea, Texas. Molly Lovelace is at the age where one starts to think about marrying. But it seems that her idea of who she should marry is different than her parent’s idea. Molly’s parents believe that she should marry into a well-to-do family where it will benefit her social status… and also their family business.
Molly and Bailey Garner are quite smitten with each other. The only problem is, Bailey doesn’t meet Molly’s parent’s standards. Bailey is having a hard time finding a job he likes or that he can keep. He tries his hand at ranching, blacksmithing, and helping at the cobblers but nothing seems to stick. If he can’t stick to one job, how will he ever prove to Molly or her parent’s that he’s a suitable mate?
In walks Edward Pierrepont. Coming from New York, Edward is a mysterious, rich man full of rich possibilities that can’t help but entice Molly. Edward’s wealth could be the answer to saving her father’s mill.
Molly is torn between choosing love with Bailey, or security and riches with Edward. When she makes a choice, will she question whether or not it was the right one?
I really enjoyed Sixty Acres and a Bride by Regina Jennings so I was really looking forward to Love in the Balance. I was not disappointed either! Molly and Bailey were both characters from the previous book and I enjoyed seeing their stories further explored. Love in the Balance was full of fun and laughter, as well as heartache and pain. There were several mysteries woven into the story that keeps the reader guessing as to what is going to happen and how things are going to be resolved. I like the fact that these characters weren’t perfect. We see right from the start that Molly and Bailey both failed in certain areas, but we see them learn from their mistakes and learn to be better people. I loved seeing the character change in Molly. She may be somewhat of a selfish, spoiled brat in the beginning, but different events that happen to her cause her to reevaluate her life and look to God for the help she needs in becoming a better person.
As I mentioned before, Love in the Balance has characters from Sixty Acres and a Bride but Love in the Balance is a great read on it’s own as well. I would definitely recommend it to my friends and family
I received a free ecopy of this book from Baker Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review.
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