A light-hearted romance story with a message of hope for a better life, A Suitor for Jenny, by Margaret Brownley, wins a 5-star rating from me. This is a book I read straight through, without noticing the hours passing as I waited for a good place to stop reading. I loved the characters, and the plot was full of interesting twists that made me want to find out what happened next.
After reading an article saying that Rocky Creek, Texas is full of rich bachelors, Jenny Higgins brings her two younger sisters to town to find suitable husbands. With a guide book called The Compleat and Authoritative Manual for Attracting and Procuring a Husband, Jenny thinks she’ll be able to quickly match her sisters up with men who’ll take good care of them, relieving her of the responsibility of supporting them herself. She wants them to be happy, but tries to make her sisters and the men in town behave according to the strict rules she read about in her manual. No one cooperates.
Marshal Rhett Armstrong has his hands full trying to appease the outraged citizens of Rocky Creek, who expect him to do something about the bossy young woman who’s taken over their town. While Jenny’s conduct isn’t criminal, the men definitely feel they need to be protected from her. As she stole his heart as soon as she arrived, Rhett understands their concerns.
This is an inspirational romance, but it isn’t preachy. It deals with real issues, including poverty, abuse, jealousy, and lack of self-esteem, but isn’t depressing. I enjoyed the book and highly recommend it.
This book was given to me by Thomas Nelson Publishers for review purposes.