Historical Romance Review
Reed Wilder journeys to Far Enough, Texas to find the
illegitimate son of his deceased brother.
His family’s search located his brother as a riverboat captain in
New Orleans, Louisiana where he lived with his wife Iris and bore a child
by his mistress Lucy Ames.
The much loved daughter of the town sheriff, Lucy Ames left
her small town to work as a seamstress in one of the best dress shops in
New Orleans. Then one day,
she found herself with a baby and dealing with the death of her father in
a train wreck, which left her mother injured.
The family home was lost to creditors, and Lucy Ames moved to a
remote farm to raise her son.
Reed, ambushed by local outlaws,
is rescued by Lucy and her son Toby.
They take him back to the farm to nurse his injuries.
Realizing he has located the object of his search, Reed must come
to terms with the deceitful opportunist he has come to find and the woman
of honor, pride and generous spirit he has discovered.
Lucy secretly sews dresses for the general store to earn
her supplies. The shopkeeper
also owns the farm where she lives, and she must sew three dresses a month
to cover her rent alone. She
does have another option – enter a loveless marriage with the
Reed brings Lucy back into the world.
Lucy introduces Reed to the power of love. Their awakening
love is sweetly intense.
What Matters Most is an interesting study of small
town values and the effects of gossip on the innocent.
In her debut novel, Winnie Griggs has captured a small town’s
tendency to gossip, judge and offer a hand of friendship.
Her plot is emotionally complex and holds the reader’s attention
with the surprising twists that affirms the heroine’s true character.
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