Thursday, March 14, 2013

All in Good Time Book Review

All in Good Time by Maureen Lang is a historical novel set in Denver, Colorado.

Dessa Caldwell has a dream: to open Pierson House, a refuge for former prostitutes in Denver’s roughest neighborhood. But after exhausting all charitable donations, Dessa still needs a loan, and nearly every bank in town has turned her down. Her last hope hinges on the owner of Hawkins National Bank.

Henry Hawkins has a secret: though he owns the most successful bank in town, his initial capital came from three successful raids on Wells Fargo coaches. Now he’s the most eligible bachelor in Denver, but to protect his criminal past, he’s built a fortress around his heart. Not even the boldest matchmaking mother can tempt him . . . until the day Dessa Caldwell ventures into his bank requesting a loan.

Though he’s certain her proposal is a bad investment, Henry is drawn to Dessa’s passion. But that same passion drives her to make rash decisions about Pierson House . . . and about whom she can trust. One man might hold the key to the future of her mission—but he also threatens to bring Henry’s darkest secrets to light. As the walls around their hearts begin to crumble, Henry and Dessa must choose between their plans and God’s, between safety and love. (Goodreads)

Dessa Caldwell has a passion and drive about helping women and girls in need, prostitutes included. After attempting to acquire a loan from Mr. Henry Hawkins she discovers that starting her Pierson House is not as easy as she thought. Henry has a secret past that he wants no one to know about, and hiding the secret has made him a very stubborn and lonely man. Dessa starts meeting women and discovers more about their life in Denver and the people who "run the town". 
I was interested in this book from the start simply because it is set in Denver and Leadville, which are both places I know well and group up near. I also love Dessa's passion to help the women in the city, she is a very relate-able character to me. The characters, the setting, and the main plot add up to be a great book that I thoroughly enjoyed. I also loved Henry's story in this book and how cold hearted he starts out to be and how God is present in his life. 

Though this is part of the Gilded Legacy Novels, this can be read alone as it's own story. I read the first Gilded Legacy book and this one is absolutely my favorite.  I highly recommend!

Maureen's Website has a lot of great info!

"I received this book for free from Tyndale Publishing in exchange for an honest review".

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