This was a fun romantic story for me. I found myself laughing out loud at a couple of quirky things said in this story. It takes place in Dwadlo, ND in the early 1900's. Mae Wilkey is a postmistress in a small town that only exists because of the railroad that stops in their town. She has a mentally challenged brother she adores, and a neighbor Pauline, who she watches as Pauline is getting old and needs some looking after. As Pauline starts to need more and more care and her health continues to decline Mae tries to find some relative to come and take care of Pauline. She comes across a name and address in Pauline's drawer and writes to Tom Curtis, who she is hoping will come. Tom Curtis works for the railroad and doesn't know of any relative in Dwaldo but is curous enough to go meet the lady. Tom is just an all around nice guy who, even though he doesn't believe Pauline is any relation, he finds himself wanting to care for her anyway (and also to find some excuse to stay in town and get to know Mae better - even though she is practically engaged to the town lawyer). You will find yourself enjoying the folks in this story. The ending kind of took me by surprise, but I enjoyed it. You will find quirky people, frustrated relationships, an elephant, lots of dogs, a train derailment and winter weather, all wrapped up to bring you a delightful story with a message of love blooming in the Winter.
A special thanks goes to Harvest House Publishers through NetGalley for sending me this book to review.
Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 934 KB
Print Length: 304 pages
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers (January 1, 2012)