Monday, October 1, 2012
A Lady in the Making - Susan Page Davis
A Lady in the Making is book #3 in the Prairie Dreams Series, by Susan Page Davis. As is typical for me, I did not realize that it was part of a series when I requested it. However, the author does a pretty good job of giving the reader enough details from the past that after a few chapters, it's easy to forget that you don't know the complete backstory of the characters. Millie Evans has a history of being a thief and living a life of crime with her half-brother Sam. Yet, she has decided that she wants to lead a better, honest life, and she wants Sam to go straight with her. When he tries to draw her back into their old life, she runs away, only to be met on the stagecoach by one of her past marks, a man she tried to get to marry her so she could live a life of luxury. Now, stuck with David through limited travel options, she tries to convince him that she's changed as they cross the country together.
This book was a little lighter than what I have been reading lately, but I still found it an enjoyable read. Millie's past weighed on her, not so that she couldn't move forward, but in a way that made her more aware of each choice she made and caused her to want to atone for her actions. She was a hard worker and eager to prove that she wasn't who she used to be. I was glad David's upbringing as a "gentleman," and the circumstances throughout their travel forced him to remain in Millie's company long enough to see that her change was genuine. Even though the list of catastrophes which befell the pair bordered on outrageous, they didn't feel overly contrived, and the story flowed fairly well. I enjoyed watching their friendship and trust develop slowly, and then continue to bloom into romance.
I give this book 3 stars. I enjoyed it, and it was decently written, but it didn't really teach me or make me think.
The author has a website HERE.
I was provided a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.