For Such a Time as This

by Ginny Aiken

 

ABOUT THIS BOOK

Drought has forced farmers around the small town of Bountiful in the  Hope region of Oregon to mortgage their property. Then word comes of  plans for a spur line to run through the area and join the railroad in  nearby Milton. Folks with money see an opportunity to fill their coffers by buying farmland cheap then selling to the railroad for a profit. The Bank of Bountiful, owned by Eli Whitman, appears to be doing that, as  well.
Widowed two years earlier, Eli, with a son and daughter to  raise, sought a hard-working, educated Christian woman to care for them  and his home. Olivia Moore filled the bill, and as soon as Eli  recognized her as an excellent investment, he offered her first  employment then a marriage of convenience.
While Olivia is an  excellent choice, her large family gives Eli pause. He knows about the  problems posed by in-laws, so he will do whatever it takes to avoid a  repeat of his earlier experiences.
When Papa tells Olivia the Moore  family must move according to Eli’s terms for the new railroad line, she fears for their safety, since they’ll be homeless during winter. Where  will they go? How will they survive?
It is up to Olivia to convince  her husband to renege on his demands, though she swore before their  marriage she would stay out of his business.

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

I thoroughly enjoyed this book by Ginny Aiken and will sure be reading more of Ginny’s books in the future! Loosely based on the book of Esther, it was neat for me to read Olivia’s story, wondering what it was like for Esther, back in those Bible days.

Olivia was a wonderful young lady, with a huge heart. She was willing to sacrifice a lot in order to help her parents. As she moves in the Whitman household to help with the bankers children, life wasn’t easy for Olivia, but she was determined to do what she felt she needed to do.

Olivia was faced with many decisions, and some that would cause her to make a choice between her parents and her family. Why is God making her choose between people she loves? But in the mist of it all, God is there, and He shows Himself in a mighty way in the lives of them all.

You will enjoy this wonderful historical story, with the setting in the small town of Bountiful, Oregon in the late 1800’s. Olivia and Elijah are sure to find a place in your hearts and you will grow to love them, and the rest of the family as the story unfolds. Pick up your copy today for your own enjoyment!

I received a copy of this book from Faith Words to read and review. I was not required or expected to write a positive review. The opinions here in this review are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Ginny Aiken, a former newspaper reporter, lives in Pennsylvania with her engineer husband. Born in Havana, Cuba, raised in Valencia and Caracas, Venezuela, she discovered books early and wrote her first novel at age fifteen while she trained with the Venezuelan Classical Ballet Company. She burned that tome when she turned a “mature” sixteen. Ginny has taught novel-writing seminars and workshops at Harrisburg (PA) Area Community College and Penn State University

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