It is October 1898, and Clayton Barlow has just returned home after serving time in prison for his part in a bank robbery. His family welcomes him, but the townspeople are skeptical. Bored with life in the small town but determined to make a new start, he goes to work with his father, hoping to regain the town’s trust.
Clayton recognizes the schoolteacher at the Prairie Grove School as his childhood friend, Merry Lee Warner, and old feelings surface. Still, he doubts that he could ever get a woman like Merry to love him.As the townspeople prepare for Christmas, their suspicions about Clayton lead to trouble. Will the trusting heart of an unlikely new friend be enough to restore Clayton’s relationships with his neighbors and reunite him with God and Merry?
This book is 6th book in the Winds Across the Prairie. I have read almost all of Martha Rogers books and believe you me, if you have not read her books, you really need to. This book keeps your attention from the very first page and it is so good that you will not want to put it down.
This book is about Clayton Barlow and Merry Warner. When they were 16 years old, Merry really liked Clay but Clay got himself in trouble with the law and went to prison for 5 years. During that time, Merry left Prairie Grove, Kansas, but she is back and she is a schoolteacher. Clay returns from prison but some people in the town are standoffish towards him and he is afraid of getting close to Merry because of what that would do for her reputation.
In the meantime, Clay learns that Merry’s family now runs Holly Hill which is an orphanage for children and he is very impressed how Merry deals with the children and it just hits that soft spot in his heart.
I won’t say anything else, I don’t want to spoiI the book for you. I just loved this book, Martha Rogers is one of the best authors ever. You will not be sorry if you will pick up this book soon and read it. I couldn’t’ hardly put it down. Thank you, Martha for giving us all a GREAT story.
You would love this book if you are from Kansas or Oklahoma, I know I sure did. Of course since I live in Oklahoma, this series hit a spot in my heart. I love my Oklahoma roots.