"All in Good Time" by Maureen Lang was a great read! I thought it might be good, given the description of it. The book has a different plot and a different location than any Christian historical fiction I recall having read, and honestly I'm quite glad it does!
Dessa Caldwell, the protagonist, understands what it is like to have a past darkened with mistakes. But she also knows personally what the grace of God can do to wash away her sins and give her a bright future. This knowledge spurs her forward in her dream to open Pierson House, a refuge for former prostitutes of all ages in the bustling new city of Denver, Colorado, a city pulling itself up by the roots from the gold rush that brought so many people and all of their foibles and sins to the city.
Henry Hawkins is the owner of the most successful bank in town but he, too, harbors secrets about his past. However, he does not know the grace of God or the extension of that grace through others, and the burdens of his past are an awful weight to bear.
What happens when Dessa and Henry collide? Will their hearts and lives be changed for the better? Will Dessa get to see the dream God has planted in her heart to help fallen women come true? And will Henry's life, solitary and cold, ever change?
Things I liked about this book: I really enjoyed the fact that it is a historical novel, and the period of history as well as the geographical location. I also appreciated the realness of the characters, flaws, misgivings, shame, joy and all.
Things I didn't like: None that come to mind.
I would give this book 4/5 stars! And I would recommend it to anyone who appreciates good Christian historical fiction with a strong but realistic undercurrent of true grace.
Thanks to Tyndale Publishers for a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review!