cover image The Lady’s Mine

The Lady’s Mine

Francine Rivers. Tyndale House, $27.99 (464p) ISBN 978-1-4964-4757-9

Bostonian Kathryn Walsh finds love and trouble in the mining town of Calvada, Calif., in 1875, in this feisty historical from Rivers (The Masterpiece). After Kathryn turns down a marriage proposal from the son of a wealthy industrialist, her mother exiles her to Calvada to appease her stepfather (suggesting Kathryn “trust in the Lord with all your heart... and He will lead you”), though she also signs over a meager inheritance from Kathryn’s uncle who died in Calvada. Matthias Beck, one of the most powerful men in Calvada, immediately notices a resemblance between Kathryn and his friend City Walsh—and that same obstinacy that most likely got City killed. Kathryn revives her uncle’s local newspaper, and when she publishes some prickly articles on a few of Calvada’s leading citizens, protecting Kathryn becomes Beck’s full-time job. Beck also runs for mayor to bring law and order to a town overrun by brothels and saloons, winning sympathy from reformist Kathryn. While her tenacity and naivete often put her in harm’s way, they also draw Beck nearer and dearer to her wounded heart. The scene-setting tends to be long-winded, but Kathryn’s independent streak will resonate with inspirational fiction readers who appreciate strong-minded protagonists. Rivers’s fans will get just what they want. Agent: Danielle Egan-Miller, Brown & Miller Literary Associates. (Feb.)