It’s almost a timeless tale. The immature city girl – usually the heiress who loses her money – has to get a job. Although, Meghan’s story may have more in common with the basement-living-video-game-playing offspring that gets kicked out of the house.
Except no basement. No video games. And technically she doesn’t get kicked out. It’s 1871, and Meghan is a young woman a year out of school. Her father is concerned at her childish behavior, concerned that she makes no attempt to learn to manage the household, and concerned that if she doesn’t grow up, any marriage won’t last. To marry with his blessing, Meghan must go work for a year and learn to manage her money without relying on Father’s finances. Meghan determines to take the first job she can find away from home, and finds herself taking a teaching position in brand-new New Boston, Kansas.
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What I Liked About Meghan’s Choice
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This rough-around-the-edges town will force immature city girl Meghan to grow up even more than her father expected. I really enjoyed the coming-of-age part of this story, and the friendship that develops between Meghan and her new landlady. Mrs. Baldwin doesn’t just rent her a room; she teaches her to cook and to budget her funds. We would call it “adulting 101.”
While we’re on the topic of new, not-superficial friends, I loved the friendship that develops between Meghan and one of the many prostitutes in this town. Even immature Meghan has something to offer, and her friendship and teaching can make the way for a new life for her friend.
What I Didn’t Like About Meghan’s Choice
There were just a few things that bothered me a little about this story. First, the writing sometimes felt “young.” I don’t mean that Meghan’s character felt young – she did, but she was supposed to. She’s supposed to be an immature city girl when the story begins. No, I mean the writing itself, the narration, sometimes seemed like what I would read in a book aimed at a young audience.
There were also several places where the description distracted from the story. Too much description. As I prepared to write this review, I found this phrase in my notes multiple times: “Why does this matter?” That was distracting, and I found myself skimming to get past these sections.
Overall, this book isn’t my most-favorite :), but I did enjoy it and I would like to read more from this author.
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About the Book
Book: Meghan’s Choice
Author: Donna L. H. Smith
Genre: Christian Historical Western Romance
Release Date: November, 2017
Immature city girl Meghan Gallagher complies with her father’s demand that she work on her own for a year by choosing to tutor eight children in a wild Kansas railroad town. But she had no idea just how wild it was until she was rescued by a local dance hall the day she arrived, and soon after hit by a stray bullet. In short order, she meets a dark, handsome cowboy and a wholesome, attractive doctor who both vie for her heart. As things heat up around town, Meghan’s love life catches fire as well. Is she scandalous to allow both men to court her at the same time? And—how close a relationship with God does Meghan want? Will she draw near?
Meghan’s Choice (pre-published) was named a semi-finalist in the 2014 Operation First Novel by Jerry B. Jenkins and an honorable mention for the Golden leaf Award in 2015. Since publication, Meghan’s Choice was a Selah Award finalist and also in the Will Rogers Medallion Award.
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About the Author
Donna L.H. Smith is a Kansas prairie girl transplanted to Lancaster County, PA. She is a graduate of Christian Writer’s Guild Craftsman program and holds two college degrees, both B.S. and M.A. in Mass Communication. She’s been married to a wonderful man named Kirby for thirty years. Her debut novel, Meghan’s Choice, made the finals of both the Selah and Will Rogers Medallion Awards. Rose’s Redemption, the sequel, was just released. She blogs, speaks at workshops and retreats and although she is at an age where many begin slowing down, she wouldn’t think of it. Recently, she took on the role of Managing Editor of Almost an Author.com, and serves as ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) Mid-Atlantic Zone Director. She is also a member of AWSA’s Protégé program (Advanced Writers & Speaker’s Association).
More from Donna
Back in 2012, I wrote “Zorro” stories for Fan Fiction. I had an awful lot of fun with them, and people seemed to really like them. So, the thought came, what could I write for ‘real?’ I contemplated, prayed, and after a couple weeks or so, an idea came floating across my brain.
“Gunfight at Hyde Park.” Huh? I thought about it, and realized it was an obscure history lesson from my hometown in Kansas. I had Google it to get the details. I thought, well, I’m not gonna write a Christian romance novel just about a series of gunfights that killed and wounded more people than the OK Corral.
But I did think that the beginning of the gunfights could be the climax of the story.
Now, who should my heroine be? And the hero?
I started with that and took Christian Writer’s Guild’s Craftsman and the novel was completed in 2013—but only published in late 2017.
I’m proud of Meghan’s Choice. Pre-published it made the semi-finals of the last Operation 1st Novel that CWG held and placed in a couple of smaller contests. Last year, it made the finals of the prestigious Selah Awards for published books through the BRMCWC, and the finals of the Will Rogers Medallion Award.
My hope is that you’ll enjoy reading it as much as I loved writing it.
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