As temporary guardian to his twin baby nieces, William Barns barely knows a diaper from a burp cloth. The well-meaning but meddling neighbor ladies suggest a wife—namely Emily Jane Rodgers. Although William isn't in the market for a bride, he needs a loving woman to watch over the children, and Emily Jane fits the bill nicely.
Emily Jane agrees to care for William's nieces—not become his betrothed. Fully determined to find her own way in life and to open her own bakery, Emily Jane isn't looking for a husband. But no matter how hard she resists, Emily Jane is roped in by the twins' little hugs and William's tender regard. And soon she longs to be a permanent part of this ready-made family…
Such a heartwarming and adorable story.
First, Rose and Ruby are just cute, those twins would steal anyone's heart.
Emily Jane was hurt deeply by her parents' behavior, by burdening her with the household work at an early age, and then sending her off as a mail-order-bride. She has dreams and ambitions, she wants to have her own opinion, be independent, own a bakery, and be free of a husband and children. At times she comes off stubborn, so focused only on her goal, but her background explains that reaction.
William is goodhearted, generous, and caring. The way he took the responsibility of the two year old twin nieces, is admirable.
I loved how William and Emily Jane had such a strong connection, and bond. They seemed to constantly end up in situations, that for the rest of the town would have seemed inappropriate. The warmth, love, and affection between them grows over time, while taking care of the twins, and sharing their everyday life. They both have strong faith in God, and it is natural, and essential to their lives.
The whole town comes together after a tornado hit the town. How everyone pulled together, and did what they could to help, was lovely to see. The devastation the tornado leaves behind changes lots of things in the town. How William is willing to use his fortune to help others and the town is commendable.
This story made me smile, it is heartfelt and inspiring. The strong faith the characters have is uplifting and refreshing, it was also very naturally twined into the story.
~ Four Spoons