This was a really pleasing read, well-written and full of period detail. The Mormon background provides a framework that gives some of the main characters strong moral and religious convictions, which is always good to find in a romantic novel. The story is pure Jane Eyre, from the answered advertisement through the orphaned child and the mad wife, right down to the fire at the end! The tension/resolution of the last few chapters feels a little contrived (hint, he has given up coffee!) but I have read worse!
This is the first novel I have read by Carla Kelly that is set in America. There is definitely a more relaxed feel to the dialogue and all the Americanisms that are so out of place in dialogue set in England ('in back', 'visit with' etc.) are of course just right here!