A Hope Revealed, the 4th and final in the Prescott Pioneers series is simply outstanding.
The story that is shared is about a woman who has been battered and abused and looking with all hope to start over again. Mary Colter, Will's sister-in-law, along with her two children have been on their own for nearly two years. Her husband, Reuben, simply disappears one day. She is actually releaved but fearful that he may still be alive as the body has yet to be found, and return to reclaim her, his property. As Providence would have it, a way is brought to light for her and her children to begin to begin again at Colter Ranch. But little does she know that instead of running away from him she is running straight into him.
Mary Colter arrives at the Colter Ranch to find that there are mixed feelings of the reason she has come. She tries to explain but some especially Julia is not ready to listen. Julia Colter, now Larson, has been a recipitent of Reuben's wrath, Mary's husband. She blames Mary for not standing up to him and helping her when she was in need and for allowing him to do the things he did to her. Little does Julia know that Mary has been living through her own hell and has been just as abused as Julia. But there is hope. Hope that she can begin again, that she can dare to hope that Reuben will be found dead and she can start to live again, love again. But not long after arriving, she is introduced to an intriguing gentleman that upon looking at him knows full well he is not who everyone thinks he is but unexpectingly and frighteningly it is her supposed missing or dead husband.
Reuben, Mary's husband, disappeared a couple of years ago to rid himself of the debt he was in since Julia wouldn't marry someone of his devising. He lost everything, the Star C Ranch, the house, the land. He was angry. Not to mention, his creditors were also after him. But he has since surfaced and actually fairing rather well. He is actually the one from Book 3 "A Life Restored" that robbed the stagecoach that Caroline Larson was on leaving her abandoned to be picked up later and killing the rest of the men on the stagecoach. Well, he has been devising this plan to seek his revenge on his brother, Will and his sister, Julia, since Will took half of the Star C fiances when he left and because his sister wouldn't marry his choosing so that he could get out of debt. He is bent on revenge and things are going just as he planned. He was taken back also that his wife along with their children would be here at the Colter Ranch but he handles it just as he always has with manipulation. He finds what Mary is wanting most, a divorce. He lures her to believe that he would grant this if she remains quiet because when they meet although disguised as someone else she knows him right away but afraid to say anything. She agrees to meet with him in town and to her fear, he agains uses and takes advantage of her disgracing her once again. She is told to keep quiet or else, the children. She has to keep quiet for the children sake, doesn't she?
The story continues brining again romance along with hope. The story is written beautifully, just as the others in the series. Filled with hope and love. Oh, and those tear jerking moments. Many things are woven into this novel that form an incredible experience. A woman seeking a better life for children and herself, a young boy learning to live without his father only to discover him but to lose him again, the agony of a loved one being kidnapped and learning to lean and trust in divine help, learning to accept and forgive. The Colter and Larson family and friends show us that things are not promised to be easy in life that struggles and hardships to occur but that we are not alone. Intricately woven in this saga, is that God never leaves us and is always with us through good times and sad times as well as difficult times. Their is evil in this world. There is a controversy going on for which we are just puppets and the scene must fully play out as the character of God in question. The evil one must be allowed his season for all to once and for all that the character of God may be vindicated. God is in control and always has been but He must allow things to occur for the purpose of a bigger picture. Remember, lean not to our own understanding it is quoted.
I don't want to give more away than I may already have. But I have thoroughly enjoyed reading this series and admittedly sad to come to the end. I look forward in the future that may be written by this author in a similar fashion. I would not hesitate to make the purchase not matter the sum. You will not be disappointed!!!