Sadie Wagner has always been devoted to her family. So when her stepfather is injured and can't work, she decides to leave home and accept a position as a clerk at the mercantile in Goldtree, Kansas. Goldtree also offers the opportunity to use her God-given singing talent—though the promised opera house is far different from what she imagined. With her family needing every cent she can provide, Sadie will do anything to keep her job.
Thad McKane comes to Goldtree at the request of the town council. The town has been plagued by bootlegging operations, and Thad believes he can find the culprit. After he earns enough money doing sheriff work, he wants to use it to pay for his training to become a minister.
Thad is immediately attracted to the beautiful singer who performs in Asa Baxter's unusual opera house, but when he hears her practicing bawdy tunes, he begins to wonder if she's far less innocent than she seems. And when Sadie appears to be part of the very crimes he's come to investigate, is there any hope the love blossoming between them will survive?
Sadie Wagner knows she must leave her beloved family to work and send money home to them. Her step-father is injured, and she is oldest. However, the added bonus of getting a job and being paid to sing – which she loves - in an “opera” house lessens the homesickness she feels. Another benefit is that a favorite cousin lives and works in Goldtree, Kansas too. However, her Cousin Sid’s feelings and the friendship/attraction she feels for the town sheriff, Thad, complicate her life in her new surroundings. Her three bosses add humor, care, deception, and threats to Sadie’s life. Sisters – Shelva and Melva Baxter provide care for Sadie with voices and opinions at top volume. Asa Baxter’s offer to have her sing is a blessing and a dream come true, but the requirements that she must meet to earn the money her family needs exceed the limits of her Christian family’s teaching.
I saw this book described as historical Christian fiction. The references to praying together as a family, to asking for guidance, and prayers of thanks added to the story. They fit and helped me to understand and like the characters. Still, I think Shelva, Melva, and Asa are my favorite characters.
Three and a half stars
*Reviewed by Colleen*
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