Prairie Rose (by Catherine Palmer)

I'd never heard of Catherine Palmer, but a series of three romantic historical fiction books by this author were very inexpensive on the MV Doulos, when it visited our town, so I thought I had nothing to lose by buying them.

'Prairie Rose' features a nineteen-year-old orphan in America called Rosie. One day she is up a tree, praying, when she observes a fight. She gets involved, then ends up travelling out west to Kansas to look after a small boy, for a surly farmer.

Rosie is a superb cook, and soon settles down and makes friends in the neighbourhood. Inevitably, romance blossoms in many directions... it was all a bit predictable, but a pleasant enough read. The characters were well-rounded and believable, and the story interesting.

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