Author: Lori Wick
Info: Copyright 1997: Eugene, OR: Harvest House Publishers
Where acquired: Library check out.
Rating (on a scale of 1-4 stars): ✮✭✭
What it's about: In this final volume of the Rocky Mountain Memories series, Wick picks up the story years after Book 3: To Know Her By Name. Catherine Taggart (known as "Rusty" by all), the oldest daughter of Clayton and Jacqueline Taggart (book 1), has a grand love of children. She works with her Aunt and Uncle at an orphanage. During a placement trip, Rusty meets Chase McCandles, a widower with a young son. Through a set of mishaps, unrequited love, plus some divine intervention, Rusty and Chase end up at odds with each other with his child in the middle.
The beauty of one phrase that Rusty prays struck me--but in a good way. She prayed that God would "Remember me when You think of motherhood." I thought it was simply beautiful. She wasn't saying she would be a perfect mother or that she was better than anyone else, she simply knew that her life's call was to be a mother, and she wanted to have God's blessing as she fulfilled His purpose. I know, usually I don't care for stuff like that, but I'd never heard a prayer for motherhood quite like that in any book, fiction or otherwise.
What I Liked:
- This book is a great deal better than Book 3.
- Rusty's interactions with children are fun to see.
- Quite frankly, I like that way Rusty told off Chase about his treatment of his son. By the time she let him have it, she was WARM!
- This final volume does tie up some loose ends and bring in familiar characters from the prequels.
- Like the lead female character in book 3, Rusty Taggart's character is written in a confusing manner. During the opening chapters, she is presented as flighty, weak, and daft. Later, her personality quickly changes to reveal a woman of strength and great passion, but with no outside precipitant to account for it. It was almost as if her strength of character could only be revealed in the context of being around a male.
Good conclusion to the series.