My Thoughts about the book For Such a Time As This:
I love that this book was inspired by the story of Esther. Olivia is town between her husband and what she knows is right. What a sweet journey of love developing slowly and deeply as Olivia and Elijah seek to live and love with full abandon. The characters are complicated and stubborn at times, but that is exactly what makes you fall for them and cheer them on as they fall in love with each other. Go on this adventure with them, this is a great book to grab on a weekend get away!
From the back cover:
Olivia Moore has been praying desperately to God for guidance. Drought and plagues of insects have devastated her family’s farm in Hope County, Oregon and her parents don’t know how they’ll survive the winter. Deciding to ease their burden, Olivia applies to be the new nanny to the children of handsome widower Elijah Whitman, the president of the Bank of Bountiful. Since the death of their mother, Luke and his sister, Miranda, have been increasingly wild and have driven every governess back East. Having helped raise her brothers and sisters, Olivia convinces Elijah she’s up to the job.
As Olivia works to win over the children and settle into the Whitman household, gossip begins to spread throughout the town about Olivia and Elijah. For the sake of her reputation, it seems Olivia will have to leave Hope County, until Elijah proposes another solution: Marriage. It would be a purely business relationship, and Elijah’s one emphatic condition is that she promise never to interfere with her work. She accepts, but when the Bank of Bountiful forecloses on the Moore’s farm, Olivia is torn between her duty to her husband and her love for her family.
About the book For Such a Time As This:
Drought has forced farmers around the small town of Bountiful in the Hope region of Oregon to mortgage their property. Then word comes of plans for a spur line to run through the area and join the railroad in nearby Milton. Folks with money see an opportunity to fill their coffers by buying farmland cheap then selling to the railroad for a profit. The Bank of Bountiful, owned by Eli Whitman, appears to be doing that, as well.
Widowed two years earlier, Eli, with a son and daughter to raise, sought a hard-working, educated Christian woman to care for them and his home. Olivia Moore filled the bill, and as soon as Eli recognized her as an excellent investment, he offered her first employment then a marriage of convenience.
While Olivia is an excellent choice, her large family gives Eli pause. He knows about the problems posed by in-laws, so he will do whatever it takes to avoid a repeat of his earlier experiences.
When Papa tells Olivia the Moore family must move according to Eli’s terms for the new railroad line, she fears for their safety, since they’ll be homeless during winter. Where will they go? How will they survive? It is up to Olivia to convince her husband to renege on his demands, though she swore before their marriage she would stay out of his business.
About the Author:
Ginny Aiken, a former newspaper reporter, lives in Pennsylvania with her engineer husband. Born in Havana, Cuba, raised in Valencia and Caracas, Venezuela, she discovered books early and wrote her first novel at age fifteen while she trained with the Venezuelan Classical Ballet Company. She burned that tome when she turned a “mature” sixteen. Ginny has taught novel-writing seminars and workshops at Harrisburg(PA) Area Community College and Penn State University.
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