By Delia Parr
Reviewed by Martha Artyomenko
Elvira Kilmer has little choices in her life. Marriage does not seem to be in her future. She is plain, without money, and her relations only put up with her because it is duty, or else they want something from her.
Jackson Smith needs a housekeeper and a nanny for his young boys. Ellie is so plain, he soon realizes that no one will ever think that he has any romantic connection to her and that will work in his favor, in helping people forget the scandal in his first marriage.
But when he offers Ellie something out of the ordinary, will she be able to look beyond necessity and open her heart to help each other out?
Ellie is plain, Jackson is a widower with a scandal surrounding his past marriage. He mistrusts women, she is not used to his stove, life in an apple orchard on an island is a little different than she expected. Taking care of two boys, who really do not want her there, is just one of the difficulties she faces.
This book is a bit different than the normal as it hits on things that a marriage would face in a marriage of convenience, with difficult pasts on both sides. Ellie is afraid of storms. Jackson is afraid of being cheated by a woman. His children do not know what really happened to their mother, and so resent the women who come to take care of them. I read this book in a hard time in our life and could relate to some of it. I found it was an easy way to think about some difficult situations. -Martha
Thank you to Bethany House Publishers for providing this book for review.