Emma Swartzentuber's father is determined to see Emma married to a good stable man before he dies, and he has a man in mind. But when Emma's childhood crush Luke Bowman comes back, rescuing Roy and Alvin the two boys that Emma is like a mother to, and then offering to help her father with the store, she isn't sure how to feel.
Luke has made his share of bad choices, and now he is finally ready to settle down, and he wants to prove himself to his family and to himself.
Will Luke find the place where he finally belongs?
I liked how Luke works with Roy and Alvin, and especially mentoring Roy encouraging his mind and his interest in mechanical things, while warning him of the risks and dangers of and English life.
I like how Emma and Luke got to know each other again by working together and helping with the children's Christmas program. She is wary of him, at first but sees how the boys like him.
Overall, this is a great story and I liked revisiting the Bowmans. A wonderful heartwamring tale of family and forgiveness.
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