When twin babies are left on Pastor Charles Wanlass's doorstep, he vows to protect them and give them a home. Mail-order bride, Willow Granger comes to talk to Charles, and sees the twins, instantly recognizing them as the children of her friend Jenny. But when a crowd shows up asking about the babies, they both claim the twins as their own, leading them to fabricate a story of being married in England months ago. But the mine owner insists that they remarry, leading Willow and Charles into a marriage of convenience.
Willow goes along with the marriage for the sake of the children, she hasn't spoken to Charles, but has heard him preach and has heard good things about him in the community. She is timid and shy at first, but as they try to solve Jenny's disappearance and care for the twins so sees his kindness.
When strange footprints begins appearing outside Willow and the children's window, Charles is concerned for their safety. Charles enlists the help of two men to help him keep them safe. Smalls is a large mute, while Creakle is small and very talkative, they become great babysitters with humorous results.
I loved how the community wants to help with the twins, even though they suspect the truth.
Charles is good with the twins, and he admires Willow's determination, industriousness, and tender heart. He is a good listener, and is a man of his word.
This is a great book, engaging, with great interaction, mystery, a great community of side characters, with a lot going on, and a satisfying ending. Highly enjoyable!
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