The Prisoner’s Wife by Susan Page Davis
Reviewed by Eve Culley
The year is 1720, and Jack Hunter is to hang for the murder of his neighbor if the town’s people have their way. It doesn’t seem to matter that Jack is innocent. He is being found guilty in the eyes of public opinion and a dead no account alcoholic father isn’t helping. An unscrupulous constable wants his land when he’s dead, and he only has one option. Marry Lucy Hamblin, the only girl he ever loved, if she will have him and to do it now while he’s in jail. Her father, now dead, broke them up four years ago. Will Lucy marry him; will she become the widow Hunter?
I highly recommend this book for young adults as well as the more mature adult reader. It is clean, romantic, and a mystery all rolled into one good read. I wish I could read more about Jack and Lucy. (Hint, hint to the author.)
This book won the short historical category of both the Inspirational Readers’ Choice Contest and ACFW’s Book of the Year Contest for 2007. It was favorite historical of the year among Heartsong readers for 2006.
About the Author: Susan Page Davis
Susan Page Davis writes romantic suspense, historical romance, and mystery. She is a Maine native now living in Kentucky, and a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers and KenTen Writers. Her books have won several awards including the Carol Award for her novel The Prisoners Wife; the Inspirational Readers' Choice Award for The Prisoner's Wife and The Lumberjack's Lady (Maine Brides series); and the Will Rogers Medallion Award for her novels Captive Trail (Texas Trails series, 2012) and The Outlaw Takes a Bride (2016).
Visit her website for more information.
About the Book Reviewer: Eve Culley
In the middle of the 1970’s and 80’s, my husband and I were missionaries working in the United States. We worked in different church print shops where Bibles, New Testaments, and individual books of the Bible were printed in different languages and shipped to different countries around the world. We traveled across the U.S. to other churches and businesses to raise money for paper, ink, and shipping cost for the Bibles. To have the necessary money needed, a lot of travel was required and as we traveled I would tell stories to our two young sons of adventure, heroes, and villains. Story-telling is as much a part of me as breathing is to my body. I have found that I tell stories, put them on paper to make room for the other stories that are building and will need to be told soon. So, I write children’s stories about Stripe, the Sheriff, and even Rooster Cogburn. It’s lots of fun for me, and I hope for my readers as well.
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