Reviewer Conny Withay:Operating her own business in office management since 1991, Conny is an avid reader, volunteers reading the Bible to the elderly, and makes handmade jewelry. A cum laude graduate with a degree in art living in the Pacific Northwest, she is married with two sons, two daughter-in-laws, and one granddaughter.
Author: Maureen Lang
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
“Sometimes we allow ourselves to do desperate things if we don’t trust God to take care of us,” Dessa explains in a Gilded Legacy novel titled All in Good Time by Maureen Lang.
At three hundred and sixty-seven pages, this paperback book has a young woman dressed in nineteen century apparel, over-looking a western town in the background. The back cover has commentary about the book’s contents and an author biography along with photograph. With no profanity, the novel is geared toward Christian women but may not be acceptable for young naïve pre-teenagers as it discusses prostitution, gambling and alcoholism.
Set in the late eighteen hundreds, Lang weaves a tale about Dessa Caldwell, a young twenty-something year old women who comes to Denver, Colorado in hopes to start the Pierson House, a shelter for women who want to get away from the “sporting” trade. After procuring funding from local churches and friends, she approaches a well-known bank so she can buy a house located in a questionable district where prostitution, gambling, and opium dens abound. Aloof and unsocial bank owner Henry Hawkins wants no part in the obviously unprofitable project, but his associate uncle gives her the needed monies anyway. With Hawkins own secretive past and Dessa’s true upbringing, the two butt heads at every corner trying to get women to come to the refuge and turn from their unsavory past.
When local concert hall owner Tuck Foster meets compassionate, genuine Dessa, his motives to help her adjust to the community are questioned, especially since he has intentions to run for state senator. When Hawkins learns of Foster’s interest in Dessa, he has to come to terms with his growing fondness for the beautiful, captivating and spiritual woman. However, with Dessa’s spontaneous attitude, she gets herself involved in an issue that could throw the town into turmoil again and has to rely on both men’s aid and assistance, while dealing with her own dark past.
With a slow, methodical start, the book picks up momentum and turns into a page turner at the end. Will Dessa learn to trust God completely, knowing “that the testing of your faith produces patience” as James 1:2-3 NKJV states at the beginning of this historical romantic fiction? Will Hawkins come clean and open his heart again to others? Will Foster realize he needs more than connections and money to reach his goal? This tome by an award-winning author gives us a reminder that God is in control and has His perfect timing in all things.
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