Pennsylvania 1873: When, in the harsh world of Pennsylvania coal country, Jim Farrell is hanged for murder, his wife and three daughters must turn their beautiful home into a boarding house in order to survive. But struggling beneath the shadow of shame becomes too much for eldest daughter, Kate. She resolves to clear her father’s name in spite of her mother’s admonition to “let it go,” and convinces her sisters to help. All too soon their dangerous quest rips the family apart. Will it also cost them the men they love?
Once I got started reading I couldn't put The Daughters of Jim Farrell down. The history given about the coal industry in 1873 could have made the book just by itself. Then you add in the romance, suspense, and family, it was just completely delightful! At the back of the book you will find a glossary to explain the terms from 1873 that we may not be familiar with.
I was impressed by the main character Kate who wanted to clear her father's name. She was strong, determined, and smart. She also can't help but feel the Lord pulling at her heart to "let it go" and she tries her best to listen.
This book will make you feel like you have stepped back in time to 1873 with the descriptions of the coal mines, the hard working conditions, the rough characters, and the countryside of Virginia. I absolutely loved it!
This book was on the Free books this past week (although it is no longer free). What a gem!
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