I always enjoy doing reviews for books I enjoy, and Sutter’s Landing by Betty Thomason Owens is a definite 5-star read! If you enjoy historical romance with characters that spring to life on the pages, this is a definite must read.
Book 1 in the Kinsman Redeemer series told the story of Annabelle Cross, who lost her husband and two grown sons, and of Connie Cross, one of Annabelle’s daughters-in-law. Book 2, Sutter’s Landing, opens with the two women making a new life for themselves in Annabelle’s childhood home in rural Tennessee. A remake of the story of Ruth and Naomi, their journey is one of faith, love, trust, patience, and determination. The strength and courage these two women demonstrate is emotionally riveting and truly motivating.
The author’s depiction of life in the segregated south in the 1950s is both realistic and insightful. She paints an accurate picture of how hard the people in this cotton-centric community worked just to live, and she does it with respect, humility, honesty, and without the Hollywood sensationalism or stereotyping. She also shows their faith with gentle, non-threatening assurance. Sutter’s Landing is a sweet, inspirational, and very well written story where the characters come alive on the pages. Their dialogue is so realistic you find yourself right there talking with them.
I received an Advance Reader Copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. In my opinion, Betty Owens has given us a superior book, one that’s clean, and immensely enjoyable. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys historical, romance, women’s fiction, and inspirational stories.