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A Bride Opens Shop in El Dorado California

Title:  A Bride Opens Shop in El Dorado California
Author:  Keli Gwyn
Pages:  320
Year:  2012
Publisher:  Barbour Books
Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book.  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.  Other reviews can be read at  Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988
                Elenora and her daughter Tildy are on their last leg of a journey to El Dorado, California, with the hopes of becoming partners in a mercantile shop.  The time frame for this story is 1870, when travel to the west took a long time.  As they are approaching their final destination, the stagecoach is held up.  Elenora has a large sum of money she is bringing with her to buy into the business.
                Tildy has been looking forward to new adventures with new people, unlike being with her grandfather, who was unresponsive to her.  Elenora has been a widow a long time.  She had spent time working for her father, who kept a tight rein on his daughter.  When they arrive in El Dorado, life for the mother and daughter begins to take an interesting turn of events when they meet the owner advertising for a partner.
                Mr. Watkins is surprised to see that E. F. Watkins is a female, and he is firm about not partnering with a female.  His mother was the one who wrote the letters, and somehow neglected to tell her son of his future partner’s gender.  When all attempts at the start to work with Mr. Watkins fail, Elenora must do what she can to provide for herself and Tildy.  What is her solution to the refusal of Mr. Watkins?
                Mr. Watkins has been married before to Irene, who brought nothing but pain into the marriage, and in time brought deep sorrow to her husband.  Mr. Watkins, therefore, is unwilling to trust another woman who might do nothing but tell him what to do with his business.  Yet, his mother takes some steps that seem to disagree with her son and change the outlook of El Dorado, but what does she do?  Then, there are the concerts.  What about the quality of these concerts?  Are these just fiddling type tunes or a concert with an orchestra?  Do Miles and Elenora share an adversarial relationship or is that just a cover for what is underneath?
                A Bride Opens Shop in El Dorado is a very relaxing, enjoyable book with a well-written story.  No reader would be disappointed at the other events, actions, and other characteristics presented by the author.
My rating is 4 stars.
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