Title: The Daughters of Jim Farrell
Author: Sylvia Bambola
Publisher: Heritage Publishing Horse
My rating is 5 stars.
This is the first novel by Sylvia Bambola I have read and I simply couldn’t put it down; I had to stay up and finish the book! The action takes place in a coal mining town during the late 1800s. Three grown sisters, led mainly by Kate, had to find out who really killed a coworker of their father’s. This is the coworker that Jim Farrell was incidentally hung for after a trial. Kate’s other two sisters wanted her to leave it alone and just move forward. Her mother wanted her to leave things be as well, but Kate just had to find the truth.
Virginia was not seeking a beau; however, she wanted to own a newspaper. Charlotte was already engaged to a young man in the higher part of society even though Charlotte’s family lost their standing in the community after her father was found guilty and executed. Kate finally got her sisters to agree to hire a Pinkerton agent. When Joshua came to town, he stayed at the Farrell family boarding house which they began in order to make a living when their social status slid down.
Now from here on out you will read of a magnificent tale of what the Pinkerton agent begins to uncover and how more trials come to the Farrell family. Yet even with all their troubles, this family gives compassion and aid to the widows and children in the coal town. Throughout the novel we learn where each woman’s heart is with the Lord, and how romance seems to bloom for the sisters from unlikely places. The central theme of the book is that nothing is more important than being close to the Lord. For some that means letting go of vengeance and leaving it with the Lord.
I plan on reading the other novels written by Sylvia as they are faith-centered with captivating story lines. The book was part mystery, romance, importance of seeking the truth no matter the cost and appreciating how the Lord gave each person talent. The sisters each had talents and learned how to appreciate who they were and how they used their gifts.
This was a great book and one certainly worth losing a little sleep to finish!
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