Book Review: “Messenger By Moonlight” by Stephanie Grace Whitson

June 22, 2016 at 12:14 pm | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Stephanie Grace Whitson in her new book, “Messenger By Moonlight book coverMessenger By Moonlight” published by FaithWords takes us into the life of Annie Paxton.

From the back cover:  Bestselling author Stephanie Grace Whitson’s honors the forgotten women of the Pony Express.

Orphaned Annie Paxton and her brothers may have lost the only home they’ve ever known, but they’re determined to make a better future in St. Joseph, Missouri. Annie dreams of a pretty house with window boxes, and having friends, and attending church every week. But then her brothers spot the ad for a new venture called the Pony Express. “Wanted,” it reads, “Young, skinny fellows not over eighteen. Must be expert riders and willing to risk death daily. Orphans preferred.” Sure enough, both her brothers land jobs as Express messengers, and Annie puts her dreams on hold to work as a cook at Clearwater Ranch, a station along the Pony Express route.

Annie struggles to adapt to her new job–work made all the more challenging when she has so many to feed and few ingredients. The gruff station owner, George, doesn’t seem inclined to make her life any easier, or at least not at first. But slowly a friendship builds between them. When Annie attracts the attention of a refined, dashing lieutenant from the nearby fort, she’ll have to learn how to trust her instincts and follow her heart, even if she’s conflicted about which way it’s leading her. But when each of her brothers is pulled away by his own crisis, Annie is left alone in the struggle to discover what she really wants out of life–and the true meaning of the word home.

Let me start out by stating that this is a well written and engaging novel that fans of historical fiction will absolutely LOVE! This is Historical fiction at its best! I think this is one of the hardest stories to write as it is all character driven and takes a steady hand to guide the characters through the story while remaining true to each character and these characters are memorable.  You come to love Annie, George and Lt. Hart as if they were alive (and they are within the pages of this book) and it is a thrill to watch them interact, grow and put aside their distrust, fear and the hurts of their pasts and find peace in their present. It has been a long time since someone wrote a story about The Pony Express and all the trimmings that was associated with it. The last time, I believe, they made a movie with Charlton Heston so Ms. Whitson has given us something spectacular I believe.  Many kudos to Ms. Whitson for a truly memorable book. I am so looking forward to the next book from the very talented Ms. Whitson.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from FaithWords.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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