Olivia Moore’s family is struggling to make ends meet during a drought. She decides to take matters into her own hands and take a job as a nanny for the local banker, widower Eli Whitman. When the town starts buzzing about her living in the banker’s home, they marry. Even though they both have feelings for each other, neither one knows it. Olivia focuses on transforming her new husband’s rambunctious children while Eli runs his bank and keeps the business private. As the romance begins to blossom, so does the suspense behind some crooked business dealings. Olivia has to risk losing her place in Eli’s life in order to save his business—and her family’s farm—from a potential scandal.
I enjoyed For Such a Time as This thoroughly! The characters were very real and relatable. The attention to detail allowed me to instantly jump into the setting. The main thing I loved about this book was how it mirrored the story of Esther in the Bible. It reminds us that we all have a calling, and no matter how big or small, it is important. We can all make a difference when we allow God to use us.
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for a review.
Drought has forced farmers around the small town of Bountiful in the Hope region of Oregon to mortgage their property. Then word comes of plans for a spur line to run through the area and join the railroad in nearby Milton. Folks with money see an opportunity to fill their coffers by buying farmland cheap then selling to the railroad for a profit. The Bank of Bountiful, owned by Eli Whitman, appears to be doing that, as well. Widowed two years earlier, Eli, with a son and daughter to raise, sought a hard-working, educated Christian woman to care for them and his home. Olivia Moore filled the bill, and as soon as Eli recognized her as an excellent investment, he offered her first employment then a marriage of convenience. While Olivia is an excellent choice, her large family gives Eli pause. He knows about the problems posed by in-laws, so he will do whatever it takes to avoid a repeat of his earlier experiences. When Papa tells Olivia the Moore family must move according to Eli’s terms for the new railroad line, she fears for their safety, since they’ll be homeless during winter. Where will they go? How will they survive? It is up to Olivia to convince her husband to renege on his demands, though she swore before their marriage she would stay out of his business.