“A Path Toward Love” by Cara Lynn James

A Path Toward Love, written by Cara Lynn James and published by Thomas Nelson, was a very interesting look into the lives of New York’s social elite during the early 1900’s.

Katherine Osborne is a young widow trying to make a go of the citrus groves her husband left her after his death.  His spendthrift ways and gambling depleted his fortune and her inheritance.  Katherine’s father is coming to Florida to visit and bringing her lifelong friend, Andrew.  She is convinced that her father is going to strongly persuade his daughter to go back to New York with him to the family summer camp in the Adirondack Mountains.  Katherine’s mother is a formidable woman and is determined to see her daughter married to her best friend’s son, Randy.  Andrew, Randy and Katherine were inseparable during their childhood.  Randy is a playboy, while Andrew is a poor relation of Randy’s and a hard working employee of Katherine’s father.

Katherine is given an ultimatum to go back for the summer or forego a loan from her father.  She knows that she will spend the summer trying to keep her mother from running her life, but she decides that she will return for a short time.  The rest of the novel dwells on the constant manipulation of Katherine, Andrew and Randy by their parents.  Katherine and Andrew are in love, but neither wants to push the boundaries and admit that they are meant for each other in God’s eyes.

I really had a hard time with this book.  I found it very frustrating that these two mothers had so much influence on their children’s lives.  Even more so, I was extremely irritated that they would threaten them with losing their inheritance, or, in Andrew’s case, his job.  If Katherine lost her citrus grove, then she would be a woman without means to support herself and would have to conform to society’s mores and return to live with her parents and be under their watchful eyes.

I enjoyed this book, even though I didn’t care for the way society dictated peoples’ lives in the early twentieth century.  I did get a picture of how the rich lived though.  It seems that women were forbidden to work and spent their leisure time in frivolous pursuits.

I was sent this free Kindle book from the publisher, Thomas Nelson, and from the Blogging for Books website in return for my honest review.


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