“Longing for Home” by Sarah M. Eden kept my interest until the very last page. In fact, I cannot wait until the sequel, “Hope Springs”. The story takes place in Wyoming Territory in 1870. Katie Macauley answers an ad for a housekeeper for Joseph Archer and his two children. His wife passed away and it is hard to be a full time rancher and a full time father to his children. When Katie finally arrives on the train, she is met by Tavish O’Conner and his brother Ian. They deliver her to Mr. Archer. Imagine her surprise when, upon learning that Katie is Irish, Mr. Archer says he cannot hire her. She makes her way to the O’Conner family where she is warmly welcomed. Mr. Archer agrees to keep her on until a new housekeeper can be found. As she becomes comfortable in her life in Wyoming, Katie is torn between Tavish and his flirty ways and Joseph’s kindness and caring. She also longs for the day that she can return to Ireland and her family to make peace with them.
The anti-Irish sentiment is so strong in this little community that there are two roads that come together where Mr. Archer’s home stands. One way is the Red Road and the other way is the Irish Road. I was unaware that there was this kind of division between the settlers in the Wyoming Territory, and the open hostility that pervaded their lives every day.
I loved this book and was so disappointed that the book ended when it did. I am eagerly awaiting the sequel.
I was sent this free kindle copy of this book from Shadow Mountain Publishing and NetGalley.com in return for my honest review of the book.