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Reviewed by Trudi LoPreto for Readers' Favorite
"Love Blooms in Winter: The Dakota Diaries" by Lori Copeland is a very good book. This book is a Christian-based story that is both enjoyable and inspiring. It kept me involved from the first page to the last. I felt as if the characters were my friends and I was sad to come to the end of the book.
"Love Blooms in Winter" takes place in a small South Dakota town in 1892. It is a love story that begins early in the book and takes a long time to reach its peak. The reader can quickly see God working in Mae and Tom and the love that they share, but it takes a runaway train for them to admit to themselves the deep love they feel for each other. It offers many sub-plots. Mae’s next door neighbor, Pauline, is living alone and struggling with dementia needing someone to care for her. Mae’s nine year old brother, a young boy struggling with his handicap and desperately wanting to be of help to Mae, Pauline and Tom. The hazards of early railroading and how important the trains were to a small town in the middle of nowhere are brilliantly depicted.
The most important element of the story is love found and love lost. Lori Copeland has written of God’s love and caring for each character in "Love Blooms in Winter". If you enjoy reading a faith-based romantic story with a happy ending set in the pioneer days of the 1800’s, this is a great book for you.
Lori Copeland has written another winner.