Sophia’s Leap-Year Courtship by Kristin Holt was an unexpected surprise. The story is enchanting: The town’s most eligible bachelor is swindled by a non-existent mail-order bride and seeks redress with the help of a lawyer. It happens that the lawyer is newly arrived in town and is already flouting convention: Not only is she a woman, but she dares to ride — brace yourselves — a bicycle!
Now add to the mix that it’s Leap Year, when ladies go courting men rather than the other way around, and this little town is up for quite a story.
The characters were very likeable, especially the feisty Sophia, and the story well written. It’s clear the author researched the locale and time period very carefully and the book benefits from many small period details that make this story a fascinating journey into the past. I loved learning about the customs of Ladies’ Privilege during Leap Year, about Sophia’s legal experiences, and even people’s reactions to that new-fangled mode of transportation, the bicycle.
This was a great read, a clean & wholesome romance that I highly recommend. Kristin Holt recently joined Sweet Romance Reads, where she blogs on the 25th of each month. (You’ll love her latest post on the inspiration behind the hero of Sohpia’s Leap-Year Courtship: Photograph of a Hero.) It was the first book of hers I’ve read, but you can bet is sure won’t be the last.
About Sophia’s Leap-Year Courtship
Union Pacific Station Agent Chadwick Hughes has everything in a state of readiness to welcome his mail order bride…everything but the bride. The woman he’s corresponded with for a year didn’t change her mind or miss her train in Omaha—she never existed. Chadwick’s mortified to discover he’s been swindled by a fraudulent matrimonial agency in Chicago. He needs a lawyer if he’ll ever recover a dime of the fortune he spent on worthless membership fees and the nonexistent bride’s transportation west.
Sophia Sorensen, Attorney at Law, is a spinster on the edge of propriety. The good people of Wyoming Territory are open to a lot of things, including Lady’s Privilege during Leap Years, but some aren’t fond of her day-to-day behavior. Why, the woman rides her bicycle hither and yon, showing her petticoat ruffle and ankles. She might be the least ladylike specimen beneath Wyoming skies, but it’s entertaining to watch her court the U.P. Station Agent, Chadwick Hughes, the most-eligible bachelor in the county.
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Kristin Holt, USA Today Bestselling Author, writes Sweet Romances (G- and PG-rated) set in the Victorian American West. While secular in nature, her titles are “Appropriate for All Audiences” and appeal to selective readers and fans of Christian historical romance.
Readers are welcome to contact Kristin on her website (www.KristinHolt.com) with questions, feedback, comments, or just to say hello. Her site offers links to social media, previews of upcoming releases, book lists, an ever-growing cache of articles about all things “Old West”, and more!