The Newspaper Ad Offered an Escape From Her Father’s Matchmaking Schemes….
Ruby Torvald has turned Dove House, the scandalous inheritance her father left to her and her sister, into a respectable establishment. Her newest boarder is Pearl Hossfuss, a twenty-two-year-old schoolteacher from Chicago. Hiding scars within and without, Pearl has given up hope that any man would want to marry her. Her father has his own ideas, insisting she marry his clerk, a widower with five children.
So Pearl flees to Dakotah Territory in response to an ad requesting a teacher for the town of Little Missouri. She finds teaching in this rural setting rewarding and interesting–even more so when she makes the acquaintance of an intriguing young carpenter, Carl Hegland. But just as her future begins to look brighter, news arrives that her father is coming to take her back to Chicago.
When disaster threatens, will these lovely jewels of the West be forced to abandon their dreams?
“Pearl, the second novel in the DAKOTAH TREASURES series, is set in 1883 in Little Missouri, a part of the Dakota Territory. Driven by a need to govern her own life, Pearl leaves her wealthy family in Chicago to teach school in this frontier town. She finds Ruby (the subject of the first book in the series), who runs a hotel called the Dove House. Of the two characters, Ruby is better defined and her presence in this novel, at times, overpowers Pearl’s. Yet this story about the rigors of frontier life and how people of faith meet those challenges by forming communities to help one another is an enjoyable read. Snelling writes about the foibles of human nature with keen insight and sweet honesty. I definitely recommend this book.”
–National Church Library Association
“Ms. Snelling has captured prairie life in a delightful, yet realistic way. Filled with charming anecdotes, such as pulling taffy and Christmas at Dove House, Pearl is a fun, old-fashioned read to warm your heart. This reviewer also enjoyed watching boarders come and go, their unique characteristics lending flavor to the story.”