Over the last week, I've taken a short vacation, visited one of my many doctors, and read a few books. One of the books is A Path Toward Love by Cara Lynn James. Katherine Osborne is between the proverbial rock and hard place. She needs money to meet the expenses of her late husband's orchard, her foreman is leaving, and her mother wants her to come home and get married as soon as possible. Her father is willing to lend her the money provided that she come home and let her mother reintroduce her to society. All Katherine wants is to live a quiet life and to take care of her citrus orchard.
Katherine has to live through her mother's machinations in trying to arrange a marriage for her, the demands of her late husband's lover for child support, and the lethargy of the summer. Her mother sees her desires to work as unreasonable and wants her to make a suitable to society marriage match. Her father would only listen to her but then back up her mother as an unwitting ally in her manipulations. Katherine's only friend throughout all this is her father's employee.
This is one of those books that is easy to get lost in, Katherine was a "real" woman with real struggles that many people even today can relate with, and the scripture in the book was woven in seamlessly. I related so well to Katherine because I hate being manipulated, myself. Just ask my daughter.