Lucinda is dying rather quickly and she wants his teacher, Kate, to take on raising him. The fly in the ointment is that two men have shown up claiming to be the boy's father. It takes moving heaven and earth to get the truth about which man is the father. Silas was married to Lucinda until she passed away, and wanted to take the boy back to his farm and raise him. Silas knew the hardships of growing up in an orphanage and wanted better for his son. The other man wanting to claim the boy was a man who wanted him only for his abilities to pick pockets. Anthony, the contested son, has a propensity for running away, especially when he is needed most. Kate, who is Lucinda's friend and Anthony's teacher, feels that Silas will be the better father for Anthony and does everything she can to prove that Silas is truly Anthony's father. When Kate is seen at the train station being kissed by Silas, she loses her teaching job and has to go to Silas and take him up on his offer of marriage.
Melissa Jagears writes a good story, even though she used the "romance novel formula" in this one. Kate has never imagined herself married, much less a mother, but she becomes A Bride At Last once Silas works through his reluctance to marry again.
Five Stars, Two Thumbs Up, and a runaway boy to keep you occupied.
My thanks to Bethany House for allowing me to read and review this book.