“The River Queen” by Gilbert Morris, book review
Julienne Ashby has grown up a pampered Southern Belle, but that all changes with the untimely death of her father. She, with the help of her aunt, becomes the head of the family and has to make difficult decisions that impact them all. While sorting her father’s papers she finds that they own The River Queen, a steamboat, that has been dry docked for 3 years. After their home and furnishings are sold to pay off debts, the whole family moves aboard the Queen, and they begin a new life.
Dallas Bronte is a steam boat captain whose reputation has been tarnished by rumors of drinking, but he has a good heart and agrees to help the Ashby family as they rehabilitate the Queen. He brings knowledge and a good work ethic to the boat, and soon they are hauling freight on the Mississippi.
Through various trials the family and Dallas learn to rely on God, who holds all their lives in His hands. In learning to trust God they also learn to work together and help those less fortunate.
This is the first book in the Water Wheel Novels series. It is easy to read and I was quickly able to follow the story and get to know the characters. I am eager to read the next in the series, as soon as it arrives.
Disclaimer: I received a review copy from B&H Publishers (Lifeway). All opinion expressed are my own.