RATING: 4 Stars
Having never read any of Maureen Lang’s books before, although having wanted to on countless occasions, I must say she knows how to spin together an amazing story. All in Good Time is such a deep novel with a lot of aspects to it that make the plot flow really well, despite all the elements associated with it.
Dessa Caldwell has a dream: to open Pierson House, a refuge for former prostitutes in Denver’s roughest neighbourhood. But after exhausting all charitable donations, Dessa still needs a loan, and nearly every bank in town has turned her down. Her last hope hinges on the owner of Hawkins National Bank.
Henry Hawkins has a secret: though he owns the most successful bank in town, his initial capital came from three successful raids on Wells Fargo coaches. Now he’s the most eligible bachelor in Denver, but to protect his criminal past, he’s built a fortress around his heart. Not even the boldest matchmaking mother can tempt him . . . until the day Dessa Caldwell ventures into his bank requesting a loan.
Though he’s certain her proposal is a bad investment, Henry is drawn to Dessa’s passion. But that same passion drives her to make rash decisions about Pierson House . . . and about whom she can trust. One man might hold the key to the future of her mission—but he also threatens to bring Henry’s darkest secrets to light. As the walls around their hearts begin to crumble, Henry and Dessa must choose between their plans and God’s, between safety and love.
I’ll be honest- beginning to read this story took a long and slow process because it just seemed to drag on. This is mainly because I probably wasn’t in the mood for reading, however knew that I should probably get it read. Initially though the blurb sounded really interesting and intrigued me, which thankfully returned the more I read deeper into the plot.
I love the idea of Pierson House and its work with helping the women. The courage Dessa possessed was really humbling, despite the struggles she was faced with. Determined to tend to her calling, Dessa does everything in her power to help the lost women in this society, even if it means putting her life at risk. I don’t know about you, but I personally would have struggled in wanting to make sure I look good and am accepted by society first before helping others so desperate. Nonetheless Dessa proved that it is possible and that the people who truly care about you will be the ones whose opinion matters most.
However for me, the growing attraction between Dessa and Henry seemed to take all too long. Although their feelings for each other was made known early on, I feel that it was still in the early stages all throughout the novel. Although it did grow so that each trusted and was comfortable around the other, I believe that Henry’s shyness got in the way. Yes, it is adorable when the guy feels vulnerable. But I also believe that it is important he possess confidence and self-belief. But I believe it is this attribute Dessa had. Although she didn’t quite believe in herself, she posed as a tough, determined and really self-assured woman. This is largely due to her strong belief in Christ. Still, I loved watching their relationship grow from friendship to marriage. The Epilogue was probably my favourite chapter because Henry and Dessa’s true personalities were portrayed- the kind I love reading about.
However the last couple chapters also communicated the kind of attraction I was hoping for. The hurdle and jealousy of Mr Turk Foster proved to catalyse their relationship needed for them to merge out of their comfort zones.
Most of the characters are also enjoyable to get to know, especially Jane, Remee and Mr Dunne who will definitely find a place in your heart.
What I loved about this story was how complex the plot was. All of the twists, as well as Henry and Dessa’s past, combined really nicely to make an interesting story. The challenges Dessa faced- Mr Foster’s kindness, Henry’s stubbornness, her determination and impatience of rushing to set up Pierson House all turned the story into something special.
I’m sorry if my review makes All in good time sound bad and uninteresting for it is quite the contrary. Maureen Lang is a talented author who definitely knows how to write a good story. All in good Time is a story that should definitely be read.
*PLEASE NOTE: In exchange for an honest review, I received a free e-book copy of All in Good Time from Tyndale House Publishers. All opinions are strictly my own. *