Murmur in the Mud Caves by Kathleen Denly
In 1873, Biddie Davidson dreams of opening a bakery in San Francisco for the city’s elite. But when she receives a letter from her long-lost sister, Ginny, Biddie is determined to go help. Since a devastating attack by bandits and a fire, Ginny is all alone on Lupine Valley Ranch in eastern San Diego County, and she needs the money sent by Biddie’s adoptive parents. The scene of devastation that greets Biddie and her companion Lucy seems helpless. What good can two city girls do?
Gideon Swift believes he was “broken” by the Civil War, suffering from debilitating migraines and restricted vision. He thinks he is unable to bear the responsibility of ranch work, so he accepts a job as cook at Lupine Valley Ranch. But he arrives to find his employer killed, and the man’s daughter, Ginny, trusts no man and runs him off her property. Gideon, however, is loath to leave a woman – and soon three women – defenseless in a harsh land where bandits roam. Biddie eventually convinces Ginny to allow Gideon to stay, but will his health cause more problems than he can solve by his presence?
With a determined heroine and a wounded hero, Murmur in the Mud Caves presents a sweet but poignant love story. Perfect for fans of Karen Witemeyer and Regina Jennings, Kathleen Denly‘s novel gives a fresh spin on the genre with a setting in Southern California. A powerful spiritual message adds to the appeal of this thoroughly enjoyable story. A fabulous read!