Thursday, June 13, 2013

All in Good Time by Maureen Lang

From the publisher: Dessa Caldwell has a dream: to open Pierson House, a refuge for former prostitutes in Denver’s roughest neighborhood. 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.


This is the second book of Maureen Lang's that I have read.  In both of her books that I've read she creates a story that has romance but also some intensity and mystery.  Readers will enjoy reading quickly as they can to see what Dessa run head-long into and how she gets out.  They will enjoy the quick paced nature of the book.

I enjoyed that both characters, Henry and Dessa, have pasts that they wish were not a part of them.  Through the book they either discover or show that they realize that God can be the One to give them the new beginning and hope.  Readers will find themselves relating to this, I believe, because each of us have done things we are not proud of--and to read that there is a God who loves us and gives us a hope and a future is comforting.

It is a love story that placed in a historical setting that sadly is still happening today.  Prostitution and sex-trafficking are happening today and I believe this novel opens our eyes to the horror and will hopefully move us to action.

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