A fun and sweet historical romance... The Trouble with Nancy by Chautona Havig (Review & #Giveaway)

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The Trouble with Nancy
(Gold Diggers #2)
By Chautona Havig
Christian Historical Romance, Western
Paperback & ebook, 327 Pages
July 18th 2019


Her reputation precedes her, whether the bad guys realize it or not.

Nancy Harrison has finally stepped out of her prissy box and tried to do something helpful–but did she go overboard in her first self-less act?

She can’t ride, she hates horses, and she’s terrified of being alone. What’s a girl to do?

Join the Pony Express, of course.

When Nancy Harrison’s family receives a tax bill they can’t pay, there’s only one option open to them. Her brother, Lewis, will have to join the Pony Express and earn the money that way.

It would have worked, too, if ruffians hadn’t attacked him and broken his leg.

She doesn’t want to do it, of course, but what choice is there? Lose everything or ride a stupid, smelly horse for a few weeks? Nancy decides that she’ll chop off her hair, take to the dusty overland trail, and prove that she isn’t a “flighty little thing.”

But things go from bad to worse as she discovers that riding astride is worse than sidesaddle—especially when you’re not used to it.

Can’t she just go back home to balls, teas, and the hope of a suitor before her twentieth birthday? Sans her hair, of course, because that’ll entice the fellows. Sigh.

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My Review

THE TROUBLE WITH NANCY is a fun story of a girl dressed as a boy in order to ride for the Pony Express and save her family's home. It's an inspiring story full of humor, hardship, romance, and heart. Definitely recommended to Christian historical romance fans!

The beginning of this story was a trifle slow with a couple different points-of-views and characters to get to know. However, once it got going and Nancy goes off to be a Pony Extress rider it picks up. Nancy faces some difficult, bone-rattling challenges. Literally. But she pushes through and she allows the experience to strengthen her faith and make her better, which I appreciated since I didn't love her character at the beginning and am big on character development in books. It made me admire her and love her character. It also made for some very humorous moments. I couldn't help laugh out loud when she runs into some trouble and screams. Then there are sweet scenes too, especially between Nancy and Bruce and between Nancy's family members.

The other storyline follows Nancy's brother Lewis and their mom, Edna back at home while Nancy is out on the trail. They have their own set of challenges and struggles to face. I wasn't quite sure if they were going to come out unscathed in the end. It's a bit bittersweet, which was sad, but I also felt it lent more credibility or genuineness to the story then if everything would have been wrapped up too prettily, which I really dislike in stories.

I only had one complaint about the story. There were some places where the characters rattled on and on, or where their thoughts went on and on (particularly in the first half of the story) that weren't necessary, and could have been edited out.

In the end, was it what I wished for? I thoroughly enjoying this book! It's got great family dynamics, humor, heart, sweet romance, and also some sweet inspirational elements. Lovable characters and an entertaining plot made for a engaging read that I would definitely recommend.

Content: Some innuendo and suggestive content, some violence, but clean.
Source: I received a complimentary copy from the tour host/NetGalley, which did not require a positive review nor affect it in any way.

About the Author

Chautona Havig lives in an oxymoron, escapes into imaginary worlds that look startlingly similar to ours and writes the stories that emerge. An irrepressible optimist, Chautona sees everything through a kaleidoscope of It’s a Wonderful Life sprinkled with fairy tales. Find her on the web and say howdy—if you can remember how to spell her name.

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Tour Schedule

Daysong Reflections, September 25
Quiet Workings, September 25
Blossoms and Blessings, September 26
Pause for Tales , September 27
For Him and my Family, September 27
Texas Book-aholic, September 29
Mary Hake, September 29
Locks, Hooks and Books, September 30
Emily Yager, October 4
Batya’s Bits, October 4
Older & Smarter?, October 5
janicesbookreviews, October 6
Betti Mace, October 6
A Reader’s Brain, October 7
Wishful Endings, October 7
Lots of Helpers, October 8
She Lives to Read, October 8

Tour-Wide Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Chautona is giving away the grand prize package of a paperback copy of the book and a Pony Express book cozy!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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