I grew up watching old-time Westerns, and if there were a list consisting of books that could be turned into good Westerns, then A River to Cross should be on that list. Written by Yvonne Harris, A River to Cross is a casual read that kept me interested from start to finish.
Set in the late 1800’s, this story of love and trust takes place in Texas along the Rio Grande. Elizabeth Evans, daughter of a U.S. Senator and sister to a newspaper editor, finds herself kidnapped by a Mexican general and taken away across the United States – Mexican border. Fearful for her life, Elizabeth’s prayers are answered when she is rescued by Jake Nelson, a Texas Ranger. But the story doesn’t end there for the general, Manuel Diego, isn’t about to let her go without a fight. Not to mention, while Jake is busy keeping Elizabeth safe, he finds himself remembering his past and starts trusting in Elizabeth and in the possibilities of the future — something he had not been able to do nor would have considered doing previously. And he’s not the only one. Elizabeth finds herself gaining the strength to move on from her past love and fears of falling in love again with a man of the military. Read this book to find out how love and trust are regained by both of these heartbroken and guarded Christians.
I found this book to be an enjoyable read — the kind of book that I can curl up with in a comfy chair and read while enjoying a cup of hot chocolate. Classified as historical fiction, A River to Cross, made me feel like I was watching an old-time Western rather than reading a book. The setting, characters and plot were easy to digest and didn’t contain a lot of unnecessary “fluff” like some books have. So if you are looking for a quick and enjoyable read, I’d recommend adding this book to your list!