Queen of the Rockies
Review of Angela Breidenbach's Queen of the Rockies
In Angela Breidenbach’s novel Queen of the Rockies, Book One of her Queen of the Rockies series, the reader is introduced to the problem of orphaned children in the late nineteenth century. These children are forced into working at an early age as indentured servants. The main character of the novel is Calista Blythe, who is outraged by this and is committed to making changes. She takes in a six-year-old indentured servant, Lea Murphy. Calista ends up hiding her in the horse stalls of her family barn without her parents’ knowledge. While she is doing this, she enters a beauty contest to help with Montana’s tourism (Montana is a new state.). Calista plans to use the prize money to construct an orphanage. She is up against challenging competition, however.
Albert Shanahan, owner of a local inn, runs the beauty pageant and is trying to bring more business to Montana. He is attracted to Calista and tries to balance running the pageant with growing closer to her. The children issue the author shines a light on is a valuable historical issue. It reminds me of the way Charles Dickens would focus each of his novels on a social issue that was being ignored by the Government such as conditions of orphanages and debt prisons. However, due to the fact that the novel is rather short, I felt that their relationship was developed rather quickly. It would have been nice to see it develop on a deeper, slower level.
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About the Author:
Angela Breidenbach is a professional genealogist and a best-selling author. She is the president of the Christian Authors Network. She lives in Montana with her husband. Breidenbach has her own podcast called Genealogy Publishing Coach.
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