Eliza’s Copper Penny
by Ciara Gold
When Texas Ranger Copper Reeves goes on the hunt for a suspected murderer, he finds more than he bargains for in the form of schoolmarm, Eliza Woodpen. Copper has a mission, but his efforts are impeded by two young boys who mistake him for a deer.
Eliza has been hiding from a past she'd rather forget, but a chance newspaper article promises discovery from a powerful foe. Salvation comes when two of her students bring a wounded man to her home. Can she open her door and her heart to the man who can unlock secrets she’s held for three long years?
The day that school marm Eliza Woodpen picks up a copper penny, Copper Reeves, a dashing Texas Ranger enters her life. Having been accidentally shot by her school students, Reeves is brought to her home to recuperate. Due to the nature of his injuries, there is no possible way to move him to another location. Worried that the townspeople would get wind of a man staying with her, she hides him in her home and quietly takes care of him. Soon danger from her past comes knocking on her door. Can she trust Copper enough to tell him the gruesome details of her past? Can they stay strong against the powerful and strong force that is threatening to destroy their happiness forever?
This was a wonderful novel filled with twists and turns that offered excitement and romance. The author creates wonderful characters in this book that touches the heart of the reader. As I read it I was so immersed in the story that I found myself trying to predict the next scene. The element of suspense added to the novel was very well balanced with the rest of the story. There was some recounting of events in the novel that were a bit long to read. The story would have been even more exciting if the events were replayed as part of a memory. I also think adding more dialogue would have made the story more interesting, especially in the parts where Eliza is just thinking. However, as a whole, this is a fantastic historical read!
Reviewed by Jasmine