While the premise of this book was good - independent, adventurous and bold heroine falls for lonely and disillusioned widower - the book should have been classified as a Christian Western romance. The story was completely without passion and romance, the protagonists preferring to communicate their interest and desire for one another with meaningful glances. Apparently these deep gazes are all that are necessary.
If you like virginal, Christian romances where nothing much happens this is the book for you. Even the heroine's interesting talent and skill with training horses with Wild West style tricks didn't make up for the lackluster romance between the main characters.
The disillusioned Gabriel falls rather too quickly for Solace after the death of his self-absorbed wife even if Solace has always harbored a young girl's infatuation. And the Christian perspective was completely unexpected but also seemed misplaced. Solace and her sister Lilly bicker over Gabriel and their step-father's solution is to have a bible study. Too many events were chalked up to God's plans.
Also, the black cooks and housekeepers seemed oddly placed, included more for the effect of showing Christian benevolence than real characters that furthered the story. Their dialect also seemed odd, like the writer didn't really want to give them "plantation" accents. I can understand not wanting to stereotype but the accents rang false.
Even for those interested in this genre, the book offered too little tension, drama and romance.