Title: Year Of Jubilee
Author: Peggy Trotter
Rating: 5 stars
About the Book
Orphaned and widowed, eighteen-year-old Jubilee Stallings clings to her southern Indiana farm as her only refuge. The wilds of Gibson County are just being tamed in the year of 1850, and Jubilee ekes a meager existence. But when Rafe Tanner, a cousin of her abusive dead husband, shows up with the deed to her property, Jubilee’s dream of her own home dissolves.
Rafe, stinging from his ex-fiancée’s rejection, offers a business marriage, throwing him and Jubilee together in an effort to make the farm successful. But scars from the past keep her in constant fear of her new husband. The pair masquerades as a love-struck couple at Rafe’s family farm, enduring the romantic notions of his family, and the jealousy of his ex-fiancée.
Once home, Rafe realizes his newfound love for Jubilee, and sets out to court her. Meanwhile, Jubilee fights demons from her past as her husband reveals his interest. Can Jubilee let go of her distrust and pain to embrace God’s plan of true love and finally find a place to belong?
TRUST WITH ALL YOUR HEART
Jubilee Dupree was stalked, drugged, kidnapped, raped and forced to marry Colvin Stallings at the tender age of 16. What a nightmare of a marriage where he would drink, then beat and abuse her. Going off for long periods of time leaving her alone, but for her, that was the only time of peace. Nearly starving through the winter and then a stranger shows up to tell her he now owns the farm that had belonged to his late cousin and inform her Colvin was dead. What will Jubilee do now that Rafe Tanner owns the farm, where will she go, she is now 18 and even though she was orphaned as a small child, she can’t return to the orphanage. What happens when Rafe suggest a business arrangement for a marriage, he will farm the land, she will cook and clean. She lives in the pitiful cabin and he will live in the barn. Two broken people, needing each other, but too stubborn to admittheir feelings. Throw in his wretched ex-fiancée who stirs up trouble and so many misunderstandings and lack of proper communication. But with God, faith, prayer and trust, these two can find a way to happiness.
This review was submitted by: Kathy Heare Watts