Title: FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS
Author: Ginny Aiken
Olivia Moore’s family is in dire straights. The grasshoppers and draught have ruined any hope of a crop, and her father has been forced to mortgage the property. Hoping to relieve her strain on the family, Olivia offered her services as a nanny to the town’s banker after she witnesses his son running wild with the town’s hooligans.
Eli Whitman is leery of wives, and the past few nannies he’s hired has run off after being subjected to his children’s shenanigans. He’s impressed by Olivia’s handling of his children and how peaceful his home has become as a result.
But rumor is threatening to ruin Olivia’s good name, people are determined to think the worst of her for being a nanny, so she either has to lose her job or accept Eli’s offer of marriage of convenience. Olivia is torn. She doesn’t want to be a burden on her family, but she also wants love. When the railroad plans to come to town, Olivia is forced to make more difficult choices for her family’s welfare.
FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS is the first historical romance I’ve ever read by Ms. Aiken and the first book in her Women of Hope series. (I have read some of her suspense.) I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Olivia and Eli. This book is kind of a cross between The Sound of Music and the biblical story of Esther. It is an engaging tale of a nanny struggling to find her way in another’s home, and a man struggling to better his town, his job, and his home.
If you are looking for a good historical, then FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS is a book to consider. It is a winner. The second book in the series is releasing in 2013 Remember Me When. $13.99. 384 pages.