The Gilded Age comes to life in this first installment of the Thousand Islands Series!
Katelyn Kavanagh’s mother dreamed her daughter would one day escape the oppressive environment of their Upstate New York farm for service in the enchanting Thousand Islands, home to Gilded Age millionaires. But when her wish comes true, Katelyn finds herself in the service of none other than the famous George Pullman, and the transition proves anything but easy.
Thomas O’Neill, brother of her best friend, is all grown up and also working on Pullman Island. Despite Thomas’ efforts to help the irresistible Katelyn adjust to the intricacies of her new world, she just can’t seem to tame her gossiping tongue—even when the information she’s privy to could endanger her job, the 1872 re-election of Pullman guest President Ulysses S. Grant, and the love of the man of her dreams.
Written for the General Market (G): Contains little or no; sexual dialogue or situations, violence, or strong language.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Katelyn's Choice is the relatable tale of an enthusiastic, aspiring young women just embarking on her life's adventure. Opportunity for employment on Pullman Island, one of the Thousand Islands, serving the family of George Pullman enables Katelyn's escape from a difficult past, but will her weakness for sharing a good story threaten her new friendships and budding relationship? I truly enjoyed Susan Mathis' wholesome historical novel and look forward to future stories in the Thousand Islands Series!
Author Susan Mathis allows us to travel back to 1872 and see the world through the eyes of a young woman in service. I could sympathize with Katelyn and her difficulty keeping her tongue in check. It can be so challenging sometimes. Mathis shows us how to do that by use of prayer and scripture. While not in the least preachy, we see that God wants to walk with us and help us in our times of need. And Katelyn isn’t the only one with some challenges. Very well-developed characters who grow personally and spiritually make this story come to life. The author’s research of the time frame and area of the country enhanced the story greatly. I enjoyed learning about the Thousand Islands, and imagining what it would have been like to have the president visit for a few days. If you enjoy clean historical fiction with sweet romance, and a story that has a satisfying ending, then you’ll enjoy Katelyn’s Choice. I received a complimentary copy of this book but was not required to leave a review.