I buy quite a few books from a website called Thriftbooks. As you make purchases from them they give points which you can then trade in for a free book. The book has to be under a certain price point and when I recently traded in my points I couldn’t find ANY books I was remotely interested in. I stumbled across Silver Lining by Maggie Osborne and it definitely isn’t a genre I’ve read a lot of, historical Western romance, but the synopsis sounded so wild that I had to pick it up. I really didn’t expect to like it so I was very surprised when I LOVED it. This review will be spoiler free.
As scruffy and rootless as the other prospectors searching for gold in the Rockies, Low Down wanted nothing in return for nursing a raggedy bunch through the pox. But when pressed to reveal her heart’s wish, she admits, “I want a baby.” Not a husband, not a forced marriage to the proud man who drew the scratched marble and became honor bound to marry her. To be sure, Max McCord was easy on the eyes, but he loved another woman and dreamed of a different life. Yet they agreed to a temporary marriage that could end only in disaster. But can this strange twist of fate lead to the silver lining that both have been searching for?
Did you read the synopsis? If so, you should be able to see why I couldn’t turn this gem down. I mean, the main character is named Low Down for crying out loud! This book was so good. I will say, the premise is very unrealistic but I still loved the book. It’s a very easy read that isn’t necessarily high brow literature but it’s fun. Osborne is a fantastic writer that created some very endearing characters. Low Down isn’t your stereotypical heroine. She has low self esteem even though she is attractive, capable and smart. I appreciate that Osborne portrayed this in the way that she did and not in the quirky “I’m not like other girls” trope way. It’s very obvious that Low Down doesn’t see herself clearly because of a lifetime of abuse. Max McCord and his family were also very well written characters with depth. None of the characters in this book were perfect or stereotypical, not even our “villain,” Philadelphia. The entire story is filled with well written humour that actually made me laugh, romance and some very tense moments.
This book definitely proved to me that I need to venture into other genres more often. I love historical fiction but I’ve never been a big reader of romance or Westerns. I’m so glad that I discovered Maggie Osborne because I love her writing style and I’ll be reading more from her in the future. I highly recommend this book if it sounds even remotely interesting to you. Do you think this would be a story you would enjoy? Let me know! Thanks for reading and have a great day!