Lucinda Bell wants nothing more than to follow in her father’s footsteps and practice law. But in 1893, the state of Virginia won’t allow a woman lawyer. So she leaves her family and fiancé and buys a dying practice in Massachusetts, determined to prove herself capable of succeeding at the profession—if she can find acceptance and safety as Loveland’s sole lady lawyer first. Quiet, handsome Matthew Templin, a local carpenter with a questionable past and a potentially dangerous need for a lawyer, is captivated by Lucinda. But he also knows she’s above his touch—and that a hidden truth may destroy her career and possibly his own life. As ambitions collide, Lucinda faces a choice whether to give up her dream—or give up the love of her life.
Sissy: The Carpenter’s Inheritance is billed as “inspirational fiction” and it has just enough of the inspirational stuff to give you a dose of the feel-goods, exactly how I like it. But it is also a mystery and a romance. Ha! Three genres for the price of one!
Bubby: We also get a bit of independent woman power as well. Lucinda Bell is not your average 18-year-old looking to grab a husband and start popping out babies tomorrow. She has gone to college and gotten a law degree – something almost unheard of in 1893 – and is bound and determined to practice law. I’m so grateful for women like her and our paternal grandmother Tessa. She also was a college graduate back in the early 1920’s and taught school for several years before getting married and having children. Because of her, education was very important in our family.
Sissy: The mystery in the story involves Matthew Templin, carpenter and erstwhile love interest, who’s gotten a bad rap in town for his lack of parentage. His search for the truth with Lucinda’s help drives the story, in my opinion. I bet you’ll be as surprised as I was when you find out the secret. It is hard enough for Lucinda to try to make it as a lawyer in this unenlightened time but her involvement with Matthew makes it even harder. What I’m trying to say is that there are chauvinists aplenty to hate in this tale.
Bubby: Yes, Matthew and Lucinda’s detective work actually lands them in a bit of a dangerous pickle. But of course, there is a happy ending. Matthew finds the answers he needs, Lucinda finds the customers she needs to make her practice successful and they both find personal happiness. Lucinda is so awesome. She almost makes me want to go back to school to become a lawyer.
Sissy: That would require you to get up at a decent time in the morning… I admit, though, that I feel perfectly empowered as I am and have no desire to go back to school for any reason. I can find out everything I need to know on the Googles.
Bubby: The Googles? For the love!
Sissy: Yep. But me and Lucinda would have been best buds, both being strong, tenacious, and educated women. Matthew Templin is a fantastic man in his own right, and even more so because he wants to be with a strong, modern woman. The Carpenter’s Inheritance is an enjoyable and satisfying read.
Bubby: So glad you find yourself in the best parts of every protagonist, Sissy. You’re quite
delusional inspiring! I very much enjoyed this tale of a pioneering woman and a man who won’t allow himself to be defined by the mistakes of his parents. I’ll be sure to read more by Laurie Alice Eakes!
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