When her uncle dies, several men approach Cadi, insisting she needs a husband to help her finish out the trip. She refuses, afraid they only want to claim her valuable mare. Carpenter Trynt Pembroke just wants a fresh start. A week before his wedding, he was betrayed by his fiancée who ran off with his brother. He’s looking to get as far away as he can and start a new business. As much as he doesn’t want the complication of a woman in his life, he keeps coming to the rescue of strong and determined Cadi, a woman who shares his cultural heritage. Can he convince her they are stronger together than on their own?
An E-book copy of Cadi by Linda Carroll-Bradd was provided to me by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This in no way impacts my ability to review this book with integrity and honesty.
Cadi was a refreshing American Prairie story that takes place in 1873. Cadi follows our main character of the same name as she ventures west to California from Kentucky, with her aunt, uncle, and 2 cousins, in hopes of restarting her life after her father ruined their family legacy.
At a camp in Missouri, Cadi and her family meet Trynt, a carpenter from Indiana. Leaving behind a hometown that holds the constant reminder of Trynts fiance’s and his younger brother’s betrayal, Trynt packs his life in his wagon and heads for Oregon. After being invited to join Cadi's family's community company, who is in need of a skilled carpenter for the journey, Cardi and Trynt get to know each other.
The things inside her wagon made her life easier but, with hard work, she could earn money to replace them. But she suspected she would never find another man quite like Trynt Pembroke.
Cadi's and Trynt's relationship through the course of this book was perfectly paced and just worked. Their instant companionship and growing friendship were endearing and honest for the time the story is written in. When the time came for Cadi's and Trynt's blossomed romance it was easily welcomed and believable and not an Insta-love situation.
Separately, we sought our new futures, and we’ve reached where we can begin the next chapter together.
Even though Cadi is a part of a long series it can be read as a standalone. This story was a fast and easy read, perfect for a comfort read. I usually don't like road trip/travel stories but Cadi manages to deliver an entertaining and heartfelt story without being laborious or redundant. Cadi is a clean romance that is perfect to get out of a reading slump or to ease into reading historical fiction if you're new to the genre.
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