Set in early 20th century Idaho, A Vote of Confidence tells the story of Guinevere (Gwen) Arlington and her bid to become one of the first female mayors. Gwen is very beautiful and can have her pick of eligible bachelors, but her intelligence leads her in a different direction. She is determined to make her own way in the world – even if that means remaining single – and gives piano lessons and writes articles for the local paper to earn her own living.
When Cleo, Gwen’s twin and polar opposite, first encourages her sister to run for mayor of Bethlehem Springs, Gwen balks at the idea. However, the more she thinks about what she could do for the town and her own qualifications, the more she becomes convinced that she’s the superior candidate. When the local lawyer with questionable morals backs Gwen’s candidacy and a rich newcomer, Morgan McKinley, throws his hat into the race, things get more complicated than Gwen ever expected – and not just in politics.
A Vote of Confidence is the first installment in Robin Lee Hatcher’s The Sisters of Bethlehem Springs series (followed by Fit to Be Tied and A Matter of Character). The story itself is very predictable and the resolution to all conflicts is skimmed over and limited to one page. Nevertheless, A Vote of Confidence is a cozy and enjoyable – if not terribly exciting – read, and will likely appeal to fans of Christian historical fiction.
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