When Abby Effingham becomes stranded in the middle of the California gold rush, her money depletes quickly even while her prospects for marriage increase daily. But Abby is on a mission to find her mother—not romance. Will a ridiculous scandal keep her from traveling on, or will it wake up an aloof innkeeper to the treasure right under his roof?
Samuel Harris runs a moderately priced hotel where Abby and her family’s elderly butler find shelter. He is looking forward to when she—and her parade of suitors—move on, though he concedes to let her work in his restaurant. When the sassy socialite is in trouble, will Samuel come to her rescue or find himself alone?
In Abby’s Prospects, young and a bit naïve, but very optimistic socialite Abbey Effingham is on her way with her very protective butler to entice her mother to come back home with them to her father in Philadelphia. On their way to Oregon they get a bit sidetracked and end up in San Francisco, California in 1853 where the search for gold is still very strong.
Author Thompson has put quite a varied cast in her story. From Cookie, the Bible quoting cook who seems to me to do so much work to Neville the very proper, father-like butler with a dry sense of humor, and Les the richest prospector who is a woman. The rowdy town of San Francisco and its regular lawlessness play very prominently in this story and at times are both scary and hilarious.
The main love story is sweetly done, but there are few other couples who get in the romantic mood as well. What I really took from this story was how a young woman and man yearned for a time that was simpler and both would do anything that would keep their families intact.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.