Cynthia Roemer's second book does not disappoint! Under Prairie Skies, sequel to her first book Under This Same Sky, picks up where her first book left off but turns the reader's attention to Charlotte. Charlotte was briefly introduced in the first book but takes center state in the second. The character development that takes place in Charlotte's story, and to a lesser extent Chad's, is truly what sets this story apart from others.
Readers who have not read the first book will have missed some of the background as to why there is animosity between Charlotte and her cousin, Becky, but will find they can easily jump into the story. However, having read the first story will certainly benefit the reader. Without giving away too much of the story, cousin Becky has returned to their community and marries the local minister. Chad, a newcomer, has arrived as well. The interactions between Charlotte and Becky create opportunities for Charlotte and Chad to get to know each other but the interactions are not always pleasant. I found in the early part of the book that I wanted to slap or shake Charlotte frequently as her character is decidedly self-centered and shallow. However, as the story progresses her character develops and matures significantly as she looks to the needs of others--particularly young Johnny.
This book is highly recommended for all readers. As Charlotte is a young woman, her story will appeal to high school readers as well as anyone who enjoys a prairie romance in the tradition of Janette Oke. Christian themes are definitely present but are weaved into the story unobtrusively. This book is also a quick read as you really want to get to the end and find out what happens. I look forward to the next book in this series.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I purchased this book via Kindle prior to its release date of April 10. I was then excited to find that I won a print copy via the author's giveaway. All opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”