The Hired Man - Jan  Irving I loved this captivating and beautiful love story about two lonely and broken men, one released from prison for a crime he did not commit, and the other a minister who is suffering a crisis in his faith. The story takes place in a rural western town in 1898. While both men deal with their growing feelings for each other, they must also deal with their own emotional traumas, town prejudice, and moral and religious conflicts. Bryn and Ian were wonderfully drawn characters, and I enjoyed every moment with them, through their hardships and joys. There were strong supporting characters too, especially Ian’s housekeeper, Mrs. Robson. The setting was vividly described and effectively captured the rugged landscape, harsh living conditions and violence of the American West. So even though the relationship between Bryn and Ian moved at a leisurely pace, there was plenty here to keep me interested. There were many gripping and heart wrenching moments that made me wonder whether Bryn and Ian would have their happily-ever-after, but love does find a way. Also reviewed at Outlaw Reviews