08 March 2021

Delia and the Drifter | Book Review, Guest Post + Giveaway


An arranged marriage to save the family from ruin?

Delia Blackstone knows what her mother is up to—she intends to marry her off to an older man who is all fortune and no future. And Delia’s having none of it.

When a mysterious visitor appears on the family doorstep and offers an opportunity for Delia to travel from Pennsylvania to Colorado, Delia knows it is time for her to strike out on her own and discover a new life. Along the way she encounters a handsome drifter who captures her heart. But is he interested in trading his exciting life of adventure for love?

Two murders, a missing will, and a number of puzzling relationships are enough to unsettle anyone—even smart, capable Delia. Who can she trust? And can she trust her heart in matters of love?

Publisher: WhiteFire Publishing
Release Date: February 15, 2021



When Delia Blackstone decides the life planned for her is not the life she wants, she heads west from Pennsylvania to Colorado. Along the way she meets a handsome drifter, and as her adventure continues—full of plenty of uncertainty—he proves to be an important, though unexpected part of her future.

Melody Carlson’s Delia and the Drifter is a fun historical romance—with some secrets and surprises thrown in. I will admit that Delia’s adventure takes some predictable turns, but it still provided an enjoyable entertainment that I’m sure will please other readers of the genre.


I received a complimentary copy of this book and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.


Melody Carlson has written more than 200 books (with sales around 6.5 million) for teens, women, and children. That’s a lot of books, but mostly she considers herself a “storyteller.” Her young adult novels (Diary of a Teenage Girl, True Colors, etc.) appeal to teenage girls around the world. Her annual Christmas novellas become more popular each year. She’s won a number of awards (including RT’s Career Achievement Award, the Rita, and the Gold medallion) and some of her books have been optioned for film/TV. Carlson has two grown sons and makes her home in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and yellow Lab dog.


I love historical stories about women. Particularly ones in the American frontier and old west. Probably because I grew up hearing pioneer stories from my grandparents, whose parents arrived in covered wagons. But contributions made by pioneering females is often overshadowed by their male counterparts. That’s why I enjoy researching and telling these fictional yet reality-based stories of women who lived and loved and did their part to settle the frontier. To me they are the unsung heroes of the West.


To celebrate her tour, Melody is giving away the grand prize of a $25 Amazon gift card. Enter below, and be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway.



  1. Awesome review! Another great recommendation added to my tbr!

  2. This book sounds intriguing and like a great read!

  3. Hallie, Thank you for sharing your honest thoughts.


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