Love’s New Beginnings by Penny Zeller (novella review)

Solomon Eliason is having difficulty finding acceptance as the new pastor and an even harder time making an apology to the new schoolteacher, Lydie Beauchamp. She’s shy and soft spoken, and so much prettier than he expected. But as the year moves forward toward Christmas, a friendship of sorts begins to grow and soon the newest residents of Willow Falls, Wyoming find themselves having a winter romance.

A prequel novella to Penny Zeller’s Wyoming Sunrise series, Love’s New Beginnings tells the story of the beginnings of the relationship between two established series characters (and was much requested, according to the author’s note). As this is my first read from this series and author, it is delightful on its own and a wonderfully sweet and faith filled romance for the historical fiction reader. I’m looking forward to reading more in the series.


This review refers to a purchased (pre-ordered, to be precise) e-book. A positive review was not required and all opinions expressed are my own.

About the Book

Where it all began…

Lydie Beauchamp recently moved with her aunts—sisters Myrtle and Fern—to the untamed Wyoming Territory. When a teaching position in nearby Willow Falls captures her attention, can she leave her aunts, one of whom just suffered a broken heart, and embark on this new adventure? Will she find the courage to persevere in the midst of challenges, one being a handsome challenge named Solomon Eliason?

Reverend Solomon Eliason has the goal of making a difference. Hired as the pastor of Willow Falls, he must convince the congregation that he is able to undertake the role of a reverend. When he’s nominated to be the adult in charge of the annual prank tradition at the school, he embraces the idea, thinking the new teacher will be a crotchety, elderly woman like his former teacher. What he doesn’t realize until it’s too late is that the teacher is far from crotchety and elderly.

When Lydie’s and Solomon’s paths cross in an unexpected way during the prank tradition at the Willow Falls school, can Solomon redeem himself in the eyes of the lovely new teacher?

Take a glimpse into where it all began with Lydie and Solomon’s story in this tender tale that reminds us that God can and does use willing hearts for His purposes.

Prequel: Love’s New Beginnings
Book One: Forgotten Memories
Book Two: Dreams of the Heart (March 2023)
Book Three: When Love Comes (Late 2023)