Home / Blog / Post

MY LOVING VIGIL KEEPING by Carla Kelly - A Reader's Opinion



A Reader's Opinion


For me, this story really began once Della arrived in Scofield. At 8,000 ft elevation, the mining camp didn't seem to offer much that would entice a teacher from the city. I felt as though Della endured that first sight simply because she didn't feel turning back was an option, but you soon see her sense of adventure and her willingness to not give up.


Owen Davis is a charmer and I enjoyed his banter with Della. Where I admired Della's courage and strength, Owen was my favorite. Despite his difficulties, he makes room in his life for hope. I enjoyed the blending of cultures and most especially the history behind the mining disaster. The author made this event feel very real and I found myself feeling the same emotions as the characters. The romance is present, but it burns slowly and sweetly. The author definitely has a talent for writing and keeps the pace of the story going from chapter to chapter.


"Live a little and laugh some more"—my favorite line from the book!


Note from Reader: This book has a good deal of religion in it. It didn't bother me, but it is present. I feel that it adds to the story rather than overpowers it, but that is just this reader's opinion.

My Loving Vigil Keeping


Della's giving up all the comforts of bustling Salt Lake City to teach school in a rural coal mining camp. Little does she know, she may soon be giving up her heart as well. But when tragedy strikes in the Scofield Mine, Della's life will be changed forever. Based on true events, this thrilling new romance from award-winning and bestselling author Carla Kelly is a must-read!

Get Your Copy | Add to Goodreads

Historical Romance/Religious Fiction | Pub: August 14, 2012 | 364pp | Cedar Fort, Inc.

Format Read: Paperback | Source: Provided by the author or publisher

Content Rating: 1 Heart* | Read by: MK

*As of Aug 2020, we no longer give ratings to books, except for content. We review and share only those books we have enjoyed and think others will enjoy, too. Learn more.



This book was reviewed on the original Books & Benches site sometime between 2012-2016, and has been reposted on the new blog for indexing purposes.

Join us!

Any adventure you could possibly imagine can be found between the covers of a book. 

Discover More Great Books

COMMENTS: Spam comments will be removed and the user who posted the spam will be blocked. Anyone who leaves a comment is expected to be kind and courteous towards others so that this remains a happy place. 

Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, we may receive an affiliate commission for qualified purchases. This does not cost you, the consumer, anything, and helps us keep this blog operational. We are disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Subscribe Today!

Never miss a great book or giveaway.

All subscribe options >

Books and Benches

 This website is privately owned. It is run by a dedicated group of volunteers whose primary goal is to have fun while sharing one of our favorite things—books!