ONE MORE RIVER TO CROSS

7 10 2019

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This was a very interesting book.  You have a bit of history put into a story.  This is set in 1844 and heading from Missouri to California by wagon by the Stephens-Murphy-Townsend families.  What they didn’t expect was snow – lots of snow.  They end up separating.  First one group separates and goes following the river.  Then another has to separate and stay with the heavier wagons.  Then with the remainders, the men separate leaving mostly women and children behind in a crudely made cabin that is made from the lighter weight wagons. There are 8 women and 17 children, including two newborns.  They end up eating their oxen until there is no food left and no game nearby to kill.  The question is, will there be a rescue party to gather up everyone.  If there is, will there be survivors?  Will they live through this?  That is where you will need to read this book to find out.

 

In 1844, two years before the Donner Party, the Stevens-Murphy company left Missouri to be the first wagons into California through the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Mostly Irish Catholics, the party sought religious freedom and education in the mission-dominated land and enjoyed a safe journey–until October, when a heavy snowstorm forced difficult decisions. The first of many for young Mary Sullivan, newlywed Sarah Montgomery, the widow Ellen Murphy, and her pregnant sister-in-law Maolisa.
When the party separates in three directions, each risks losing those they loved and faces the prospect of learning that adversity can destroy or redefine. Two women and four men go overland around Lake Tahoe, three men stay to guard the heaviest wagons–and the rest of the party, including eight women and seventeen children, huddle in a makeshift cabin at the headwaters of the Yuba River waiting for rescue . . . or their deaths.
Award-winning author Jane Kirkpatrick plunges you deep into a landscape of challenge where fear and courage go hand in hand for a story of friendship, family, and hope that will remind you of what truly matters in times of trial.

 

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Jane is internationally recognized for her lively presentations and well-researched stories that encourage and inspire.

 

A New York Times Bestselling author, her works have appeared in more than 50 national publications including The Oregonian, Private Pilot and Daily Guideposts. With more than 1.5 million books in print, her 30 novels and non-fiction titles draw readers from all ages and genders. Most are historical novels based on the lives of actual historical women often about ordinary women who lived extraordinary lives. Her works have won numerous national awards including the WILLA Literary Award, the Carol Award, USABestBooks.com, Will Roger’s Medallion Award and in 1996, her first novel, A Sweetness to the Soul, won the prestigious Wrangler Award from the Western Heritage and National Cowboy Museum. Her novels have also been finalists for the Spur Award, the Oregon Book Award, the Christy, Reader’s Choice and the WILLA in both fiction and non-fiction. Several titles have been Literary Guild and Book of the Month choices and been on the bestsellers list for independent bookstores across the country, in the Pacific Northwest and the Christian Booksellers Association. Her books have been translated into German, Dutch, Finnish and Chinese.

 

One More River to Cross became available for sale September 3, 2019.

 

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review.

 

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YOURS TRULY, THOMAS

15 07 2019

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This was a truly enjoyable book.  It didn’t take me long to get into it – and then I couldn’t put it down.  You get caught up in the lives of Penny and Thomas.  They both have pasts that they are running from and are in need of facing and dealing with them.  Then Thomas’ life takes a turn for the worse after he buys the Old Dawson place.  A neighbor will stoop to nothing to get rid of him.  Of course, it comes to a climax at the end.  The sweet part of this whole book is Penny loves to read letters.  That is what she did before she came to Azure Springs.  So, the question remains, will they get together?  If it is up to the boarding house owner, Margaret, the answer is yes.  But you will need to read the book to find that out!

 

For three years, Penny Ercanbeck has been opening other people’s mail. Dead ends are a reality for clerks at the Dead Letter Office. Still she dreams of something more–a bit of intrigue, a taste of romance, or at least a touch less loneliness. When a letter from a brokenhearted man to his one true love falls into her hands, Penny seizes this chance to do something heroic. It becomes her mission to place this lost letter into the hands of its intended recipient.
Thomas left his former life with no intention of ending up in Azure Springs, Iowa. He certainly didn’t expect a happy ending after what he had done. All he wanted to do was run and never look back. In a moment of desperation, he began to write, never really expecting a reply.
When Penny’s undertaking leads her to the intriguing man who touched her soul with his words, everything grows more complicated. She wants to find the rightful owner of the letter and yet she finds herself caring–perhaps too much–for the one who wrote it.

 

Rachel Fordham

Rachel Fordham has long been fascinated by all things historical or in the words of her children “old stuff”. Often the historical trivia she discovers is woven into her children’s bedtime tales. Despite her love for good stories she didn’t attempt writing a novel until her husband challenged her to do so (and now she’s so glad he did). Since that time she’s often been found typing or researching while her youngest child naps or frantically writing plot twists while she waits in the school pick-up line. In addition to her passion for storytelling she enjoys reading, being outdoors and seeing new places. Rachel lives with her husband and children on an island in Washington state.
Learn more about current projects at rachelfordham.com.

 

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for this review.





A TENDER HOPE

21 03 2019

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A very good book.  Well worth the read.  You get caught up in the lives of 3 people right away:  Thea, Aimee, and Jackson.  There is the Gang of 4 that Jackson needs to catch.  You have Aimee looking for her birth mother.  Thea is running away from her past.  They all end up in Cimarron Creek – a very innocent town.  There is also love in the air.

The first question is, will Aimee find her birth mother and how will the reaction be from both of them?  What is the reason her mother gave her up?

What does the Gang of 4 have in common with Thea, a midwife?  Is she connected to them in some way?  Is that why Ranger Jackson Guthrie has shown up?

So many questions that will be answered in this book.  It kept me glued to it.  By the time I got half-way through the book, I couldn’t put it down!  Good job, Amanda Cabot!

As far as Thea Michener is concerned, it’s time for a change. Her husband murdered and her much-anticipated baby stillborn, there is nothing left for her in Ladreville. Having accepted a position as Cimarron Creek’s midwife, she has no intention of remarrying and trying for another child. So when a handsome Texas Ranger appears on her doorstep with an abandoned baby, Thea isn’t sure her heart can take it.

Ranger Jackson Guthrie isn’t concerned only with the baby’s welfare. He’s been looking for Thea, convinced that her late husband was part of the gang that killed his brother. But it soon becomes clear that the situation is far more complicated than he anticipated — and that he’ll need Thea’s help if he’s ever to find the justice he seeks.

Amanda Cabot

Amanda Cabot is the bestselling author of A Stolen Heart and A Borrowed Dream, as well as the Texas Crossroads, Texas Dreams, and Westward Winds series.  Her books have garnered a starred review from Publishers Weekly and been finalists for the ACFW Carol, the HOLT Medallion, and the Booksellers’ Best awards.  She lives in Wyoming.  Learn more at www.amandacabot.com.

A Tender Hope became available for sale March 5, 2019, and has also been nominated for Book of the Month by Interviews and Reviews.

I received a complimentary copy of this book for this review from the publishers.





Beneath A Prairie Moon

13 04 2018

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Abigail Brantley grew up in affluence and knows exactly how to behave in high society. But when she is cast from the social registers due to her father’s illegal dealings, she finds herself forced into a role she never imagined: tutoring rough Kansas ranchers in the subjects of manners and morals so they can “marry up” with their mail-order brides. Mack Cleveland, whose father was swindled by a mail-order bride, wants no part of the scheme to bring Eastern women to Spiveyville, Kansas, and he’s put off by the snooty airs and fastidious behavior of the “little city gal” in their midst. But as time goes by, his heart goes out to the teacher who tries so diligently to smooth the rough edges from the down-to-earth men. How can he teach her that perfection won’t bring happiness

This was a very enjoyable book.  You really got into the lives of all in here:  Abigail, Mack, Helena, Mr. Patterson…even the Sheriff.  As in all books, there is one person you actually begin to not like.  That was Mr. Nance.  With this set in the 1800’s, their talk was a little different than it is now.  Of course, you had the rich trying to teach your country folk manners to receive their wives.  Back then you paid someone to match you up with a spouse.  I call this book a prairie/western along with a mystery and romance all put into one.  That is what made it so enjoyable.  It wasn’t just a Western.  You had other aspects to it.  Kim Vogel Sawyer has a wonderful flair in presenting to her audience a wonderful story that does not neglect the Gospel message.

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Award-winning, bestselling author Kim Vogel Sawyer has over 1.5 million books in print. Kim’s passion is writing stories about what happens when people place their lives in God’s hands. She enjoys teaching at writing conferences and is active in her church’s music ministry. Kim lives in Kansas with her husband

I was provided an ebook by NetGalley for this review.

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