Monday, January 19, 2015

Orphan TrainOrphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Novel "Orphan Train" by Christina Baker Kline

This is first I have read of this author and must confess I picked it because of the title, I like reading about the train riders.
She did not dissapoint me, research is good and I learned much about the kids that had ridden trains like this.
I so enjoyed the correlation between a young troubled girl and older woman that had been through so much.
Vivian and Molly had quite different lives but similar also,don't you think?
Boxes in the attic I felt sure would be emptied and the attic cleared as Vivian was now 90 years old, so many memories there that she sifted thru with the help of a young girl who needed the wisdom Vivian had after her long life.
Thanks to Christina for a great story reminding us of a time long ago and all that the children went through as they traveled west.

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Monday, January 12, 2015

I reviewed a book earlier by Julie Klassen and today remembering a quote from that book , A mask party is held and several are in conversation and one says "And where is your mask?" soon could be heard- with the arch of an eyebrow, "Oh disguise of every sort is my abhorrence", abigail grins and says "Ah that is from Pride and Prejudice,Mr Darcy says that to Elizabeth...." Don't you just love Mr Darcy???;postID=5395982935006157447;onPublishedMenu=allposts;onClosedMenu=allposts;postNum=7;src=postname

Sunday, January 11, 2015

A Lady in the Making (Prairie Dreams, #3)A Lady in the Making by Susan Page Davis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Series Prairie Dreams book #3 "A Lady in the Making" by Susan Page Davis

I enjoy books about the prairies and this one was great story by Susan...

Millie Evans and her brother led a life of petty crimes always on the run and now she wants to change her life and live differently but the brother hangs on to the past life making them have to split up.
In Millie's travels she meets up with a man that she had once tried to con and he is not having anything to do with her when she tries to let him know she has changed.  They travel many miles together by coach and he comes to see she is different...David Stone is an aristocat heading to England to accept his inheritance when he meets Millie again.  can these two trust one another again?
God forgives so completely but man is always reluctant, come read how David and Millie come to accept one another over the course of their travels over the prairie.

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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Alaskan SweetheartsAlaskan Sweethearts by Janet Tronstad
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Alaskan Sweethearts by Janet Tronstad

One place is called Dry Creek Alaska where an old gold mine holds many memories for one Colin Jacobson.  He and a friend fell in love with the same woman and it began a road of many mistakes for Colin,when he left knowing he could not give his love as much as his friend could.
An accident left three brothers without parents and Colin became their gaurdian raising them the best he knew how.
Dry Creek Montana was home for the boys and their grandfather and as the story begins they are grown and dealing with some of the mistakes the grandfather had made long ago.
Scarlett is the granddaughter of Colin's one time love and she has came with papers to be signed to the old homestead in Alaska. "Gramps is at it again" is the first thought that his grandson Hunter has and he wants to help Scarlett and her grandma not be disappointed.  
This story has many facets-Lost love,lost faith,lost trust.  Can they be found?
Going back to Alaska helps Hunter find a new beginning.

Thanks Janet for a wonderful story once again.
two Dry Creek's make for a charming story.

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Sunday, December 28, 2014

Love Never Fails (The Homeward Journey #3)Love Never Fails by Martha   Rogers
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Series The Homeward Journey-final book#3"Love Never Fails" by Martha Rogers

I finished this book and felt yes, Love did conquer.  These young people in the story Molly with Stefan, Andrew and Clarissa all had problems with their parents and distance of where they lived wrecking havoc with a love relationship.
Martha found a way for them and made the story interesting to a reader.  Many times I thought "How will they overcome these obstacles and find Love everlasting?
Andrew was a Dr and became assistant to Daniel Whiteman in his practice, meeting Clarissa and Stefan when they visited with their parents from La.  Molly and Clarissa had been longtime friends and she wanted her to meet Andrew while she was there.
Molly always liked her brother Stefan when they were youngsters and now he is in army and uniform makes him so handsome that she begins to fall in love with him.
She finds herself at odds with this because she thinks killing is a terrible sin and tries to hold back her feelings.
This series brings the theme of strong Southern women forging ahead to new territories to find happiness through their faith, knowing when all else is gone that Love will be there.  a conquering Love prevails.

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Saturday, December 27, 2014

Love Finds Faith (The Homeward Journey #2)Love Finds Faith by Martha   Rogers
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Homeward Journey series by Martha Rogers, book #2 "Love Finds Faith"

I had read book #1 some time ago but it was not hard to get back into the characters and the story that Martha has for us in this series.
Hannah Dyer has always felt like she was an outcast with her deformity of one leg shorter then the other so does not look for a happy everafter...but then don't we all in our heart of hearts expect that?
Hannah finishes her nursing and plans a trip to Texas to help her sister's husband in his practice there.  A new beginning and one can always hope.
Micah Gordon returns home after leaving 5 years ago hoping also for a "New Beginning"...his is one of the prodigal son returning and his brother is angry about the way Micah left and never sent one word of his whereabouts or what he was doing.  Can these two find the road back together?  Micah hopes his family can forgive him and give him a chance.
The ranch at home falls on hard times and papa has heart problems from stress, will there be a happy ever after in this journey?  come read the story of these two characters as they move trough heartaches and finding faith is like a light at the end of the tunnel for Micah.  Hannah has a strong faith, that Micah sees when he views her life.  We all make choices can his become better ones now that he is home again....

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Monday, December 22, 2014

A Stranger's Wish (Amish Farm Trilogy, #1)A Stranger's Wish by Gayle Roper
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Book#1 -series Amish Farm triolgy,"A Stranger's Wish" by Gayle Roper

I have read these books back to front, 3-2-1 at different times and it was fun with the characters. I am sure it would have been better had I read this one first though.
this books starts with mystery and runs through the story.  Kristie Matthews comes from a well to do family of lawyers and they wanted her to follow in their steps but she marches to a different drummer and wants to paint.  She moves to an amish farm and rents rooms to live in area that is ripe for a painter to find lots to paint.
At the beginning she is bitten by a dog and goes to ER where she meets a stranger who gives her a key to keep for him and this begins the mystery.
Come read this story and meet some wonderful characters and the Zooks family that live here midst the amish folks.
Kristie will learn much about others and herself as she lives in Lancaster County.  She is caught up in danger while she has this mysterious key and tries to help its owner come to terms with God and his faith.

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