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The Wanderer (Shadows of Brierley #1)

3.85  ·  Rating Details ·  531 Ratings  ·  61 Reviews

J amie walked away . . . He wondered why he was even trying. He felt certain there was nothing he could ever say or do to compete with a man like Hugh Montgomery, and he was fooling himself to believe that he could ever truly be a contender for Gillian Brierley’s heart.

The year is 1862, and the setting is Salt Lake City. Gillian—Ian and Wren’s eldest daughter—has grown

Kindle Edition, 256 pages
Published (first published February 1st 2011)
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Michelle Llewellyn
The year 2000 was a very important year: the start of a brand new millennium, the last year Americans would enjoy complete security before terrorists shattered it, and for Mormon readers, the end of Anita Stansfield's truly great "Golden Decade of the 90's" The inspiring novels she published before her writing took a turn for the worst, spiraling downhill as the 2000s marched onward.
Towers of Brierley was published in 2000. I've re-read it many times, that's how good Anita Stansfield's writing
Feb 17, 2011 Apzmarshl rated it liked it
Here's the down low. It's something I have been holding back throughout the last few Stansfield books. I like them, but I am past loving them. Reading these books is like eating spaghetti. I like it. It does what I wanted it to do. It was tasty enough and I am full. It wasn't my favorite meal though. I am ready for something with bold flavor that I want to keep eating.
Dead honest here...I am a little tired of the rich man scenario. He is always there to help in every situation so his pregnant wi
Jul 10, 2011 Heather rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
What are the last half of Anita Stansfield books made up of? Depthless characters who live their lives according to platitudes and complete emotional health, storylines that aren't so much stories as they are a list of events, narrative that takes up 75% of the pages, leaving only 25% for actual dialogue... oh, and people dying - seriously, they're dropping like flies. Which, I'm telling you, really surprised me here - because two of the three people who died in this book - WERE THE MOST INTERES ...more
Feb 22, 2011 Heather rated it it was ok
Overall there is a great story that is revealed with immense compassion and love that would be nice to see more often in families. The Macbrier family is very strong and goes through many trials that bring the main character Ian to find the gospel. Through his curiosity he finds what lays ahead for him and his families’ future.

I haven't read Anita Stansfield in forever because after a while the writing style is so redundant it becomes annoying. However I felt I'd give it another try because she
Diane  Holm
Jan 26, 2012 Diane Holm rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Second Chances

When Ian awakes from a drunken stupor in a deserted London alley, he is thankful to be alive. “Dear God,” he says aloud. “Help me.” Ian wanders near a crowd and hears words of hope that draw him forward. Ian lingers after the crowd disperses and talks with the preachers. “Might I purchase a copy of your book?” he enquires. His purchase is made quickly and Ian stuffs the book with his other few belongings. Filled with a longing to return home, to make right the wrongs of the past, h
Wendy Woehl
May 17, 2011 Wendy Woehl rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
I was able to hear Anita Stansfield speak once and she stated that although her books are often thought of as part of the "romance" genre, they are more about family relationships. From her books that I've read, I have to agree with that assessment. I loved the Towers of Brierley which she wrote earlier. I loved the setting and characters. This book is the beginning of a new series about the next generation of the family from that book. The characters in her books have many challenges to overcom ...more
Aug 15, 2012 Katrina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I still haven't brought myself to finish this and don't know if I will. It was definitely not Stansfield's best (which is saying something, since she's not the greatest writer anyway). I didn't feel like there was any sense of flow, that it was all kind of contrived, and my, does it drag! It's a series and I get the feeling that's the reason for the dragging--so she could spread everything out in three books. Ugh. Not impressive. I was trying to push myself through it when I started Lynn Austin' ...more
Apr 04, 2011 Angee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Definitely not her best, in my opinion, but I still enjoyed it. As is typical in Anita Stansfield's books, there was lots of drama and trials to overcome; some of them were hard for me to read as they are very personal to my own family. It also took me a bit to realize how the whole Book of Mormon/religion thing tied in. This one had some crazy surprises though, which made it fun and exciting! It was a fairly quick read for me, and I really enjoyed it! I'm excited for the next in the series beca ...more
May 11, 2011 Jody rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book in less than 12 hours! I started it this morning and read throughout the day every spare second I had! I love reading conversion stories and history and about the spreading of the gospel, and I love Anita Stansfields books( I own almost all of them!) So there was NOTHING I didn't like about this book! I Love ALL things Scottland.
I loved how open and free of prejudice the main characters are during a time that status was everything!
Can't wait to get the next one and keep going!
May 18, 2016 Lynnae rated it really liked it
I really liked this series but note to self... Read it in order next time!!! I started with the last one and was like, "what is this crazy cheese stuff?" But after going back and reading them in order I was all for it. Recommend reading them months apart. If I tried to read each book consecutively I pretty much would have drained myself with this style. But they were very refreshing when I spread them out picking a new one up over time. Faith promoting, inspiring, and packed with love.
Evelyn Sheehan
May 31, 2016 Evelyn Sheehan rated it it was amazing
I was swept away in this book, and could not put it down. You can truly relate to Ian and his desire to reconnect with his family and make amends for the hurt that he has caused them. It is also very powerful in the way he feels and recognizes the spirit connecting with him and guiding him to both forgive himself, but reach for something more. I absolutely loved it, and cannot wait to read the next one in the series!!
Dec 02, 2011 Catherine rated it liked it
At first I was just going to give this book two stars, but there ended up being a twist towards the end that made it more exciting. I think that Anita Stansfield books are kind of hit and miss for me. I keep reading her books, though, because I have absolutely loved some of her series. Others, though, I haven't loved so much.
Jul 15, 2011 Kc7nan rated it really liked it
If you are a fan of Anita Stansfield then you will like this book. The Wanderer is the beginning of a new series that starts off with Ian being lead to the Book of Mormon. There are plenty of plot twists to keep you guessing as to what will happen next but each twist is slowly pushing Ian to his destiny.
I love the book this series is a sequel to - Towers of Brierley. This one doesn't really delve into the thought-provoking topics that the author's earlier books did, but it's still enjoyable enough that I'll read the rest of the series.
Joy Spraycar
May 19, 2011 Joy Spraycar rated it liked it
I had a hard time getting into this book. It starts out a little slow, but then picks up steam. There are places where it's gutwrenching and makes me cry, but there are so many twists and turns that it kept my interest once I got into it. That said it is a typical Stansfield book, but anything that has to do with Scotland gets a chance with me.
Jun 06, 2011 Lynette rated it liked it
I wanted to read this book because I read Towers of Brierly years ago. It started off a little slow, but definitely picked up. There was a new surprise on every other page. I'm interested enough to read the next book.

Is it just me or does it seem like the characters in her books are always perfect with only one huge flaw?
Mar 03, 2011 Melissa rated it it was ok
This was my first Anita Stansfied book, and I didn't love it. It was slow to start and then felt a little jumbled as TONS of issues happened almost all at once. It seemed like the link to the Book of Mormon got shoved in at the end and that felt a bit awkward. I did like that her characters seemed like ordinary, moral people so they were relatable but not perfect. Overall, it was ok.
Sep 15, 2012 Becky rated it really liked it
Anita is hit and miss with me, but I loved the first book that this series spins off of, so I thought I would give it a try. I actually enjoyed this book - it had enough twists and turns in the plot that it kept me interested. It wasn't quite so formulaic as many of her books.
Nov 10, 2012 Amy rated it liked it
Typical A.S. book. I enjoy the story line of this series but her writing has not improved with time. She is predictable and repeats herself almost to distraction. Will keep Redfin the series to be entertained by Ian and Wren.
Sep 27, 2011 Tina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't find much to love about this book...the main character was bland and I didn't much care what happened to him. I'll probably read the next one...but only because my mom will bring it up for me to read.
Mar 02, 2011 Jodie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought there were too many stories in one book, but I guess it is the first in the series. I also thought the story didn't flow well. However, I am looking forward to learning more about these characters.
Nov 04, 2012 Brenda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, 2012
Book on CD. I really liked this book. It was a different story and I found I was interested in the characters and how they changed. It was also a clean read and the writing was good. I will probably listen to the next one, since I can find it on CD.
Angela Hunter
Jul 11, 2013 Angela Hunter rated it really liked it
I loved being back at Brierley again. Scotland is on my list of places to see before I die. Ian and Wren are a couple that I wanted to fight for and protect. Both Ian and Wren protect their families and their actions and choices prove their love. I look forward to book 2 in the series.
Apr 13, 2011 Stephanie rated it really liked it
The first part was a bit slow, but that quickly changed. This book threw in some more twists that I wasn't expecting. I read it in about a day because it was good. I look forward to the rest of the series.
Mar 28, 2011 Jaime rated it really liked it
This was a fun historical fiction story. I enjoyed it more than several of her more recent books. It was not as predictable as many of her stories, and I enjoyed the characters. I will definitely read the sequel.
Oct 29, 2011 Shelby rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading this book. There were unexpected twists that kept it from feeling predictable, but not so many that it felt forced. I grew to care about the characters and their lives. I'm glad that this is part of a series so I don't have to stop reading about them!
Aug 18, 2011 Laura rated it really liked it
love love loved it!! Truly Anita Stansfield at her finest!! VERY excited about this series!!
Jul 15, 2014 Lisa rated it really liked it
I don 't read a lot of period pieces but I enjoyed this one. Looking forward to reading the rest of the series.
Gayla Harris
Mar 02, 2011 Gayla Harris rated it really liked it
It is the first book in a new series I really liked this one I like all of Anita Stansfields books
Kaelyn Grant
Jul 30, 2014 Kaelyn Grant rated it really liked it
A good story of overcoming troubles and finding a path to something better.
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