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Forevermore (Only in Gooding #2)

4.02 of 5 stars 4.02  ·  rating details  ·  2,005 ratings  ·  101 reviews
There’s no one quite like Hope Ladley. A veritable dandelion in the wind, she blows from one farm to the next, roaming the Texas countryside as an itinerant cook. When she rides her mule, Hattie, onto the Stauffer farm, Hope knows this is the place the Lord wants her to be. Jakob Stauffer, though grateful for a cook to assist his pregnant sister and young daughter through ...more
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Jul 19, 2008 Kimberly rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who enjoy books with a Christian message
Shelves: gentle-reads
I picked up "Forevermore" and "Fancy Pants," both by Cathy Marie Hake, at the library and read "Fancy Pants" first. After finishing that one I wasn't sure if I wanted to try "Forevermore," but I'm glad that I did. "Forevermore" was a thousand times better than "Fancy Pants."

I found the character of Hope to be quite humorous and I really liked her. She reminded me of Amelia Bedelia, only Hope actually gets things accomplished, in more of a Mary Poppins kind of way. I can see how some readers woul
Absolutely charming and uplifting. It reminds me of Amelia Bedelia for adults. The clever turns of phrase were thought provoking in a way that didn't feel forced or preachy. Greatly enjoyed this one.
Part of the "only in Gooding" series. I loved the heroine Hope. She's illiterate and doesn't speak well but she's the kind of woman who you instantly take to and wish she was your friend. I loved this book!
Cathy Marie Hake’s novel Forevermore, title perfectly describes Hope Ladley, the hardworking itinerant farm-worker whose numerous former employers always wanted more of her forever, instead of as a temporary cook for the field workers during the harvest season. But, no, Hope felt led by the spirit and gladly moved on after the harvest to the next farm she believed needed her help. That is until she arrives at the farm of widower Jakob Stauffer.

Gruff, distant, and still mourning the death of his
yojharobed || I have no sword. I don't need a sword. Because I am the Doctor and this is my spoon. En garde!
May 14, 2011 yojharobed || I have no sword. I don't need a sword. Because I am the Doctor and this is my spoon. En garde! rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 10+ Christian Romance lovers
Recommended to yojharobed || I have no sword. I don't need a sword. Because I am the Doctor and this is my spoon. En garde! by: My sister
I thought I had read all of Cathy Marie Hake's books, but then I found this one at the library and was excited that there was another one so I got it. I liked this one a lot. I like that all the books are woven together and you can read one of them and it has little bits of other characters lives. I thought this one was very well done and had a good story line.

One thing that I don't like about Hake's writing is that for like, the first 2/3 of the story the two main characters don't like each ot
Hope Ladley drifts about the Texas farmlands like a dandelion "wishie"--helping out wherever she's needed, then moving on to the next place God sends her. But when she and her mule, Hattie, stop at the Stauffer farm, Hope's life takes on a drastic change. This time her heart gets tangled up as hopelessly as does her tongue on the endless string of quips she constantly misquotes (with strangely accurate results).

Jakob Stauffer farms his land while sheltering an abused sister, raising an adorable
"Forevermore" is a book that I am not I will able to forget with all the Hopeisms (ok I know that isn't a real word but it works in this case and when you read it you will understand). I really enjoyed this Mary Poppins like book.

Hope, is just like Mary Poppins it seems going from home to home to help for a period of time then move on. She has the sweetest disposition and way about her that makes it hard to stay frustrated about her. She has a determination to help and has a way of helping witho
Listened to Forevermore by Cathy Marie Hake. I fell in love with Hope Ladley she is a woman after Gods own heart. The story is about her Like a dandelion in the wind, Hope Ladley blows from one farm to the next, helping cook for the field hands during the harvest. Illiterate and often twisting cliches and Bible verses into mind-boggling observations, Hope leaves widower Jakob Stauffer baffled by her unconventional ways. But her sunny disposition and unstinting love make changes of a different ki ...more
I thought for sure I had read all of Hake's books, but when riffling through my bookshelf I stumbled upon Forevermore and was pleasantly surprised. I love Hake's writing and was getting antsy for her next release, so finding one I hadn't read was a treat. As all of Hake's books I give it a 10 out of 10. She does a great job of tying in a little suspense to her historical romance books, that keep you turning the pages even faster. I read this book in 2 sittings, and although could predict how th ...more
Feb 24, 2012 Sophie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Christian Historical Fiction
This is the first of Cathy Marie Hake's books I read. It made me a true fan of her writing. Hope who goes where God sends her to those in need is unable to read due most likely due to dyslexia, is a loving giving young woman. Talented in housekeeping skills she arrives at Jakob's house looking for work. Her goal is to stay as long as she is needed.

Jakob, a Texas farmer and widow, has his doubts about Hope, but his abused pregnant sister needs help and his toddler daughter needs more attention t
Sarah Gai
This book has officially become my all time favorite book. I did not want this to ever end. The characters worked so well together and well..... Hope is amazing. The cliches were my favourite part and I found myself laughing a lot. The book left me feeling really good and looking at life the best possible way.
Thankyou so much cathy
Forevermore - Only in Gooding!, Bk 2 by Cathy Marie Hake

Like a dandelion in the wind, Hope Ladley blows from one farm to the next, helping cook for the field hands during the harvest. Illiterate and often twisting cliches and Bible verses into mind-boggling observations, Hope leaves widower Jakob Stauffer baffled by her unconventional ways. But her sunny disposition and unstinting love make changes of a different kind around the place. His little daughter and the pregnant sister he's shielding f
Hope Ladely is unconventional, charming, and a hard-worker. She's happy to ride her hat wearing donkey Hattie all over the land in order to go where God leads her. She's lead to the home of Jake, his daughter Emmy Lou, and sister Annie. When she sees the house, she knows right away that this is the place God meant for her to help out.
Jake doesn't trust many people, and with good reason. He's bent on protecting his daughter and sister. When Hope rides in on a donkey wearing a nicer hat than sh
Hope goes around and help family when they need it. When Hope comes to a family that has a lot of problems. But when they hired Hope they didn't know what they where geting their self.
When Jacob sister Hannah baby is do any day know so he hires Hope. But when Hope sees that Jacob's daught might be going blind she tells Jacob so he takes his daughter and a eye dorter tells him that she well probly be bind when she is in her teen years. He didn't like what he is hearing. When he told Hannah, his
Wendy Sparkes
#2 Texas Gooding Series.

Hope is a bubbly person with a love for the Lord that shines out in all she says & does. She is an itinerant cook blowing from farm to farm like a dandelion wishy going where God sends her & people need her.

She arrives at the Stauffer farm on Hattie with her cart & few belongings, & settles in to help surrounding the family with friendliness, warmth & a sunny disposition.

Jakob Stauffer is grateful for the help & support Hope can give his pregnant s
I found this book to have a good story diminished by gimmicky writing. Two things bothered me. The story was set in Texas, but the main character seemed modeled after Ruby in Cold Mountain, including the Appalachian dialect. It might have worked if the other characters in the area spoke the same dialect, but no one else did, so having only one character speaking in weird dialect struck me as odd. She also kept speaking in muddled cliches that really grated on my nerves, and even if you found the ...more
One of the very first books I ever downloaded free for my Kindle, I had to go back into my Archived Items to find this one! Second in the Gooding series by Cathy Marie Hake. Still good, but my least favorite of the ones I've read. Only because the main character, Hope, was written in a very authentic, I'm sure, dialog. Shore enough for sure enough, that kind of thing. It just bothered me a smidge after a while, LOL! :)
This novel has potential. Like the novels of Nicolas Sparks, this would be a better movie than book. My biggest complaint was the author's difficulty in allowing her story to "unfold." Indeed, she was often redundant, almost seeming to want to assure the reader did not miss a single point she intended. Also, her use of dialogue to build her characters detracted rather than added to the story and at times, created inconsistent cartoons, rather than the charming people intended. I liked the positi ...more
If you're going to read this, just don't. I only made it to page 65 and all 65 pages were about canning food, producing food and eating food. Oh, and there was a page or two about a donkey wearing a straw hat. Those pages were worth the read.
Phyllis C
A charming book, made more interesting by in itinerant "house helper" who can do anything and everything in house and home with a good attitude, sense of humor and a sprinkling of scripture.
A lovely story. Predictable? Yes. Yet, played out in a beautiful and thoughtful way. Great light reading, for me it was a one day read, but worth the effort.
Aug 25, 2008 Christy rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anybody
This was a book that as I browsed through the NEW BOOKS section at the library, it caught my eye. I've been watching way too much TV and thought that it looked pretty good. It was. Think "Cold Mountain" and you'll understand the lingo of the main character Hope. She's got quite a mouth on a good way of course. The story was fast moving and not too preachy at all. Just good. But I wish that there was more romance. Yeah, it's over 350 pages and I don't think that the two main characters n ...more
Audio book. I was really taken with the personality of Hope and with her way of going about things.
Picked this book up at a thrift store and wasn't really sure what to expect...but I absolutely loved it. From the minute you start reading you are drawn in by Hope's way of seeing things. Her view of commonly used phrases may seem odd at first glance but she has a way of making the phrases more true, and definitely all Hope. As you fall Hope through her time with the Stauffers, you fall in love with her, her donkey Hattie, and the entire Stauffer family. And in the end you learn that hope is the ...more
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Selah Bell
Again, Ms. Hake did a wonderful job in writing a book. The characters were believable, along with the plot, and it moved at a good pace.

Hope is a young woman who travels around where God leads her, helping people when they need it, and moving on when God tells her to. She comes to the Stauffer farm, and moves in as a housekeeper and helper to Jacob Stauffer's pregnant sister, Annie. She fits in well at the town of Gooding, and bit by bit the Stauffers' lives are uncovered. Can she find a way to
I liked how she moved around to work with different families, going where the Lord led her and where she was needed. She liked to help families and she was needed here since the Annie needed someone to believe in her and that she could think on her own. What Annie felt mattered. Hope seemed to have a way of knowing what to say to make someone feel better about themselves. Good book. I would like to read another like this. Neighbors helping each other at harvest time. Ladies all coming together t ...more
Was too slow for me...
I loved the character Hope in this book. I also thought the author did a nice job with the evil Konrad. My only complaints are that she can be a bit too preachy for my liking (although I seem to be getting used to it) and all of her books seem to follow the same pattern with love: the characters are always shocked to realize that they are in love and the realization that it is mutual usually comes at the very end.
It was an okay story. The main character, Hope Ladley, drove me nuts with her speech, and the story was boring to me. But I did like the humor in this story and the godly lesson that can be taught. God was mentioned and talked about a lot and I am very glad that the author incorporated God into this book.
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As a child, Cathy Marie Hake had an imaginary playmate. Now "grown up," she indulges in a host of imaginary friends as she writes. She teasingly says she decided if those voices in her head were talking, she might as well write down what they said and make a living by doing it. She met her sweetheart in the High School department at church and married him after finishing nursing school. They live ...more
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