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Amethyst (Dakotah Treasures #4)

4.17 of 5 stars 4.17  ·  rating details  ·  1,414 ratings  ·  49 reviews

Dakotah Treasures Book 4- Major Jeremiah McHenry is retiring from the army and returns to Medora to make a new life and find a wife. Will he be able to convince feisty newcomer Amethyst O'Shaunasy that he is the kind of man she's been looking for? Jacob Chandler, meanwhile, is still waiting until he can court Opal Torvald. Can he prove to Opal that she will make a fine pre

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Published November 1st 2005 by Baker Publishing Group (first published January 1st 2005)
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I'm disappointed this series has come to an end. I thoroughly enjoyed this series. This book was especially interesting because of the hard winter they had to go through. Made me think a lot about what it would have been like - how cold and how scary to lose your cattle which is your main source of income. Plus, just having to store up food for the winter and feed for the animals would be a daunting task. Realizing you may not have enough since the winter was such a harsh one. Opal's feelings of ...more
Peggy Graves
I think I enjoyed this one more than the other four. But I did find Opal's marriage to Jacob to be creepy. I know. I know. They often married young. My great great grandmother was 13 when she married my 23 year old great great grandfather in the 1850s. But if you're writing for today's audience and our sensibilities, please make sure everyone is age appropriate. If this book had been about young marriages in the Prairie, then I'd be okay with it. But it was brain candy soaked in modern Evangelic ...more
Trudy E
I enjoyed meeting this character as much as I did the others. Amethyst comes to Medora in search of her nephew, but finds more than she ever expected. Sickened on her journey west and overwhelmed by the care and friendship of strangers, she is given a unique perspective on what she has missed in life with her abusive father in Pennsylvania. As she becomes acquainted with Pearl, Ruby, Opal and the others, she begins to desire a husband and family of her own- something she thought to have passed h ...more
Other reasons for low rating after defending God which must be first, as he is more important than my opinion of story lines.

Another author that did not research the history of Christmas. She added it to the story as part of the Bible. It is not a Bible story. Jesus and his father God, both hate Christmas and it's lies. Proverbs 6: 16-19,and in those few verses it shows how much the true God detests it!

1. A false tongue, lies abound for, around and about that holiday.

2. Hearts for hurtful sche
As the author states in her Acknowledgements this fourth volume of Dakotah Treasures was not planned; it became a necessity when Opal Torvald, Ruby’s young sister, was left stranded in the continuity. There was also the unresolved situation involving Jacob Chandler and his son Joel, characters introduced in the third volume. But this book begins by presenting Amethyst Colleen O’Shaunasy toiling day and night on a farm in Pennsylvania, under the oppression of her slovenly liquored-up father. He s ...more
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Bonnigene Cloud
This fourth and final book in the Dakota Treasures series is as beautifully written as the other books. The strong sense of good Christian values and God's love seems to fill the pages of the book about these strong women.

In this book Amethyst comes to the Dakota territory to find her young nephew. When her quest ends in the reality that the boy is not her real nephew, she still falls in love with the Dakota Badlands. As she comes to love the people she meets, she also learns to love herself and
This was my least favorite of the Dakotah Treasures series. It wasn't edited quite as well as the others. Several sentences were difficult to follow due to grammar errors or poor wording. Also, the author sometimes forgot to use "eye" singular instead of "eyes" plural when referring to Jeremiah McHenry towards the end of the book.

I would have liked Opal's romance to have been a bit more romantic and interesting. It was rather dull and I found her character to be rather annoying at times. I usua
Rachel Wilson
Do not read this book series it sucks writer sucks, a better writer is Lori wick she actually ends her books and also sometimes includes an epilogue. The writer of this book does not know how to finish books she sorta knows how to start her books has a semi-interesting storyline but it ends with a lot to be desired. Has this writer even heard of a good ending. One word EPILOGUE
Awesome series

I loved this series. It does have dragging parts,where the other seems to go on on. However it has a good story line, that makes you laugh and cry. The series makes you think on the mercy of God and His loving kindness as well as His forgiveness. I encourage everyone who loves a good romance to read this series.
This was an easy, fun and romantic, and very clean book. I liked the characters, and enjoyed the setting. I remember the snow in the winters in Utah, and the year I got married, with the 4 feet on the ground. I will never move to either Dakotah's, especially after reading this book. I even looked up the same year as this book was set, to see the snow levels, and blizzards photos, and I NEVER want to experience any of it. My sister is in Montana, and I can't understand her need to freeze every wi ...more
Elaine Aikey
Amethyst, another winner

Laurarine Snelling just keeps me looking for more of her books! She paints a picture with her words. Keep them coming please.

Fourth in the series of Dakotah Treasures. Had to read it to find out how everyone ended up. It's a good clean series, for the most part. I enjoyed reading all of them.
I didn't enjoy this book as much as the others. I liked the story of Amethyst and Jeremiah, but the rest just didn't seem to blend with it. I cringed with Opal and Jacob - and that would be my modern ideas mixing with what was perfectly acceptable back then. I couldn't settle it within myself and so it just ruined the whole experience for me. I wish the focus was more on Amethyst and Jeremiah and their life after marriage. I would have liked to have seen the aftermath of the abattoir leaving tow ...more
Jennifer Carr
I thought this whole series was really good, but in the last one I felt like the author was trying to make it all come together in the last chapter. I felt like she should have spread it out more. It was almost like the 3rd book didn't have that much info and then the 4th book was too much at once. I thought the over all story line was good and she was really good at describing the setting. I also thought she was really good at getting you into the story and making you really WANT to read the n ...more
Apr 07, 2014 PWRL marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Loved this series!
I enjoyed this set, however I felt that this last book fell somewhat short from an editorial standpoint - the story itself was as good as anticipated, but the frequent use of the wrong word, like receipt instead of recipe became grating. It became more of an issue the further you got in the book and made it feel as if the book had been run through spellcheck quite hastily. I often wonder if publishing houses just don't bother with proofreaders anymore.
I loved it! It has been such a treat having four books to follow the same group of people.Even though each volume gave special attention to one person, the continuing events in the lives of the others served to hold the reader's interest. Having driven through North Dakota years ago and remembering the beauty of the badlands was another reason I enjoyed these volumes.

I will certainly want to read more of Lauraine Snelling's books in the future.
Dakota Treasures, #4
I'm sure I would have enjoyed this more if I had read the entire series, rather than simply reading this book (which was a gift) as a stand-alone. In my opinion, this wasn't Lauraine Snelling's best writing, but I do enjoy revisiting the Dakota Territory on occasion (We lived in North Dakota 5.5 years--in the 1990s, rather than 1880s.). :) It seemed the plot and character development in this novel were rather thin.
Aug 10, 2008 Heather rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: women
I read this one to see the end of the saga. It wasn't that rewarding, but it was very clean and did wrap up all the story lines. The first in the series is the best and the other three are just not written as well but you have to read them so you can know what happened to Belle. You won't like the explanation though. I liked reading how people in those days performed their daily tasks.
This was my favorite book of the 4 books in this series. Amethyst comes to the Dakotas to find her nephew to take him back home, but once she finds him she realizes that she wants to stay in the Dakotas and not return to her home as she has nothing there. She becomes friends with Pearl and fits into the community. The author wraps up all the stories and I did like the way it ended.
Dakotah Treasures Book 4- Major Jeremiah McHenry is retiring from the army and returns to Medora to make a new life and find a wife. Will he be able to convince feisty newcomer Amethyst O'Shaunasy that he is the kind of man she's been looking for? Jacob Chandler, meanwhile, is still waiting until he can court Opal Torvald. Can he prove to Opal that she will make a fine preacher's wife?
This was a great series. This is the last book. I like Red River of the North by Laurane Snelling slightly better but they are almost even. They both take place in the North Dakota territory which is so similar to my home in Montana. A very enjoyable author and series.
Great way to end the series, wish she wrote more though. Opal is such a high spirit, I though she was perfect for Jacob, though when Anticus married behind her back was sad. And the Amehyst and McHenry was sweet, I loved how McHenry was trying to express his love to her. :)
A really interesting great read! I throughly enjoyed finishing up this series. I loved how the author tied in (this time) beautifully both of the stories of both finishing Opal's love story and introducing Amethyst and her story and love story!
Leigh Ann
I loved this series! I just finished it and was sad because it is written in such a way you feel like you actually know these characters and will miss them! A very realistic view of life on the range and an easy read.
Not as enjoyable as the first two, but it was worth buying anyways! I think Lauraine Snelling ended the series rather well. I will continue to buy her books in the future!
Great story. Although I wish with each of her books that they not be over....I guess you can't go on forever. This was a 4 book series and I enjoyed each one equally,
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Lauraine Snelling is the award-winning author of over seventy books, with sales of more than 2 million copies.

She also writes for a wide range of magazines, and helps others reach their writing dreams by teaching at writers’ conferences across the country.

Lauraine and her husband, Wayne, have two grown sons, and live in the Tehachapi Mountains with a watchdog Basset named Winston.

They love to tra
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Other Books in the Series

Dakotah Treasures (4 books)
  • Ruby (Dakotah Treasures, #1)
  • Pearl (Dakotah Treasures, #2)
  • Opal (Dakotah Treasures, #3)
Ruby (Dakotah Treasures, #1) Pearl (Dakotah Treasures, #2) An Untamed Land (Red River of the North, #1) A Promise for Ellie (Daughters of Blessing, #1) Opal (Dakotah Treasures, #3)

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