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All in Good Time (The Gilded Legacy #2)

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Dessa Caldwell has a dream: to open Pierson House, a refuge for former prostitutes in Denver’s roughest neighborhood. But after exhausting all charitable donations, Dessa still needs a loan, and nearly every bank in town has turned her down. Her last hope hinges on the owner of Hawkins National Bank.

Henry Hawkins has a secret: though he owns the most successful bank in tow
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Published April 1st 2013 by Tyndale House Publishers (first published March 22nd 2013)
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Someone should set up Christian Fiction and Subtlety on a blind date. I don't believe they've met.
Cookielover
Jul 30, 2013 Cookielover rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2013
It was one of those good books that I loved but didn't find a favorite. There were a few things that annoyed me about this book, but not enough for me to dock a star though enough not for it to be a favorite. I only liked Henry. Dessa was okay, but I found her a little snobbish. Otherwise, the book was a good read that kept my attention and whispered, "Come back, Cookielover," every time I put it down for essential breaks. Like snack time. Snack time is essential. Anyways, it was a good historic ...more
Jane
May 02, 2013 Jane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, on-kindle
Where I got the book: won the ARC from the author's website. Maureen Lang is a friend of mine, although the win was purely coincidental!

I liked the way this novel worked within the constraints of Christian fiction yet still pushed the envelope of the usual formula. As a romance it was pretty straightforward: Dessa and Henry are pretty much aware that they've met their destiny right from the beginning. What was interesting was that they both had a Past, so instead of the usual plot-driven stumbli
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Loraine
RATING: 4.5
I would have given this book a 5 but found the first third to be rather slow. Once it got started it was really good.

This is the second book in The Gilded Legacy series. I absolutely loved the first book, Bees in the Butterfly Garden; and with the exception of the slow beginning, loved this one just as much.

Dessa's friend and savior, Sophie Pearson, has passed away. It is her extreme desire to continue on Sophie's work of founding a home for former prostitutes. This in itself makes t
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Erin Cataldi
Sigh, I had high hopes for this book, even though it was a Christian romance (admittedly not my favorite genre). In 1887 a young woman opens a safe house for former prostitutes in Denver, sounds promising right!?! Wrong, it fell just short of the mark. It took a lot of will power for me to finish this bad boy.

The whole theme of "all in good time" is POUNDED into your skull throughout the novel. We get it! God works in His own time and you need to be patient! For example:

* Dessa is eager to open
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Paula Vince
Jun 12, 2013 Paula Vince rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Henry Hawkins is the sort of guy we might nominate for Young Achiever or Young Businessman of the Year, if he lived in modern times. Only 30 years old, he is a wealthy and successful bank founder and handsome as well. Clients have never guessed the secret about his past, which keeps him always on edge. Twelve years earlier, he'd committed a couple of stage coach robberies to give him a head start in business. Even though he has long since anonymously donated it all back, guilt and fear of discov ...more
Cenline
Summary: Dessa Caldwell has a heart for helping at-risk women and girls in 1880's Denver. So she takes her impulsive nature and gets a loan from a local bank to open a safe house. Little does she know that the loan was given without the blessing of the bank owner, a young man with a dark past. Sparks fly, and both Dessa and her beaux are compelled to decide what they really want from life.

The main problem with this story is that we don't spend enough time with any one character to really underst
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Rachel Brand
Following the death of her dear friend, Dessa Caldwell longs to continue the philanthropic work that Sophia Pierson was so passionate about—namely, opening a house to help women leave prostitution and enter a more respectable mode of life. But raising funds for such a venture takes longer than Dessa had hoped, particularly when the perfect house goes up for sale in a neighbourhood where Dessa thinks she can best support the women Sophie cared so much about. Taking a chance, Dessa approaches Henr ...more
Brittany
Mar 24, 2013 Brittany rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dessa Caldwell dreams of opening a place of refuge for "ladies of the night", but she doesn't have the funds to make it happen. Her only hope seems to be in obtaining a loan from Hawkins National Bank. However, Henry Hawkins, the owner of the bank is not so enthusiastic. Both Henry and Dessa have a past to hide, but they both learn the truth of being " Anew creature in Christ".
I actually liked this book, even though it was more of a romance than I typically enjoy. It is very well written and i
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Carol Preston
Enjoyed this story of hope and grace. Sometimes found it a bit wordy and detailed which slowed the story a bit
Tiffany
Feb 08, 2016 Tiffany rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
All in Good Time by Maureen Lang is another one of the titles to read for the Tyndale Summer Reading Program. I was glad my friend Jessie had it to share with me as our library doesn't carry it. :) This is a story of a banker and a young lady who is trying to open a home for prostitutes who want to leave and find other work. Henry and Dessa's paths cross when she asks for a loan from his bank to by the home. What ensues is a story of secrets being revealed and God's unending grace and forgivenes ...more
Laura
Jul 13, 2016 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
ALL IN GOOD TIME is a book with a good premise, but predictable and very slow. The faith message revolves around the need to wait on God to make your way clear, not rush into things head on like a fool. I hesitate to call Dessa a fool, because she is called by God and is passionate, but she fails to listen to advice and she acts without thinking getting herself into all kinds of trouble.

Henry--I'm not sure what I think of him. I didn't like him at all at first. By the halfway mark he was beginn
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Kay M
Oct 29, 2014 Kay M rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a really good story set in 1880's Denver, Colorado. To me, more than anything, it is a story of forgiveness--not only in the usual sense of forgiving others, but in the sometimes magnanimous effort of forgiving oneself.

There are many interesting social issues that play into the story, which add a richness and depth that keep the reader engaged. The glaring issue is prostitution and lack of opportunity for woman, in which the author gives the reader interesting background information con
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Lis K
Jun 21, 2014 Lis K rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book I've read from Maureen Lang and it didn't disappoint. It's the journey of two people trying to come to terms with their past mistakes and finding grace from others in the process. Dessa thinks her past precludes her from being able to marry;she believes she will be content in continuing her mentor's dream of opening a house for former prostitutes. Yet, she tends to be impatient when waiting on God so she tries to do things her way (which she thinks would be God's way, too) ...more
Kym McNabney
Dec 15, 2012 Kym McNabney rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’m a huge MAUREEN LANG fan, so it was never in question if I was going to like ALL IN GOOD TIME. I have yet to read one of her novels that didn’t captivate me from the first page to the last.

Dessa Caldwell is on a mission. A mission that not many would believe to be a wise choice, but that hardly mattered to her. God has placed a calling upon her and she means to obey. Only problem is she needs to acquire a loan from Hawkins National Bank. The owner is less than happy to approve her much neede
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K.a.
Nov 07, 2013 K.a. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the interest of full disclosure, I did win this book in a giveaway here on this site. My winning, however, has had absolutely no influence on my review. In fact, I entered the giveaway when I was halfway through my library's copy and I didn't even know that I had won until after I had finished it and rated it five stars.

That being said, I absolutely loved this book. From the first page I couldn't put it down and I read straight through in three days. It was a subject I'd never before encounte
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Kate
Mar 14, 2013 Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Does the heart judge what the eyes cannot see?

Henry Hawkins had a questionable career in his younger days. His current position as a banker has him thinking much on the outcome of his future, a pale existance of a life in need of revamping.

Dessa Caldwell is in search of a loan to benefit Pierson House, a home for women, is keenly aware of the many obstacles that would deter her from her plans.
When she applies for a loan at Henry's bank their initial meeting is less than memorable.
A shared secret
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Sherrey
Mar 25, 2013 Sherrey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


A woman with a dream to build a haven for former prostitutes in Denver circa 1887 and who needs money. All_In_Good_Time_Screen_Shot
A banker who is highly successful with money to lend. What more could be needed to bring Dessa Caldwell’s dream to fruition? A great deal as Maureen Lang shares in her book, All in Good Time.

Lang’s characters come alive on the pages as Dessa obtains her loan from Henry Hawkins’s bank but not because of Hawkins’s approval. Hawkins’s uncle, Tobias Ridgeway, sees the go
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Victor Gentile
Jul 14, 2013 Victor Gentile rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Maureen Lang in her new book “All In Good Time” Book Two in the Gilded Legacy series published by Tyndale House Publishers takes us to 1887 Denver and into the life of Dessa Caldwell.

From the back cover: Denver 1887

Dessa Caldwell has a dream: to open Pierson House, a refuge for former prostitutes in Denver’s roughest neighborhood. But after exhausting all charitable donations, Dessa still needs a loan, and nearly every bank in town has turned her down. Her last hope hinges on the owner of Hawkin
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Rachel
May 10, 2013 Rachel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"All in Good Time" by Maureen Lang was a great read! I thought it might be good, given the description of it. The book has a different plot and a different location than any Christian historical fiction I recall having read, and honestly I'm quite glad it does!

Dessa Caldwell, the protagonist, understands what it is like to have a past darkened with mistakes. But she also knows personally what the grace of God can do to wash away her sins and give her a bright future. This knowledge spurs her for
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Renn Shearin
Jun 18, 2013 Renn Shearin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dessa Caldwell has a dream: to open Pierson House, a refuge for former prostitutes in Denver’s roughest neighborhood. But after exhausting all charitable donations, Dessa still needs a loan, and nearly every bank in town has turned her down. Her last hope hinges on the owner of Hawkins National Bank.


Henry Hawkins has a secret: though he owns the most successful bank in town, his initial capital came from three successful raids on Wells Fargo coaches. Now he’s the most eligible bachelor in Denver
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Linda Walters
Dessa Caldwell, Henry Hawkins, and Turk Foster. All three have dreams and all three have secrets that could destroy those dreams. Dessa has a mission to open Pierson House, in Denver, to help those who want to leave the "ladies of the night" trade. She needs extra monies to help make that dream a reality. This is where she meets Henry Hawkins who owns Hawkins National Bank. His bank has been founded by money he stole in three Wells Fargo robberies. He has built it up a successful, prosperous bus ...more
Jen W.
Jun 10, 2013 Jen W. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a fantastic story! Maureen Lang does a great job at weaving the lives of Henry Hawkins and Dessa Caldwell together, both impulsive, stubborn and in need to learn the same lessons. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and dived right in as soon as it came in the mail. It didn't take me long to read at all! I just loved Dessa and her determination to help woman and young woman out and get them out of bad situations. She didn't just want to give them a hand out but a hand up and teach them skills an ...more
Deborah
May 30, 2013 Deborah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dessa Caldwell has a dream that she desperately wants to become a reality - to open a house of refuge for former prostitutes in Denver, Colorado. She faces two obstacles; she is a single woman with no connections, and she has no money to open Pierson House on her own. Knowing for a certainty that God wants her to reach out to the city's despised women, her last hope hinges on Hawkins National Bank.

Henry Hawkins is not the friendliest of men. He has a secret past to hide, and making friends is n
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Faye
Apr 01, 2013 Faye rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A page-turning character driven novel, that I couldn't help but love!


Dessa Caldwell has a heart for helping women who are in tough situations, much like she was many years ago.

Henry Hawkins is the most respected banker in town, but he has a dark secret in his past that give him no rest. He finds himself drawn to Dessa and finds his heart softening, as his desire grows to help her in her mission.

Will Dessa and Henry be able to stand strong against the tides of opposition?


Written with an engagin
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Debbie
May 30, 2013 Debbie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I believe this is my first time reading a book by Maureen Lang and it won’t be my last. She is a gifted writer who draws you into the book immediately and doesn’t let you go until the end…and then you want it to keep going! She develops her characters wonderfully and gives a Christian perspective to the story without being “preachy”.

Dessa Caldwell is on a mission to help women in Denver who have no other choice than to work in a brothel. She is not the least bit condemning because she knows that
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Renae Sattazahn
Mar 24, 2013 Renae Sattazahn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've read several of Maureen Lang's novels including Bees in the Butterfly Garden and Whisper on the Wind. However, All in Good Time is by far my favorite! The characters were real, the setting was fascinating, and I enjoyed both of the main male characters, Henry Hawkins and Turk Foster.

The book is set in the red light district of early Denver, CO. Dessa takes out a loan to fulfill her dream of setting up a safehouse for women who wish to get out of prostitution. Funds are tight, and both she
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Patricia Kemp Blackmon
Dessa Caldwell grieves for her friend Sophia Pierson, they had planned on starting a home for women who are caught up in white slavery and prostitution. Dessa is determined to carry out this dream. She has found a house in a not so respectable area that would be perfect in every way especially the price. But she needs a loan from the bank.

Henry Hawkins owns the local bank and his Uncle has just approved a large loan to Dessa Caldwell without his final approval. When she insist on thanking him, h
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Becky
Apr 18, 2013 Becky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story begins with a stage coach robbery. A number of years later, we find Dessa, a former maid, in 1887 Denver. She wishes to get a loan to start Pierson House. This will be a home for women who want to get off the streets. It is to be named after Dessa’s late friend who got her started in street ministry.

Dessa has an uphill climb to get a loan. After all the other banks in Denver have turned her down, she walks into the bank owned by Henry Hawkins. Henry is the stiffest, most unfriendly, m
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Samantha Jo
More and more I find that I enjoy Historical Fiction over most others. After reading a few modern stories in a row, I was glad to be back to horse drawn carriages and long flowing skirts.
Ms. Lang draws the reader in from the beginning with tales of a rather wild west bank robbery that sets the stage for the story to come. After this, however, the first few pages of the book paled in comparison… I had a bit of a hard time getting through to the middle. But, it was well worth the perseverance. I
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Maureen Lang has always had a passion for writing. She wrote her first novel longhand around the age of 10, put the pages into a notebook she had covered with soft deerskin (nothing but the best!), then passed it around the neighborhood to rave reviews. It was so much fun she's been writing ever since.

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