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All in Good Time (The Gilded Legacy #2)

3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  185 ratings  ·  56 reviews
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
ebook, 400 pages
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.
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
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
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
Paula Vince
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
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
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
Carol Preston
Enjoyed this story of hope and grace. Sometimes found it a bit wordy and detailed which slowed the story a bit
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
Lis K
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
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
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
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

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
Victor Gentile
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
"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
Renn Shearin
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
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.
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
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
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
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
Renae Sattazahn
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
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
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
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
Dessa Caldwell has a passion and drive about helping women and girls in need, prostitutes included. After attempting to acquire a loan from Mr. Henry Hawkins she discovers that starting her Pierson House is not as easy as she thought. Henry has a secret past that he wants no one to know about, and hiding the secret has made him a very stubborn and lonely man. Dessa starts meeting women and discovers more about their life in Denver and the people who "run the town".
I was interested in this book
All In Good Time by Maureen Lang

Dessa Caldwell has a dream. She wants to fulfill the mission of her mentor, Sophie Pierson, and open a home for women seeking shelter. Her goal is to give prostitutes an opportunity of leaving their lifestyles. She needs financing to buy a home located on the edge of the Fourth Ward in Denver where the nightly business goes down. An application for a loan brings her to Hawkins National.

Henry Hawkins is a successful banker and Denver’s own Scrooge. He avoids all s
Having never read any of Maureen Lang’s books before, although having wanted to on countless occasions, I must say she knows how to spin together an amazing story. All in Good Time is such a deep novel with a lot of aspects to it that make the plot flow really well, despite all the elements associated with it.

Dessa Caldwell has a dream: to open Pierson House, a refuge for former prostitutes in Denver’s roughest neighbourhood. But after exhausting all charitable donations, Dessa still needs a lo
Katherine Jones
Maureen Lang offers Christian historical romance fans a well-crafted story with carefully developed characters, a nicely twisty plot, and believable dialogue. Her details of tone, character, voice and vocabulary reveal impressively meticulous research, which provides the convincing foundation to her novel. Lang clearly loves what she does (both researching and writing), and the marriage of these two passions shines in her attention to the craft of storytelling.

In All in Good Time, we find Della,
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Maureen Lang

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.

Most of her books are historical, with an emphasis on faith and romance.

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