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Forevermore (Only in Gooding #2)

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Another unforgettable heroine!
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 change
Paperback, 352 pages
Published January 1st 2008 by Bethany House Publishers
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Jul 19, 2008 Kimberly rated it really liked it
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
Oct 30, 2014 J. rated it really liked it
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.
Dec 07, 2009 SheLove2Read rated it really liked it
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!
Carrie Daws
Oct 25, 2015 Carrie Daws rated it it was amazing
Oh. My. Goodness! I've never read a Cathy Marie Hake book I didn't like. I've always giggled through them, loving the characters and the predicaments so very much. I love the town of Gooding and all the fun people who live there--but Hope has stolen my heart! She is now my hands-down favorite character EVER. From her messed-up sayings to her sweet heart that somehow soothes over the worst situations, she is a woman that I would love to know. When I have a fiction book on my Kindle, I rarely make ...more
Aug 06, 2014 Mary rated it it was amazing
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 it was amazing
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
Apr 11, 2010 Delia rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 27, 2014 Janine rated it it was amazing
"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
Jul 25, 2012 Monkeyface rated it it was amazing
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
May 10, 2010 Pathway rated it it was amazing
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 it was amazing
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
Willowy Whisper
Mar 22, 2015 Willowy Whisper rated it it was amazing
This book was excellent!!! The characters were so dear---and quick to fall in love with. The novel was very well written, and by the time I neared the end of the book, I couldn't stop thinking about what was going to happen next!!!
Sarah Gai
Jul 13, 2014 Sarah Gai rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 03, 2014 Gmc rated it really liked it
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
Mar 12, 2015 Ashley rated it liked it
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Nov 07, 2015 H rated it liked it
Hope was such a great character--she really carried this book. With her mixed-up sayings and eternal optimism and fierce loyalty, I always enjoyed reading about her. I also liked the story, how Hope was able to bring the Stauffer family out of their grief and fear, mostly just by her sunny example and friendship. The romance felt a bit rushed to me, with warm feelings springing up all of a sudden on a mostly "told" rather than "shown" foundation, but it wasn't nearly so abrupt as That Certain Sp ...more
Aug 01, 2016 Sabine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hope Ladley reist mit ihrem Maultier durch Texas, immer auf der Wanderschaft und Suche nach einem Aushilfsjob als Köchin. So kommt sie auch zur Farm von Jakob Stauffer, einem Witwer mit einer kleinen Tochter, der seine Farm mit einem Helfer und seiner hochschwangeren Schwester Annie bewirtschaftet. Die Ernte steht vor der Tür und so kommt die Hilfe von Hope gerade richtig. Die fröhliche Hope und der eher schroffe Jakob haben einen holperigen Start aber manchmal verbirgt sich hinter einer rauen S ...more
Jul 31, 2015 Rachael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hope Ladley is a housekeeper who follows God's call wherever it leads her. She comes to the home of widower Jakob Stauffer and breathes a breath of fresh air into his home.

One of the things that I liked about Hope was her eternal optimism and cheer. She just keeps moving forward, looking at the bright side, and relying on God. She was forever misquoting Bible verses or idioms but she never felt embarrassed by any of it. In fact, she often explains why her version was actually the one that made
Oct 28, 2012 Samantha rated it really liked it
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
Mar 25, 2011 Jane rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 4th-quarter
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
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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
Jun 09, 2013 LadyCalico rated it liked it
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
Lea Carter
May 12, 2015 Lea Carter rated it it was amazing
Hope walks up to Jakob's house in bare feet and a battered straw hat. She butchers expressions, bottles fireflies, and generally endears herself to everyone she meets...except for Annie's abusive husband, who she frightens off with her talk of measles.
I laughed so hard reading this book! I wish I could've watched the writing process--how did Ms. Hake come up with so much cleverness?
Aug 16, 2016 Megan rated it really liked it
I loved Hope! What a fantastic character! She was a simple woman but she didn't play games, didn't waste time mincing words, she was a straight talker and a hard worker and an all-around fun character to read. I was disappointed with how feeble Jacob's sister was portrayed to be. I can understand a wounded soul but I felt they treated her like a five year old.
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! :)
Jul 25, 2010 Bobby rated it it was ok
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
Mar 05, 2015 Tolly rated it it was amazing
Very enjoyable! I loved the concept of a main character that can't read, and how she absorbs words when people read out loud. Seems that it would take a lot of vision to think out the concept. I have read since I was 4. This is the most developed thought on a non-reading book character I have ever read. For that, read this book. Interesting people. Love stories, interesting historical facts.
May 28, 2014 Holly rated it did not like it
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.
I really loved this book!! Cathy Marie Hake is one of my favorite writers and Forevermore is in my top three favorite novels written by her. The characters are wonderful!! Hope (my favorite) is quirky, hardworking, and consistently a bright beam of sunshine. Jakob is the perfect gentleman and I just love their love story! Annie is so gentle and broken and brave. I cried several times over Annie. And little Emmy Lou is just cute as a button. What this family goes through isn't all that different ...more
Phyllis C
Jul 24, 2014 Phyllis C rated it really liked it
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.
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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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