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Homespun Bride (The McKaslin Clan Historical #2)

3.46  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,761 Ratings  ·  335 Reviews

Montana Territory in 1883 was a dangerous place --- especially for a blind woman struggling to make her way through an early winter snowstorm. Undaunted, Noelle Kramer fought to remain independent. But then a runaway horse nearly plunged her into a rushing, ice-choked river, before a stranger's strong, sure hand saved her from certain death.

And yet thi
Paperback, 282 pages
Published February 1st 2008 by Harlequin Books (first published January 1st 2008)
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Bethenia Dixon
Oct 11, 2012 Bethenia Dixon rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
Had I not been so annoyed at a few things, I might have cried at the end.

The main thing being the over usage of the word "baritone" in the place of "voice". 26 times is way too much. It's as if the author couldn't come up with anything better or as if she had just learned a new word and was intent on showing off her new knowledge at every slight opportunity.

Another thing being that it sporadically went from Noelle's thoughts to Thad's thoughts to the third person on both of them, sometimes eve
Jun 02, 2009 Eileen rated it did not like it
Holy Mackerel, this was the WORST book I have EVER read. She uses the most disgustingly ridiculous similes I've ever read, and is so heavy-handed with them, I found myself laughing out loud at them while I read. It is a Christian Romance - not super religiously overtoned, but there is exactly ONE KISS (what kind of romance novel has one kiss???) and the characters were as flat as pancakes personality-wise. I'm pretty sure there was no plot. Just a lot of "I'm so hurt, I couldn't possibly love hi ...more
Jun 13, 2012 Saimah rated it did not like it
It had been quite a while since I had read something on the lines of historical romance and although this book claimed of being one, it was far from it.

The whiny annoying heroine, Noelle, loses her parents and her sight in a road accident and the absolutely flawless hero, Thad, knows nothing about the tragedy as he had left Noelle much before that. Noelle's parents had convinced Thad that he would never be able to provide their daughter the comforts and luxuries of life that she was so used to.
Suzanne Williams
Jan 01, 2012 Suzanne Williams rated it it was ok
I wanted to love this book, really I did. But the quality of the writing stopped me. The idea of the female character, Noelle, being blind and finding love despite that was touching. I found the male character, Thad, to be the only saving grace of the book. His devotion to her was wonderful. I did like the various minor characters. However, not enough was done to describe them, past Henrietta's objection to modern progress, which was amusing. The only plot of the book, the accident with the uncl ...more
Mar 09, 2009 Wendy rated it did not like it
Third of the three free ebooks in the Love Inspired line from Harlequin.

Man, I deserve karmic points for sticking with this turgid and tedious story to the end. Okay, okay, I admit to skipping plenty of stuff in the last chapter, in my eagerness to just be done with the story. But the point is that I did in fact stick with it to the end.

Historic romance set in 1860's Montana. Previously sighted heroine rendered blind by a blow on the head in a buggy accident that also killed the parents who (u
Nov 20, 2010 Kerri rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
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Jun 11, 2011 Gail rated it really liked it
I loved this book about a blind young woman, Noelle, whose true love, Thad, was run out of town five years ago by her parents and she believed he had just left her because he didn't love her anymore. She was broken hearted but went on with her life and in the meantime was in a terrible accident which killed her parents and left her blind.
Thad comes back to town without her knowledge when she is almost in another accident and comes along just in time to save her not realizing it is him! He sticks
Apr 05, 2009 Rebecca rated it it was amazing
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Apr 04, 2011 L_manning rated it it was ok
I want to preface this review by saying I don't normally read romance novels. They're just not my thing. However, the e-book was free, and I am not one to pass up a free book. So I thought I'd try it. It was pretty much what I expected. It felt very slow to me. I kept reading and then looking at the page count. I was unsure how the author was going to fill it as they were pining for each from page 1. It ends exactly how you expect it's going to from the beginning. No huge surprises or twists. Ho ...more
Mar 24, 2009 A.M. rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, romance, woman-s
One of the free books for eHarlequin's 60th birthday.
A lot less slushy than many of their other novels--throughout the novel there is only one kiss!--and a frustrating tale of two lovers who believe the time for their love has passed.
I found myself skimming through various sections, because the pacing was a little slow, and there simply wasn't enough tension between the two characters to keep things moving.
Apr 07, 2012 Petra rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: english, e-book
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Jan 09, 2012 Holly rated it it was ok
The only reason I read this in the first place was because it was a free ebook. And it was okay. But I can't give it much more than that.
The main character - Noelle - was whiny and annoying; constantly determined that there was NO WAY anyone could ever love her or that she could possibly live without being a burden on whoever she lived with. She went on and on about the fact that there was no way Thad could love her. And, quite simply, it got incredibly boring.
Thad was okay, but he was little mo
Rubi Jayne
I really, really wanted to like this book. And I did like how this book taught patience and faith. Not just to the characters within the story, but also to the reader. (You have to have a lot of patience to get through this book, and some faith that it will get better doesn't help, even though it's disappointed faith by the end.)

After saying that...

I have no idea where the title came from, but it so does not fit this story.

I have no problem with suffering and tortured characters, but these two
I downloaded this book to my Kindle because it was free,it was a historical western and the h's name was Noelle (almost never see my name in a book). It turned out to be a pretty good book. It did turn out to be a Christian/ faith based story wich really isn't my cuppa but wasn't advertised that way.

Noelle (h) lost her sight and her parents in a cariage accident and lives with her Aunt, Uncle and cousins. Thad (H) was suppose to elope with Noelle 5 years before(before she lost her sight) but lef
Apr 18, 2013 Lyssa rated it did not like it
ugh. i got this for free and tried to give a fair chance, but it was just every kind of awful. Let me save you the time- there was not a single redeeming thing about this book. Not one.

the characters are one dimensional. any "change" occured before the book started.

the characters are the authors idea of flawless. the only thing that stands between them is a simple misunderstanding: *spoiler alert, which is revealed in like, the first page* Thad left her the night they were supposed to elope, and
Dec 11, 2011 Rene rated it liked it
Noelle goes blind after the horse-drawn carraige carrying her and her parents has a horrible accident in the snow and ice. Not only does she lose her sight but she also loses both parents. Her Aunt, Uncle and 5 girl cousins take her in as one of their own as they move to Montanna to be with her. This is not the only traumatic event in her life. At the age of 16 she falls in love with a man who stands her up after having made plans for marraige. Years later, dependent upon her Aunt and Uncle she ...more
Jan 27, 2012 Goblin rated it liked it
I thought this one was good, the story was a sweet one. I didn't go into this book realizing who the publisher was. I picked this book up this book for free because I'm a sucker for feel good stories every now and again. My one complaint, that isn't so much as a complaint, but an observation; The story got to the point where the god speak felt a bit forced, and it was nearer the end. It just felt like it was unnaturally shoved in in parts so that a quota could be fit. Just left the dialog/text f ...more
Valerie Waters
May 02, 2012 Valerie Waters rated it liked it
This book was cute but I think it could have been a novella and it would have been SO MUCH BETTER!! There was just way too much of her thinking, then him thinking. Then she was thinking about the same thing, then he was thinking about it again....and so on! You get the point. There was just way too much inner conversations (the same one!) going on. It would have been nice if there were some side stories developed or something. Noelle was very strong, I wish she would have realized that at some p ...more
Aug 04, 2014 Sue rated it liked it
The starting pages of promise a good story. The heroine is Noelle, a young lady at the end of the 19th century who is blind following an accident. Noelle and her aunt Henrietta are out for a drive on a winter’s day when their horse bolts and they are only just rescued before plunging into the river.

The rescuer - by remarkable coincidence - is a young man called Thad who just happens to be the man who jilted Noelle some years previously, and disappeared without a trace, leaving her heartbroken…

Sep 11, 2013 Karen rated it liked it
Perhaps I'm not fair giving this book 3 stars?! I'm just NOT a romance reader! When I started the book I thought it would be more "historical fiction", but was into it when I realized it really was a romance. It is set in an earlier century, so is referred to as historical fiction.
I wish libraries would divide out the true romance fictions from a true HISTORICAL fictions I love when I find that an author has done lots of research and the reader has the opportunity to learn something.
Sep 18, 2010 Traci rated it it was ok
Shelves: nook-book
Wow, people who finish this book deserve some major points!! The tale between the two characters is slow paced, sluggish and repetitive. This was a side novel to have something quick to read in between other longer novels and instead became the book that would never find an ending (happy or not). I began to wonder how many ways there were to say a few of the "key phrases" that dominated the book. It was a free download for my nook and I'm not even sure it was worth that...agh!
Nov 20, 2014 Judio rated it liked it
I rarely read reviews of books before I complete them - and for a good reason, too. Unless I am looking for a new author whose work I might like to try, I don't want to be influenced by opinions. I've just finished reading this book and have gone to look at some of the reviews. And frankly, I'm surprised by some of them.

Classed as a historical romance from Harlequin, the novel is set in rural Montana. The heroine is a young woman who lost her sight five years prior to the time we meet her; the
Feb 27, 2009 Sheila rated it really liked it
Wow, that was a really good book! Another Tragic Misunderstanding, but handled well; a blind heroine with spine and humor; and a very pretty romance.

My only complaint, really, is that the title is a complete dud. Doesn't work with the book at all.

...and thus ends my eHarlequin adventures. All in all, I had a good time, and I will definitely keep an eye on some of these lines in the future.
Aug 13, 2012 Sonia rated it it was ok
I enjoyed the story, but the constant pining for the past and the main characters feeling sorry for themselves constantly got on my nerves. It would have been a better story and much shorter if there hadn't been so much of the pining and internal whining.
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I really enjoyed this book. The heroine is blind in 1883 Montana. It's a lovely love story with a HEA ending. It may be an inspirational romance but no bible thumping in this one, just references to folks praying.
Darlene Lindstrom
Excellent book you won't be able to put it down

Every book I have read by Jillian Hart is always great and you can never put her books down !This book us one of my favorites written by Jillian Hart!it has everything great ,character's,romance,hope forgiveness trust , Godly messages and the main character really makes you feel like you can do Anything after what she has been thru and is going thru . I sure hope and pray there are people out in this world like these two character's !:) it really pu
Phyllis Freeman
Dec 23, 2013 Phyllis Freeman rated it liked it
Homespun Bride by Jillian Hart
Author, Hart, gives us a glimpse into the world of darkness-Noelle’s world. Her high school boyfriend returns to her hometown after years of working on ranches and sleeping on the hard ground. He comes home to help his family and finds that the girl he left years before still stirs feelings in him. Hart’s book allows us to follow Thad’s efforts to rekindle love in Noelle even though it seems over done. He discovers that she has no idea why he was forced to leave the
Ruby Thomas
Could have been better

The only reason I picked up this book, was that it was the only one I knew whose main protagonist is blind. However, the plot was as clique as they get and I find that the other minor characters could have been developed better; like the only time the author mentions them is when she herself has gotten tired of droning on and on and ON about how Thad and Noelle are antagonizing about their souls and spirits and the almighty force of love and all that sappy stuff. Heck but i
Jan 06, 2012 Babs rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Western, Romance
Noelle is blind from an accident that killed her parents. The man she was engaged to left her as he thought she was damaged goods. She has been living with her aunt and uncle since the accident. Noelle and her aunt were heading home in a storm when the horse was startled by the train and took off. A stranger out of no where saves them before then can of over into the icy river. Noelle seems to know this man, but can't quite put her finger on who it is. The stranger turns out to be Thad her first ...more
Jul 03, 2012 Mtlusty rated it really liked it
This is a story of love lost and love found. The reader experiences Montana Territory in 1883, much of it via the acute senses of a blind young lady. Noelle Kramer had planned to marry Thad McKaslin five years ago, when he suddenly left the state. Noelle never did under-stand why, but she had tried to move on with her life. In the mean-time, she and her parents were involved in a runaway carriage accident in which her parents were killed and she was blinded. Now she lived with her aunt, uncle an ...more
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Jillian Hart grew up on her family's homestead in Washington state, where she raised cattle, rode horses and scribbled stories in her spare time.
After earning her English degree from Whitman College, she worked in travel and advertising before selling her first novel.
When Jillian isn't working on her next story, she can be found puttering around her rose garden, curled up with a good book and sp
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