Homespun Bride (The McKaslin Clan Historical #2)
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Homespun Bride (The McKaslin Clan Historical #2)

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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...more
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 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
Shelves: nook, 2012
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...more
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....more
Suzanne Williams
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
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
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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...more
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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
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...more
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.
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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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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
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
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
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…

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.
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!
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.
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.
ஐ Briansgirl (Book Sale Queen)ஐ
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.
Phyllis Freeman
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...more
Jan 06, 2012 Babs rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
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
I was initially drawn to this book because it featured a blind heroine and one of my very first youthful romances was with a girl blind since birth. As I read it, I likened it to Jane Austen's Persuasion, not in quality but the story idea.

Noelle Kramer had come to live with her devoted aunt following the tragic wagon accident that killed both of her parents and leaves her blind because of a severe blow to her head.

Noelle and her aunt are rescued from a an almost accident in their sleigh by what...more
One of my pet peeves in literature is when a book is not edited thoughtfully. I made it to the third chapter in this book before I just couldn't stand the discrepancies any longer. For example, if an author feels it is important to include what time of day a character does something, and how long that something takes, then when the task is finished the time should match up.

Excerpts from the book:
"The clock was striking nine as he closed the back door behind him."
A few sentences later - "While he...more
Kristin (These Pretty Words)
Review originally published at These Pretty Words

I’m a sucker for a good historical romance. Whether it is a Regency Era story filled with rogues and broken betrothals or a wonderful politically charged tale from the reign of Bloody Mary – when they’re done right, I get sucked back in time and love every single second. So when I saw this little number come up as a possible review book, I jumped at the chance to read it.

Author Jillian Hart takes us back to 1883 and places her characters in a town...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...more
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