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Frontier Courtship (Courtship #1)

3.73 of 5 stars 3.73  ·  rating details  ·  105 ratings  ·  6 reviews
She had made a solemn promise to see her younger sister to safety in California. But the endless journey across the frontier was proving a heartbreaking test of courage and endurance for Faith Beal. All she had to sustain her was her steadfast belief in a loving God--and the guiding hand of a stranger who truly seemed heaven-sent. Connell McClain was her selfless guardian ...more
Paperback, 277 pages
Published March 1st 2008 by Harlequin Books
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"Frontier Courtship" by Valerie Hansen is an adventurous, not a moment of rest action packed book with some interesting twists and turns along the way. The trip from the midwest to the west coast is not an easy one for anyone.

Faith Beal is a woman who has had to grow up rather quickly with all that has happened to her over the last few months of her life. She has a lot to learn but she learns pretty quickly which really helps at times. Faith also holds on tightly to her faith as things go from b

"I have a very idealized, romanticized vision of the Old West and what it must have been like to live and explore there. I blame this on "Little House on the Prairie" primarily, but it always seemed very exciting to live in a relatively unexplored world. Valerie Hansen is a good author and I've enjoyed some of her other books, but this one isn't her best.

The plot centers on a wagon train heading to California during the heady days of the Gold Rush. The train's nefarious Captain, Ramsay Tucker,
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This is one where the cover and the tag line really don't match the content. It looks all peaceful with the placid word "courtship" in the title. There's not really time for courtship here with lots of attempted murder and a desperate race to reach California. But our hero and heroine fall for each other through their struggles, as it should be in this kind of book. The inspirational part is fairly low-key and flows as part of a settler's typical beliefs. My only complaint is something that occu ...more
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Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee; yea, in the show of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be over past. ~ Psalm 57:1

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. ~ Romans 8:28

Time Period: 1850's
Location: Oregon Trail & California, USA
Seriously inconsistent characterization, a story that dragged for being so chock full of intrigue and murder, but parts of it were really interesting.
I enjoy reading about the old west and this book did a good job in delivering that.
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