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The Gable Faces East (Byrnehouse-Davies & Hamilton Saga #1)

4.2 of 5 stars 4.20  ·  rating details  ·  2,481 ratings  ·  177 reviews
A Sweeping Historical Drama of Love, Hate, Revenge, and Destiny

For readers who have enjoyed Anita Stansfield’s best-selling First Love and Forever series, this extraordinary novel tells the story of Michael Hamilton’s great-grandparents, whose journey toward love was larger than life and ruled by a destiny that was both kind and cruel. It is the unforgettable saga of two
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Paperback, 499 pages
Published August 1st 1999 by Covenant Communications (first published 1999)
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Jennifer
Quite possibly the WORST book I've ever read, and that's saying a lot because I've read a lot of crap lately. I think I am scarred permanently, and will not be able to pick up another book for fear being subjected to one more simpering woman and her trite phrases, ridiculous plot lines, or any more men "taking her face into his hands."

If it's a Pulitzer prize winner, then the book has to be all about incest, rape, drug use, explicit sex, foul language, and unlikable people. The only thing worse
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Katie Watkins
When Alexa turns up on Jess's doorstep, looking for a job as a horse trainer, he is quick to dismiss her, until she convinces him to give her a chance. What they didn't count on was falling in love.

Full of romance, revenge, and crazy twists and turns, The Gable Faces East is a great story that takes place in Australia.

*Possible Spoiler Alert*

I really liked Alexa. She was a strong woman who knew her mind. However, I struggled with her ability to turn her love so quickly from one man to another.
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Jennifer
This has been my favorite book for years. I like all of Anita Stansfield's work to varying degrees. I have read ALL of her books, and in my opinion, this is her best. (The Sequel, Gables against the Sky, is her second best!) This is a great recommend for friends that are not LDS, because it is 1 of her 3 books that do not include LDS doctrine or LDS scenarios, but fabulous faith and character. It has so much more that just the endearing love story! Twists and anticipation that led me to reading ...more
Megan Evans
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Charissa
I love this author. Her stories, especially the ones in historical settings, grab onto my heart and don’t let go. I read this way too fast because I lost sleep one night trying to figure out what would happen to the characters when I was in the middle of the book. Suffice it to say, to rest well tonight, I pushed through and finished today. The characters…Jesse Davies and Alex…are strong-willed, stubborn, and perfect for each other. But Stansfield doesn’t make it easy for them to get together. I ...more
The Sweet Bookshelf
Oh my goodness, this book was amazing! I'd read the subsequent books about 8 yrs ago, but I hadn't read this prequel yet. It was everything I was hoping for. Australian men in the outback on a horse ranch?! Say no more! I've always been intrigued by Australia and I love a good romance.

This book is so full of drama, mystery, hurt, and an undying love. I was gripped at every page. I wanted more and the author gave it to me. I love period drama's and this delivered on so many levels. The characters
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Loni
Okay, usually I am not a fan of romance fiction or fluffy novels by LDS authors, but when I came to visit my mom she said I had to read it. I was surprised to discover that this book has a well developed plot and gripping story. It's not LDS, but definitely could be considered Christian. If you read it, don't expect anything grand or glorious, but if you get your hands on it, don't expect to have any free time as you can't put it down! As for the story, it's kind of a Romeo and Juliet type of st ...more
Melanie
Read the whole Byrnehouse-Davies & Hamilton series in my late teens and early 20s and happened upon a couple of older books from the series in a Clearance section for $2 at the bookstore. I must say, I still enjoy the books almost as much as when I first read them while I was still single and dreaming that, "Someday my prince [would] come"--nothing beats being married, having a family and creating a real-life romance all your own, with all the inherent twists and turns that come with life. I ...more
Melissa
Wow I remember loving this book in high school but now I had to stop reading it cause I got so sick and tired of the characters talking about the urning for each other. the main guy keeps trying to convince the girl he loves to sleep with him over and over again. he tells at her a bit in the book, grabs her, pushes her around a bit....I don't like it. it isn't love when a guy pursues you and bosses you around. I don't care if he is really sweet sometimes any form can be sweet some times. I like ...more
DeeAnn Christensen
Excellent!

This is not the first time I have read it and it was wonderful this time, also. I would be more than happy to recommend the book to anyone who wants a good read with a good, clean love story filled with passion, intrigue, sorrow and answers to soul searching questions.
Tresan Alvey
If you loved the Always and Forever series, you definitely need to read this as well. I enjoyed it a lot as it really made characters you've heard about in previous books more alive. It was a fun and easy read.
Jenny
This novel was ok for me. Perhaps I’d have a better review if I had not just read a brain-candy romance prior to this. This book was long and overly predictable. One character in particular was doomed from the first moment he walked onto the page. Yet, being predictable is not always a blemish for a novel—don’t we want the guy to always get the girl? It’s the journey of the novel that should be worth the read—not the destination. I found myself a third of the way through the novel ticked off—the ...more
Olivia
I love anything Stansfield! However, it wasn't just the style I loved in this book. I really enjoyed this book for the uniqueness of the setting....Australia near the Outback.
Brandy
Apr 02, 2008 Brandy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone
Of all the Anita Stansfield books this book and Gables against the sky are my favorites. I love the setting of old times. I love the way the family is so close, so loving, so open to accept anyone. I love to see how they act with such character. It is written in a way that is a life I would dream of having. Having so much money that you could do whatever you wanted with your life and then choose to spend it helping people. To have such strong family values and really have deep bonds with all tho ...more
Kimberly
Anita Standsfield has legions of fans. I am not one of them. I will not insult the author herself, that's just rude. However, her books are NOT for me.
Christina
Even though I made the mistake of reading the sequel first, I still loved this book. I think this one and the one right after it (Gables Against the Sky) are my favorite Anita Stansfield novels. They are intense stories with likable characters. This one has quite a mystery as well (although, as I already said, I ruined that part of it by reading the second book first). I also like the historical setting.

An added bonus is that you get the complete stories that are only hinted at in the original m
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Deana
Aug 06, 2008 Deana rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Love Story Lovers
Recommended to Deana by: Christine Huntsman
This story is christian but not LDS. It is set in Australia during the horse and buggy days. The love story is unique. There is a time where you get so mad you want to throw the book out the window. The first time through I wasn't sure if I liked the angle of the story; however, after having read it 5-6 times, I see a softness to the plot that originally bothered me. I suppose I could see that what happened really had to happen for the well being of the characters.

Definitely my favorite Anita bo
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Michelle
This was recommended by a good friend of mine as a "clean, historical romance" and I think that is a good descriptor but not at all what I expected. I wouldn't recommend it to an unmarried girl because of all the "heavy" romance descriptors and inappropriate scenes. The main girl is strong and well created but also flaky and really cheesy. She "can't help herself" kissing her soul mate when she has willingly chosen to marry another man. That alone puts the book at 1 star for me. The history part ...more
Angelyn
I haven't read her because I didn't think she would be very good but I liked her writing. There was some angst but some people like that.
Becky
One of my favorite books! I love how Anita makes you feel what her characters feel...a nice reminder of young love.
Angie Tolman
Story from the 1400s. Love the description of the place and can totally seemyself visiting it.
aubrey
alright. i know i am not a fan of anita stansfield since all of her books are formulaic and beyond cheesy. but, this was the first of her books that i read a long time ago and have lately been thinking about it. so, i asked my mom to bring it with her when she came for a visit. there definitely are some eye-rolling moments and the plot is a tad far fetched but it was nice to lose myself in a romantic story that didn't take any analyzing or thought whatsoever. {plus, who wouldn't want two handsom ...more
Jennefer Jones
I've read almost all her books and the journey thus family had taken over the course of all the books. It's been awhile since I have read this one but it has always stuck out as a favorite of mine. You can't help but get connected to this family. They have real trials just like we do and I am always strengthened them.
Sage
One of my favorite books by this author so far. Really enjoyable!
Katherine
I really wanted to like this book, because it was recommended by a friend who loved it. But I just couldn't get into it. It was nearly 500 pages and at the end I couldn't believe that I had wasted so much time on a book that was nothing more than a predictable romance novel. Seriously - I lost track of how many times the characters (who I really did like) yelled and then kissed and then yelled and then kissed... Ugh! So now how do I tell my friend that I don't have the energy to read the rest of ...more
Alisa
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Marci
Okay. I know. Anita Stansfield love stories.

But I read this series in Jr. High School and loved them - the Australian Outback, handsome cowboys - what isn't there to love? I wanted to re-read it since I remember loving it, and yes at times it is definitely a cheesy love story but it was also a fun read and a CLEAN romance which can be hard to come by. So there. I admitted it. I liked an Anita Stansfield book. And there's probably more coming since the rest of the series is calling my name....
Autumn
This series is by far the best series I have read. I am rereading it now because I find that I gain so much and my testimony is boosted while reading about this Australian family and their amazing ancestry and history. The struggles they go through are personal and significant and I have grown to love these fictional characters and find myself growing with them through their struggles. I would recommend this book to anyone who has a love of the church and wants an amazing series to delve into.
Kate
It's been a long time since I've read an Anita Stansfield book, and reading this one reminded me why I enjoyed reading her books. This was the first historical romance I've read by her, and it was good. I enjoyed the setting (Australia's outback), and the characters (though I wanted to shake some sense into a few of them more than once!), and thought the balance of romance, mystery, and adventure was just right. I'm looking forward to the next book in this saga.
Carmel
I have read basically every Anita Stansfield book out there. Most are OK, but two are two are my most favorite books of all time. They are HISTORICAL ROMANCE and you absolutely cannot put them down. One is Gable Faces East and the other Gables Against the Sky. I can't remember which one if first in the two book series. They are so good I read them both twice-second time I read them to my husband and he had to admit he liked them too.
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Anita Stansfield, the LDS market's #1 best-selling romance novelist, is an imaginative and prolific writer whose romantic stories have captivated her readers.
"With sales approaching a half million, Anita Stansfield has clearly found a niche in this market," said Nicole Martin, Publicist for Covenant Communications. "Her popularity stems from her ability to empathize with and write about the issues
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