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Daughter of Joy (Brides of Culdee Creek #1)

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Abigail Stanton's whole life was rooted in her faith, a faith she now clings to solely to survive. In the wake of losing her husband and young son, Abby sets out alone, bereft and heartsick, to discover what God wants her to do. When he leads her to
Trade Paperback, 355 pages
Published August 1st 1999 by Fleming H. Revell Company
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I read this book on the recommendation of my mother-in-law and also because Barnes & Noble was offering it for free as an ebook. I'm a sucker for free. Yes, I am.

Daughter of Joy is a Christian romance. I felt like the book did sexual tension pretty well as long as the hero and heroine were trying to resist each other, but once they got engaged, it kind of lost steam. It could be kind of preachy, too. I'd probably give it 2.5 stars.

On the other hand, my mother-in-law loved it. She said she co
Apr 14, 2010 Diane rated it it was ok
Shelves: christian
One of the most poorly written books I've read, but I still have to find out what happens! Yeah, the ending didn't make it worth it. Not a book I would recommend.
Holly Sandoval
I had a hard time rating this book because there were things that I really liked and things that I really didn't like at all.

To begin with the good, the characters were extremely likable. Character development was strong. I loved the fact that even though this is a Christian novel not any of the characters were singularly good or bad. They all came off as being very human, which is refreshing to see in this genre.

From a faith stand point, I like that the main character struggled with her faith
Jun 24, 2013 LadyCalico rated it really liked it
This is a kindle freebie and worth the price--an enjoyable read with likable characters but not a very original plot. It moved along fast and easy and was completed in a night. It follows the generic Christian Romance format where good girl and bad boy fall in love and she has to hang on to her principles until bad boy meets her standards--Sarah, Plain and Tall meets Prodigal son and Jane Eyre but full of thoughtful Christian messages and life lessons primarily about forgiveness and maturity. Th ...more
Sarah Coleman
Feb 11, 2012 Sarah Coleman rated it it was ok
I honestly don't know where to begin.

There are books that are bad, and there are books that are so bad that they transcend bad and become enjoyable. (almost)

This book is so over the top. The storylines are numerous, too numerous, in fact to keep track of. Case in point, why did our heroine write to her former sister in law? We were already given access to her inner thoughts, and the letters did nothing to further the story. Plus the letters are so sporatic that they serve as an afterthought.

Jan 18, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy reading historical fiction and I am prepared to read about faith and Christianity, but this story doesn't read like historical fiction, it reads like a sermon, and a bad one at that. Instead of the religion being a part of the character development and the plotting, the author seems to be hell bent, pardon the pun, on beating the reader over the head with heavy-handed sermonizing that drags down the story and makes it hard to wade through. Her ideas about Christianity are more suited to ...more
Michelle Robinson
Jul 09, 2011 Michelle Robinson rated it did not like it
Wow, I was so excited about finding a new christian author. When I initially began the book I found the charachters interesting and I wanted to learn more about them. However the book quickly looses credibility when one shocking occurrence after another takes place. By the end, I have rolled my eyes so much that I should have not been able to see. Also, I understand that Abigail seems to be almost God incarnate and knows how Conor should react to each new shocking occurrence in his life but if s ...more
Feb 07, 2013 Krysta rated it liked it
Overall, I liked this book. I am surprised by all the reviews that said it was, for all intents and purposes, "too religious" or "too preachy". Isn't that what Christian fiction is supposed to be about?

However, that is beside the point. Was it the greatest book I have ever read? No. Did it end up being a sweet story about people trying to be good? Yes, and I can definitely appreciate that.

I rarely read what would be considered strictly Christian fiction. Probably the only other experience I ha
After reading Child of the Mist her other book I thought I would love this. But sadly I didn't as much. The whole focus of this story was coming to know God better and giving up everything for Him. I just wanted a fun romance like the other book and this was very heavy. The romance is more the back story. So not really what I was expecting. The characters were great well rounded and interesting. The story line was fun too, but all the heavy talk of God just wasn't what I was looking for. This is ...more
Wow! This was a nice read. I love the character. The plot and setting also give interest to the book. Highly reccomended. I wil lfinish the series at some point.
Aug 27, 2011 Sally906 rated it really liked it
Abigail Stanton is a widow who lost her husband and then her young son in the space of a year and left her devestated. She is now trying to put her life together and to do that she has to leave her family who are smothering her and learn to stand on her own two feet. She finds herself a job as a housekeeper for the notorious Conor MacKay. His wife abandoned Conor and their son years ago and he then had a native American women who bore him a daughter then died. Since then he has had one housekeep ...more
Mar 25, 2011 Mom rated it it was amazing
Because of loss for 2 people, they came together with each trying to move forward with their lives.
Abby was trying to get over her loss of her husband and son. She took the job as housekeeper to try to get her life to move on.
Instead she fell in love with the boss.
The daughter did not care for her at first, but she told Conor that he was showing his daughter how to treat others. He also saw this, and decided that he needed to change his attitude toward others.
Both started to like Abby and gave
Christie Hagerman
Nov 26, 2011 Christie Hagerman rated it really liked it
This book begins with a young widow who has recently lost her son. She reluctantly accepts the position of housekeeper/nanny for a man whose reputation is that of a difficult, demanding boss with a spoiled, bratty daughter.

Early into the story, I almost stopped reading, thinking that this historical fiction would end the same way so many do, with the virtuous heroine winning the heart of the bad guy, who instantly changes his ways, comes to the Lord, and welcomes her into his affluent life. Abou
Mar 18, 2011 Meg rated it did not like it
Shelves: romance-nice
This book was very preachy. I have read quite a few Christian historical novels moreso for the period than any of the Christian preachings since it is harder to find simply historical novels of that period without the Christian undertones. However, this one went over the top in pushy on the religious factor. People who are interested in that type of book will enjoy this, but it was too over the top.

I thought the main characters had promising back stories that were a bit separate from other nove
Dec 27, 2015 Elise rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Older teens and up, due to mature themes.
Jane Eyre in 1890s Colorado! Well, not quite, but the plot is very similar!

I've been reading a few Christian historical romances this summer and they. . . haven't been very good. But a couple of free downloads from Amazon (this one and a Julie Klassen book) have helped to restore my faith in the genre, LOL!

This was much better than I had expected it to be. It isn't perfect - all the problems on the ranch are solved too quickly and easily (it feels like Abby just comes in and fixes everything and
Ok, so sometimes I have to lower my expectations/standards a little when I'm obtaining and reading free Kindle books. Christian historical romance isn't exactly a genre I adore, but sometimes it's an enjoyable way to pass the time. How's that for faint praise? Anyway, I enjoyed this little book, especially because it was interesting to see how far the main character would go to follow God's will for her. That made me think a bit about how far I will go to follow God's will for me, so I enjoyed t ...more
Mar 13, 2015 Caitlin rated it liked it
I'm a Christian and I'm always looking for a story that embodies the values that I hold dear. At first, I had high hopes for this book. The premise and set-up were compelling. The historical ranch setting was refreshing. The character development flowed pretty believably for the first part of the book and I found myself concerned for and interested in the fate of the characters. As the story progressed, however, I met with the all too familiar sentiment of being fed up with the so-very righteous ...more
Jan 12, 2015 Debbie rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical, romance
"Daughter of Joy" is a historical romance set in 1895 in Colorado. It has a common storyline: a lady becomes the housekeeper for a handsome but unkind man with an untamed child and she wins them over. We get some details about everyday life in 1895, but the historical aspect is mostly just a backdrop for the action.

The heroine has some depth to her character and motives which play a nice role at the beginning and end to make the story unique. However, the middle felt a bit rushed. She decides to
Teena Stewart
Nov 12, 2014 Teena Stewart rated it really liked it
Book Review: Daughter of Joy, Brides of Culdee Creek Book 1 by Kathleen Morgan
In this historical romance Abigail Stanton is a widow who has lost a child and a husband and is still grieving. She accepts a job as housekeeper for Conor MacKay, a gruff man who has not only been through a string of housekeepers but has also lost a wife who ran off and a son who stole from him and then disappeared. He also has a child from an Indian woman and has slept with several women in his past.

While Abby wrestle
Sep 14, 2014 Cathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have always liked the concept of finding JOY in life so this one really caught my eye.

I enjoy Christian Romance for the most part, but this was different and I liked it - I am not sure if it was me and my timing or the book. Most (if not all) the Christian Romance I have read tell their story and make some religious references and throw in a few scriptures and in the end they dump the truck load on you and moralize. Still I like them - they are clean and predictable. This was clean and predict
Beverly Ann Ann
Kathleen Morgan gives us our first glimpse of a relationship between Abigail Stanton, our female protagonist and Conor MacKay, our male protagonist in the opening scene. The plot line is like other historical romance novels. Girl is faced with hard times, boy is faced with hard times, and chance brings them together. Together they face overcome their demons. Morgan’s book is a Christian Romance tale. The characters struggle with living their lives in a Christian way. Kathleen Morgan did a great ...more
Jul 13, 2014 Leah rated it liked it
Daughter's of Joy certainly had a good story line. The characters were larger than life and I felt fairly realistic based on their life experiences. I liked Abby's spunk and her fearless approach to handling what must be THE most bitterest and angriest man I have come across in a long time. Connor certainly had his issues, and Abby took him on a journey of facing the things that caused him pain. She handled Beth, Connor's daughter delicately and compassionately - unlike a lot of people who would ...more
I like Christian fiction. I really do. The genre usually consists of very easy and unchallenging read,s usually following the same kind of plot line - romantic suspense of some kind and don't therefore require much thinking or effort on my part whilst reading. The downside being to expect some form of preaching (this book had it in abundance) but if you are kind of a believer like I am, it doesn't really go down too badly...

Daughters of Joy therefore was another good yet unremarkable christian
Linda Branich
Nov 16, 2014 Linda Branich rated it it was amazing
After the death of Abigail's husband and young son, she is at a loss for what to do with her life. Originally she and her husband were to start a mission.

Abby answers an ad for a housekeeper for Conrad and his daughter. Conrad has a reputation for being a difficult man. He owns a very large spread. His young daughter, while completely devoted to her father, is undisciplined.

In time, Abby yields to the Lord's will for her and begins to draw closer to him, despite Conrad forbidding her to discuss
Jan 03, 2013 Radhika rated it really liked it
A classic romance set on the slopes of Colorado. Both the main characters are looking to break free of their life's limitations let them be mental or spiritual. This is also a very quick read during your daily commute. This book really made me never keep my kindle down. Downloaded as a part of free kindle download, I'll be downloading the rest of the series very soon.
Dec 13, 2012 Soan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, romance
I think this ends my acquaintance with Christian romances. That's it. Can't take any more preachiness.
Also, being christian doesn't mean you continue to get pregnant even when it jeopardizes your life. I hate it when authors do that. Seriously, why would god be against your using contraceptives esp if it is related to health reasons.
Apr 25, 2015 Cayla rated it liked it
Abby is a woman with a past full of heartache. She's lost her husband and son and struggles with her grief. She takes on a job as a housekeeper for a man who's reputation is less than stellar.

Conor is a rather volatile rancher with a past that hurts him to the core. He's got a little girl named Beth who was badly mistreated, to the point that Conor doesn't trust just anyone around her.

Abby struggles to win over Beth's love and loyalty. She struggles just as much to win Conor's trust. As a woman
I still enjoyed reading this book as, although I remembered the general plot (and honestly this could almost be classed as chick-lit considering that it does kinda stick to the tried and tested formula) I didn't remember all the details and the writing was such that it did grab me and make me want to read on.

The downside... this is very very religious. I read another 'period' book set during a similar time period where religion was very key to daily life in the last week but the approach to reli
Kristal McKerrington
Feb 15, 2015 Kristal McKerrington rated it it was amazing
From the beginning Kathleen Morgan captures the reader in a spell of wonder as they read the detailed story. Plot twists come left and right sometimes throwing the reader into a desire to read the end of the book quickly. A desire to see her leading female Abby to finally get her happy ending with Connor. Through a rough journey where Conor has a lot to learn about himself and so does Abby, a truly passionate and inspiring love story is told through this book.

If I had one bad note to make was th
Trudy E
Sep 12, 2014 Trudy E rated it really liked it
I believe the author has had enough heartache in her own life to portray this realistically in her characters. Abby, in her quest to leave her past behind and hide away, applies for a job as housekeeper to someone with a questionable reputation. Conor, abandoned by his wife and with a young daughter to raise, has run off all but one of the housekeepers he has hired in the past few years. Their initial meeting leaves Abby offended, but believing she is following the Lord, she accepts the position ...more
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Kathleen began her career writing contemporary romances and soon moved to historical and futuristic romances. She sold her first book, a futuristic romance, in April 1990 while stationed in Korea as an Army nurse. Additional romances soon followed, until she had sold a total of fifteen books in the general mark
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“Joy ... It's a journey we all embark upon from the first moment we draw breath. We search so avidly for it. We cannot help it; it's inherent in our nature. Yet no matter how hard we strive, our joy can never truly be complete until we find it in the Lord.” 2 likes
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