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Prairie Rose (A Town Called Hope #1)

3.96  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,524 Ratings  ·  68 Reviews
Hope and love blossom on the untamed prairie as a young woman searching for a place to call home happens upon a Kansas homestead during the 1860s . . . A Town Called Hope, the inspiring series set in post Civil War Kansas, is the creation of best-selling romance writer Catherine Palmer. In the fast-paced "Prairie Rose, " impulsive nineteen-year-old Rosie Mills takes a job ...more
Paperback, 265 pages
Published April 16th 2009 by Tyndale House Publishers (first published August 8th 1997)
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A sweet romance set on the vast and unpopulated prairie of Kansas. I enjoyed this story of frontier men and women, of unexpected, almost funny, oppurtunities, of family ties, of all-surpassing love... of a sunshine named Rosie, and a man wanting to prove himself, but too afraid, named Seth. And the little boy, unsure of anything after being taken away from the grandparents who raised him, little Chipper.

For the most part, Prairie Rose was an interesting story that held me captive. Near to the
Nov 05, 2013 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Little did I know when I started reading this book, how much I would like this author. She wrote a lovely story of a poor orphan girl who would just like to have a life outside the orphanage. She was passed over many times by families looking for a child just because she wasn't the prettiest or strongest little girl. But the orphanage itself, enjoyed her help there with the other children so much, they really didn't want her to leave as a young adult. But, she did figure out a way to leave. Gent ...more
Aug 24, 2010 Daisy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book I've read by Catherine Palmer, and I must say it was an enjoyable read. It was easy to like Rose from the very beginning, and I loved to watch her grow both as a person and spiritually. However, this isn't the first book I've read of late where the primary characters (the ones that we know will ultimately grow in love and get married) don't talk to each other. Historically, is it thought that men and women simply never shared their thoughts with one another? There were a n ...more
Nov 14, 2011 Tammy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book I have ready by Catherine Palmer and I really enjoyed it. I love the touch of the inspiration fiction with the historical romace setting. I look forward to reading others by her.
Aug 14, 2008 Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: catherine-palmer
Great beginning! I really liked the German guy. I felt sorry for him!
Feb 03, 2013 Anita rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book in a day as I found it was so good. Catherine Palmer is a new author to me and I am on book three in this series now. I find her a very good writer and the book a good story. It weaves in tradition of the time on what they called "foundlings" accurate. They were shunned as if they were diseased. Rosie was worse than an orphan she was found as an infant so therefore the term "foundling" applied to her. To live with that scorn and to blossom and bloom into the lovely lady she beco ...more
This was nearly going to get a four-star rating from me--it was refreshingly light on the angsty-ness, not overly inside the character's heads, the characters had time to get to know each other to make their falling in love plausible, and there weren't any ridiculous plot twists. However, it stretched my credulity a bit that Rosie was so eager to leave the orphanage that she didn't even say good-bye to any of the children there--some of whom were presumably her friends or who would have been hur ...more
Rachel Thompson
Jun 04, 2012 Rachel Thompson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, romance
I downloaded a free copy of this for my e-reader.

Rosie is an orphan who has always dreamed of having a family and a home of her very own, but she's lived in an orphanage her entire life and no one's ever wanted her. After she saves Seth Hunter's life, she finds out he's looking for an orphaned boy to help him on his homestead, but he's being pursued and needs to get out of town as quickly as possible. The orphanage director doesn't seem all that interested in giving up one of her boys, so Rosie
Kyra Dunst
Jan 31, 2014 Kyra Dunst rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't normally read frontier novels, but something about this one caught me from the start. Rose is an unconventional women for her time, but she is sweet, loyal, and hard working. All she wants is a family, but when Seth begins to catch her heart, she isn't sure if he is the man for her. I would recommend this book to others.
I really enjoyed this book. I love Rosie, she is such a energetic,strong-willed and faithful girl. Yes this is a christian story. (I always laugh at reviews where people are upset about this concept.) Rosie has such a strong love and faith in God, I was so inspired and it made me see things I want to strengthen in my own walk with Christ.

Seth is a man who is returning home from the civil war only to find the wife he left has passed away and he has a son. He picks up his son and on the way home
Jul 18, 2015 Tammy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a very well written book set back in the 1800's on the Kansas prairie. It is a quick and interesting read, not one that causes you to want to skip ahead.
Marcie Miller
Oct 14, 2014 Marcie Miller rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good reading of prairie families and their struggles in Kansas. Giving their HOPE to the Lord ... and waiting on Him to see what He has in store for their lives
Kim Justice
May 24, 2016 Kim Justice rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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To start this review I am going to let you know that I had to go back and re-read a little of this book. Why? Because it has been a little while since I had read it. But just picking it up, reading just a few pages that I had marked I was right back into the story of, as the first three words of the synopsis say's Hope and Love.

Set in the Civil War times, this riveting story of young and naive nineteen year old Rosie Mills, one of the main characters. I absolutely loved her. As I read this stor
Ma. Josefina
Sep 09, 2014 Ma. Josefina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just loved the fact that it combined two important parts of my life: God and love. :)
Aug 01, 2014 Jackie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this story! very well written. the rest of the series did not disappoint.
Sharon Buxton
B. romantic fiction, inspirational
I loved this book. I hated having to put this down and would loved to read it in bigger chunks of time. This was the 1st book I read by the author and freebie at that. I will definitely be reading the other 2 in the series and others by Catherine Palmer. It has a heavy Christian theme, but is not preachy. It is refreshing to read a book that doesn't get all hot and heavy into sex scenes. I use to not like Christian romances at all, but I just didn't read the right authors. This one was a fantast ...more
Jan 01, 2016 Tina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good read
Feb 25, 2015 Lynda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really loved this book. I had the second book in the series on my Kindle & immediately read it as well.

I highlighted many passages, especially those on prayer.

Book also showed some historical detail for Kansas. The 6 grasshopper plagues recorded between 1854 & 1877, the 8 floods 1826-1892, 6 blizzards 1855-1886, 14 prairie fires 1890-1916 & countless tornadoes. That data is in the "Afterward" chapter.

Look for this book in your library. I also had downloaded a free copy from Amazon.
Feb 01, 2012 Gail rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book for several reasons. I like historical fiction & novels. This story is in the pioneer days of settling the prairie. It's good to read this information and realize what our ancestors went through to settle this great country. I can't even begin to imagine the life they had and the sacrifices they made. Life was truely hard, hard work especially. This book not only includes some history and life circumstances, but some intrigue and romance.
Apr 13, 2013 Laurie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, nook
Catherine Palmer is an above-average writer of Christian romance fiction. She's obviously spent quite a bit of time on her research for this book. I liked the characters and situation, but some overly-obtuse moments, especially on the heroine's part, and her implausible decision near the end, were a little disappointing. I still think her contemporary novel, "The Happy Room," about the adult children of former missionaries, is her strongest book.
May 31, 2016 Cindy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Rosenbloom Cotton Mills, also known as Rosie, has grown up in an orphanage in Kansas City, Missouri (1865). When Rosie saves Seth Hunter from being attacked by his brother-in-law she sees a chance to leave the orphanage and help Seth and his son. Rosie falls in love with Seth but feels she can never marry because she was an illegitimate child. Eventually, her Bible reading shows her the truth. This book was a light, funny read.
Feb 20, 2009 Jane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
This was one of the first books I read by Catherine Palmer probably nearly 9 or 10 or so years ago but I can't remember for sure. Decided I might as well read it again cause after so long the detail fade but I remember liking the story. After reading it again, I still like the story however many years later is it.
For some reason I think this series reminds me of the Reardon Brothers/ Valley series by Dianna Crawford.
I'm a fan of books based in the homesteading/westward movement part of U.S. history, and this one, while not one of my favorites, was well-based in the lifestyle and events that occurred to the settlers. Overall, the characters were somewhat complex, the romance, while taking a little long to develop for me, was genuine, and I loved the development of the little mismatched family.
Andrea Stoeckel
Nov 10, 2013 Andrea Stoeckel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a great book I downloaded after reading a post on the NOOK blog praising the author. An orphan on a whim chooses an adventure over the drudgery if being the ildest "Cinderella" at the orphanage. And in doing so hekps a widiwer and his son move forward into a future that's hard, but wonderful as they help homestead the plains after the Civil War. Very good book
Jan 18, 2013 Debra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. Loved how the heroine almost always had a positive outlook despite many hardships and being an orphan- kind of puts my trials in perspective. The view of life on the frontier was very interesting and made me think about whether I could have lived in such a world. Interesting characters. I plan to read more of his author.
Rosie is 19 and an orphan. While praying in a tree one day, she observes a fight, and gets involved. Then she ends up travelling out West to Kansas to look after a small boy for a surly farmer.

It's all a bit predictable for American prairie-style light Christian fiction, but a pleasant read with well-rounded and believable characters.
Mar 07, 2012 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book, much more than I expected. It's a heartwarming story - a mix of romance, adventure and Christian values. The characters are endearing and It all comes together as a light, enjoyable read. There are a few writing missteps (Chipper doesn't always sound his age, for example) but the book is still a pleasure.
Apr 23, 2013 Larik rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-library, reviews
This love story is so gentle it makes me smile each time i see it. Some men especially the ones that were in war have seen so much cruelty that without realizing it they bring it home upon their children and they need a gentle loving woman to open their eyes and bring gentleness into their life... Its a great read for all!!
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Catherine Palmer lives in Atlanta with her husband, Tim, where they serve as missionaries in a refugee community. They have two grown sons. Cathy is a graduate of Southwest Baptist University and holds a master's degree in English from Baylor University. Her first book was published in 1988. Since then she has
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