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High Plains Bride (After the Storm: The Founding Years #1)

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Emmeline Carter was prepared for danger on the new frontier. But she didn't foresee the tornado that tore their wagon train apart. Now her father is dead, her mother and sister are injured and their twin wards are missing. There's nowhere to turn but the fledgling Kansas settlement of High Plains. Town founder Will Logan steps in to search for the twins and house the Carte
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ebook, 288 pages
Published January 1st 2010 by Steeple Hill Love Inspired Suspense (first published December 15th 2009)
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Sharon
I have been wanting to read this book ever since I read Renee' Ryan's lovely sequel Heartland Wedding. Talented author Valerie Hansen starts the After the Storm: The Founding Years series with High Plains Bride. The story is full of action and adventure as we meet Emmeline Carter on a wagon train headed to Oregon with her mean father Amos Carter, her sickly mom Joanna Carter, a younger brother Johnny, two younger sisters Bess and Glory, and two orphans - twins Missy and Mikey. When the Carter fa ...more
Judy
Aug 10, 2010 Judy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first book in the After The Storm: The Founding Years.

I just finished the six books in the After the Storm series and these next 3 books take you back to 1860 to the founders of High Plains, Kansas.

Will Logan and Zeb Garrison.

This is Will's story.

Emmeline Carter is traveling with her family to Oregon from Missouri. They are in the middle of the Kansas plains when a tornado hits.

Will Logan had met her in the Mercantile before the storm. After the tornado he finds he cannot rest until he knows
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Jennifer
I was so excited to hear that they were going to do a historical After the Storm series after reading the contemporary! I loved this first book in the series. I just love stories with wagon trains in it. Emmeline Carter is the oldest of her siblings and feels the need to protect them from the wrath of their father. The fact that their father is so hard headed that he doesn't listen to the concerns of others when they told him to stay near town because of the storm throws them into an emotional w ...more
Michelle
Dec 18, 2014 Michelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After the Storm
Book 1

A tornado hits suddenly as a family continues to travel west. The father's poor judgement causes Emmeline Carter's life to change forever. Emmaline is a strong female who has taken it up on herself to care for her sick mother, two sister, brother, and two orphaned twins. Her father is abusive and mean, but she loves him in spite of all that. After the storm, tragedy occurs and she leans heavily on Will's strong shoulders to get her and her family through the rough times. Wil
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Barbara
I loved this book! Valerie Hansen's descriptions are so vivid and captivating that you feel like you are experiencing the storm and its aftermath right along with the characters she has created. I enjoyed the way the main character, Emmeline Carter, demonstrates that faith in God can give us strength to endure hardships, overcome doubts, and develop courage. I actually read the second book in this series, "Heartland Wedding" by Renee Ryan, before this one, but it did not diminish my enjoyment at ...more
Lynn Spencer
Ultimately, this is a very sweet story set in 1860 Kansas. The heroine and her family are headed west in a wagon train when they are hit by a tornado. With her father killed, and the family left absolutely destitute, Emmeline must stay in Kansas. Not surprisingly, she finds a new life and ends up falling in love. It's a sweet book and it has its moments, but this is also the kind of thing that probably won't linger in my mind for more than a day or two.
Annabel
I was really looking forward to reading this book. Sadly enough it fell flat. I just couldn't like the story. It's much to drawn out for my taste and the characters keep rehashing the same problems again, and again, and again. There was no tension build up and I have trouble finding a reason for the main characters to fall in love.
It was so boring I found myself skipping bits just to get through it faster. (and I never felt like I missed anything important).
Cup a tea
Nov 22, 2014 Cup a tea rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I did not like the book because I did not like Emmaline because she was too hard headed for her own good. This caused lots of trouble for everyone. She was the family work horse; used to doing all of the dirty work for her abusive father and weak mother. I know the lesson in the book was about trusting in God, but I couldn't find any sympathy for her.
Krissie
Dec 27, 2014 Krissie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Emmeline Carter was prepared for danger on the new frontier. But she didn't foresee the tornado that tore their wagon train apart. Now her father is dead, her mother and sister are injured and their twin wards are missing. There's nowhere to turn but the fledgling Kansas settlement of High Plains. Town founder Will Logan steps in to search for the twins
Dorothy Clark
Apr 04, 2010 Dorothy Clark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Val Hansen has written another winner. I love the characters in this story. And her setting is so real you can feel the wind blowing and smell the prairie grasses. I enjoyed every minute of the reading of this book.
PWRL
Mar 14, 2011 PWRL marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Maureen Timerman
Sep 12, 2010 Maureen Timerman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A quick read. Coming from tragedy to comfort and then Love!
Shawn
Aug 29, 2012 Shawn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this series.
Highland-dreamer
Well written, but seemed a bit long. Some parts do not get resolved in this book, so you have to read the others in the series.
Megan
Feb 07, 2010 Megan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was my favorite among the Love Inspired Series.
Patsy
Dec 12, 2009 Patsy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: love-inspired
This book is great!Can't wait to ready the next one to see what happens. It shows that hard times don't last. That in the end things work out even better if you just have patience and faith!
Susan Wing
I didn't like it and couldn't finish the book.
Debbie
Mar 23, 2010 Debbie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a good book - a little slow in places and it was easy to guess the outcome, but all in all a good read!
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Nov 10, 2009 Valerie Hansen rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Jan 16, 2015 12:47PM  
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Valerie Hansen is the pen name of Valerie Whisenand.

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Although I have been a published author since the mid 1980s, I have been writing women's Christian fiction almost exclusively since 1999.

There is a longer, more detailed bio on my website so there's no need for me to repea
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Other Books in the Series

After the Storm: The Founding Years (3 books)
  • Heartland Wedding (After the Storm: The Founding Years, #2)
  • Kansas Courtship (After the Storm: The Founding Years, #3)

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