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Joelle's Secret (Wagon Wheels #3)

3.90  ·  Rating Details  ·  216 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews

Popular novelist Gilbert Morris finds fresh romantic, history-based inspiration in Joelle’s Secret. This mid-1800s tale begins with seventeen-year-old Joelle Jones fending off unwelcome advances from her predatory stepfather just after her mother has died. When the man is declared Joelle’s legal guardian, she knows he will have his way with her, so in desperation runs away

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Published November 1st 2008 by B&H Publishing Group (first published January 1st 2008)
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Tamara Tilley
Jan 23, 2016 Tamara Tilley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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JOELLE’S SECRET by Gilbert Morris is the third book in his Wagon Wheel Series. And though some of the plot seemed strangely familiar, it kept my interest none the less.

At the passing of her mother, Joelle Mitchell is desperate to get away from the disturbing advances and evil threats her step-father continues to taunt her with. When she feels as if she can’t wait any longer, she leaves Tennessee behind and finds herself in Arkansas. When she is confronted with a WANTED sign bearing her name and
Frances Rogers
More of the same

A pretty fair yarn, but several events were repeats from a previous book in this series: getting ice from a hole in the ground, finding a man by the trail beaten and left to die who turns out to be a doctor. Surely Mr. Morris can do better than this! And a young lady getting away with dressing up like a boy! This was a basis from another book as well too.
Aug 07, 2015 Linda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book.

Loved the book. Great story. Liked how the author described the different areas traveled by the wagon train. Fell in love with Joelle right away. Good read hard to put down.
Jul 13, 2013 Karen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a quick and easy read -- not very challenging, or course. It was a bit difficult to keep track of all the characters that were introduced along the way, because there were many and not very well developed. Also, I can be a "stickler" when it comes to reading a series of books in the order of there publication. There was no indication -- inside or out -- that this was part of a series. So, when I checked the book from the library and got home, I checked on-line and found that it is actua ...more
Ronda  Tutt
Feb 22, 2010 Ronda Tutt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a very clean and great romance. The got caught up in the story right a way and the many characters were very interesting and had their own tale of their own. If you like wagon wheel novels that take you on a trail from Lousiana all the way to California with romances that develop along the way and the risk and fear of indians scalping someone than this is the story you will love.

It is Very well written.
Mar 12, 2013 L rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Joelle's Mom dies, her stepfather begins attempts to either force her to marry him or molest her. As neither are options for Joelle, she dresses like a boy and escapes,joining a wagon train headed to California. Along the way, she has many adventures, including meeting the man her Mom predicted would someday be sent by God to protect her.
Mary Ann
This provides a fun look into the past and trips on the Oregon Trail, though I don't think this covered the reality of actual hardships endured by the majority traveling this route. Unfortunately the negative side of man's human nature rears it head, but without it there wouldn't be many stories for us to follow.
Having heard so much about Gilbert Morris and his wonderful writing, I was actually surprised at how poorly written this book was. not that it was bad, per se, it just wasn't very good. It was clean, it had good morals, and it was a decent, quick read. Unfortunately, that's all I can say about it.
Sep 07, 2009 Maggie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: didn-t-like
I read this b/c when I was about ten I loved a Gilbert Morris novel...Wow, now I can see that only a ten year old would like his books...
Gloria Sigountos
Dec 30, 2012 Gloria Sigountos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this book was a nice change of pace. I look forward to reading more of the books.
Oct 11, 2011 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the whole book...except for the last line!!
Joan Horkey
Too predictable. A little on the preachy side.
Diana Foster Smith
Very good book. Read in a couple of days.
Chelsea Chappell
another great novel!
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