Daughter of Joy (Brides of Culdee Creek #1)
Abigail Stanton's whole life was rooted in her faith, a faith she now clings to for survival. After losing her husband and young son, Abby sets out alone, bereft, and heartsick. And when she is led to Conor MacKay's doorstep, the very foundation of her belief starts to shift.
As the volatile...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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.
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...more
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...more
I thought the main characters had promising back stories that were a bit separate from other nove...more
I enjoyed the independent nature of the main character. She acts on what she thinks is right, and love doesn't force her to stay in situations which are detrimental to her reputation and faith.
That being said, I also felt the main character often reacted strangely when hardship came around. She often would be telling people how they should react to something, and it just d...more
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...more
I love the way Conor and Abby's stories intersect. I love that Abby is headstrong and willing to go against the grain, while maintaining a firm grip on her faith. She knows who she is and she always trusts the Lord, even when it's hard and she doesn't understand what He's up to. I can definitely learn a thing or two from her. And Conor, what a complex character. I enjoyed the depth the auth...more
"We're note tested and tempered in good times. Our true test lies in the dark night of our despair." ~ Ella
As a shepherd seeketh out his flock in the day that he is among his sheep that are scattered; so will I seek out my sheep, and will deliver them out of all places where they have been scattered in the cloudy and dark day. And I will bring them out from the people, and gather them from the countries,...more
The story flowed well, and while the overall plot was somewhat predictable, there were some surprises too; most importantly, I found I could relate well to the main characters. The emphasis is clearly Christian...more
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...more