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Amethyst (Dakotah Treasures #4)

4.19  ·  Rating Details ·  1,781 Ratings  ·  62 Reviews
Dakotah Treasures Book 4- Major Jeremiah McHenry is retiring from the army and returns to Medora to make a new life and find a wife. Will he be able to convince feisty newcomer Amethyst O'Shaunasy that he is the kind of man she's been looking for? Jacob Chandler, meanwhile, is still waiting until he can court Opal Torvald. Can he prove to Opal that she will make a fine pre ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published November 1st 2005 by Bethany House Publishers (first published January 1st 2005)
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Molly Cline
Aug 29, 2015 Molly Cline rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, series-4, winter
This is the fourth and final book in this series and if you don't have the first three books avalible to you, you could still pick this one up and not be 'lost'. I have really enjoyed this series. This one is a continuation from the other three it kind of started again; a different setting and just a different 'aire' about it. In reading this one if you haven't read the other two there are very suddle refrencenses to things like 'who is Belle and why do they wonder what happened to her?". This i ...more
Dec 13, 2014 Mom rated it it was amazing
I'm disappointed this series has come to an end. I thoroughly enjoyed this series. This book was especially interesting because of the hard winter they had to go through. Made me think a lot about what it would have been like - how cold and how scary to lose your cattle which is your main source of income. Plus, just having to store up food for the winter and feed for the animals would be a daunting task. Realizing you may not have enough since the winter was such a harsh one. Opal's feelings of ...more
Peggy Graves
Jan 16, 2015 Peggy Graves rated it really liked it
I think I enjoyed this one more than the other four. But I did find Opal's marriage to Jacob to be creepy. I know. I know. They often married young. My great great grandmother was 13 when she married my 23 year old great great grandfather in the 1850s. But if you're writing for today's audience and our sensibilities, please make sure everyone is age appropriate. If this book had been about young marriages in the Prairie, then I'd be okay with it. But it was brain candy soaked in modern Evangelic ...more
Trudy E
Feb 13, 2014 Trudy E rated it really liked it
I enjoyed meeting this character as much as I did the others. Amethyst comes to Medora in search of her nephew, but finds more than she ever expected. Sickened on her journey west and overwhelmed by the care and friendship of strangers, she is given a unique perspective on what she has missed in life with her abusive father in Pennsylvania. As she becomes acquainted with Pearl, Ruby, Opal and the others, she begins to desire a husband and family of her own- something she thought to have passed h ...more
Dec 22, 2013 Fv rated it did not like it
Other reasons for low rating after defending God which must be first, as he is more important than my opinion of story lines.

Another author that did not research the history of Christmas. She added it to the story as part of the Bible. It is not a Bible story. Jesus and his father God, both hate Christmas and it's lies. Proverbs 6: 16-19,and in those few verses it shows how much the true God detests it!

1. A false tongue, lies abound for, around and about that holiday.

2. Hearts for hurtful sche
Maria Thomas
Aug 30, 2016 Maria Thomas rated it liked it
Shelves: clean, christian-lit
This is the only book in the series that I have read and it was an okay story. But sometimes I had trouble following the dialog. Opal's age was a little disturbing for modern sensibilities but was probably not so unusual in that time period. I also was curious how Amethyst would balance running a business with all the constant work that running a ranch home would take. Would she end up with servants or hire employees for the business? She didn't seem to have any spare time while she was in Chica ...more
Apr 29, 2014 Sverre rated it really liked it
As the author states in her Acknowledgements this fourth volume of Dakotah Treasures was not planned; it became a necessity when Opal Torvald, Ruby’s young sister, was left stranded in the continuity. There was also the unresolved situation involving Jacob Chandler and his son Joel, characters introduced in the third volume. But this book begins by presenting Amethyst Colleen O’Shaunasy toiling day and night on a farm in Pennsylvania, under the oppression of her slovenly liquored-up father. He s ...more
Jan 26, 2010 Kathryn rated it it was amazing
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Bonnigene Cloud
Mar 26, 2012 Bonnigene Cloud rated it really liked it
This fourth and final book in the Dakota Treasures series is as beautifully written as the other books. The strong sense of good Christian values and God's love seems to fill the pages of the book about these strong women.

In this book Amethyst comes to the Dakota territory to find her young nephew. When her quest ends in the reality that the boy is not her real nephew, she still falls in love with the Dakota Badlands. As she comes to love the people she meets, she also learns to love herself and
Mar 17, 2013 Cheryl rated it liked it
This was my least favorite of the Dakotah Treasures series. It wasn't edited quite as well as the others. Several sentences were difficult to follow due to grammar errors or poor wording. Also, the author sometimes forgot to use "eye" singular instead of "eyes" plural when referring to Jeremiah McHenry towards the end of the book.

I would have liked Opal's romance to have been a bit more romantic and interesting. It was rather dull and I found her character to be rather annoying at times. I usua
Apr 16, 2015 Kim rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the series and this book in particular. I think it might have been my favorite, but I also liked the first one in the series, Ruby. Pearl and Opal were good, too, but not as good as Ruby and Amethyst. I recommend the series. Very enjoyable, lots of insight into what pioneer life was like (probably a little sugar coated, I realize) and good inspirational messages and reminders without sounding like the goal was just to teach a lesson. I'll be trying some more of Lauraine Snelling's book ...more
Nov 02, 2015 Cricket rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Dakota Story

A different story from others in series. Characters and story are we'll defined and lovable. In 1886 in Pennsylvania and travel thru land into Dakota territory the Snelling story of family living on the plains is great, all while the characters are experiencing love, loss of faith and the growth of rediscovering God's love. Good book that totally fun to read.
Rachel Wilson
Mar 14, 2014 Rachel Wilson rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2014-book-list
Do not read this book series it sucks writer sucks, a better writer is Lori wick she actually ends her books and also sometimes includes an epilogue. The writer of this book does not know how to finish books she sorta knows how to start her books has a semi-interesting storyline but it ends with a lot to be desired. Has this writer even heard of a good ending. One word EPILOGUE
Mar 05, 2014 orchid rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome series

I loved this series. It does have dragging parts,where the other seems to go on on. However it has a good story line, that makes you laugh and cry. The series makes you think on the mercy of God and His loving kindness as well as His forgiveness. I encourage everyone who loves a good romance to read this series.
Crissy Troyer
May 14, 2015 Crissy Troyer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sad to see it end

When I started this series I didn't care for opal. In fact I left a less than stellar review. What I discovered by the end of book one is the characters and setting grew on me. I couldn't wait to see what happened. Now I wish they were longer. Well written, I enjoyed them.
Aug 03, 2013 Nellie rated it really liked it
This was an easy, fun and romantic, and very clean book. I liked the characters, and enjoyed the setting. I remember the snow in the winters in Utah, and the year I got married, with the 4 feet on the ground. I will never move to either Dakotah's, especially after reading this book. I even looked up the same year as this book was set, to see the snow levels, and blizzards photos, and I NEVER want to experience any of it. My sister is in Montana, and I can't understand her need to freeze every wi ...more
Teri Swingle
Jan 15, 2016 Teri Swingle rated it it was ok
Yes, this book tied up all of the loose ends from the previous 3, however, I did not like this book as much as the others. New characters were introduced, but their thoughts and actions were not as detailed as in the other books.
Sep 01, 2015 Barbara rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
Enjoyed reading this series of books. Ruby, Pearl, Opal and Amethyst.
Takes place in the Dakota territory in the 1880s. Learned a lot about that
period of time. Nice romance story and characters were fun to follow.
Darlene Wilson
Feb 23, 2016 Darlene Wilson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book 4 of Dakotah Treasures - - very enjoyable series! Amethyst/Colleen goes to Dakotah to look for her nephew - and stays. She meets Jeremiah McHenry - lives through a very hard winter - gains a positive self image - Opal and Jacob find true love as well.
Elaine Aikey
Sep 21, 2014 Elaine Aikey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amethyst, another winner

Laurarine Snelling just keeps me looking for more of her books! She paints a picture with her words. Keep them coming please.

May 21, 2014 Frannie rated it really liked it
Fourth in the series of Dakotah Treasures. Had to read it to find out how everyone ended up. It's a good clean series, for the most part. I enjoyed reading all of them.
Mar 12, 2016 Caitlyn rated it really liked it
Will Major McHenry finally find love? Or will it pass him by again?

I enjoyed the final book in the Dakotah Treasure series. It effectively tied up loose ends, and was all in all a sweet and cute tell. I enjoyed seeing McHenry try to woo Amethyst after she more or less refuses him after he snubs her......
And this is what I get for waiting a while to review a book, so sorry this review is a little sub-par.
Shelly Dabbs
Mar 23, 2015 Shelly Dabbs rated it it was amazing
Finally finished this series & they were all very good. Hated to see it end really.
Jan 12, 2014 Leah rated it it was ok
I didn't enjoy this book as much as the others. I liked the story of Amethyst and Jeremiah, but the rest just didn't seem to blend with it. I cringed with Opal and Jacob - and that would be my modern ideas mixing with what was perfectly acceptable back then. I couldn't settle it within myself and so it just ruined the whole experience for me. I wish the focus was more on Amethyst and Jeremiah and their life after marriage. I would have liked to have seen the aftermath of the abattoir leaving tow ...more
Jennifer Carr
Feb 25, 2012 Jennifer Carr rated it really liked it
I thought this whole series was really good, but in the last one I felt like the author was trying to make it all come together in the last chapter. I felt like she should have spread it out more. It was almost like the 3rd book didn't have that much info and then the 4th book was too much at once. I thought the over all story line was good and she was really good at describing the setting. I also thought she was really good at getting you into the story and making you really WANT to read the n ...more
Apr 07, 2014 PWRL marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2014-new
Nov 03, 2015 Lyndalou rated it liked it
Dakotah Treasures Book 4- Major Jeremiah McHenry is retiring from the army and returns to Medora to make a new life and find a wife. Will he be able to convince feisty newcomer Amethyst O'Shaunasy that he is the kind of man she's been looking for? Jacob Chandler, meanwhile, is still waiting until he can court Opal Torvald. Can he prove to Opal that she will make a fine preacher's wife?

Too short at the end for Jacob and Opal to be married and so as Jeremiah and Amethyst.
Feb 01, 2014 Lori rated it really liked it
Loved this series!
Sep 04, 2013 Adetia rated it liked it
I enjoyed this set, however I felt that this last book fell somewhat short from an editorial standpoint - the story itself was as good as anticipated, but the frequent use of the wrong word, like receipt instead of recipe became grating. It became more of an issue the further you got in the book and made it feel as if the book had been run through spellcheck quite hastily. I often wonder if publishing houses just don't bother with proofreaders anymore.
Mar 25, 2013 Dorrice rated it it was amazing
I loved it! It has been such a treat having four books to follow the same group of people.Even though each volume gave special attention to one person, the continuing events in the lives of the others served to hold the reader's interest. Having driven through North Dakota years ago and remembering the beauty of the badlands was another reason I enjoyed these volumes.

I will certainly want to read more of Lauraine Snelling's books in the future.
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Jan 31, 2015 12:58PM  
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Lauraine Snelling is the award-winning author of over seventy books, with sales of more than 2 million copies.

She also writes for a wide range of magazines, and helps others reach their writing dreams by teaching at writers’ conferences across the country.

Lauraine and her husband, Wayne, have two grown sons, and live in the Tehachapi Mountains with a watchdog Basset named Winston.

They love to tra
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Other Books in the Series

Dakotah Treasures (4 books)
  • Ruby (Dakotah Treasures, #1)
  • Pearl (Dakotah Treasures, #2)
  • Opal (Dakotah Treasures, #3)

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