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Whirlwind (Only in Gooding #3)

4.03  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,277 Ratings  ·  108 Reviews
Humorous historical romance set in turn-of-the-century Texas from a bestselling author; will a marriage of convenience blossom into something more?
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Published September 1st 2008 by Bethany House Publishers (first published January 1st 2008)
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Rachel M.
Apr 14, 2013 Rachel M. rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is my least favorite book that I have read by this author. I feel like it is not written as well as some of her other books. The plot idea is good but could have been executed better. In the story, a widower named Daniel marries a nanny for the good of others; the story talks about their new life together in Gooding, Texas. As I read the story, I really didn't care for Daniel at all-he was just plain annoying and seemed so uncaring. Although I know that during this time period men had certa ...more
Oct 30, 2014 J. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maybe the problem was that I read it as an ebook but, despite an interesting plot, the flow of the story was exceedingly disjointed and choppy. I kept rereading parts thinking I had skipped a paragraph. There was no spacing between paragraphs that skipped to new settings and characters. It felt like whole sections of the book had been cut out, dropping you in the middle of one scene after another. That's alright as a plot device once in a while, but not over and over again. A very frustrating re ...more
Apr 02, 2009 Brooke rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book like her others was an enjoyable read. The last half of the books brings in characters from some of her other books which was nice. The reason I gave this a 3 (if I could it would be a 3.5) is that I didn't care for the end of the book. I felt like it was really rushed and some parts didn't seem to flow as well as they could have if more detail and time were given. Either they edited out a chapter or two to shorten the book or the author felt rushed to finish is all I can think of. It ...more
Linda C
Millicent Fairweather lost her nannying position for 2 little girls after 4 years when their father sent them away to school in 1892. She was devastated since they were like her own, so she determined to avoid nannying again and decided to emigrate to America from England with her sister and brother-in-law. Widower Daniel Clark has determined to begin a new life in America and to spend more time with his toddler son, since his traveling business kept him from home too much. He blames his absence ...more
Oct 27, 2015 Alicia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I don't know if this was a formatting issue with my kindle, or if the book would have been the same way, but I felt the flow was really disjointed. The point of view and timing would change with no warning and with very little intro. There were quite a few times when my reading was interrupted while I tried to figure out who was talking and where and when we had ended up! I also felt like the main characters stayed in character, if you will, through out the story line. For example, while getting ...more
Jul 02, 2014 Gmc rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Whirlwind (Only in Gooding #3) by Cathy Marie Hake

When Millicent Fairweather boards the Opportunity to journey to America, she's confident a better life awaits. Before she knows it, she's taken out of steerage to be a nanny to a delightful little boy who quickly wins her heart. Widower Daniel Clark isn't sure about the pretty bundle of energy who takes the nanny position, but he figures the voyage is only one week.

When disaster strikes, Daniel seizes the chance to rescue Millicent and her sister
Nov 11, 2008 Leslie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can always count on Cathy Marie Hake to write a truly enjoyable book. When life is stressful, it's like having a breath of fresh air!
Becka Jiménez
I enjoyed the characters at the beginning of the book, and I think the story itself has a lot of potential. However, the e-book formatting made the book very confusing, jumping between characters and secondary stories without any spacing between paragraphs. I also thought that the main characters changed personalities in the second half of the book. The ending seemed off, almost as if the author was in a hurry to finish the book. Several discrepancies (timing of a pregnancy??) made me disappoint ...more
Apr 05, 2015 Melony rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed "Whirlwind" by Cathy Marie Hake. Millicent Fairweather is indeed a whirlwind and she is a nanny with a particular knack for dealing with children and making them feel loved, bringing the best out in them. Daniel Clark gets more than he bargained for when he is left in the lurch by his nanny and needs a new one just as he leaved on the "opportunity" en route to Gooding, Texas.

A delightful story where these two characters take some time just to figure each other out and find t
Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)
This is a book in a series that has character returning from the other two books. The third book focuses on Millicent, her sister Isabelle and brother in law Frank. And Daniel and his son Arthur. While heading to America, Daniel looks for a new nanny and finds on in Millicent. From there, an unfortunate tragedy happens and Daneil has even more responsibilities than he thought. Loved all the characters and recommend this book. Be sure to read the other two books since you will recognize some of t ...more
Listened to Whirlwind by Cathy Marie Hake. Well this book was about an English woman When Millicent Fairweather boards the Opportunity to journey to America, she's confident a better life awaits. Before she knows it, she's taken out of steerage to be a nanny to a delightful little boy who quickly wins her heart. Widower Daniel Clark isn't sure about the pretty bundle of energy who takes the nanny position, but he figures the voyage is only one week. When a disaster strikes, Daniel seizes the cha ...more
Nov 28, 2015 Amyiw rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: x-2012, historical
Very Christian and not for the non-Christian. There is frequent Bible reading, asking for God's guidance, and prayer.

OK, this review is totally ignoring the Christian aspect of this book that might be off putting to non-Christians. When I ordered it, I didn't realize that it was Christian Historical Romance. Half of the emotional turmoil is dealt with, with pray and asking for God's guidance. Still I decided to read it because it had been in a friends TBR wishlist and well reviewed. I'm not revi
Jul 01, 2010 Sammy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: d-the-bad
This book wasn't terrible. It honestly was a fun, quick read for what it was. Unfortunately there was not much to the book...

The plot and the characters were honestly pretty predictable, certain devices and people thrown in there for the sole sake of progressing the story along and/or creating conflict and then they were out of the story after having done their job. The whole book also had a somewhat rushed feeling to it, everything (including backgrounds) explained on the fly and not explained
I've read the first two books in the series, but I think this novel can stand well on it's own. Starting at the beginning would help with history of some characters and you really don't want to miss out of them, so I recommend reading them all.

This was a delightful story. It include humor, serious moments and some great characters. I especially enjoyed the closeness of the families and the town of Gooding.

There are some instances in this book that I'd love to talk about but that would mean addin
Bob Clarkson
I really enjoyed this little story and would have given it a 4 or 5, but the ebook I downloaded had major problems.

What it reminded me of was a draft copy that someone had cut and forgot to paste back parts of at least two paragraphs. The way it was formatted was atrocious. There was no indication where certain action sets ended and a new section began.

I found it nearly impossible to believe that a publishing group would put their imprint on such a magled manuscript.
Sep 22, 2014 Mayda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian, audio
Whirlwind pretty much describes this novel. It seems like Millicent is being blown in all directions. She leaves England for America and a new life. But things don’t go as planned for her or her sister. Author Cathy Marie Hake packs a lot of twists into this historical Christian fiction tale. While predictable in part, there are many surprises along the way. Some mystery, much romance, there is something for everyone.
Sep 17, 2010 Linnette rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite-books
Cathy Marie Hake is one of those authors I fave followed with much interest. I have always enjoyed her stories and this is no exception. I love the way she has this series of books that doesn't feel like a series yet it includes people you love and are familiar with. The other characters are just that. Other characters. And yet, they are familiar and loved if you've read the previous books. And, while you can easily read one without reading the others, why would you want to?

Whirlwind is definat
Anna Mcfadden
Aug 19, 2015 Anna Mcfadden rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
On a ship to immigrate from England to America. Millicent Fairweather is call upon a willow caring from his young son only to have tragedy to hit her and her sister, Daniel Clark believes the only solution to his nanny problem and they only way for Millicent and Isabelle is for him to married Millicent . Over time as he falls in love with Millie he needs to fin a way for her to see his true feelings
Sep 27, 2014 Janine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Whirlwind" is the third book in a series and I think the fastest pace if them all so far, so "Whirlwind" is a perfect name.

Millicent is a warm, loving, tender, always on the go woman. When she gives her heart it is fully and completely. She looks for ways to help her neighbor without wounding their pride, but at times jumps to conclusions that aren't quite right.

Daniel is a man who is trying to learn from past mistakes and honor oaths he has made. He is a strong man spiritually and emotionally
May 04, 2014 Stacy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another really enjoyable book for me, third in the Only in Gooding series by Cathy Marie Hake. I was able to download the first 3 for free, I believe there are one or two more available, but they are not currently free, nor available for Prime Lending. If they were, I'd be sure to get them, as I really enjoyed the ones in this series. I read them back to back to back, which is fairly unusual for me :)
Feb 11, 2016 Carman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was wonderful!!! I really liked it, and can't wait for more from this author!

Millie is a very likable character, and whirlwind definitely describes her. The research was very good, and the plot was great. I really like how signals get crossed in Hake's books, confusion sets in, along with humor. Very well written as always.
Oct 04, 2015 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is a good story that has a nice happy ending. I did not feel it was as strong as the first 2 I have read from this author. It seemed to be a bit slow and the romance lacked something. They did a great deal to show they cared but it didn't transmit into romantic love for me.

Still good and I am glad I read it. I will read the next one.
Dec 31, 2014 Patricia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this story. I listened to the audio book and enjoyed the English accents of the people. I think that added to my enjoyment. There were two parts of the story that seemed to just happen without lead in and without fleshing out. These were disappointments to me but not a deal breaker, obviously, since I still rated it 4 stars.
Mazzou B
Jan 28, 2016 Mazzou B rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
So, I picked this up free at a sale, to resell. And my curiosity made me read the middle and ending. I'm like that. It was actually not too bad. There were some good lessons and realistic struggles. Unlike most Christian romances, this one won't cause much damage with unmarried lasses. ;P
Christy Olesen
Jun 02, 2014 Christy Olesen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Christy by: BookBub
A sweet romance with a whirlwind of a heroine, a strong and compassionate hero, and a lot of lovable characters. Millie thinks she's going to America to be a seamstress, but she ends up with so much more. A thoroughly enjoyable read.
Apr 08, 2014 Rachel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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May 19, 2014 Debbie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was a whirlwind for sure. I usually never do bad reviews, however the ereader version of this book was all over the place. The first half of the book was good, then it was a scrambled mess! I love Cathy Marie Hake, but I did not like how this was jumbled and confusing.
Millicent Fairweather has been dismissed from her post as a nanny when her two young charges are set off to school. Joining her sister and brother-in-law, she boards a ship headed for the United States, where they plan to open a dressmaker's shop. Daniel Clark is also planning to head to the U.S., but when his nanny abruptly deserts him and his young son, he finds himself in need of a nanny. When traveling delays and a tragedy bring Millicent and Daniel closer together than they expected, life t ...more
Phyllis C
Jul 24, 2014 Phyllis C rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A story full of action and easy to follow without too many characters to follow through the whole novel. It ends like one big happy family. I couldn't put it down--I loved the scripture.
May 30, 2016 Cindy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Millicent Fairweather is a nanny who accompanies her sister (Isabelle) and brother-in-law to America, while on the ship traveling across the Atlantic she (to support her sister and brother-in-law) becomes a nanny to a widower Daniel Clark’s son. Isabelle’s husband is killed before they can become U.S. citizens and Isabelle and Millicent are told that they will be deported. Daniel Clark comes to their aid and weds Millicent, she thinks out of kindness but for him it is out of love. He then brings ...more
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As a child, Cathy Marie Hake had an imaginary playmate. Now "grown up," she indulges in a host of imaginary friends as she writes. She teasingly says she decided if those voices in her head were talking, she might as well write down what they said and make a living by doing it. She met her sweetheart in the High School department at church and married him after finishing nursing school. They live ...more
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Only in Gooding (5 books)
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