I have always loved Deeanne Gist novels, and this one fell right in line with that. I loved this book because the main character, Georgie Gail, had gr...moreI have always loved Deeanne Gist novels, and this one fell right in line with that. I loved this book because the main character, Georgie Gail, had grit and spunk. I would say most of this author's female characters tend to be that way, which is what I love about her books. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves a good read that is relaxing, funny, intense, suspenseful, and just about anything else you can think of. Deanne Gist hits a homerun once again with this truly enjoyable book.(less)
Both of these authors are favorites of mine, so of course I had to read the second installment in The Amish of Apple Grove series. I love Amish books...moreBoth of these authors are favorites of mine, so of course I had to read the second installment in The Amish of Apple Grove series. I love Amish books and I love old west books, so how could I go wrong with all three? Of course I was not disappointed at all with my time spent reading this novel.
Oh, Rebecca! If ever there was trouble to find, she sure knew how to do it. This time she did it without even looking. Rebecca went on the hunt for the man she fell in love with when she was a young girl, Jesse Montgomery. Being the person that she is, Rebecca figures he will feel the same way about her and they will begin their life together.
Through a series of events, Rebecca meets Sheriff Colin Maddox. To find out exactly how she meets him you will have to read for yourself. Let's just say Rebecca gets to spend a little time with the sheriff where he works. Spending time with Colin begins to make her question her own feelings and wonder if she is doing the right thing.
I absolutely loved this book just as much as the first and would definitely recommend it to anyone who like me loves a good western and a good Amish story. The pairing of these two together worked perfectly and then you throw in two fabulous authors and you have the making of a book you won't soon forget. I personally loved it!(less)
This was quite an interesting read. Alyce Benson is a very unconventional young woman who loves to drive fast, much to the chagrin of some of the othe...moreThis was quite an interesting read. Alyce Benson is a very unconventional young woman who loves to drive fast, much to the chagrin of some of the other ladies in the church. She also has a passion for helping others. Her father is well known in the community because of his affluence. Alyce was sitting in a church service one morning when the preacher introduced a missionary couple who worked in Africa on the Gold Coast. Alyce was so touched by their story that she stood up and pledged $3,000 and asked everyone in the church to join her and match her donation. Alyce has no idea what she is asking of these people. Unfortunately, when she asks her dad for the money he declines when she tells him it is for church work. Her dad wants nothing to do with anything religious. Now Alyce has to figure out how she is going to come up with the money to present to these missionaries upon their return in seven weeks.
Many events transpire in those seven weeks that change Alyce's life forever. She comes up with a scheme to race cars and save the money to give the missionaries. Of course, racing cars is not something that women do in the early 1900s do, so the only person she can confide in is her father's mechanic, Webster Little, who also is her best friend.
I thought the beginning of the book was kind of slow, but as it progressed I got into it more and more. The premise was intriguing and made me want to continue reading. I would recommend this book and I would also read another one of this author's books.(less)
I liked the storyline in the beginning, three girls leaving their country to get away from their uncle after their mother and father have both died. T...moreI liked the storyline in the beginning, three girls leaving their country to get away from their uncle after their mother and father have both died. They dream of starting a new life in America, but things do not go exactly as planned. It was frustrating to me how many disasters they had because it just seemed like there was no end in sight to the tragedies they would encounter. I did like the book though and I did finish it, which is saying a lot. If it was awful I would not have finished it. All in all, I would says that I probably would read another book by this author. (less)
What a perfect picture of the pain and the tension between people in our own country over differences that caused a war. These images are somewhat uni...moreWhat a perfect picture of the pain and the tension between people in our own country over differences that caused a war. These images are somewhat unimaginable to us these days, but the descriptions and the characters made me feel as if I was right there. I loved the main characters, Olivia and Ridley. They each had a passion for what they believed in and didn't stand down when it came to defending their belief. Olivia was in a bad marriage and reluctant to share her feelings with anyone. Ridley himself was quite defensive as well, since he had a secret that he could share with no one. Both protective of their emotions, they each had barriers to be broken down.
Olivia became a widow and had nowhere to go until she was taken in at the Belle Meade Plantation by the mistress with promise of a job there as head housekeeper. Her welcome was much less than she anticipated, but having no other choice she moved forward with what she had. Ridley also came to Bell Meade Plantation, only he did not know how he would be received when he arrived. He showed up looking for a certain person, hoping that he would be remembered and would also be offered a job. Both in tentative positions, they constantly found themselves in the same place and began to break down some of the walls they each had built.
I would definitely recommend this book. I loved the writing, the characters, and the picture they created together. I look forward to other novels by this author, as I was quite captivated by this one. Comment Comment | Permalink (less)
Tish McComb decides it is time to make some changes in her life. Her mom is moving on with a new marriage and moving away. Tish helps her move and dec...moreTish McComb decides it is time to make some changes in her life. Her mom is moving on with a new marriage and moving away. Tish helps her move and decides to stop in Noble, Alabama where her great-great-great grandparents lived and see their home. She finds it is for sale and decides she is going to buy back her family home. Unfortunately for her, the McComb family history is well known to the town folk and not in a good way. She is not exactly welcomed with open arms.
Melanie Hamilton was a resident of Noble at one time. Her parents still live there, but she is much unwelcome there. The town gives her the same cold shoulder as well. Melanie left town a few years ago, but is ready to go back home and see if her parents will let her come home. The welcome she receives there is quite chilly and she doesn't know what she is going to do.
Tish and Melanie cross paths and forge a friendship. Watch how these two make it work in this community that essentially does not want either of them there.
I liked this book for the story. It wasn't my favorite, but it wasn't the worst book I've read either. I did like the characters and I finished the book, so that's good. I would recommend this book for a light read. It didn't keep me on the edge of my seat, but it was a good read nonetheless. I would have liked a little more reference to Christianity in it, as that is what I was expecting, but it was underlying if you prefer it that way. (less)
This is the third book in The Amish of Apple Grove series. I read the first two books as well, and it was nice to have the characters from the previo...more This is the third book in The Amish of Apple Grove series. I read the first two books as well, and it was nice to have the characters from the previous books in this one as well. Once again these two authors wrote a splendid story that I thoroughly enjoyed. The lifestyle of the Amish is rather interesting, so reading about them makes for a nice relaxing read.
I loved the main characters. Jesse is an Englisch cowboy who was an alcoholic and finally got his life straightened out staying with his friends, Luke and Emma. When one of their Amish friend’s land is taken, Jesse goes to stay with him to help protect the rest of the land. In the process of defending the property, Jesse gets hurt. He is tended to by Katie Miller, an Amish widow. Katie begins falling in love with Jesse, but does not see any hope for a relationship with Jesse since he is not Amish.
I would definitely recommend this book, and also the two previous books in this series. These two authors work very well together in creating stories that are pleasant to read and keep me coming back for more.
I have read many novels by Colleen Coble and loved every one of them. This one is no different. The main characters are Eden and Clay. They were once...moreI have read many novels by Colleen Coble and loved every one of them. This one is no different. The main characters are Eden and Clay. They were once married, until their daughter was kidnapped and the relationship just couldn’t handle the pressures of it all. Eden moved to get away from it all and go forward with her life. Just as she is preparing to begin a new relationship in a new town, Clay returns to tell Eden that they are still married and he thinks their daughter is still alive. In order to find her, Clay and Eden take off on an adventure at a youth ranch. What they find as they spend time there is a very tangled web of connections to family that they would never have dreamed of. Will their lives ever be the same again? How will they make it through these trials? They both find that God has been with them every step of the way even when they were not aware of it.
I would definitely recommend this book. It is full of plenty of suspense, some romance, friendships, and family. The characters are loveable. Each of them made me want to cheer them on as they went through trials. Also, just like a scary movie, I wanted to holler out to them not to make the next move they were about to make. Colleen Coble never disappoints when she writes a novel. Once again, that is the case with Lonestar Angel. (less)
I just realized looking back that I read a previous book with these two authors paired together. This particular novel is an Amish novel in The Amish...moreI just realized looking back that I read a previous book with these two authors paired together. This particular novel is an Amish novel in The Amish of Apple Grove series. This is book one. I definitely liked it enough to be on the lookout for the nex book.
Emma is traveling with her family on their wagon when they are robbed and lose everything they have, including their wagon. They continue on not knowing what to do but pray. As they pray for someone to come alone to help them, God answers them in the most curious way, or at least they think it is an answer to their prayers.
Luke has troubles of his own trying to fit into his new position as trail boss. He has a lot riding on this job, as his father is well known for being the best trail boss out there and he is trying to live up to his expectations. Running into a family of Amish was definitely not what he had planned, and the detour takes him further away from his plans than he could have imagined. Following the story of these two is well worth the time it takes to relax with this book.
I loved the characters and once again the pairing of these two authors. I will be on the lookout for A Plain and Simple Heart, book two in this series, set to come out in September 2012. (less)
Jill is a pianist who dreams of becoming well known for her gift of playing the piano beatifully. Her dream is cut short when she has a terrible accid...moreJill is a pianist who dreams of becoming well known for her gift of playing the piano beatifully. Her dream is cut short when she has a terrible accident that keps her from playing the way she once did. She begins to have dreams that tell of doom and destruction of her hometown. She feels so compelled to share this news with the people in her hometown so she can save them, unlike others she was not able to save in the terrible accident. Few people believe her tale and just chalk it up to posttraumatic stress syndrome. How can Jill get the message across to everyone and feel like she has done what she needed to do? This was an interesting story the way it played out. I definitely would not have seen the ending coming the way it did. All in all, I would recommend this book. I have read both authors and liked them each on their own accord so the pairing was likely to work flawlessly as well. (less)
What an amazing story that drew me in from page 1. The heart of each character was laid out in each line. I found myself laughing and crying as the st...moreWhat an amazing story that drew me in from page 1. The heart of each character was laid out in each line. I found myself laughing and crying as the story played out. Dr. Kai Chang was separated from her sister when they were children. She has devoted her life to finding her younger sister. Many years later she finds her and the family who adopted her. Meeting them is a struggle within her soul, trying not to do or say anything that might alter her plans for Lily. There are many difficulties in meeting the family and seeing her sister for the first time. Lily has quite the mind of her own and it takes circumstances to bring her around. I would definitely recommend this book. I have read all of this author's books and love every one of them. I do think this one is the best. It appealed to me on many levels, and I found it to be a very satisfying read.(less)
This book was kind of interesting. I liked the storyline, but I think the title didn't really go along too much with it. Yes Sam received an invitatio...moreThis book was kind of interesting. I liked the storyline, but I think the title didn't really go along too much with it. Yes Sam received an invitation to a wedding and yes she went to the wedding, but all of that occurred in the very beginning of the book and after what happened, which wasn't really very eventful, the wedding really had nothing to do with the story. Sam worked in the Philippines as a teacher and had her heart broken by Carson. Unfortunately, Sam never quite got over it. She ends up seeing Carson later after being back in the United States and she finds it difficult to be around him. The rest of the story really is about these two, but it seems rather slow moving. Don't get me wrong, I did like these two characters and the background story between them, but it just didn't seem to flow smoothly. I did like the book, but I can't say that it was one of my favorites. (less)
Angel is a woman living in a man's world, as she wears men's clothing and pretends to be a man to fit into the life of being a horse wrangler. Angel g...moreAngel is a woman living in a man's world, as she wears men's clothing and pretends to be a man to fit into the life of being a horse wrangler. Angel grows weary of all this lying and wants to reveal her true identity as she begins a new job. Little did she know that doing so would bring changes she had not planned upon. I found myself feeling like I was right there with Angel and wondering what it would be like to be her, trying to prove she was just as capable at her job as the men around her yet also knowing that even proving her skills would still leave men doubting her just because she's a woman. The author drew such a portrait of the scenery and characters that I felt like her experience was real to me.I would definitely recommend this book to anyone. It was such a great storyline and I truly enjoyed it.I think this is the best one of Miralee's books that I have read, and I love every one of her books. (less)