Kate and Trevor are two super competitive people who are meant to be together. Their romance is the glue that holds this book together. Wonderful stor...moreKate and Trevor are two super competitive people who are meant to be together. Their romance is the glue that holds this book together. Wonderful story about the difficulties in treating tuberculosis in the 19th century. I received my copy through NetGalley but this book is worth paying full price for. Highly recommend. This book will make "best of" lists for 2014 I feel sure. The pacing and the plot are seamless. And wonderful job of HEA ending that makes you want to read her next book. I'd love to read more about the characters in this story and wish it was part of a series. (less)
It’s 1880 in Montana and mail order bride, Laura Worth, arrives looking for her intended—Ben Cooper. Except that Ben never sent for a bride. His broth...moreIt’s 1880 in Montana and mail order bride, Laura Worth, arrives looking for her intended—Ben Cooper. Except that Ben never sent for a bride. His brother sent for a wife for him, as a Christmas present. And Laura arrives at their home looking prettier than any gift he’s ever received. Lot’s of romantic tension in this wonderful Christian novella, part of the Christmas Traditions series.
Ben’s brother, Sam, leaves the couple alone for a few days, for privacy’s sake, but Ben is thoughtfully attempting to “court” his new wife and give her time to settle into the small home. He returns, and Sam and Ben quickly add on another room to the cabin, despite the cold weather and snow.
Laura is one of many children whereas Ben and Sam have only had one another. Laura is in a situation where she must marry so that she is not a drain on her family. Cynthia does a nice job of weaving this in without bogging down the story with this sad aspect of the heroine’s life.
Ben wants to make Christmas special for his bride because Laura’s Christmas tradition has literally been shattered. The Irish nativity set she transported with her out West was broken. So he spends a lot of time in solitude in the barn, working on a new set to carry on the tradition. Laura wants to make Christmas special for her husband, too, and give him the gift of her love as his wife. She’s not quite sure what to do about the fact that Ben hasn’t accepted her, fully, as his wife in the eyes of the law and God. But Laura comes up with a solution that might have readers reaching for their husbands after they’ve finished the novella. (less)
I tried to read this book as paperback but that didn't work out as I found the beginning too slow--and creepy because the heroine's family was being a...moreI tried to read this book as paperback but that didn't work out as I found the beginning too slow--and creepy because the heroine's family was being attacked. But then I got the audiobook and the story started getting more interesting several chapters in. The crazy looking cover made a lot of sense once I got into the story. The hero is an eccentric boat engineer and since I am married to one, this character intrigued me! (Thankfully my husband has never exploded stuff, though, as he's in the process of working on new boat engines!) The heroine, Nicole, is trying to save her family's shipping business but a huge part of the plot revolves around the Lafitte dagger, which the antagonists are trying to steal. It is so hard to find good Christian audiobooks to listen to and this was a solid listen, despite the issues with the slow start and the hard-to-believe jeweled dagger's importance. Nice character arcs. The narrator did a great job and was engaging. This book has a little bit of a different feel to it than some of Karen's other books, maybe because of the different setting and the riverboat theme. I think this is a great book to listen to while you are doing housekeeping or driving. (less)
Lisa Norato’s "The Promise Keeper" is a lovely book that sweeps you away to 1825 to Duxbury, Massachusetts. You will feel as though you are there! Lov...moreLisa Norato’s "The Promise Keeper" is a lovely book that sweeps you away to 1825 to Duxbury, Massachusetts. You will feel as though you are there! Love Lisa’s author voice and her ability to craft memorable characters and a spell binding story.
Sweet Iris Moon lives with her father, having lost her mother the previous year. She is said to greatly resemble her beautiful mother. The light keeper intrigues her and Iris often goes up to the top of her house to the Captain's watch to observe the man who tries to keep the fires burning in the lighthouse. Fascinated by the mysterious Mr. Mayne, she sets out to visit Clark's island, where he lives. He tells her she already knows him but she doesn't remember him until later in the novel.
Determined to lead an isolated life, Johnny Mayne is drawn to Iris partially because she reminds him of her mother and because he knew her as a child. A terrible storm ends Johnny's plan to be alone in his lighthouse. Iris, housekeeper Hetty, and her father must care for him and draw him out. There is a disabled young man, Peter, who plays into the story line as well.
Highly recommended! This is a novel to savor so take your time. The only disappointment you will have is when you are done reading the book and it is over. Simply enchanting. (less)
This was a deep book that touched on some gritty subjects. SPOILER: Serena explores the little discussed use of products intended to end a pregnancy....moreThis was a deep book that touched on some gritty subjects. SPOILER: Serena explores the little discussed use of products intended to end a pregnancy. She has a hero still in love with his very flawed deceased wife as Ingrid, a Swedish girl searching for her brother in the lumber camps, arrives in town. In this marriage of convenience she puts up with a lot of nonsense including verbal abuse from the deceased woman's mother. There is a charming secondary character who imparts godly wisdom. You'll be rooting for Ingrid all the way through. She's a gutsy heroine.(less)