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Wanted: A Family

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The ramshackle Victorian house is all that widowed mother-to-be Callie Mitchell has left. But she's going to make that house into a true home--a home where she and her baby will be safe and happy...and where women in need can find refuge. And if that means trusting stranger Jacob Smith to help with the repairs, then so be it.
Jacob came to town with a handful of old postca
ebook, 288 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by Love Inspired Historical (first published February 9th 2011)
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Love this story about the power of forgiveness and redemption! Judging someone without getting to know them or the circumstances is always easier for us to do. In the end everyone learns a valuable lesson. Callie is recently widowed and about to give birth to her child. In the process she needs to fix up her Victorian house so that it can help her with her dream of helping unwed mothers. Obstacles that she faces arise and there are prejudice to overcome, but with the carpentary skills of Jacob S ...more
Apr 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Wanted: A Family by Janet Dean is a book that I won through the GoodReads “First Reads” giveaway program. If you are a GoodReads member, check out the giveaways here.

In this book, we are introduced to Callie Mitchell, a young widow living in Peaceful, Indiana, in 1900, who discovers she is expecting just shortly after her husband dies. The old Victorian house that she and her husband were renovating is all that she has left for herself and for her baby, and she is determined to make it into a ho
Mar 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wanted: A Family by Janet Dean
Callie Mitchell has found herself widowed, pregnant and a dream. Her dream is to open her big Victorian home up to unwed mothers. Problem is her home is badly in need of repairs. In fact, her husband died trying to fix the roof. Her father-in-law would want nothing more than for her to come and move into their home so they can take care of her and the baby. She already has one very pregnant girl living with her, a girl from town who made the wrong choice. When a han
Sep 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This is another great book by Janet. I really enjoyed the story. Callie wants to start a home for unwed mothers and we see how she struggles with the idea and raising money, getting the community onside all while she is a widow expecting her first child. Jacob is a drifter who has spent time in Jail albeit for something he didn't do. Jacob is a God send and helps with repairs at the house which badly needs the help. He is an orphan and has come to Peaceful for a reason. The story is set early 19 ...more
Michele Minor
Apr 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is about Callie a young widow who is expecting and is wanting to restore her home into a home for unwed mothers. Jacob Smith is a young drifter who comes along and helps her in restoring the home. Jacob has a few secrets of his own since he came into town searching for his birth mother. The ending is a surprise since Callie and Jacob fall for each other during his stay in town. This book is set in 1900 when being an unwed mother isn’t as socially acceptable as it is today with some of ...more
Mar 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wanted: A Family is definitely a pleasant read. I fell totally in love with Callie and Jake, as well as Elise and the Doc. I can't wait to read Elise's story, if indeed there is one. For me, this book is a great catalyst for a potentially great series. Not only do I want to see if Elise ends up with Doc, but I want to see what happens with Grace and JoAnn, as well. I was a little disappointed with the end. It's seemed a little jumbled. I had a hard time liking Commodore and I needed to like him. ...more
Bethany Swafford
The story line seemed rather complicated than it should have been. Callie flew off the handle towards the end for little reason, in my opinion. And the sudden change of attitude was beyond my idea of believability.
Joanne Sher
Feb 03, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book very much. The characters were very real, with real problems, real conflicts, and a realistic attraction. I was completely taken up in the story. This is the first book I've read by Janet Dean, but definitely not the last!
Susan Carlisle
Sweet book
This book was so good I finished it quickly!The cast of characters were so worth the read!Loved every second of this book!
Jan 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
it was a sweet story of faith
to be read: maybe. note to self: I think is a christian romance
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Janet Dean grew up in a family who cherished the past and had a strong creative streak. Her father recounted fascinating stories, like his father before him. The tales they told instilled in Janet a love of history and the desire to write.

She married her college sweetheart and taught first grade before leaving to rear two daughters, but Janet never lost interest in American history and the accoun
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