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A Dream Unfolding

(Prescott Pioneers #1)

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3.96  ·  Rating details ·  641 ratings  ·  64 reviews
The promise of a new life and a chance to start over…
Hannah Anderson had the life she always wanted, married to the man of her dreams. When her husband's brother gets in trouble with the law, the town turns against them, shattering her perfect life. Now they are left with only one choice—to head west to the Arizona Territory in the hopes of creating a new life. Will the jo
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ebook, 352 pages
Published December 19th 2010 by Karen Baney (first published January 1st 2010)
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Brenda
Jan 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dr.Drew Anderson and his wife Hannah, lived a pretty comfortable life in Cincinnati Ohio, good friends and a thriving practice is everything they hoped for.When Drew's brother commits an act that turns the community against the them, their friends stop speaking to them, and Drew's patients stop coming to the clinic, Drew and Hannah know they are going to have to do something. When Drew notices an ad in the paper stating that doctors are needed out west he decides that the answer is to move west ...more
Iola
Oct 01, 2012 rated it it was ok
Dr. Drew Anderson and his wife, Hannah, decide to leave their home in Ohio and travel west after Drew’s brother, Thomas, robs the local bank and all the townsfolk turn against them. William Colter is a twenty-nine year old cattle rancher from Texas, who travels west after his father dies and his older brother, Reuben, kicks him off the family ranch. Luckily Will inherited half the stock, so he takes his share of the cattle and cash, and moves west to buy his own ranch. All have to learn to trust ...more
Lydia (Overweight Bookshelf)
First reviewed here: http://overweight-bookshelf.blogspot....

A Dream Unfolding is a historically rich and emotionally poignant story about loss, healing, and second chances that will resonate with readers. There are two separate plots lines recounted simultaneously, yet the flow of the story never feels fragmented or disjointed because they are thematically linked. The narration navigates seamlessly between the two plots building suspense until the two stories ultimately culminate into one cohe
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Carol
Mar 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the beginning

Karen Baney has done her research and portrayed it here. In the first in this series she introduces the key characters in the plot from two different areas of the U. S.

She brings them through their separate journeys and follows them through their tribulations of being early settlers. If that is not enough she shares their hard times and then the really toughest of times and back to a more relaxed period. She lets you feel their every move, experience the emotions, the hurt, ange
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Frannie
Dec 03, 2013 rated it liked it
Another good one-Historical fiction, Christian romance. No sex, violence, bad language.
✨ Gramy ✨
Nov 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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This first installment begins with the introduction of the Anderson family interwoven with the story about Will Colter. Each story contains their own issues, although each has one thing in common, an individual character is involved in a pivotal change who chooses a westward journey hoping for a new life. Each story inspires and captivates the reader and welcomes them to join particular characters in an adventure. They entertain and teach lessons about life through a faith based view. These are
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Vickey Mcgee
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, Wow, Wow!!!

Talk about a beautiful written story. I loved this! It took me back to when I was a child and my great grandmother told me stories of her pioneering days. It's full of adventure, faith and history. A great tale. Was hard to put down. This is a good one for any age.
Andrea Lurz
Jan 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A real read

I love the fact that a lot of the story is based on truth. The characters are real. I could related to many of there feelings and problems. Some problems and fears are the same no matter the time. And we can always relies on our heavenly father to see us through.
Ruth M. Morgan
Jul 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A lovely look back at an exciting period in our countries history.

This well written story includes memorable characters that I soon loved. They were taught lessons in courage and forgiveness and understanding a loving Heavenly Father.
Melinda Freeland
Mar 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Melinda by: Enjoyed the author's book NICKELS, a Christian contemporary romance
Karen Baney has crafted an inspirational and heart-warming Christian Historical Romance in her debut novel, A Dream Unfolding (Prescott Pioneers #1). She covers wagon train rides, cattle drives, and military expeditions – oh my! Her research of these true events is evident by both the author's descriptive details of setting throughout the book in the different places of Ohio, Texas, and Arizona, and by Baney accurately illustrating many of the challenges pioneers encountered during the 1860s.

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Wendy
Sep 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Hannah and Drew Anderson were upstanding citizens in Cincinnati, Ohio. Drew was a doctor and had all the patients he needed to make a good living for him and his wife and hopefully children the would have. Hannah loved being Drew's wife and could hardly wait to become a Mother. Until that time she kept busy helping her husband out in his practice whenever needed, even if it meant ruining meals and having to start over at the drop of a hat. They had many good friends and thought they would always ...more
Brenda
May 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. It was a break from the books I have been reading lately. I have always had a soft spot for either books with cowboys or books that have people in covered wagons traveling to a land unknown to them other than the recomendation they might read in a newspaper by someone who was supposed to have made the trip there and knew the land. It is always a situation where the people who decide to pick up and move, in this case Hannah has to go with her husband, as that is what t ...more
Courtney
Mar 31, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What an interesting story! This a story about a couple heading out west to start a new life away from the problems they were dealing with in Ohio. Dr. Drew Anderson and his wife Hannah had nice home and lots of friends until the day that Drew's brother caused trouble and got put in jail. The town then reacted poorly to Drew and his wife, so they decided to pack up and head out to Arizona to start a new clinic and a new dream.

Then there was the story of Will. His parents both passed away and that
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Tiffany
May 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
Review first debuted on http://acozyreaderscorner.blogspot.com

A Dream Unfolding is a delightful debut novel! I enjoyed this book immensely though I am not a fan of westerns, which this book reminded me of. This historical fiction takes place in 1800’s America, during the Civil War and Arizona’s statehood. While I was clearly aware of the plot set up from the very beginning, there were a few surprises, in terms of its execution, along the way. Here is the skinny on this title.

Setting – Perfect! T
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Ladette
Feb 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Hannah Anderson and her husband, Dr. Drew Anderson have a wonderful life in Ohio. He is a prominent doctor and she helps him in his surgery when necessary and keeps a great home when not helping him out. Hannah loves Drew and their life together... they've only been married just over a year and completely in love. Then, one morning, the misbehavior of a family member changes their lives forever. They end up heading west to start a new life with no stain on Dr. Anderson's reputation. Hannah resen ...more
ChrisGA
Jul 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The story opens in 1863. In Ohio, Drew, the town doctor, and his wife, Hannah, are well respected and happily married-until his wild younger brother robs the town bank and the townspeople turn against them. Drew’s medical practice collapses, and they need to leave town. Drew feels God leading them to Arizona Territory, and off they go by wagon train. Meanwhile, in Texas. Will, full of integrity and faith, is forced off the family land by his brother. He heads to Arizona with his half of the herd ...more
Grace Krispy
May 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book is the first in a planned four-book series by Karen Baney. It follows the westward quest of Will Colter and Hannah and Drew Anderson as they escape their pasts to find their futures. Set in the 1860s, the author has done considerable research to remain true to the times and to include some of the famous characters of the era. The result is a very interesting read that highlights the hardships of this arduous journey. The ending is somewhat predictable, but offers much satisfaction alon ...more
Carly
Mar 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When it comes to books that are an absolute delight to read, A Dream Unfolding is very high on that list. Very rarely does a book spark my interest right from the very beginning, but this one sure did. I know I have said this before and I’m sure regular readers of my reviews are tired of hearing this, but I just prefer debut novels. Karen Baney’s debut novel is another reason for my debut novel preference. That’s not to say that I don’t like subsequent books, but it’s those debut novels that rea ...more
Aislynn
Hannah Anderson had the life she always wanted, married to the man of her dreams. When her husband’s brother gets in trouble with the law, the town turns against them, shattering her perfect life. Now they are left with only one choice—to head west to the Arizona Territory in the hopes of creating a new life. Will the journey be worth the cost?


Will Colter, after burying his father, is forced to leave the ranch he has called home for nearly thirty years. The journey is dangerous, challenging him
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Charles Ray
Hannah Anderson is married to the man of her dreams. When her husband’s brother gets in trouble with the law, the town turns against them, and they decided to move to Arizona Territory. The way is difficult, and enroute, her husband is killed in an avalanche, leaving Hannah to fend for herself.
When Will Colter’s father dies, leaving his Texas ranch to Will’s older brother, Will decides to take his cattle and move to Arizona to start a new life.
The two paths cross as they face the many trials and
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Charles Ray
Aug 28, 2015 rated it liked it
Hannah Anderson is married to the man of her dreams. When her husband’s brother gets in trouble with the law, the town turns against them, and they decided to move to Arizona Territory. The way is difficult, and enroute, her husband is killed in an avalanche, leaving Hannah to fend for herself.
When Will Colter’s father dies, leaving his Texas ranch to Will’s older brother, Will decides to take his cattle and move to Arizona to start a new life.
The two paths cross as they face the many trials and
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Sue
Dec 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Prescott Pioneers, Book One

Hannah and Drew - a doctor and his wife in Cincinnati. When Drew's brother gets involved in a bank robbery, they lose everything...the town's trust and respect and their business, though they had nothing to do with the illegal activities of his brother.

Driven from their home, they join a wagon train and head to the Arizona Territory. The hardships of the trip and the distance between them as they travel takes a toll. Hannah did not want to go, and Drew felt it was thei
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Englishrose
May 25, 2011 rated it liked it
Although an interesting read, as someone who reads romances - this wasn't what I expected or prefer. The story was long, with a lot of reflection on spiritual things, and little focus on activity or plot. It seemed to take a long time to get anywhere. I really felt like this was two or three books instead of one, since there was a definite break in the story - first of Hannah and their trip, then secondly of Hannah and Will (with a possible third of Will alone). There was a lot of emphasis on th ...more
Maureen Timerman
Nov 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011-read
I never wanted this book to end! What a great movie it would make, but have the tissues handy!
Hannah and Dr Drew Anderson live and Cincinnati Ohio, and are loving their lives together. Then their lives take a turn and the town turns against them. Drew makes the decision to move to Arizona, and thus beings their adventures West.
Will Colter loves Ranching and living in Texas, when his Dad is suddenly killed and his life changes forever. He has never gotten along with his brother Reuben, and when h
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Margaret
Feb 24, 2013 rated it liked it
I did enjoy this book and I know it was predictable but I enjoyed reading how that predictability would be played out. I would have given this book four stars if it were not for a few unbelievable events. One is the account of a group of cowboys frolicking with buckets of water in the Arizona Territory in the midst of winter. The fact that they had no shelter, have been out on the trail for months and being at a base of a mountain next to a lake, they decide to have a water fight. No mention wha ...more
Heather Hart
Aug 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
When two men from entirely different lives set out to follow the path God is calling them on, neither believes it will be easy. Though neither expects the outcome of their obedience, they both submit their lives to God's leading and their paths cross in a way that they never imagined and certainly would have never hoped for.

While the overall plot of this book was a touch predictable, the story was simply engrossing and even though I was able to predict the outcome, I never would have guessed the
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Jo Notary
352p Christian Historical Romance set in the Arizona Territory in 1863.
The promise of a new life and a chance to start over...
Hannah Anderson had the life she always wanted, married to the man of her dreams. When her husband's brother gets in trouble with the law, the town turns against them, shattering her perfect life. Now they are left with only one choice--to head west to the Arizona Territory in the hopes of creating a new life. Will the journey be worth the cost?
Will Colter, after burying
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Joana
Feb 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
This story was expertly written. It held just enough mystery and entertainment to keep me hooked throughout. At first I wondered how the two angles of the story were going to come together and I was happy that I didn't figure it out until about 60% into the book.

I did find the historical aspect a bit daunting (maybe its because I really hate history) However, I felt that the author did a good job of telling the story as well as underlining the historical significance of the events. The pieces o
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Loraine
Apr 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Using a double story line that connects for about the last 1/3 of the book, Karen Baney follows the story of Drew and Hannah a young married couple who leaves Cinncinati on a wagon train headed for the Arizona territory so Drew can set up a new medical practice as well as Will who is leaving Texas for Arizona territory to begin his own cattle/horse ranch. Encountering numerous situations along the way that test their faith in God, Hannah and Will find themselves unfolding new dreams that God has ...more
Julie
Feb 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Although this is not generally the type of book I read, I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed the book. Hannah suffers much of what I envision a lot of pioneer women suffered . . . love, loss, heartbreak, new beginnings. Hannah must make many choices - choices in which the right path is not always clear. But, Hannah finds that when she truly seeks God's guidance, He will not steer her wrong. I felt every emotion that Hannah felt - love, anguish, confusion, despair, hope. Drew and Will ...more
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