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Forevermore (Only in Gooding #2)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  2,852 Ratings  ·  138 Reviews
There’s no one quite like Hope Ladley.  A veritable dandelion in the wind, she blows from one farm to the next, roaming the Texas countryside as an itinerant cook. When she rides her mule, Hattie, onto the Stauffer farm, Hope knows this is the place the Lord wants her to be. Jakob Stauffer, though grateful for a cook to assist his pregnant sister and young daughter through ...more
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Published January 1st 2008 by Oasis Audio
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Kimberly
Jul 19, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who enjoy books with a Christian message
Shelves: gentle-reads
I picked up "Forevermore" and "Fancy Pants," both by Cathy Marie Hake, at the library and read "Fancy Pants" first. After finishing that one I wasn't sure if I wanted to try "Forevermore," but I'm glad that I did. "Forevermore" was a thousand times better than "Fancy Pants."

I found the character of Hope to be quite humorous and I really liked her. She reminded me of Amelia Bedelia, only Hope actually gets things accomplished, in more of a Mary Poppins kind of way. I can see how some readers woul
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J.
Oct 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely charming and uplifting. It reminds me of Amelia Bedelia for adults. The clever turns of phrase were thought provoking in a way that didn't feel forced or preachy. Greatly enjoyed this one.
SheLove2Read
Nov 08, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Part of the "only in Gooding" series. I loved the heroine Hope. She's illiterate and doesn't speak well but she's the kind of woman who you instantly take to and wish she was your friend. I loved this book!
Mary
Oct 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cathy Marie Hake’s novel Forevermore, title perfectly describes Hope Ladley, the hardworking itinerant farm-worker whose numerous former employers always wanted more of her forever, instead of as a temporary cook for the field workers during the harvest season. But, no, Hope felt led by the spirit and gladly moved on after the harvest to the next farm she believed needed her help. That is until she arrives at the farm of widower Jakob Stauffer.

Gruff, distant, and still mourning the death of his
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Delia
Apr 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hope Ladley drifts about the Texas farmlands like a dandelion "wishie"--helping out wherever she's needed, then moving on to the next place God sends her. But when she and her mule, Hattie, stop at the Stauffer farm, Hope's life takes on a drastic change. This time her heart gets tangled up as hopelessly as does her tongue on the endless string of quips she constantly misquotes (with strangely accurate results).

Jakob Stauffer farms his land while sheltering an abused sister, raising an adorable
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yojharobed || I have no sword. I don't need a sword. Because I am the Doctor and this is my spoon. En garde!
May 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 10+ Christian Romance lovers
Recommended to yojharobed || I have no sword. I don't need a sword. Because I am the Doctor and this is my spoon. En garde! by: My sister
I thought I had read all of Cathy Marie Hake's books, but then I found this one at the library and was excited that there was another one so I got it. I liked this one a lot. I like that all the books are woven together and you can read one of them and it has little bits of other characters lives. I thought this one was very well done and had a good story line.

One thing that I don't like about Hake's writing is that for like, the first 2/3 of the story the two main characters don't like each ot
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Pathway
May 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought for sure I had read all of Hake's books, but when riffling through my bookshelf I stumbled upon Forevermore and was pleasantly surprised. I love Hake's writing and was getting antsy for her next release, so finding one I hadn't read was a treat. As all of Hake's books I give it a 10 out of 10. She does a great job of tying in a little suspense to her historical romance books, that keep you turning the pages even faster. I read this book in 2 sittings, and although could predict how th ...more
Monkeyface
Jul 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Listened to Forevermore by Cathy Marie Hake. I fell in love with Hope Ladley she is a woman after Gods own heart. The story is about her Like a dandelion in the wind, Hope Ladley blows from one farm to the next, helping cook for the field hands during the harvest. Illiterate and often twisting cliches and Bible verses into mind-boggling observations, Hope leaves widower Jakob Stauffer baffled by her unconventional ways. But her sunny disposition and unstinting love make changes of a different ki ...more
Sophie
Feb 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Christian Historical Fiction
This is the first of Cathy Marie Hake's books I read. It made me a true fan of her writing. Hope who goes where God sends her to those in need is unable to read due most likely due to dyslexia, is a loving giving young woman. Talented in housekeeping skills she arrives at Jakob's house looking for work. Her goal is to stay as long as she is needed.

Jakob, a Texas farmer and widow, has his doubts about Hope, but his abused pregnant sister needs help and his toddler daughter needs more attention t
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Bobby
Jul 23, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This novel has potential. Like the novels of Nicolas Sparks, this would be a better movie than book. My biggest complaint was the author's difficulty in allowing her story to "unfold." Indeed, she was often redundant, almost seeming to want to assure the reader did not miss a single point she intended. Also, her use of dialogue to build her characters detracted rather than added to the story and at times, created inconsistent cartoons, rather than the charming people intended. I liked the positi ...more
Carrie Daws
Oct 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh. My. Goodness! I've never read a Cathy Marie Hake book I didn't like. I've always giggled through them, loving the characters and the predicaments so very much. I love the town of Gooding and all the fun people who live there--but Hope has stolen my heart! She is now my hands-down favorite character EVER. From her messed-up sayings to her sweet heart that somehow soothes over the worst situations, she is a woman that I would love to know. When I have a fiction book on my Kindle, I rarely make ...more
Sarah Gai
Jul 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book has officially become my all time favorite book. I did not want this to ever end. The characters worked so well together and well..... Hope is amazing. The cliches were my favourite part and I found myself laughing a lot. The book left me feeling really good and looking at life the best possible way.
Thankyou so much cathy
Willowy Whisper
Mar 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was excellent!!! The characters were so dear---and quick to fall in love with. The novel was very well written, and by the time I neared the end of the book, I couldn't stop thinking about what was going to happen next!!!
Rebecca
Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Skimmed most of it because I had a hard time liking the protagonist. She seemed too folksy and gimmicky for me. I'm sure others would see charm in that and how she constantly mixed up proverbs and sayings, but it felt like too much. If she were a real person, I don't know if I'd enjoy being in her company for extended periods of time.
And like the first book in the series, the POV from the antagonist (a previous love interest in both cases) seemed disjointed from the main flow of the book.
Yeah.
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April
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mom-fiction
This book had a slow start for me and I almost decided not to finish it. But I pressed on and am so glad I did. It was a beautiful, sweet and encouraging story. I am looking forward to more books by this author and hope that there are more about this family. I was drawn into the story and the characters were strong and the plot ended in some ways the way I figured it would and in other ways it surprised me.
Dru
Jun 19, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book took me a little while to read. Seemed like it was kind of scattered. Don't know if I would read any more by this author or not.
Lynsay
It was okay. Very little romance. Much of Jakob's thoughts centered on how much he loved his wife and that went for most of the book.
Alycia Canfield
Oct 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Unknowingly I read the second book first and it made no difference. This is my favorite book ever. I love Cathy Hakes writing. I loved the setting and everything about this book! I think this is the adult version of Amelia Bedielia... Funny and easy read. Just over all great.
Linda
Mar 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-read
A feel-good book with refreshing characters.
Samantha
Oct 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hope Ladely is unconventional, charming, and a hard-worker. She's happy to ride her hat wearing donkey Hattie all over the land in order to go where God leads her. She's lead to the home of Jake, his daughter Emmy Lou, and sister Annie. When she sees the house, she knows right away that this is the place God meant for her to help out.
Jake doesn't trust many people, and with good reason. He's bent on protecting his daughter and sister. When Hope rides in on a donkey wearing a nicer hat than sh
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Rachael
Jun 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hope Ladley is a housekeeper who follows God's call wherever it leads her. She comes to the home of widower Jakob Stauffer and breathes a breath of fresh air into his home.

One of the things that I liked about Hope was her eternal optimism and cheer. She just keeps moving forward, looking at the bright side, and relying on God. She was forever misquoting Bible verses or idioms but she never felt embarrassed by any of it. In fact, she often explains why her version was actually the one that made
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Wendy Sparkes
#2 Texas Gooding Series.

Hope is a bubbly person with a love for the Lord that shines out in all she says & does. She is an itinerant cook blowing from farm to farm like a dandelion wishy going where God sends her & people need her.

She arrives at the Stauffer farm on Hattie with her cart & few belongings, & settles in to help surrounding the family with friendliness, warmth & a sunny disposition.

Jakob Stauffer is grateful for the help & support Hope can give his pregnant s
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Jane
Mar 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4th-quarter
Hope goes around and help family when they need it. When Hope comes to a family that has a lot of problems. But when they hired Hope they didn't know what they where geting their self.
When Jacob sister Hannah baby is do any day know so he hires Hope. But when Hope sees that Jacob's daught might be going blind she tells Jacob so he takes his daughter and a eye dorter tells him that she well probly be bind when she is in her teen years. He didn't like what he is hearing. When he told Hannah, his
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Sabine
Mar 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hope Ladley reist mit ihrem Maultier durch Texas, immer auf der Wanderschaft und Suche nach einem Aushilfsjob als Köchin. So kommt sie auch zur Farm von Jakob Stauffer, einem Witwer mit einer kleinen Tochter, der seine Farm mit einem Helfer und seiner hochschwangeren Schwester Annie bewirtschaftet. Die Ernte steht vor der Tür und so kommt die Hilfe von Hope gerade richtig. Die fröhliche Hope und der eher schroffe Jakob haben einen holperigen Start aber manchmal verbirgt sich hinter einer rauen S ...more
Lisa
A cute story about Hope, a woman who travels from place to place, hiring out for work during the harvest season as a cook/housekeeper. When she comes to Jacob's farm, she sees a need, as he is a widower with a young daughter, not to mention that his sister who is there to care for them, is very pregnant. Hope takes the job, not knowing that there is so much more going on beneath the surface, and not realizing the impact that she will have on this little family. In spite of misunderstandings, hea ...more
LadyCalico
I found this book to have a good story diminished by gimmicky writing. Two things bothered me. The story was set in Texas, but the main character seemed modeled after Ruby in Cold Mountain, including the Appalachian dialect. It might have worked if the other characters in the area spoke the same dialect, but no one else did, so having only one character speaking in weird dialect struck me as odd. She also kept speaking in muddled cliches that really grated on my nerves, and even if you found the ...more
Gmc
Jun 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Forevermore - Only in Gooding!, Bk 2 by Cathy Marie Hake

Like a dandelion in the wind, Hope Ladley blows from one farm to the next, helping cook for the field hands during the harvest. Illiterate and often twisting cliches and Bible verses into mind-boggling observations, Hope leaves widower Jakob Stauffer baffled by her unconventional ways. But her sunny disposition and unstinting love make changes of a different kind around the place. His little daughter and the pregnant sister he's shielding f
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Ashley
Mar 12, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Angela
I really loved this book!! Cathy Marie Hake is one of my favorite writers and Forevermore is in my top three favorite novels written by her. The characters are wonderful!! Hope (my favorite) is quirky, hardworking, and consistently a bright beam of sunshine. Jakob is the perfect gentleman and I just love their love story! Annie is so gentle and broken and brave. I cried several times over Annie. And little Emmy Lou is just cute as a button. What this family goes through isn't all that different ...more
Dora Wagner
May 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series, may-2015
I have decided to revisit Gooding, Texas, as Fancy Pants (book 1) was the book chosen for a reading club. Once, I listened to Fancy Pants, again, I had to relive all of the magic that only Gooding, Texas could provide.

Hope-- the book is full of Hope. Not just the hope we receive from faith, but from Hope herself. She is a unique individual that really lights up the page or in my case, the speakers. Her quirky sense of humor and enormous faith really makes her a great character.

I have always enjo
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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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