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Lilac Wedding in Dry Creek (Dry Creek #20)

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  150 Ratings  ·  40 Reviews
When she ran away from the juvenile home she was raised in, Cat Barker left more than an unstable childhood behind. She also left her first love, Jake Stone. The two had more in common than anyone understood, but neither knew how to trust. Now Cat needs help, and there's only one person she can turn to—Jake, her daughter's secret father. Though Cat can see the tender man s ...more
Paperback, Large Print, 288 pages
Published February 21st 2012 by Love Inspired (first published January 1st 2012)
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Mar 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another enjoyable book from Janet Tronstad's Return to Dry Creek series, featuring another member of the Stone family. This time we meet brother Jake, his former sweetheart Cat, and the daughter he didn't know he had. A very emotional and heartwarming read. And it's always nice to revisit the small town of Dry Creek.
Sep 01, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute Dry Creek story.
Jan 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An enjoyable and quick read. This is the first book I've read in the Dry Creek series. I love Cat and how she held onto her faith throughout her illness. Also when she fought so hard to make sure her daughter was taken care of if something were to happen to her. I liked how the situation ended up restoring Jake's faith in God and his community. I look forward to reading more in this series and learning about these characters.
Jan 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Janet Tronstad has done it again! Lilac Wedding was a great read! I loved coming back to the Stone Family and seeing the story of Jake unfold. A gambler who doesn't trust god and woman who has a secret past. The only thing that brings these two people back together again is a daughter in need a father. Cat's secret could ultimately harm the two most important people in her life. Circumstances beyond her control allow her to finally admit the truth. Jake wants to care for these two women in his l ...more
Janet Marie Dowell
Well, I have to say that I ABSOLUTELY LOVED THIS ONE!! Jake and Cathy

(Cat) both have very deep emotional scars that only God can heal. Jake

tries to fill the void with Gambling............Cathy tries to ignore

all the pain in hopes it will all disappear.

Jake lives in Las Vegas and just before he leaves for his brother's

wedding, Cat just happens to walk in where he is staying with a little

girl. Cat has two huge secrets that she is keeping. If you want to

find out what the secrets are, you ar
Jan 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
Jake Stone is getting ready for a long overdue Return to Dry Creek for his brother’s wedding when a surprise… or rather two surprises… show up at his door in Las Vegas. The only saving grace Jake found in the years he spent in the juvenile home after his mother was arrested for murdering his father, was Cat Barker. She was his only friend, and the one person who loved with all his heart. Now she is at his door, needing his promise to take care of the daughter he never knew he had, Lara.

Jake and
Apr 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lilac Wedding in Dry Creek by Janet Tronstad
When Cathy Barker and her daughter, Lara, show up in Las Vegas, Nevada it causes the handsome gambler Jake Stone to go speechless. Cat is hoping that Jake is ready for some responsibility, like accepting his daughter and raising her in case she can't. She assumes that Jake knows about Lara as he has been sending her money over the years. He had asked her to marry him five years ago without knowing she carried his child, but there was never the mention
Apr 07, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dry-creek
The love Inspired line is some of the first inspirational romance books I started to read almost 10 years ago. These books are great because they are a little shorter then a regular novel but the content is filling. The Dry Creek series was first started back around 2000. It’s a long running series so if you love series this is a great one yet you can read any of these books individually and not be lost. This book is kind of a series in a series as its book two in what I am guessing is going to ...more
Mar 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All
Janet hit it on the nail again! And "Lilac Wedding in Dry Creek" did take place!

How true it is that many times young people look at the mistakes and character traits of their parents and automatically assume that they will be that same way. Youth doesn't understand that different circumstances, environment, life lessons, and with the power of Jesus Christ, we are able to turn our lives around and head another direction.

This is what character Jake Stone is to find out after maturing, finding out
Mar 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Janet has done it again, Lilac Wedding in Dry Creek is one of those books you cannot put down and before you know it you have read the whole thing.
Jake Stone and Cat Barker met one another when they were living at the same home run by the state. They became close friends while there and when Cat was 18 even though Jake had wanted to marry her she ran away, thinking he did not truly love her and only wanted to make life better for her.
years later Jake and she meet again in Las Vegas and this time
Feb 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jake Stone is coming home for his brothers wedding. Jake had a troubling youth and now that he is back home he is ready for new challenges that lie ahead.

Cathy Barker single mom to daughter Lara wants the best for her young child and is willing to protect her at all costs. When Cathy was younger she ran away leaving Jake to pick up the pieces.

Is Jake willing to be the kind of guy a child can look up to? Can he be a knight in shining armor? Can Cathy trust a secret to the one person she values
Mar 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contempory
First Thanks to Janet for my review copy.
I started this book and wanted to keep reading. I thought I would just read another 20 pages but 100+ and it's 1am in the morning and the book is finished. I love a book that keeps me turning pages. The second half of the book read so quick and easy it didn't seem like a few hours had past. Jake Stone is the second of the Stone brothers and is still dealing with his childhood issues. Cat was in the care home with him and they became good friends. Now yea
Mar 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Once again I was able to spend more time in Dry Creek which has become a wonderful escape for me from the cares of my life into the small close knit town and the loving and caring people who live there.

Jake Stone and Cathy "Cat" Barker shared life years ago when they both were dealt some hard times,then for reasons known only to Cat,they went their own ways. Now years later,Cat has come to find Jake and ask him a very big question that will change both their lives,and the life of her young dau
Apr 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

i am always amazed at how authors can write such deep subjects and make the characters so real in such few words. Janet did an awesome job in bringing Jake and Cat to life with their insecurities and trusting issues while still keeping the story line flowing. The small town life with its gossips and troubles as well as its close friendships was portrayed much like the town i grew up two miles from, and though this is a short story, i love the way a series (in this case Dry Creek) in the
Laura AKA Loves 2 Read Romance
Jake Stone never forgot his first love Cat Barker. Meeting in a juvenile home when their childhoods came crashing down Jake and Cat understood each other in a way no one else could. However Cat ran away from the home leaving Jake behind. Now she's back to ask Jake for help raising the little girl he didn't know he had. Can Jake and Cat learn to step out on faith and trust in true love?

In the second book of Janet Tronstad's series Return to Dry Creek we meet the second Stone brother Jake. I have
Jan 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jake is going home..back to Dry Creek to attend his Brother's wedding.
He didnt realize that he would find Cat Barker in Dry Creek also. Jake and Cat had a past relationship and they hadnt seen each other in several years.
Cat has a young daughter who Jake has never met...
After talking to Cat, he knew that he still cared for her very much, and always had..

Both Jake and Cat are scared to trust their feelings and Cat has some issues that will challenge her faith.

Jake is nervous about meeting his
Mar 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jake Stone was about to leave for his brother's wedding when Cat, his close friend from his teenage years, shows up unexpectedly. She and her daughter end up traveling with him to his hometown of Dry Creek, where Jake hasn't visited for 10 years. The story deals with their relationship of the past, and how that will translate into the future, and the issues each has to deal with in order to come to terms with the past and future. I hadn't read any books from the Dry Creek series before, so obvio ...more
Mar 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
First of all, I would like to thank Janet Tronstad for an especially good read.

Jake Stone and Cat Barker had met in a juvenile home and were pretty tight there. Cat had run away from the home and when Jake got out he didn't know where she was. He sent money to the home in her name hoping it would be forwarded to her.

Now, Cat, with her daughter Lara, has found Jake and has come to tell him a couple important pieces of information that he needed to know. How would she tell him? Would he accept wha
Jan 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have enjoyed all the Dry Creek books I have read but this is the best so far. I could not put it down until I finished. Jake's emotional journey into parenthood was very touching and Cat's sacrifices for her daughter and her quest to belong to a real family made this a great story. As always, Mrs. H's appearance is a welcome addition to the stories. I really liked Jake, Cat, Lara, Mrs. H. and all of Jake's family. I enjoyed first book of this family's trilogy and was not disappointed with Jake ...more
Kathy Eberly
Feb 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was eager to read Janet Tronstad's latest offering: Lilac Wedding in Dry Creek and it did not disappoint! The story of love and redemption was a very touching one and I found myself unable to put it down. Jake and Cat met in a Juvenile Home years before and now; Cat is back in Montana with her daughter in tow. Janet has a way of carefully crafting her characters into the most wonderful fashion. I felt sympathy and joy at once. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good romanc ...more
I have enjoyed all of the Dry Creek books I have read, but this one is especially poignant. It is always nice to revisit the citizens of Dry Creek, Montana, and I enjoyed reading about Jake, Cat, and Lara. Their characters were very realistic, and I fell in love with each one of them. There is both suspense and romance in the course of the story, and it is certainly not always predictable. The fairy tale touches thrown in were delightful, and not overdone, which I appreciated. I highly recommend ...more
Very good book continuing the story of the Stone family's return to Dry Creek, Montana. Jake Stone is the hero who feels a strong responsibility to take care of those he cares about, but he doesn't feel that he deserves to be loved. He never planned to become a father for fear of turning out like his own abusive father, so he's shocked when he learns that he has a four-year-old daughter. I really liked that not once did he struggle about taking responsibility for the child and her mother, but ra ...more
Good book. Cat came looking for Jake because she needed him to look after their daughter if something happened to her. Jake was surprised to see her and stunned at the news he was a father. He was wary of marriage because of his father's abuse - he was afraid he'd be just like him. But he wanted to do the right thing and take care of Cat and Lara. He could also tell that Cat was holding something back from him. It took almost losing her for Jake to realize he really needed them both in his life.
Aug 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this story! Cat is scared for herself and daughter. She needs to make sure the father of her daughter will take care of her if anything happens to her when she has surgery. I found Jake to my liking. It was also refreshing to see him realize he needs help from others and that you do not always need to pay for help. I liked how he was pushy but took charge when he needed. I also loved the ending. I will say I got choked up towards the end and I liked how things were not always smooth sail ...more
Valri Western
Mar 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of Janet's best! The characters are believable and honest. The storyline keeps the reader's interest until the very end. I had a hard time putting the book down! It captured me from the beginning. Dry Creek is a wonderful series and all the characters are human and interesting but the Stones are especially engaging. Jake & Cat have a heartfelt story that will keep the reader's attention until the end and leave them wanting to know "the rest of the story......"
Dec 31, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first book by Janet Tronstad I have ever read, and I really liked it. This was the first book in a while that I read within a day. I don't want to give away any part of it, but I loved how faith has been interwoven into it, just like in my life and others that I know. Can't wait to read more of her books!
Sep 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: love-inspired
I love the way Janet writes her characters. Real people who you fall in love with, pray for, root for, and hope for! And what's not to love about a lilac theme? :)
I love visiting Dry Creek, and I love the Stone family. Their stories all tug at my heartstrings, and leave me with a smile.
Susan F
Mar 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this story. I could have easily read it without putting down the book. I had to make myself set it aside. This is a very touching love story about two people who have endured great difficulty. It sparks the readers emotions.
May 23, 2016 rated it liked it
Cat Barker shows up in Las Vegas with her daughter Lara in tow, trying to find Jake Stone. Jake has been sending money to Cat for years, but with no word. Will Jake take to his 4 year old daughter before Cat needs the heart surgery.
Leigh Bale
Jan 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Janet Tronstad is an icon. Her Dry Creek series is so amazing. I received this sweet book through Harlequin's Reader Service. The story is heartwarming, the descriptions beautiful. Another wonderful book from Tronstad.
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Jul 21, 2015 11:26AM  
  • Hometown Hearts (Granger Family Ranch #7)
  • A Love Rekindled (A Town Called Hope #2)
  • The Cowboy's Homecoming (The Cowboy Series, #8)
  • Longing for Home (Mirror Lake, #4)
  • Home to Stay
  • Falling for the Fireman (Gordon Falls, #1)
  • The Last Bridge Home
  • Her Surprise Sister (Texas Twins, #1)
  • Leah's Choice (Hannah's Daughters, #4)
  • A Man to Trust
  • Christmas Gifts: Small Town Christmas\Her Christmas Cowboy (The Cowboy Series, #9)
  • Heartland Wedding (After the Storm: The Founding Years, #2)
  • Daddy Lessons (Home to Hartley Creek, #2)
  • Brides of the West: Josie's Wedding Dress\Last Minute Bride\Her Ideal Husband
  • Private Eye Protector (Heroes for Hire, #5)
  • A Baby Between Them (Irish Brides, #3)
Janet grew up in the wide open spaces of rural Montana and now lives in the urban spaces of Pasadena, California. She's used both of these locations in her books. Her Dry Creek, Montana series numbers over twenty novels now and her Pasadena books, The Sisterhood of the Dropped Stitches, number four.
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