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Uneasy Fortunes

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  197 ratings  ·  64 reviews
Battered by his past, Pete knows he has no business falling for anyone. But when time can’t heal a wound, love steps in to make it right. Based on a true story of the post–Civil War South, this gentle rustic romance will pull you in from the first page and leave you with a renewed hope in the power of real love.
Paperback, 240 pages
Published June 12th 2012 by Cedar Fort, Inc.
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Mandi Ellsworth
Mar 11, 2012 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Best. Book. Ever.

(I'm biased.)
Jun 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Let me preface this review with the statement that I am not a reader of romance novels or historical romances in general. This is mostly due to the fact that they are usually incredibly gratuitous with sex scenes and such. If it serves the story and is essential to character development and is handled well, I love it (I don't expect everyone to be prudes), but that is not always the case.

Uneasey Fortunes is the perfect romance! There is so much sexual tension in this book and you never read ab
The Sweet Bookshelf
Mar 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
I have so many things going through my brain right now with this book I almost want to re-read it before I write my review. I just might.

Uneasy Fortunes is set in one of my very favorite time periods and places. The wild west and late 1800's. Think, Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman time period. Don't laugh, I love that show. There is something that really speaks to me about this setting. I'm always in awe of the trials the women had to bear as well as all the hard work that goes into keeping up a farm
Tahlia Newland
Jul 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I’m not sure how I ended up with this book to review because I don’t usually read historical fiction, but I’m really glad I read this gentle rustic romance inspired by a true story of the post–Civil War South. When I discovered that there weren’t any fantasy elements in it, I almost decided not to continue reading, but somehow, despite the huge pile of exciting stories waiting in my TBR pile, I couldn’t move on to anything else. Eventually, I realised that I cared deeply about the characters and ...more
Danica Page (One Page at a Time)
This is a condensed version of my review. The extended version can be found here

Disclaimers: I received an e-galley of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion. Thanks!

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: Like many of the books I've read recently, I went into this one with no expectations. I liked the cover and the fact that this was a historical romance around the Civil War time caught my interest.

I started reading the novel and immediately fell in love with bot
Jul 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
5 STARS I kept having to put the book down and do things when I just wanted to read more. I liked the characters. That the two main ones had serious problems to over come. Thier was no swear words or love scenes in detail to worry about. I laughed ,cried and wanted to punch a couple of guys too. Pete Faralay's father was a drunk and gambler. When he died Pete lost everything except clothes,and his mother's ribbon. Too pay his fathers debt he had to work for 5 years without wage.(Which I don't th ...more
Apr 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is the first book I have read by Mandi Ellsworth. I really enjoyed the book. It was a good, clean, Christian fiction.
That said,
I was especially happy with the integrity that was portrayed in the story by Pete mostly, but with several characters. It is so nice to read a good story with upstanding characters. It's also somewhat gratifying to see the "crook" get his just rewards!
It was interesting how Pete learned to overcome his challenges (I won't say more so I don't spoil any surprises) a
Sep 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing

The writing was very simple which fit the story perfectly, because it was about simple people in a more simple time. The strength of this book is in the depth of its wonderful characters.

Pete, battered by his father & the early death of his mother, was left to pay off the debt of his father when he died. Pete was a stutterer and so didn't talk very much. When he's finally finished paying his father's debt, he moves on and works on a farm for an honourable man with two daughters. Both are unmarri
Jun 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Ah, I loved this book. Especially that it was based on a true story. I fell totally in love with the main characters. What a patient loving man Pete was. The lessons of true love, forgiveness, and patience are so potent in this story. Did I mention I loved it?
mary Ethington
May 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
LOVE this Author!! She is the best! Love her stuff and her creative mind!
Aug 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
I had a bit of a harder time getting into the story at first, but I LOVE the way it ended. I wish there was a second one!
Claudia Phillips
Simply beautiful.

The author has written a beautiful story with complex characters and plots. Her people have more than one side. Her story has depth and loveliness.
Mar 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Uneasy Fortunes is a sweet, soothing story of love. It's lovely and will make you cry and smile within one sitting. It's absolutely beautiful.

The characters are all brilliant. Pete is a sweet guy. He's quiet, hard-working, kind, and loyal. I adored him. He hasn't had the easiest life but he managed to move past it and become a lovely person. June is the same in that way. She has had horrors in her past but she wasn't able to move past them with the same finesse. She has trouble trusting, and rig
Oct 14, 2012 rated it liked it
At first the story started out too slow for me. i didn't like the flashback approach to getting the past experiences information to know why the characters expressed strong opinions. As the plot progresses, the flashback approach gave way to the present as a love story developed through patience and trust.

Pete took on his father's debt after his father dies from his consumption. His father had lost their livelihood and land leaving Pete homeless, penniless, and an orphan. He works off his father
May 21, 2012 rated it liked it
Pete is an honest man looking for honest work. His life hasn't always been easy for him. His father was a drunk and a mean one at that. After his father dies, Pete ends up working long years to pay off his father's debts before he's able to strike out on his own looking for his own life. He has always had a bit of a stutter, but he's able to hide it in his new life at Ridgemoor, simply by not speaking. The problem is that he falls in love with the daughter of the wealthy owner of Ridgemoor, Rosa ...more
Apr 12, 2012 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book, it was a nice comfort read. It is the story of two young people who had difficult pasts that are having trouble healing. Pete lost his mother when he was young and had to live with an abusive alcoholic father. When his father also passes away Pete must work for many years to pay off his father's debts. When he is no longer in debt he strikes out on his own and ends up working for the Betterridge family. Will Betteridge has two daughters, June and Margaret, both work on the f ...more
Meagan Myhren-bennett
Uneasy Fortunes
by Mandi Ellsworth

When Pete Faralay seeks employment at Betteridge Ranch he is a mystery to William Betterridge's eldest daughter June. Pete does all the work he was employed for and he helps June and Margaret with their work as well. The interest Pete shows in June's son Gabriel is also a puzzlement to June. In June's experience men are not to be trusted. After all why would any man help with the dishes or clean harvested vegetables?

Pete is seeking to forget. He is trying to forg
Mar 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
- This was surprisingly good. It wasn't at all what I expected, and I enjoyed it.

- I love the whole theme of overcoming trials and fear. What June went through was horrific, and I'm sure a lot of women would react the same way she did.

- I loved June's character. She was strong and courageous but full of fear and doubt. I loved her journey through overcoming her terrible experience.

- I also loved the theme of family and how important it is. I want to be part of this family and live a humble and
Oct 24, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
After his abusive father's drunken death, Pete worked for years to pay back his father's debts. Now, having finally paid back everything owed, and with the impending wedding of his boss's daughter--the object of Pete's affection--he decides it's time for him to move on in life. He winds up on the Betteridge farm, where he enjoys working alongside Mr. Betteridge. He isn't quite sure what to make of Mr. Betteridge's prickly elder daughter, June, though. With a son and but no husband, she's clearly ...more
Jun 26, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: adult-fiction
This is a clean, Christian, historical fiction novel. I enjoyed it and was again reminded of the overwhelming workload of everyone in the family in the 1870's.

It's about a young man who was abused by his father. After his father's death, he had to work for five years for a reach plantation owner in order to pay off his father's debt. Since he stuttered and everyone made fun of him, he chose not to talk on this plantation and found he could communicate very well with gestures. While on the plant
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
Jun 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Historical Fiction is one of my favorite genres to read. I love that this book is based on a true story. It makes it even better.

You will fall in love with Pete in this book. Such a humble, kind and patient man. So gentle. I love how he proves himself to June. He is steady and solid. I sometimes wanted to throttle June but hurts manifest themselves in all kinds of ways. Sometimes love is a proving ground and while I liked June okay and even admired her determination and resolve, it was Pete that
Jun 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, historical
Pete is looking for honest work. After his father's death he works hard to pay off the debts his father had left. He now wants to do his on work and make a life for himself. He falls in love with a wealthy man's daughter Rosalynn Richie in Ridgemoor. He has concealed his stutter by not talking much. He looks for work at a ranch where June's father hires Pete. June has given up on love and men. With Pete around she wonders if she can have a nice man in her life. She sees what a gentleman Pete is ...more
Aug 31, 2012 rated it liked it
This is the first book I have read by this author and I have to admit it was the cover that drew me in. It is published by Cedar Fort so it is a good clean story. The author switching from past to present was a little choppy for me but I still really enjoyed this book. The post-Civil War South noted in the book summary is not a strong theme. I was impressed with the author's talent to put so much electricity in the purest and smallest of touches or looks.

Good Reads book description:
Battered by h
Oct 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book was a pleasure to read, a sigh of relief after reading a couple of stories that produced frequent "eye-rolls" and several barely stifled groans of frustration with the author. For me, admittedly, reading is an escape, pure entertainment. But even so, the characters have to be real. They have to behave in a way that makes sense. An author can stretch the limits of "believe-ablity," but not hack at them with abandon. SO, now that I've gotten that off my chest, this book fit the bill. The ...more
Mar 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is a beautiful story slow blooming romance with enough interest and emotional tension to keep you hooked from the first page to the last.
Pete is a guy well worth loving. And with his own misfortunes and difficult past, he's the right one to help June get over hers.

If she'll let him in. She's past trusting any male except her Pa.

I highly recommend this book to everyone who enjoys romance and wonderful male heroes.

Mandi has done a brilliant job of demonstarting pain, suffering and triumph ove
Julie Carpenter
Really enjoyed this one. A lot of growth for both of the main characters. The story was mostly flashbacks of the main characters lives. As they were living their lives a moment would trigger a memory and the author would reveal more about certain characters that way.

A great story about family and friends and sticking together and living a good life with good choices and integrity.

Happy Reading!!!
May 06, 2013 rated it liked it
Midway through the book, I asked myself what rating I would give the book up to that point. I decided it would be a 5-star book. Somewhere in the last handful of the book's chapters, it began to ratchet down and down in ratings until it now sits at a 3. I particularly disliked the Epilogue or the use to which it was put.
May 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
A probable story based on actual events around the Civil War. This could be considered a dramatization of a personal history. The war is not a highlight of the book, but the personal events and reactions are written are true to life. People can overcome difficult things and determine their own character. An inspiring read.
Aug 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Such a cute story! June and sweet characters with scars in their past. Their scars make it hard for either of them to move forward easily. When their lives intertwine, they must learn to overcome their difficulties in order to survive together. However, when evil-doers from the past come their way, how will they keep going?
Nov 07, 2013 rated it liked it
I gave it 3 stars because although the beginning was good, the ending seemed to rush the story at the end. I also skimmed a lot because I wasn't interested in all of the specific details at certain parts. I also understand that it takes place in the old west but I didn't like all the "ya'll" and "come here 'n" type of dialog. It felt like I was reading a different language.
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