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The Calling of Ella McFarland

(Women of Rock Creek #1)

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  208 ratings  ·  39 reviews
Ella McFarland’s dream is a teaching position at Worthington School for Girls. But scandal clouds her family name and may limit her to a life of grueling farm labor in the Indian Territory. Her fate lies in the hands of the Worthington board, and there happens to be one strikingly handsome man with a vote. Will they overlook the illegitimate son recently borne by her siste ...more
Paperback, 376 pages
Published December 1st 2015 by Mountainview Books, LLC
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Clare O'Beara
Dec 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
This tale recounts how a young aspiring schoolteacher needs to get a job from the school board or cut cotton with her family. Ella is determined but must be of good character; she is, but her sister has had a baby out of wedlock. The so-Christian board disapproves of the whole family in principle. Ella decides to occupy herself and put her own principles to good use by feeding, cleaning up and teaching a neglected sharecropper's daughter. This girl then comes in for physical abuse by her father ...more
Nov 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
From that first moment when Ella McFarland faces the all-male Worthington School for Girls Board of Directors with such aplomb, you realize she’s a woman worth knowing. In Ella, Linda Brooks Davis has created a complex character filled with the strength of her convictions, but tethered by the same human frailties as the rest of us. I found myself transported to turn-of-the-century Oklahoma Indian Territory through Davis’s meticulous attention to detail. I saw through Ella’s eyes what it meant fo ...more
C.J. Darlington
Dec 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A touching story from days gone by. I love the innocence and purity of these characters... which isn't to say they don't struggle just like all of us. Linda Brooks Davis has written a novel that somehow spans the generations. Anyone from nine to ninety can read this book! She places you directly in early 1900s Oklahoma (before it became a state) with lots of accurate historical details, though she never overwhelms the reader. They flow naturally out of the story of Ella McFarland, a girl with a ...more
Nov 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Calling of Ella McFarland written by Linda Brooks Davis

Linda is a first prize winner of the Jerry Jenkins Writers Guild Operation First Novel Contest..
A first but I am sure not the last of this authors books.

A calling,This is what the Bible tells us of this:Romans 8:28

~And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.~

Ella has a strong dream and has worked toward the purpose of being a teacher,she feels this is what
Jan 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A touching story, well written, engaging! I enjoyed it.
Jan 11, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: historical
There were many nuggets of interesting writing in this book. Davis gives excellent descriptions and a little humor here and there. I did like Ella; but I never understood how Lily became such a focal point in this book. I just didn't enjoy that aspect of it. I was expecting a read that focused on Ella teaching and learning in the same; and this read more like a family drama. I will admit to becoming lost a few times as things skipped around but I did enjoy the writing style just not the story-li ...more
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Linda Davis has crafted an historical novel based very loosely on her family history. Set in pre-statehood Indian Territory, The Calling of Ella McFarland deals with many issues of the time - prohibition, women's right to vote, and compulsory education for all. Readers will hurt with Ella when her dreams are seemingly shattered. They will rejoice when they read the end of the story. Ella exhibits the can-do spirit of many single women trying to make it in a male-dominated world. Linda Davis has ...more
‘I must trust Him to give me the voice to speak for others.’ A comment made by Ella McFarland as she comes to the realization of her true calling. It’s the early 1900’s in Oklahoma, some time before it became a state. The Temperance Union was advocating the importance of compulsory education for all, the inhumanity of child labor and the need for the women’s vote. Stepping out in faith, Ella strives to help her downtrodden neighbor girl, teaching her to read and how to value herself. Out of this ...more
Becky Smith
Mar 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful historical fiction that has so many wonderful truths in it. Some of my favorite lines are: “The Lord sees what we cannot. So we trust Him.” And this one:
“The cross that He gave may be heavy
But it ne’er outweighs His grace.
The storm that I feared may surround me,
But it ne’er excludes His face.”
And this: “God’s goodness runs through every hard place like veins of gold… Hard as it is to hear, He brings His loved ones closer through suffering.”
I won this book at a FaceBook par
Cindy Nipper
Jan 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was about twice the length I usually read, so it seemed to be pretty long, but it has a wonderful Christian story to tell.  Throughout this story run a couple of romances, a mystery, thickening plots, a historical side story about women voting and the sufferagates movement.  Every thread of this story is sewn with the evils of alcohol abuse and the family members who suffer in multiple ways from it as well as the grace and mercy of a loving and benevolent and omnipotent God. Just about ...more
Ellen White
Dec 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
1900’s before Oklahoma became a state. Applying to teach, the board tells her that teacher’s that marry are dismissed. The initial interview had been six weeks prior and they were still at a deadlock. It was a question of the family reputation. Which gives a humorous look at their family members, one has only to remember this was in the early 1900’s . Well written and gave a good account of the strict rules of proper behavior back then, which included more than just the woman herself.
Bonnie E Case
Nov 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this story

Ella proved to be a very strong women and knows her mind while also listening to the Lord. I kinda expected that the Mr Evans in the beginning was the Andrew later on. Their's was a beautiful love story woven with the storys of Lily, Viola, and Frank, and the rock her parents proved to be. This story set in 1905 and all the turmoil going on in the USA then, is a great read.
Gay Martin
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was captivating....

I was hooked immediately upon starting this book. The characters were portrayed in such a way that they leapt off the page and into my heart. The struggles and joys of Ella were so real and the way the Lord transformed her touched this book, you’ll be glad you did!
Sandra Bagwell
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The story is based in the early history of Oklahoma. Women's suffrage, bootlegging, and spouse abuse are all a part of this historic novel. There is a clean romance woven into the story while both tragedy and hardships seem to hit from every direction yet the characters learn to trust God and grow in their faith. The story is worthy of the five star story rating.
Kylie Hunt
Dec 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was the first book I have read by this Author and thoroughly enjoyed it - so much so that I have downloaded her other two books in this series to read.

It was an engaging story and I liked how she kept the topic of Faith and preserving even when it is hard at the forefront of the reader's mind - definitely recommend this book!
Dec 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Strong Christian female lead character

This is a fantastic book with a strong Christian female lead character. Where life, love and problems are all laid before God to be worked out in His time and His will.
Pat Christie
Nov 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

She is the oldest daughter of a family that is dealing with an unwed daughter and a failing family business. She wants to be a teacher but when the job is offered to her she declines feeling a stronger calling from God. It’s a hard toad she chooses but highly full filling.
Karen Amunson
Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Beautiful story. This story is relevant in any decade. Good versus evil. Faith which sometimes or circumstances wavers. Struggles and joys common to all of us which can be endured with a strong family support.
Nov 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
wonderful book. I love books like this that really show what it looks like to be a real good and bad times.
Ella McFarland has always dreamed of teaching at Worthington School for Girls. However, her sister’s illegitimate child has cast scandal over her family name. Eager to live out her calling in the classroom, rather than continue with the grueling farm work that comprises her life in the Indian Territory, Ella strives to impress the Worthington board despite her humble beginnings. Coming changes force her to re-evaluate her teaching aspirations. Oklahoma statehood is on the horizon in 1905, compli ...more
Lisa Johnson
Apr 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Title: The Calling of Ella McFarland
Author: Linda Brooks Davis
Pages: 376
Year: 2015
Publisher: Mountainview Books
My rating is 5+ stars.
What a captivating and thrilling journey it has been in this historical novel! There are many themes one could glean such as trusting the Lord with vengeance, not worrying about the speck in one’s own eyes while there is a plank to be removed first, redemption, trust, love and hope. The story tells about family life in the early 19th century with the suffragette mo
Beckie Burnham
Feb 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Debut author Linda Brooks Davis draws upon family history in her historical romance novel, The Calling of Ella McFarland. Set in the Oklahoma Territory in the days prior to statehood, this novel has an authenticity that fans of history will love. Along with rich historical detail, the novel has well-developed characters, a suspenseful plot full of twists and turns and a romance to cheer for! This one is perfect for those who like stories about how the west was won — in this case how women shaped ...more
Denise Hershberger
Jan 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Linda Brooks Davis’ debut novel, The Calling of Ella McFarland, is beautifully written. The balance between action, romance, and conflict in this book makes it a real page turner. I was pleased to also find a strong presence of faith throughout the story as well. I love it when an author writes a book that helps me remember that God is in control and all we must do is turn to him.

There were times when I felt this book was quite predictable but Davis threw in a few twists that added just a touch
Mary Kay
Dec 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
I liked the plucky heroine, Ella McFarland, and the abused young woman, Lily, that Ella takes into her home. I enjoyed the relationship Ella shared with her parents, and her would-be suitor, Andrew. In a story of over-coming, there must be villains – and to be sure, they appear as well, attracting suspicion if not outright contempt.

This story portrays struggles and how they are handled by people of faith and those without. One reviewer mentioned appreciating characters who develop in response to
Catherine Leggitt
Feb 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Ella McFarland is a woman ahead of her time--not exactly a feminist, but certainly a forward thinker. Her faith in God and in her calling to help the downtrodden are exemplary. The love story is romantic and appealing. Written in language befitting of the historical time period, the details are rich and well-researched. Quotes such as " 'Blessedness has nothing at all to do with anything I've done. It has everything to do with God's goodness...'" and " 'You've drunk from a bitter cup. But if you ...more
Sep 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Linda and I are both writers of historical fiction, but I am in total envy of her ease with the genre. The Calling of Ella McFarland hits on everything I hold important--the un-matched strength of women, the life-altering importance of education, and the incredible power that results when those two come together. The story is filled with women--all ages, all walks of life, all points of the moral compass--but Ella stands out as a determined heroine, keenly aware of the responsibility that comes ...more
Jan 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ella McFarland was a well-written, and thoughtfully crafted story. Linda Brooks Davis weaves the characters in her book with threads of compassion, bravery and spunk.

Ella's dream was to become a teacher at a tony school for girls, yet the board of the school seemed to be holding her accountable for her sister Viola's indiscretion. She faced a life of helping out doing back-breaking labor at her families farm if her teaching position fell through. Ella had other plans and with grit and determinat
Dec 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015-books
I finished this beautiful book last night, and I am happy to recommend it to all fans of great fiction. The author has done a wonderful job creating a rich and detailed setting with realistic, fleshed-out characters that were easy to care about. I especially appreciated that she gave our hero some flaws and challenges--too many romance books fall into the temptation of making the man "perfect" (or at least too good to be true). Andrew and Ella's story seemed true to life.

I'm hopeful for a sequel
Dec 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This story was wonderfully written. I could not put it down! Linda Davis captures the imperfection of man and the grace of God in such a beautiful way. This book is about a young woman that follows the calling that God puts on her heart. As she follows her calling she falls in love and develops friends that help her see the grace of God in her life and in the lives of others. Hardships cause her faith to waver, but her family, friends, and God reaffirm her beliefs and help her grow into a woman ...more
Oct 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, novel, historical
The Calling of Ella McFarland (Kindle Edition)
I first heard about The Calling of Ella McFarland by Linda Brooks Davis at the ACFW CONFERENCE in Nashville, Tennessee this past August when Mrs. Davis won the Best Debut Novel of 2016. Later, I purchased a Kindle copy and read it in two days. With over scads of reviews, I'm not rehashing other reviews. Suffice it to say, this is one good book telling a well-written story. It's a bit edgy for some Christian market readers, but never becomes sexually
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Reared on a farm in South Texas, Linda earned Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Abilene Christian University and Houston Baptist University. She devoted 40 years to students with special needs and reared a daughter and son who are now veterinarians practicing together.

Linda was introduced to the world of publishing in 2007 by winning an essay contest that resulted in the Christian Writers Guil

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Women of Rock Creek (3 books)
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