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My Sister's Prayer

(Cousins of the Dove #2)

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Women of Fearless Devotion

Virginia, 1705

Celeste Talbot is usually such a sensible young woman—until she falls for an English soldier reassigned to the Colonies. Leaving her Huguenot family behind, she sets sail for America, only to realize that her younger sister Berta has been kidnapped and forced on board the very same ship. Whom can Celeste trust? The dashing soldier?

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Paperback, 368 pages
Published September 1st 2016 by Harvest House Publishers
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Nancee
Sep 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Parallel stories of relationships between sisters and their family's connection over a three-century time frame takes the plot forward concurrently. Both pairs of sisters have difficult relationships. Considering their differences healing may never come.

The characters depicted throughout this book are well developed and believable. The descriptive elements regarding the locale are strong and palpable in both settings. Preposterous incidents are heartbreaking and inconceivable, but the reality o
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Melissa Henderson
Jul 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
From the first word to the end of the story, I could not stop reading. The authors tell a tale that encompasses present day and time in the 1700's. The descriptions of being aboard the sailing ship, landing on new ground and the awful conditions of that time are brought to life with the emotions of the characters. The feelings of the characters in present day story line are real and heartfelt. I enjoyed this book so much that I plan to read it again.
Maureen Timerman
Aug 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
This book begins in the present time with Maddies’ sister ready to come live with her, a drug addict who was terribly injured in a car accident. Just as we go about dealing with all that is required we learn about some letters written in the early 1700’s by a Talbot woman, and before we know it we are there with Celeste and her sister Berta.
Wait a minute I was absorbed in Maddie and Nicole’s story and now I’m in the 1700’s, and enjoying this part of the story when we are back in the present, you
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Karen
Sep 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is absolutely, positively an excellent book. I couldn't stop reading it. The first book was also excellent and it just keeps getting better as the series goes on. My Sister’s Prayer is the second book in the Cousins of the Dove series (My Brother’s Crown is the first book). The books can be read as a stand-alone or in order as a series - I just found out in an email by the author Mindy Starns Clark. But, if I were you, I would start with the first book and read them in order to better under ...more
Stella Potts
Aug 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the second book in the Cousins of the Dove Series and follows up book one with the modern day characters and jumping to the ancestors in 1704. Maybe a little slower that the first book but still very much worth the read. Mindy Starnes Clark and Leslie Gould have woven history and modern day into mystery and romance that you are sure to enjoy. I highly recommend this series. This set of books was won in a giveaway with no requirement for a review. All views stated are my own.
Tina
Jun 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
My Sister's Prayer #2 Cousins of the Dove series***** by Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould

...1704...Virginia...Celeste Talbot and her sister Berta find themselves in a precarious situation due to their own choices. Celeste, who is normally dependable and sensible, follows her heart and makes unwise choices that leads her on a far different journey than she had envisioned. She soon learns some hard lessons when she arrives in the American Colonies as an indentured servant and the promises made
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Lisa
Jun 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was my favorite of the three books in the series, and I'm not exactly sure why. Maybe it's because the historical thread is set in Williamsburg, Virginia, a place close to my heart, or because I could identify some with the control-freak tendencies of the present-day main character, Maddee. I just loved this second book in the Cousins of the Dove series. (Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book from the publisher. Review reflects my honest opinion.)

In both the historical and contempo
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Kay Defreese
Jun 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
My Sister's Prayer is second in the Cousins of the Dove series by Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould. Like the first book in the series this book has the dual timeline storyline, one current and one historical. The historical one is the next generation of Talbots and the first of the Talbots to come to the United States. They are two Talbot sister, Celeste Talbot and her younger sister Berta. Against her parent's wishes Celeste falls in love with Jonathon. She defies her parents and runs off an ...more
Becky
Jul 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I haven't read the first book of this series, but that didn't detract from the beauty of My Sister's Prayer. In both books, there are characters who are direct descendents of the historical characters who live similar lives.

In this review, I am detouring from my usual style to do a "my favorites" kind of thing.

My favorite historical character surprised me. It's not Celeste, but Sary--she saw many things during her indenture that gave her such wisdom beyond her years. While she technically wasn
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Karen R
Mar 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Adventure, mystery, and romance come together to make another intriguing story in the Cousins of the Dove series. Continuing on with the dual timeline as in book one, the story follows two sets of sisters--one in the present, and one in 1704 Virginia--related by ancestry and personal struggles. Sisters Nicole and Maddee (Talbot family cousins) have a lot to deal with as Nicole recovers from injuries sustained in a car wreck, and the cold case murder investigation (from book one) hits a deadend. ...more
Christian Fiction Addiction
Sep 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Once again, Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould have co-written a winning novel that expertly moves between past and present in a way that is thoroughly enjoyable. It would be hard to say which plot I enjoyed following more, that of modern sisters Maddee and Nicole, or their ancestors Celeste and Berta as they brave the journey to the New World. Maddee and Celeste each tell their stories from their points of view, and I quite admired the way that the authors fleshed out the characters, each with ...more
Kristi
Sep 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-reviewer
The awesome writing duo, Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould, team up once again to bring us the second book in the Cousins of the Dove series. What a read this book is! An interesting and emotional storyline combined with fantastic writing made this book one of the best I've read this year.

I am not a big fan of co-authored books or books that contain dual storylines and time periods. These two authors are quickly changing my mind, though. Clark and Gould's writing is so seamless it is as if th
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Amanda Geaney (Christian Shelf-Esteem)
Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould continue their Cousins of the Dove series with My Sister's Prayer. In this book, the historical storyline skips ahead to 1705. On the other hand, only a few months have elapsed for our present day characters. If you are just discovering this series, I advise you to return to the beginning where the authors established the Talbot family history.

For me, the present day drama involving Maddee and Nicole stole the show. Few Christian fiction novels deal with the h
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Charis Zdrojewski
May 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
So much better than the last book. I absolutely loved reading about the colonies in Virginia. A must read for all!
Meagan Myhren-bennett
My Sister's Prayer
Cousins of the Dove #2
By Mindy Starns Clark
and Leslie Gould

The Talbot family saga continues with this My Sister's Prayer - the story is again a back and forth telling of the present day and 1704. Catherine and Pierre Talbot have prospered in the England since their escape from France. But when their daughter Celeste makes a hasty decision to leave all she knows behind for the promise of marriage in the colonies she sets in motion a chain of events that she never anticipated.

Ce
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Jalynn Patterson
Nov 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Women of Fearless Devotion Virginia, 1705 Celeste Talbot is usually such a sensible young woman--until she falls for an English soldier reassigned to the Colonies. Leaving her Huguenot family behind, she sets sail for America, only to learn that her younger sister Berta has been kidnapped and forced on board the very same ship. Whom can Celeste trust? The dashing soldier? Or the vigilant carpenter who remains by their side in the perilous New World? Virginia, present day Madeline
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Arwen
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
My Sister’s Prayer by Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould features two independent stories about two sisters with struggling relationships. In the modern day, Madeleine “Maddee” Talbot is in charge of taking care of her sister, Nicole, as she recovers from a car accident. Nicole is also a former drug addict, and Maddee wonders if she can trust her. Her suspicions grow when she notices two mysterious men hanging around her house, one of whom is an old friend of Nicole’s.
In 1704, Celeste Talbot ha
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Jasmine
Oct 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Time slip fiction fans, historical romance fans, contemporary romance fans
2 sets of sisters, 300 years apart...

I ran into the writing partnership of Mindy Starns Clark & Leslie Gould several years ago while perusing the library bookshelves for Christian fiction. I read all of them I could get my hands on, written both together and individually. I was hooked. I had read, and enjoyed, their Amish fiction so I was quite excited to find out that they would be doing a Huguenot series together. I have Huguenot ancestors that fled persecution in France for the religious
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Kris
Jun 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The second in the cousins of the Dove Series, this book goes back and forth in time between modern Maddie, the cousin of Renee from book 1, and Celeste Talbot, a young Huguenot woman from 1704 who comes to Williamsburg, Virginia. And although this book does stand alone, I think the modern story follows better if you’ve read the previous one.

I loved this book!!! I enjoyed reading about old Williamsburg and also the mystery from the modern time – and also how the sisters Maddie and Nicole go and v
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Una
Oct 15, 2017 rated it liked it
My Sister’s Prayer
Cousins of the Dove Book 2
By Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould.


This book tells the story of Celeste and her younger sister in 1704 Virginia and of Maddee Talbot and her younger sister in present day Virginia. Both older sisters have to learn how to take care of and relate to their younger sisters.

I enjoyed reading how someone could sign a contract to go to the New World on a ship as an indentured servant. I learn what it was like riding in steerage and then to arrive in Will
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Robin Willson
Oct 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A book set in two time frames, present and early 1700s. Two present day sisters are going through a rough time, and their grandmother thinks they would like to know about two of their ancestors who had some similarities. It helped the present day young women see some things about themselves. None of the young women in either time frame have an easy time of it. I found it hard to put down, especially wanting to know what happened to the girls from 1704. It kept me engaged till the end.

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Karen
Feb 19, 2018 rated it liked it
I loved the first book in this series, "My Brother's Crown", and couldn't wait to dive into the second book. Expecting this book to continue the tale from the first book was my mistake. The Huguenots are barely mentioned in this book but occupy the majority of the first book. This book takes place between Europe and Virginia and dwells more on people tricked into a life of slavery. The present day story that accompanies the 1704 in Virginia narrative deals with a drug addicted sister of the Talb ...more
Patrice
Aug 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a centuries-spanning novel, told from the points of view of both a modern woman, and a woman from early colonial America. As with the first book in the series (My Brother's Crown), I found the historical story more compelling than the modern tale, but the gap was smaller - perhaps because the stories focused more on the relationships between sisters, and less on the romance. At any rate, both stories in this novel had relatable, interesting characters, believable emotional depth, and com ...more
Beth
Oct 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book trades back and forth between Virginia in 1204 and Virginia in the present time. CelesteTalbot (1702) and Maddee Talbot (present day) have obstacles to overcome and mysteries to solve. I loved how the two stories wove around each other to answer questions the reader has. My Sister's prayer is every bit as good as My Brother's Crown. I highly recommend this book. It can be read independently of the first book the in Cousins of the Dove series. I received a free copy of this book by winn ...more
Meagan
May 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A great book!! I usually am not a fan of the second book in a given series ... but I thought this one was excellent. It helps when each book in a series is told from a different character's perspective, as this series was. Love, love, love.
Julie Muenster
Oct 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
In the first book of the series, one of the storylines was much more interesting than the other. Not this time! Both stories were equally compelling. I stayed up past my bedtime with this one!
Amy
Jul 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
My Sister's Prayer is book two from the Cousins of the Dove series. I liked this one so much more the My Brother's Crown. Looking forward to book two, My Daughter's Legacy.
4 1/2 stars.
Lynne Modranski
Aug 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love the way Mindy Clark weaves the story of the ancestors into the story of the present. This was a pleasure to read. I have the third one reserved at the library! Looking forward to it.
Elma Brooks
Jul 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
great book.
Pam Graber
Sep 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
When wealthy Celeste Talbot follows her heart and boards the Royal Mary bound for the Colonies without her parents’ knowledge or permission, she believes the only risk is in whether she will survive the voyage. In steerage with the rest of the indentured servants, conditions are deplorable – nothing like what she is used to but, unlike the others, the English soldier she is following to the New World has promised to meet her ship in Williamsburg, buy her contract and marry her. What could go wro ...more
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Mindy Starns Clark is the bestselling author of more than 30 books, both fiction and nonfiction, and has received numerous literary honors, including two Christy Awards and RT Book Review Magazine’s 2012 Career Achievement Award. Mindy and her husband, John, have two adult children and live near Valley Forge, Pennsylvania.

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Cousins of the Dove (3 books)
  • My Brother's Crown (Cousins of the Dove #1)
  • My Daughter's Legacy (Cousins of the Dove #3)