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The Dragons of Alsace Farm

(Second Chance Romance #1)

4.37  ·  Rating details ·  267 ratings  ·  124 reviews
Alternate cover edition for ASIN: B01HKMU014

Fears and secrets are the dragons we each must face. . .

In need of his own redemption, Noah Carter finally confronts his childhood hero, the once-beloved uncle who betrayed him. Instead of vengeance, he offers forgiveness, also granting Uncle John a most curious request—for Noah to work on the ramshackle farm of Agnes Deveraux Ke
Kindle Edition, 302 pages
Published July 1st 2016 by Willowsport Press
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Cynthia Hamilton
Jul 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Dragons of Alsace Farm is a very eloquently told tale of three lonely, troubled individuals who have found ways to navigate their emotionally reclusive lives. But outside forces throw them together with mixed results. Noah finds forgiveness in his heart for his uncle, and from that, a bright new future springs. Tayte loses the parents who had been already been lost to her for years, bringing her face to face with a grandmother whom she adored as a child. Strong, determined Agnes refuses to f ...more
Braden Bell
Jul 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I have to say that I've loved past books written by Laurie Lewis. But this one stood out to me in a powerful way. I received a copy in exchange for an honest review, and I was unprepared to be drawn in quite so quickly. This is a poignant book about families and secrets, about terrible hurts and healing. It was full of very real characters who had strengths and human weakness. I think this is perhaps what struck me most about the book--it is a story about the human spirit, even when that spirit ...more
Nov 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
This story deals with three characters: Noah, whose Uncle John is looking for him to return to his farm so they can patch up their relationship; Agnes, John's elder neighbor who has dementia and needs help with her farm; and Tayte, Agnes's granddaughter who wants to form a relationship with her grandmother while she still can.

Noah and Tayte have each had a rough life, and actually have a lot in common, but they rub each other the wrong way when they first meet. They both have ties to Agnes so th
Aug 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Thought provoking story of people suffering from the effects of some of today's major social and family emotional problems. It emphasizes the need people have for a home, emotional support, and a sense of belonging.
Aug 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Reading this book reminded as to why I fell in love with the classics at the age of 11. Slow burn romance, every character has a story to tell, great characterization, a perfect sketch of the scenery and surroundings, life long lessons hidden in sweet friendships and bitter losses. Something one seldom gets to see in the books of today.

The book tells the story of Noah, a guy who has overcome so much in 28 years of his life, illness, abuse, poverty, depression, failed marriage; and yet he continu
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Everyone has their own dragons to slay yet many don’t realize love is the only weapon to defeat the dragons.

The Dragons of Alsace Farm by Laurie Lewis is a heart-wrenching story of love, loss, overcoming family secrets, dementia and forgiveness. Noah, Agnes and Tayte are the main characters in this moving story and I was instantly drawn to each of them. I related to them on a very personal level, which only added to the realism of the book.

Lewis grabs the reader with a smooth plot, complex cha
Shauna Budge
Jul 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic book!

This book is a great book to read. I couldn't put it down! I loved all of the characters in this story, especially Agnes, who is suffering from dementia. She is so full of wisdom and knowledge despite her illness.
Angela Eschler
Jul 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
this book is hitting close to home. Addressing dementia in fiction --it's also a great mystery romance if you're looking for one with a little depth.
This was a super cool, touching book. The characters are flawed and have (or are) overcoming incredible challenges and demons. Noah ran away from the only family he’d ever cared about ten years ago when he felt betrayed by his uncle. When his uncle finally finds him and asks him to come home so he can make amends, Noah is unsure he wants to go back to his past. But when he meets his aunt and uncle’s neighbor, eighty year old Agnes who has Alzheimer’s, he connects to her. She seems to love him an ...more
 The Flipped Page (Susan K)
Romance, clean, 4.5 stars.
This was a very complex story. Loved both Tayte and Noah. Both hurting characters, unsure of how they fit in, needing and wanting family, hoping to help, things falling apart around them. Both Noah and Tayte have a past that has made them full of some insecurities, and wanting a home. As they struggle to help Agnes, work on the project, and for Noah, figure out his past and his relationship with his Uncle as he is dying, and of course the pull they feel for each other,
Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is going on my list of favorite reads. Three people coming together and all have had traumatic events in their lives. The beauty of these characters is in their being together, helping each other to accept, heal and believe. I went through a box of tissues in a good way. It helped me in ways I never expected as my sister was diagnosed with Dementia. I loved all the characters. I 'm not good with reviews but I want this Author to know the story touched me in a personal way and I also loved t ...more
Laura Furuta
Feb 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Dragons of Alsace Farm
By: Laurie Lewis
5 out of 5 stars

The story The Dragons of Alsace Farm by Laurie Lewis is an inspirational/family life/romance book. This a powerful story about love, forgiveness, and how three souls find each other and themselves in the process. Noah Carter has had such a troubled life. It began in his childhood and just progressed from there. He feels betrayed by the one person he saw as his childhood hero. I loved the fact that Noah still went to make amends with his U
Kristan Anderson
Feb 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Dragons of Alsace Farm is my first read by author Laurie L.C. Lewis. And let me tell you, it was worth it. The twists in the story and the heartbreaking emotion kept me reading until the very end. Though towards the end it was hard not to jump paragraphs as I was getting anxious to know what happened.

Noah Carter had a less than ideal childhood. With very few good memories and a father who he didn't know how to love he found a hero in his Uncle John. But sometimes our heros make mistakes and
Kelli Delp
Feb 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 Star Review
The Dragons of Alsace Farm by Laurie Lewis is so much more than just a romance between two people. There’s an emotional love story between families, a love between a man and woman, and how they each are dealing with past guilt and forgiveness. Although it’s told in alternating point of view by the two main characters, Noah and Tayte, it is filled with many well written characters that all intertwine in the novel.

Getting notified that his once adored uncle is trying to get in touch
Mar 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The title, The Dragons of Alsace Farm by Laurie Lewis, was deceiving and I admit that I for one was expecting a story with a paranormal bent. But what I got was something totally different and so far from what I normally read I was skeptical on whether or not I would enjoy it. I didn’t just enjoy it I will be putting this book on my list of favorites to re-read.
Noah Carter has had a tough life, a rough childhood and the loss of his personal hero have done a number on his self-confidence leading
Natalie Hanley
Sep 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Dragons of Alsace Farm by Laurie Lewis was exactly what I thought it would be and more. It’s subtitle “a story of love and redemption” was spot on but I have to admit the reason I read the book in the first place was because I loved the cover!! This was a story of love across generations, a story of second chances and hope.
Set against the backdrop of Alsace Farm, a rundown farm in middle America we follow the story of octogenarian Agnes – a world war 2 survivor and her battle with the onset of
Bobbie Stanley
Jan 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Don't be fooled by the title! Dragons come in many forms. Everyone has them and we all deal with them differently. The particular dragons referred to in this context are not of the literal sort, so don't dive into this book expecting giant fire breathing lizards or you will certainly be disappointed. Once you've set that notion aside, though, be prepared for a book that will challenge you to see the details you might otherwise overlook in people. The characters in this story are incredibly compl ...more
Chris Hall
Oct 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It has been over a year since I first read the manuscript of Laurie Lewis’ latest book, The Dragons of Alsace Farm. As I read the final page, I knew this book was one I would recommend to family and friends over and over again, and I couldn't wait to hold a published copy in my hands. I had been deeply moved by this powerful story of faith, forgiveness, and love.

I recently read it again, now a polished, published book, and I was thrilled to finally get to hold it in my hands. The beautiful cover
Lord_of The_Books
Dec 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
For those that just look at the cover of the book and title, this is not a fantasy about dragons. Now that we’ve gotten past that, onto the book. Flipping between the characters as first jarred me. Especially because it wasn’t a few chapters in until we learned how Noah fit in the mix. One thing that really stuck out to me is how Laurie Lewis was able to capture Agnes and her dementia. You felt the confusion with her and you saw the hurt and heartbreak of her loved ones. One of my favorite lines ...more
Dec 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It is hard to put into words how impressed I was with this book. I thought it was different than anything I have every read before. It is full of so many raw emotions. It includes several of the hard experiences that life can offer.

The book revolves around three main characters and their "dragons" that they don't want to face. Between these three characters, there is dementia, abuse, neglect, betrayal, denial, abandonment, broken hearts, family secret, and so much more. I couldn't believe how m
Lisa Swinton
Oct 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
First, you should know there are no mythical beast dragons in this book. Dragons are a metaphor for dark thoughts, demons from the past, and fears that need confronting and slaying.

Now that we've cleared the air, this book is a must read by Laurie Lewis.

The character conflicts are strong, the emotional depth serious, and the twists unexpected. I couldn't have guessed this plot line if I tried, other than the romantic thread. This is definitely a character driven story, but the setting is not to
Sara Oxton
Sep 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Dragons of Alsace Farm by Laurie L.C. Lewis a heartfelt four-star read. I have read a couple of books by this author and the writing gets better with each reading, I will say one thing, if you are looking for a fantasy read filled with Dragons and drama, this isn’t the read for you. There aren’t physical dragons, but they are metaphors for some darker emotional demons from the past.
This book was so well written it will have you pondering and thinking of your past, this is the story of four
Terry Deighton
Nov 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone over 14
This is a marvelous book that examines how our past influences our present, how hard it is to overcome some of those influences, and how blessed we are when we do. The writing is superb, and the plot is full of twists and turns and surprises. This story gives hope to all who are "broken" in any way. It also helps the reader understand the loneliness and heartache of growing old and losing memories. I can't imagine anyone who wouldn't benefit from reading this story.
Laura Lewis
Jul 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I have read Laurie's fiction in the past, and his book is my new favorite! The characters draw you in and are well developed with just enough surprise. There is a touch of mystery, and underlying it all are real people dealing with dementia whether as the individual, family or friends. We all have our "dragons" that we deal with in life and this book gives hope for conquering them.
Jan 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Peace is possible

Written with real people struggling with their pasts. Abuse and neglect both leave scars but Alsace farm shows that it is possible to move on past to peace and happiness.

Jul 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an amazing story with great depth both in storyline and in the characters. It portrays three people that are broken by past events. One of them is elderly and struggling with dementia. The lessons learned while reading this book with stay with me for a long, long time. Well done!
Jennifer Altman
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was great! It seems very few books can keep My attention these days, but I couldn’t put this one down! It takes place local To where I live, which was a neat feature. It was a great book which touches on aging, Alzheimers, and relationships.
Jul 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this story of people overcoming their dragons. It gave me a greater love for those caregivers of people with dementia. It was definitely worth my time. Thank you, Laurie!
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Sep 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
We are proud to announce that THE DRAGONS OF ALSACE FARM by Laurie Lewis is a B.R.A.G.Medallion Honoree. This tells a reader that this book is well worth their time and money!
Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Deep and fulfilling

I love the complexity and depth of relationships and watching them change. This had backstory, motives, redemption...lots of it, mystery and healing hearts.
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