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Under This Same Sky

(Prairie Sky #1)

4.60  ·  Rating details ·  169 ratings  ·  71 reviews
~ She thought she’d lost everything ~ Instead she found what she needed most. ~
Illinois ~ 1854
Becky Hollister wants nothing more than to live out her days on the prairie, building a life for herself alongside her future husband. But when a tornado rips through her parents’ farm, killing her mother and sister, she must leave the only home she’s ever known and the man she’
Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Published April 28th 2017 by Mantle Rock Publishing
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May 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Under This Same Sky

Cynthia Roemer

Received from Author for Review

UNDER THIS SAME SKY hooked me from the very first page. The story takes place in 1854 in Illinois and Becky and her Pa have just survived a tornado on their family farm. The tornado took her Ma and her sister, but for some reason spared Becky and her faith has been shaken. Becky's father has been seriously injured and has lost his sight. The traveling preacher comes and buries Becky's mom and sister. Matthew Brody is the preacher wh
Cynthia Roemer
Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
I'm honored to have the opportunity to share Under This Same Sky with you, Book One in my Prairie Sky Series. Set in 1854 on the Illinois prairie, it's the story of Becky Hollister, a young girl whose faith is shaken when tragedy strikes her family, altering her life forever. An unexpected chain of events and encounters help to, not only restore her faith, but open her heart to love and to God's perfect plan for her life. I hope you'll enjoy reading Becky's story as much as I enjoyed writing it. ...more
Feb 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019
Sweet prairie romance.

Becky's world is overturned following a deadly tornado. She understandably is bitter initially but her caring and loving personality come through ultimately. I especially loved the impact she had on Roy, Jimmie and Emily. The love of Christ and being dependent on His direction come through clearly in this novel.

Under This Same Sky is a well done debut. I look forward to the next in the series.
Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
Under This Same Sky by Cynthia Roemer is a reminder of why ‘prairie fiction’ still resonates with us. It strips down the ‘essentials’ of life to the bare minimum and shines a light on what matters most: faith, family, and friendship. A little romance doesn’t hurt either.

The story grabs your emotions from the very first page – Becky Hollister desperately trying to find help after a surprise tornado claims her mother and sister, leaving their family home destroyed and her father critically injured
This is one of those books that starts off with a woman's struggle when she asks, "Why didn't You help them, Lord?" And I knew right away that this book was going to hit me hard. I had read the blurb so I knew that Becky Hollister would meet with tragedy and lose loved ones. I knew the setting was in the mid 1800's, so I knew that life would be a struggle for her, and it was. As so often happens when disaster strikes, people of faith still (often) can't help asking/wondering WHY God didn't preve ...more
Heather Greer
Jan 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I was hooked from the first page. Becky's journey, both physically and spiritually, was relatable and encouraging. While you felt you knew where things were going in the beginning, the author opened up possibilities that were equally desirable, making you realize you'd be satisfied no matter the outcome. Looking forward to book two. ...more
Oct 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book definitely deserves deserves a five star rating.
I say this because the author has written her heart out in this beautiful book.
I enjoyed it very much.
Isn't it weird how we can take things the wrong way? A simple misunderstanding the wrong way?
I know I have done that and probably will continue to do so. Especially if people don't make themselves clear the first time.
I laughed at particular scene because it reminded me so much of Little House after Laura turned 18.
I love how the author
Marty Moore
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Format: Kindle Edition

Most of us have had to deal with loss, loss from a natural disaster is all over in the news these days. This story takes you through a horrible tornado that leveled one family's homestead. It also took a wife/mother and daughter/sister. The two left; father and daughter, are having to face life without their loved ones. The father sustained a head injury during the tornado and was rushed into town to the doctor. This story is so appropriate given the most recent suffering f
Candace West
Aug 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Under This Same Sky is a sweet, heartwarming story that I thoroughly loved from the start! Becky and her father emerge from sudden loss realizing that all they have is one another. Along with their battered faith in a God who allowed it. A young pastor, Matthew Brody, gently shepherds them through their grief, hoping to help them get a fresh start. His feelings for Becky, however, begin changing as time and distance separate them. Still grieving and wrestling with her bruised faith, Becky also m ...more
Linda Klager
Feb 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
First of all, I love the cover of this book. You can see that Becky is dressed in the clothing that her Aunt Ellen made for her. Becky is tenderly holding the Bible that Matthew has given her.

Wow, I don't know how I would handled the aftermath of losing loved ones from a tornado! How devastating that was for Becky. And, not knowing if her Father would survive his injuries, very hard indeed.

With the help of Matthew, Jimmy and Aunt Ellen, Becky learned to trust God to help her. I liked the fact t
Jul 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent debut novel. The author has written a story with wonderful characters and a story line that I thoroughly enjoyed. I was pulled into Becky's story from the first pages and didn't want to put it down after I had started it. This is also a wonderful story showing God's love and care for His children during times of tragedy and loss. The author certainly captured the feel of life in rural Illinois during the 1800's. This is definitely one that I recommend to the reader who enjoy ...more
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I know the plans I have for you

A tornado took the life of her ma and sister. Can Becky get help for Pa in time?
Without giving too much away and being a spoiler, I 'll tell briefly that Becky and pastor, Matthew, each feel a romantic attraction for the other without the other knowing. Becky goes to St Louis for almost a year. During this time, Matthew's former girlfriend moves to their small community and tries to win back Matthew. Could this be the Lord's working, since he will need a wife.
I w
Bonnie E Case
May 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful Romance

I loved this story. I really got into the story about Becky and Matthew. The author did a great job of helping and showing how humans when tragedy happens how we blame God as He is supposed to keep us from anything bad happening to human kind. Well life happens and Becky's journey through all of this will be helpful to all readers. Matthew's struggle is a journey that many go through as well. Lots of life lessons in this book.
Feb 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the history of the blind school as well as some of the differences between country life and city life.
Aug 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was my first time reading a book by Cynthia Roemer, but it will not be my last. I am thrilled to have another author of this genre to call one of my favorites. For me, this book did not always go the way I thought it would. Just when I thought I had everything figured out Ms. Roemer would throw a curveball my way. That is only one of the many reasons I loved this book! These characters turned into old friends by the end of the book. Then I was sad to see them go.
So, do I recommend this boo
Amy Blake
Apr 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sweet romance with a great message!
Patty Bohuslav
Apr 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sweet journey

This story did indeed touch my heart as I watched the characters grow in their faith and desire to follow God's path for them. I look forward to the next book.
Susan Sloan
Oct 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I found Cynthia Roemer through a mutual Facebook group and gravitated to her because her latest work is set during the same time period as mine. This first book of hers is pre-Civil War, and there are sequels for those who like serial novels.

When a mighty storm rips her family and leaves her father injured, Becky Hollister's life reels out of control. She's assisted by the young circuit-riding preacher, Matthew Brody, who begins to envision her as a possible wife. Desperate to help her father r
Sally Poyzer
Sep 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
A very sweet historical inspirational romance. I liked how the challenges of blindness in those days was explored and how the main character had to let go of her own desires and submit to God.
Sara L Foust
Jun 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I finished Cynthia Roemer’s Under this Same Sky over the weekend. If you are looking for a sweet romance that also keeps you asking questions, you’ve found the right book. Becky Hollister’s life is turned upside-down when a tornado destroys her family’s farm, killing her mother and sister and injuring her father.

Pastor Matthew Brody makes the rounds to check on his congregation and discovers Becky and her pa in need of serious assistance. He helps Becky rush her father to the doctor’s home.

Savanna Kaiser
Aug 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The first Christian fiction books I remember reading growing up was Janette Oke’s Love Comes Softly series. This debut novel, Under This Same Sky, took me back to the prairie and the sweetness of first love in a similar fashion.

Becky’s bravery and kindness made me like her from the start. Her coming-of-age story really has it all – family, friendship, love. My heart broke to see her doubt God during her pain and loss, but she matures in her faith and grows in character very nicely through the st
Leslie M.
Jun 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Becky Hollister’s life changes in an instant after a tornado hits her prairie home. She is forced to leave behind the only home she has ever known in hopes of helping her father heal from his injuries. Traveling pastor Matthew Brody helps with the move. Becky begins to believe there could be more than friendship between her and Matthew, but she begins to question things when she hears news of his imminent betrothal. Is it possible that God has different plans for her than she envisioned for hers ...more
Sep 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Thank you to the author, for giving me the PDF to read. The following review is my honest opinion and thoughts.

Under This Same Sky is a beautiful story of learning to trust the Lord through hardships and follow His will for us. I liked how the author had several layers of things each character went through and experienced. A good read for anyone looking for an uplifting but not overly cheesy story of figuring out life and learning to trust Him.

Rated three stars as the characters weren’t as devel
Connilyn Cossette
Cynthia Roemer’s debut, Under the Same Sky, is a story of healing and hope in the aftermath of a devastating storm that wreaks havoc on the heroine’s home and family. In Becky we see a young woman struggling through grief to find her way in a world turned upside down who learns to trust the Lord to guide her path in whatever circumstance. A lovely story with a gentle romance, Under the Same Sky will appeal to readers of Janette Oke and Kim Vogel Sawyer.
Patricia Beal
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love this story and the author's voice. Wow! I often labor to get into books, but this one was captivating from the start and stayed that way. Pick up Under This Same Sky and let Cynthia Roemer take you back in time. Lovely. ...more
Kelly Tyree
Apr 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Under the Same Sky was one of my favorite books of 2017. It is a moving story about Becky Hollister. Becky and her father lose their home and Becky's mother and sister when a tornado rips through the prairie. Becky's father is injured and loses his sight as a result of the injury.

Matthew Brody is the circuit riding preacher that services their community. When he finds Becky and the devastating situation her and her father are in, he dives in to help. He lays her mother and sister to rest and he
Fans of Janette Oke are sure to enjoy this story from Cynthia Roemer. Every day, down-to-earth characters and a story that is full of emotion made this book a quick and easy read.

I liked this story of life on the prairie and one young woman's struggle to keep her family together after tragedy strikes in the form of a tornado. Becky is smart, strong, and tough. She doesn't back down and gives up when times are bad. I liked these qualities and they made her a character I wanted to read more about
Sep 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was my introduction to Ms. Cynthia Roemer's writing. The setting of the prairie in the west during 1850s was definitely interesting. There were so many hardships, natural disasters, and heartbreak the people settling the prairie went through. Ms. Roemer's writing is easy to follow and the book reads quickly. There isn't a lot of action and the events in the storyline move somewhat slowly, but I'm assuming that was what life was like on the prairie.

Her main characters, Becky and Matthew, ar
Feb 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
An Illinois prairie girl at heart, Becky Hollister loves the land that has always been her home. A sudden tornado tears through her parents' farm, and she loses her mother and sister. Her father is found gravely injured, and she is forced to leave her home and travel by wagon in 1854 to St. Louis in order to get help for him. Her kind and caring nature leads her to do whatever is necessary in order to be of help to her father.
This is a beautiful debut that starts out with tragedy and begins an e
Crystal Caudill
Nov 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Under this Same Sky was a sweet romance that will forever stand out to me for it strong, real-life spiritual thread. Cynthia has done a masterful job in taking us through the faith struggle of Becky Hollister as she deals with the tragic loss of her Mother, Sister, and her Pa’s vision.

God has not promised a life without struggles, but He has promised to be with us as we face them. This story is so real to the emotions and struggles we face as Christians dealing with a tragedy that it strengthens
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Cynthia Roemer is an award-winning inspirational writer with a heart for scattering seeds of hope into the lives of readers. Raised in the cornfields of rural Illinois, Cynthia enjoys spinning tales set in the backdrop of the 1800s prairie. She writes from her family farm in central Illinois where she resides with her husband and their two college-aged sons.

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