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Opal (Dakotah Treasures #3)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  1,910 Ratings  ·  68 Reviews
This sparkling story about the unpredictability of love is another winning prairie romance from Lauraine Snelling.
Paperback, 352 pages
Published January 1st 2005 by Bethany House Publishers (first published 2001)
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May 17, 2013 rated it it was ok
I had issues with this book. Actually, with the entire series.

There seems to be a strong theme through out the series that goes: If you get married it will automatically make you happy and people will like you. Its also easier, since you don't have to do all that integrity building work anymore, you'll have a husband!

I read this book many years ago, when I myself was a 14/15 year old girl. It seemed right up my alley. A 14 year old girl finding comfort in the work of a ranch hand. She was unconv
Sep 20, 2012 rated it liked it
I was disappointed! I have really gotten into these characters and was looking forward to Opal's happy ending. There was no ending. The author left you hanging and just went on and on through a lot of day to day events without ever getting to a conclusion. I'm not sure whether to bother with book #4 or not.
Jul 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
I'm really liking this series. This book is well written, clean, romantic, and adventurous. I will definitely read more from this author. Theses are set in the 1800's. The characters are very lovable, and relatable. I would love my teen daughters to read these.
Nov 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is the 3rd adaption in the Dakotah Treasures series. It was the most adventurous one in the series. I really love Opal's character but was somewhat hoping for a different ending, but the ending was good nevertheless.
Sarah Grace
I love this book! So great! Even though I haven't read the first two in the series, I still found it amazing, as per normal with Lauraine Snelling
Patty Herrington
Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great series. Enjoyed every minute. Predictable but still loved it.
Molly Cline
Jul 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the third book in this series and if you don't have the first two books (Ruby and Pearl) avalible to you, you could still pick this one up and not be 'lost'. I have really enjoyed this series the first two books I gave four stars but this one I gave five (of which I don't just hand out 'freely') This one although is a continuation from the other two kind of started again; a different setting and just a different 'aire' about it. In reading this one if you haven't read the other two there ...more
Jun 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
People who enjoy Snelling’s books know what to expect: excellent characterizations, true historical settings, geographical detail, day-to-day routine interspersed by intervals of dramatic crisis, realistic dialog, remorseful insights, apprehensive anticipations, relationship-fostering, religious devotion, etc. ‘Opal’ fulfills all of those expectations. The book revolves around three main characters: Opal Torvald, a fourteen year old tom-boyish ranching girl whose life revolves around the chores ...more
Jan 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Sheri Salatin
Feb 01, 2009 rated it liked it
This is the third book I have read by Lauraine and while she is a very good writer, I don't feel as though she completes the stories in her novels. Perhaps I am just spoiled to most Christian romance writers in that at the end of the book, the guy always gets the girl and they "live happily ever after". Not so with Snelling's books. She leaves you hanging - wondering which guy is going get the girl. And while she usually finishes the story in the next book, it's always from another character's p ...more
Bonnigene Cloud
Feb 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
In Opal I really enjoyed the change of pace in the series.

Ruby is expecting and is learning to deal with Opal growing into a young woman. As Opal is trying to find her place at home while becoming a young woman she not only encounters the home struggles, but also finds herself in danger due to an encounter with an outlaw.

Much to Opals relief she is dismissed early from school.due to a headache. She is drawn to the river as the cool water promises relief from her problem. However, as she swims a
Jun 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I like this kind of book, no thinking required. Just read about life on the early plains, with a little religion thrown in on the side. No preachy, preachy stuff, just good God-fearing people making their way in the Dakotah Territory, easy readaing and a good storyline.

Now that I've finished it, I haven't changed my mind about a thing - still love the book! Lauraine Snelling's books are an easy read, not "simple", but easy. I like that I can set it down when I have to and pick it up again witho
Mar 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I love trilogies! And this is the third in a four-part series. I have liked each one better than the one that preceded it. I am currently reading the fourth and last. Amethyst. All of these books are set in the far northwestern corner of what we know as North Dakota. In those days it was Dakotah. Seeing Ruby develop from displaced and very proper Eastern lady to life as the wife of a rancher has been a fascinating journey. Opal is Ruby's younger sister and Ruby tried her best to make a proper yo ...more
Jun 15, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: adult women, but clean enough for anyone
Going a little crazy. I expected for a certain major catastrophe to be resolved in this book, but NO. I just found out there is another one so I guess I will keep reading. This book was pretty heavily religious. I don't really mind that too much, but even for me it was a distraction. One of the main characters is a preacher, so I suppose that shouldn't be a surprise. Also, I am surprised at how much I enjoy reading such a completely clean book about the west. There are lots of details in this se ...more
Apr 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Book 3 in the bestselling Dakotah Treasures series. Dove House has burned to the ground, Ruby and Rand have married, and now Rand's ranch is home for them all. Ruby's younger sister, Opal, is taking to ranch life like a hummingbird to sugar water. She can outshoot, outride, and work as hard as any cowboy on the place. Ranching has clearly stolen her heart. When a young minister arrives from the East, he is amazed to find himself falling in love with Opal, even though she is not a woman anyone wo ...more
Feb 03, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to say I did not like this book as much as the first two in the series for several reasons. For one thing it felt like this book was too repetitive in parts, saying the same thing over and over again. Secondly as these stories have progressed I keep thinking I will like Opal more but she just continues to seem like a brat to me. And finally, I know that women married young back in these times but I just found Jacob's falling in love with Opal a little creepy because of the fact that she i ...more
Feb 09, 2016 rated it liked it
Expecting this to be my favorite, hands down. But I was sort of disappointed.
First off, Jacob is Ok, but he is TEN or so years Opal's senior. Plus he asked to court a FOURTEEN year old. A little unsettling, but he thought she was 17 or 18. Anyhow, I ship her and Atticus...

Jacob and Opal both struggle with guilt and forgiveness in this book. Opal was sort of cool with her swash-buckling type vibe.

Idk, this book just wasn't for me. It was sort of a let down. :( But I enjoyed it somewhat.

The last
Oct 07, 2013 rated it it was ok
Yeah... I found myself shuddering all the way through this book knowing that a man who would be in his 30's, a father of a small boy and a supposed man of God was attracted to a 14 year old girl. Cringe, cringe, cringe! It doesn't matter how pure and innocent it seemed, it was just CREEPY!

Ok story line (apart from the creepy stuff) and I like how this author doesn't avoid humanity in her Christian storylines. So many Christian authors make the world this lovely innocent little place and I like
Feb 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really liked that this book introduced a minister guilty of a sexual indiscretion and weaknesses. I would have preferred that the author wrapped up his and Opal's story at the end of the book though. I'm writing this review after reading the fourth and last book of the series and I feel like the last book was not really necessary. Opal and Jacob's romance might have been more interesting if written in a shorter and different way. This was still a very good story of people overcoming mistakes a ...more
Jul 20, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2011-books-read
I keep rating these books with 2 stars, but I keep reading them, so they must be good enough to hold my interest! This books continues the saga of two sisters living in North Dakota in 1884. I like how the author describes the way they live and interesting historical facts surrounding the area. However, I think this book was a little too preachy and I didn't like some of the story line.
I am going to continue reading the rest of the series so I can find out what happens!
Dec 18, 2013 rated it did not like it
Leave Opals life on hold. The series are written so Smelling can make more money!

The end of this one leaves one wondering if they read a book or a magazine series and this was the latest installment.

Too many loose threads and authors that do that lie to their readers when they promise the book will be a complete story. In fact she said she was done with the series after Opal and wrote Amethyst only because she missed writing about the characters.
Mar 24, 2012 rated it liked it
This is the third book of the series. I loved the first two; they are easy to read without being boring. This book is allowing my interest to roam a bit by reviewing too much. The book moves forward slowly and I feel the writer dropped the ball. She could have capitalized more on the journey to New York and also the relationship with Opal and Atticus. Obviously it's giving me something as I am still reading and I will finish the fourth book to complete the series.
Dec 08, 2013 rated it liked it
I like Lorraine Snelling's writing and in this book she takes you through the ordinary things on an ordinary day in an ordinary pioneer family. There are 4 girls in the family and this one is about Opal. She likes the country and the pioneer lifestyle but is sent away by her dad to help her become a lady. She has a couple men interested in her but she's too young (16). You'll enjoy the ordinary things and conversations of ordinary life within a family in this book.
Nov 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Loved the setting - Dakotah Territory in 1886. Wide open space, ranching, and not having anyone living like closer than a mile to you would be a whole lot different than life is now. Interesting reading about how people took care of themselves, cooking and canning and shooting deer, grouse and anything else they need to store up for the winter. You were up with the sun and put in a hard days work every day because there was so much to do. If for nothing else, I love not having an outhouse!!
Trudy E
Nov 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
I have really enjoyed these books. Mrs. Snelling has a way of drawing you in, and the characters experiences are somewhat surprising, though not unlikely, for the time period the stories take place.
I look forward to finally having the time to finish the series- one of the perks of being cooped up during an Ohio winter!
Amy Gourley
Dec 10, 2012 rated it liked it
3rd book in the Dakotah series. I remember getting these after a recommendation for another look at Dakota territory during Laura Ingalls Wilder time. These books are Christian fiction and I generally don't read Christian fiction but aren't too preachy. I didn't mind that but I did skip over parts when they described stuff on the ranch like the round ups and such.
Feb 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Book 3 of the Dakotah Treasures, Opal, is a very good story. Deepening the development of the characters and extending the plot line. Opal is a very good character and you will enjoy her story. There are some surprising twists to the story which make it especially interesting.
Looking forward to book 4 in the series.
Aug 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
I liked this book, but I think it was my least favorite of the three I've read, which was the first two. I liked it better when the Dove House was in the story and the doves were learning and working together. This book was good, but not the best. I'm hoping that Amethyst, the fourth and last book of the series is better.
Darlene Wilson
Jan 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Opal Torvald can outshoot, outride, and outwork any cowboy on the ranch. Ranching has captured her heart. An innocent decision fills her with guilt Jacob Chandler, hiding secrets from his past, comes to Medora with his 7 yr old son. Opal steals his heart!
Jeff Frohnheiser
Nice continuation

This is a nice continuation of the Ruby\Opal story. I felt the way it focused a little more on Opal as she was older and some of her struggles was enjoyable. If you have a sister this is a nice series to read.
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Award-winning and bestselling author Lauraine Snelling has over 80 books published with sales of over 4.5 million. Her original dream was to write horse books for children. Today, she writes adult novels about real issues centered on forgiveness, loss, domestic violence and cancer in her inspirational contemporary women’s fiction titles and historical series, including the favorite, Blessing books ...more
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Dakotah Treasures (4 books)
  • Ruby (Dakotah Treasures, #1)
  • Pearl (Dakotah Treasures, #2)
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