A Bride for Noah, Seattle Brides Series #1
Great Northwest History
I was excited to receive the first book in the Seattle Brides series. Living in the Pacific Northwest I looked forward to reading a book set in my home state.
Getting to know some of the history of Washington state was pretty fun and interesting. I loved the characters and how their personalities developed. I was once again extremely pleased with the storyline these two authors created and can't wait to read another book in this series. These authors are quite the dynamic duo, and I never finish one of their books feeling disappointed. On the contrary, they always create a story that draws me in and keeps me wanting for more.
Set in the 1850s, this book tells the story of different people trekking to the Northwest to start new settlements and the history behind the starting of those settlements. Also discussed are how those settlements got their names. I loved reading these bits of history, along with the storyline weaved in to make it a read I didn't want to put down or even finish because I wanted to keep learning more about these characters and their lives.
I would definitely recommend this book. I look forward to the next installment in this series.
November 24, 2013
by Lori Copeland & Virginia Smith
Harvest House Publishers
Lori Copeland and Virginia Smith, beloved authors of the Amish of Apple Grove series, team up again in an exciting new series for devoted fans and new readers.
It's 1851, and Evie Lawrence is penniless and heartbroken after a failed romance. When a kind elderly man announces his plan to move west and make his fortune, Evie jumps at the chance to go with him and start a new life. She says goodbye to the only home she's ever known and sets out for the Northwest.
There she meets Noah Hughes, a handsome young man who has gambled everything he owns on the chance to make a fresh start. Living the rugged life of a lumberjack, he too is determined to one day make his fortune. The last thing he's looking for is a bride...so why can't he get Evie out of his mind?
In this first book of the Seattle Brides series, two people learn what it means to move beyond their expectations and embrace the very best God has for them.
While the concept of an old fashioned romance is nothing new, Copeland and Smith bring a fresh new look to an old sort of story. We all know the boy meets girl scenario, boy doesn't want to get married, but can't get girl out of his mind. It's a common place theme and this type of story is a dime a dozen in the Christian genre. This novel however, presents a whole new take on this proven formula: they threw an old man in. With these unusual circumstances in mind, it really sets the backdrop for an exciting romance. I would venture to guess that a single girl traveling with an old man even back in the day was somewhat... different. Similar to women joining the military. All that to say, give this book a chance. Whether you've given up on the genre, don't read it at all, or love it with all your heart; the characters will steal your heart and plenty of your time too. A lovely new addition to the market - can't wait for more from this writing team!
This book was provided by the publisher for free in exchange for an honest review.
October 16, 2013
A fun look into the settling of WA state
A Bride for Noah was a wonderful trip back to Washington state, or in the 1850's Oregon Territory. With the wonderful description, I felt like I was looking out on Washington state again and viewing Mount Rainer. It is a beautiful area of our country and a fantastic setting for this story.
The story focuses on Evie Lawrence, a house maid to an older couple in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She is doing what ever she can to keep a roof over her head, since she was kicked out of her family home after she had lost her parents and then her grandparents, who the house belonged to, by her uncle. She is engaged to be married to a dock worker named James, whose affection is lacking. One day while cleaning, Evie overhears her employers talking about a letter they just received from their nephew, Noah. Noah had recently arrived to the Oregon Territory with a logging company, hoping that the area would be more to him then just logging, but a place to start up a new town.
Evie's employer, Miles Coffinger, views himself as an investor, however, his investments have all failed to date, much to the displeasure of his wife With the news from his nephew, Miles believes his new venture idea would thrive. He offers up the idea to Evie about getting her a few other girls to go with her to start up a business out there. Evie isn't sure, but decides that it would be a wonderful idea to start up a restaurant. So with Miles help, Evie hires on three more women to travel with them.
Upon arriving to the Oregon Territory, nothing is as Evie envisions. There is nothing but a mining camp and mud, lots and lots of mud. However, there arrival isn't as sour as Evie sees it, but a welcome distraction to the men of the logging camp.
From here we follow Evie trying to achieve her dream of building a restaurant, why battling the time constraints of the logging camp, and a business partnership with Miles that isn't all that it was thought to be.
Evie was an interesting character to follow. She started out quiet and willing to go with the pace of things until she realized what she wanted to do. She didn't want to be put down or degraded by anyone. Her determination grew and she was bound to fight against the social constraints against her at the time.
Noah was a good hero for this story. He was quiet hero. He focused on his job and respected those around him and he valued people around him who were willing to work as hard he did.He also had a past to over come, and he had to learn to trust and listen again.
There were also several characters that were fun to read. The orneriness of Cookee and Ethel to Miles' ideas that just didn't seem to pan out as he hoped. It was great also to learn about the history of this area. I didn't know much about how the logging industry of the Oregon territory was started and this book offered a glimpse into it.
I really enjoyed this story.
Thank you to Harvest House Publishers, I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
September 21, 2013
A nice, light read
A nice, light read from Lori Copeland. Evie partners up with a "kindly, older gentleman" and heads out west to make her way in the world. There she meets Noah who has gambled everything on a fresh start in life. Noah as been badly hurt by a woman before, so he is less than happy to see Evie show up--but he can't stop thinking about her.
I love that the book is based on real people. I thoroughly enjoyed the storyline of building a new settlement in virgin territory. Evie was really irritating for the first half of the book. Yes, she had gone/was going through some rough time, but her actions ranged at times from slightly annoying to totally obnoxious. Thankfully, she matured some and became a much more likeable character later in the book. Miles, Evie's partner, starts out a kindly man and ends up being a royal pain throughout most of the book. I enjoyed most of the other characters in the book--let's face it, you're not supposed to like some of them! The storyline was great, but things just seemed to wrap up so perfectly in just a chapter or so which detracted from the book somewhat in my opinion.
I received a digital copy of this book from Harvest House through NetGalley.com for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
May 2, 2013