What a wonderful trip into early Oregon this book was!
I laughed, and gritted my teeth, and wanted to shake both hero and heroine a couple of times. These authors know how to create living, breathing characters that quickly feel like old friends to whom one doesn't want to say goodbye.
Indians and lumberjacks, snobs and gutter rats, ne'er-do-wells and hard-working, solid citizens...and a hard-headed heroine that'll make you want to send her to bed without dinner a time or two. All together in one delightful book that truly had me wondering for a time whether a happy ever after was actually going to even be possible. But with an author team like Lori and Virginia, ANYTHING is possible...and the reader is guaranteed an emotional rollercoaster ride on the way to making it happen.
It's 1851 and Evie Lawrence is working for Miles and Letitia Coffinger and as Miles is reading a letter from his nephew, Noah Hughes, to his wife, Evie overhears the suggestion to bring a load of women to Oregon Territory. Evie is engaged to James but one evening she finally sees the light and a different plan starts forming in her mind. She confronts Mr Coffinger first to see if he'd be willing to be a partner in a new restaurant in the Oregon Territory then she breaks off the engagement with James and soon finds herself, along with Miles and three other ladies on her way Oregon.
The plan doesn't go as well as she planned, Miles didn't have the money she thought he did and now she finds herself owing a bank money and the owners of the lumber company are very unhappy when women show up. The women didn't know just how rough the wilderness would be and find themselves having to work harder than was bargained for, oh, and there are Indians too!
I found this a peaceful smooth and fun book to read, I found myself chuckling in a few spots and just about had to brush away a couple of tears. Anytime I do that when reading I consider it a good story. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series, "Rainy Day Dreams", to come out in April.
While reading "A Bride for Noah" I truly appreciated the sensory details that were often included. I could actually place myself in Evie's shoes, and visualize the camp to an extent. One can certainly appreciate the research that must have been put forth to compile facts about lumberjacks and the Indian traditions of that era. I highly recommend this book, if just for the laughs it evokes. (rev. Jael B.)
DISCLOSURE: A complimentary copy of A Bride for Noah was provided by Harvest House Publishers in exchange for our honest review. Opinions expressed are solely those of the reviewer. No compensation was received for this review.
I've read a lot of Lori Copeland's books, and love them all. "A Bride For Noah" was another great read, but I wouldn't say it was fantastic, like so many of her others. It was fascinating to read about the origins of Seattle and to discover that the book was somewhat based on actual people and actual events. Such a determined, pioneering spirit in those people. I enjoyed the character of Noah - hesitant to trust again, but helpless not to fall in love with Evie. Evie was a visionary, stubborn, strong-willed, independent young woman who knew when to give up her independence in favor of relationship. The humor of the book was largely contributed by Miles - philanthropist, business partner, wayward husband, drunkard, but all-round kind-hearted fellow. There wasn't as much of God in this book as is usually found in Lori Copeland's stories, and I thought it lacked her usual depth. But it was still a lovely historical romance story, which I would recommend to fans of this genre.