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.
The beginning Seattle. An Adventure in logging, love and more.
Evie feels she can leave Tennessee and start over. She travels with an employee who she has a partnership with to start a restaurant. Two other ladies are with them too. When she cannot get help from the loggers, it doesn't stop her from getting ladies to help her clear off lady for a restaurant. Love that part a lot.
Turns out land belonged to Noah so she forms a partnership with him too. Noah can hardly believe his Uncle brought women to logging site. He is kept busy trying to keep the women out of the men's way so they will work. But turns out he finally has to allow women near men to get the work done on time.
Just as Evie and Noah are about to start a relationship someone from her past shows up. It turns everything upside down. But love wins out eventually.
I love how the Indians and white men worked together because often the Indians are portrayed in a poor light. I have Indian blood and was taught to be proud of it.
Relationships have hard moments of truth sharing before marriage in many cases. Yet not all.
Ethel and Cookee show how opposites can attract and find the strength in each other. I loved their lives.
All the characters you will warm to and feel like you are there watching it all.
Noah had been stung by a woman partner in the past so found it hard to believe Evie when she shared the truth.