Bride for Noah, A - eBook
Great, but not Lori's best
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.
February 5, 2014
A nice fun book
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.
February 23, 2014
Hardheaded, stubborn, with laughs
A woman is inadvertently given the opportunity by her employer to move to the west and make something of herself. After making the decision to cut ties with her fiancÃÂ©, she takes her employer up on his offer. Dragging along some husband-seeking friends with her, Evangeline Lawrence sets out to reform part of the west, starting with a restaurant in the middle of a settlement made up entirely of a lumberjacking community. Evie herself is a woman on a mission; she is determined and hardheaded, and for the most part sensible. Noah Hughes, the man who is not of her dreams, is equally stubborn; however, he is a man with a troubled past which sometimes manifests itself when he deals with Evie.
While reading Ã¢ÂÂA Bride for NoahÃ¢ÂÂ I truly appreciated the sensory details that were often included. I could actually place myself in EvieÃ¢ÂÂs 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.
February 19, 2014
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.
December 19, 2013