For Such a Time As This, Women of Hope Series #1
Christian historical romance set in OR
Olivia MooreÃ¢ÂÂs family and farm face financial danger following the devastation of drought and grasshoppers in 19th century Bountiful, Oregon. As the eldest at home, she seeks a way to help her parentsÃ¢ÂÂ burden. She winds up as the nanny/companion for widowed bank-owner Elijah WhitmanÃ¢ÂÂs challenging son and daughter. Just as Olivia seems to be making progress in taming the children and making the Whitman home more hospitable, ugly rumors threaten her future.
EliÃ¢ÂÂs solution seems the best choice but his restrictions still inhibit the MooresÃ¢ÂÂ future. How can Olivia maintain her promises yet help both the households she loves? One quote from the novel may contain an answer: Ã¢ÂÂIf you let your emotions guide you instead of waiting for the Lord . . . might could be a mistake. . . . GodÃ¢ÂÂs plans are always perfect, even when they donÃ¢ÂÂt quite look to a man like they make much senseÃ¢ÂÂ (p. 176).
This is the first of the Women of Hope series (set in a fictional Oregon county). ReadersÃ¢ÂÂ faith and trust can grow along with those in this touching tale loosely based on the biblical story of Esther.
August 7, 2013
Drought, Bank Forclosures and Romance
Ginny Aiken in her new book, Ã¢ÂÂFor Such A Time As This book coverFor Such a Time as ThisÃ¢ÂÂ Book One in the A Women of Hope series published by FaithWords brings us into the life of Olivia Moore.
From the back cover: Olivia Moore has been praying desperately to God for guidance. Drought and plagues of insects have devastated her familyÃ¢ÂÂs farm in Hope County, Oregon and her parents donÃ¢ÂÂt know how theyÃ¢ÂÂll survive the winter. Deciding to ease their burden, Olivia applies to be the new nanny to the children of handsome widower Elijah Whitman, the president of the Bank of Bountiful. Since the death of their mother, Luke and his sister, Miranda, have been increasingly wild and have driven every governess back East. Having helped raise her brothers and sisters, Olivia convinces Elijah sheÃ¢ÂÂs up to the job.
As Olivia works to win over the children and settle into the Whitman household, gossip begins to spread throughout the town about Olivia and Elijah. For the sake of her reputation, it seems Olivia will have to leave Hope County, until Elijah proposes another solution: Marriage. It would be a purely business relationship, and ElijahÃ¢ÂÂs one emphatic condition is that she promise never to interfere with her work. She accepts, but when the Bank of Bountiful forecloses on the MooreÃ¢ÂÂs farm, Olivia is torn between her duty to her husband and her love for her family.
The railroad is coming and it will bring prosperity back to Hope County as the drought is casing havoc with the farms and finances. In an effort to just hold on until the railroad comes in the farmers mortgage their land. Now it is a question of time; will the drought break and the farmers produce a crop or will the railroad line get there or will the bank foreclose? Olivia is married to Elijah, the bank president who is doing the foreclosures, but this is a marriage of convenience and she has no real power and he doesnÃ¢ÂÂt want her advice in his business. What is she ever going to do? I think Ginny Aiken did a wonderful job with the names of the places. They live in the town of Bountiful in the County of Hope. That gives you the idea of what the town should be doing and what everybody should have. Ms. Aiken has also done a marvelous job of bringing the Biblical story of Esther to a Western community. Olivia, Elijah and the other characters play out so well on the pages you would think you had known them all your life. Ã¢ÂÂFor Such A Time As ThisÃ¢ÂÂ is a great read that I was sorry to see come to an end. The good news is Ms. Aiken has a new story coming next year with new characters that we can grow to love as well.
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December 1, 2012
For Such a Time as This review
Olivia MooreÃ¢ÂÂs family is struggling to make ends meet during a drought. She decides to take matters into her own hands and take a job as a nanny for the local banker, widower Eli Whitman. When the town starts buzzing about her living in the bankerÃ¢ÂÂs home, they marry. Even though they both have feelings for each other, neither one knows it. Olivia focuses on transforming her new husbandÃ¢ÂÂs rambunctious children while Eli runs his bank and keeps the business private. As the romance begins to blossom, so does the suspense behind some crooked business dealings. Olivia has to risk losing her place in EliÃ¢ÂÂs life in order to save his businessÃ¢ÂÂand her familyÃ¢ÂÂs farmÃ¢ÂÂfrom a potential scandal.
I enjoyed For Such a Time as This thoroughly! The characters were very real and relatable. The attention to detail allowed me to instantly jump into the setting. The main thing I loved about this book was how it mirrored the story of Esther in the Bible. It reminds us that we all have a calling, and no matter how big or small, it is important. We can all make a difference when we allow God to use us.
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for a review.
November 8, 2012
Slow to Start, but Poignant Ending
Slow to start, but a great ending.
Olivia Moore's family is suffering from the drought, barely able to put food on the table, when Olivia gets the opportunity to work as a nanny for banker Eli Whitman and his two rowdy boys. But when the town begins to speak against her, she finds herself facing marriage to Eli in order to save her reputation. Can a marriage of convenience become a marriage of love?
This book started off in a fun interesting way, but then slowed. I guess I found the situation rather unrealistic, because Olivia's reputation should have been fine because Eli had a cook who was always there. But besides that I liked the book, Olivia was able to form strong bonds with the two kids. For most of the book, I guess I was wondering when Olivia and Eli's relationship would pick up because for most of the book they really weren't together.
The Esther allegory didn't come in till about over halfway, and it was kind of funny because it was like "Aha! That's why its called, For a Time Such as This!" Because for the longest time I didn't really see it.
Overall I guess I would say that this book was slow to start, but had a very climatic ending, full of action. I felt like it took awhile for this book to really get where it was going, but after I got past that I came to enjoy the story. There's a little mystery and I liked how the Esther theme played out. I really liked the way that Olivia handled the kids and how she won their hearts, in my opinion Olivia bonding with teh kids was probably the winning relationship in the story. So in the end a great book, after I got past the slow beginnings and tidbits I found hard to believe.
I received this ebook from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thanks!
October 23, 2012