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Gabriel's Atonement, Land Rush Dreams Series #1

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All Gabe Coulter ever wanted was to live a comfortable life as a successful gambler, but a confrontation with a disgruntled cowboy who'd just lost to Gabe leads to a family man dying in his arms. Even though it was self-defense, the only way Gabe knows to get rid of his guilt is to return the money to the man's wife. Lela Talbot sees Gabe as a derelict like her husband and wants nothing to do with him. But as she struggles to provide for her family and make plans to claim property in the upcoming Oklahoma land rush, she wonders if God might have sent the meddling gambler to help.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Shiloh Run Press
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 8.38 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1628369515
ISBN-13: 9781628369519
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Series: Land Rush Dreams

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All Gabe Coulter ever wanted was to live a comfortable life as a successful gambler, but a confrontation with a disgruntled cowboy who’d just lost to Gabe leads to a family man dying in his arms. Even though it was self-defense, the only way Gabe knows to get rid of his guilt is to return the money he won to the man’s wife. Lara Talbot sees Gabe as a derelict like her husband and wants nothing to do with him. But as she struggles to provide for her family and makes plans to claim property in the upcoming Oklahoma land rush, she wonders if God might have sent the meddling gambler to help.

Author Bio

Bestselling author Vickie McDonough grew up wanting to marry a rancher, but instead married a computer geek who is scared of horses. She now lives out her dreams in her fictional stories about ranchers, cowboys, lawmen, and others living in the Old West. Vickie is the award-winning author of more than forty published books and novellas. Her novels include the fun and feisty Texas Boardinghouse Brides series and the Land Rush Dreams series. Vickie has been married forty-one years to Robert. They have four grown sons, one of whom is married, and a precocious ten-year-old granddaughter. When she’s not writing, Vickie enjoys reading, antiquing, watching movies, and traveling. To learn more about Vickie’s books or to sign up for her newsletter, visit her website: www.vickiemcdonough.com
 

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Vicki McDonough is a new author for me. I thought this was a well-written story from beginning to end. Faith, love, forgiveness, hope... all tied up in the characters, the story and the end of the book.

I also appreciated the history. I hadn't thought about the land rush and the shortage of horses or the fact that women were allowed to run for land. I loved how the author brought this historical time to life!

With superb characterization and well-written action, the first book in the Land Rush Dreams series will have readers feeling as if they are riding head-long into the middle of the Oklahoma Land Rush. Additionally, the romance between a gambler wanting to atone for a wrong and a young widow trying to survive is both tender and sweet. A poignant tale, McDonough's new series is off to a promising start and looks to be quite entertaining.

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  1. Brighton, MI
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Land Rush Romance at its best
    November 5, 2015
    Annelr
    Brighton, MI
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Newly widowed Lara has her hands full with chronically ill grandfather, resentful sister, and rambunctious young son. No money coming in, no land to call her own and now no husband too. Can Gabe, professional gambler, win her heart and make amends for what he alone knows he has done? Set in the historical period of the great land rush of The West, Author, Vickie McDonough does a great job with character development, with interlacing Christian themes amidst all the action and keeping the story flowing. In the thick of gunfights, horse thieving, seemingly crazed goats and the excitement of the run for land ownership by thousands of hopeful individuals and families, the pages almost turn themselves. Gabriel's Atonement, first in the Land Rush Dreams series, is a delightful story of heartache and hard work, forgiveness and faith in a difficult era of the emerging United States.
  2. Montana
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great historical fiction!
    July 15, 2015
    TellNJasmine
    Montana
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    A wonderful story featuring a little-written-about piece of Oklahoma history. I have watched a couple of movies about the Oklahoma Land Rush but I really appreciated the detail in this book.

    Gabriel's Atonement is a historical novel with a touch of western thrown in. I absolutely loved how Vicki McDonough's opening scene was reminiscent of the old westerns that I enjoy so much.

    One of the things that I really liked about Gabriel's Atonement is that the changes in Gabriel's life come realistically slow. He doesn't magically go from sinner to saint in one chapter.

    Vicki McDonough does historical fiction very well and Gabriel's Atonement is a great example. Don't miss the start of a fascinating series from award-winning author Vicki McDonough!

    (I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own.)
  3. Farmington, MO
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Oklahoma Land Rush
    March 8, 2015
    Caroljo
    Farmington, MO
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Gabriels Atonement is the first book in Vickie McDonoughs Land Rush Dreams series and well worth reading. Ive not read many books about the Oklahoma Land Rush and found this fictional account very interesting. The characters felt real and will grab your heart.especially the gambler who falls in love and changes his life! The book includes history, adventure, romance and suspense! I loved reading this book of how God changed Gabes life and highly recommend it to others!

    I received this book free from Barbour Publishing in exchange for my honest opinion.
  4. Indiana
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    shy of potential
    March 6, 2015
    lcjohnson1988
    Indiana
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 3
    Gabriel Coulter is a farm boy turned gambler who makes his living taking money from cowboys who visit the local Kansas City saloon. He has never given a thought to those family members of the cowboys who were depending on the money lost at the gaming tables. While walking home one evening, he is ambushed and kills someone. He learns of a young widow and boy left behind and decides to help them anonymously if possible. He thinks this will atone for the life he has taken.

    Lara Talbot is barely surviving on the meager income she makes mending clothes. Her young son, grandfather and sister all live off of what she earns. She knows her husband likes to gamble and is grateful she hasnt seen him in the last year. Her grandfather tries to help as much as he is able, but suffers from frequent spells of malaria he contracted during the Civil War. Laras sister helps grudgingly by doing as few chores as possible and is resentful of Lara, thinking she is too bossy. Lara works herself ragged and often does without so her family has more. Then she learns they have been evicted from their rental home, forcing them to take part in the Oklahoma land grab. Along the way, Gabe is a constant presence and soon she falls in love with him.

    The story didnt have a lot of tension or suspense to build up to a climax, so the ending fell flat. The story plodded along slowly, although the part where Lara was getting ready to ride out to stake a land claim was well done. I did like Laras grandpa and his unwavering faith in God and in His provision no matter how dire circumstances appeared. The next book in the series, Jolines Redemption, is due to be released in the fall of this year.
  5. Gastonia, North Carolina
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    An Enjoyable Read!
    February 17, 2015
    Rebecca Maney
    Gastonia, North Carolina
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Gabe Coulter and Lara Talbot are both at the end of their "proverbial ropes"; Gabe is weary of his life as professional gambler and Lara is exhausted with the weight of providing for her family while her no-good husband gambles his money away. When divine providence arranges for Lara's husband to be on the losing end of Gabe's pistol; although clearly in self-defense; neither knows how to proceed forward. Gabe is determined to provide Tom Talbot's beautiful widow with what she needs to provide for her young son and Lara remains fiercely independent; valiantly trying to deflect his assistance.

    When the Oklahoma Land Rush seems to be the answer to all of their problems, an unlikely scenario will either complicate matters or pave the way for a miraculous solution, if only Lara will understand why Gabe was the one who killed herhusband.

    This was an enjoyable read with interesting characters and a few unexpected twists and turns.
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