Love Finds Faith, Homeward Journey Series #2
Action filled, great character development western
Love Finds Faith is the second novel in the Homeward Journey series, in which a family in the post Civil War years is featured. Book one is Manfred and Sallie's story. Love Finds Faith is about Sallie's younger sister, Hannah, who has come to the frontier town of Stoney Creek, Texas to assist as a nurse in her brother-in-law's medical practice. Both books can be read independently of each other. The third book in the series will be released in the Fall of 2014.
Hannah Dyer was a talented, caring young woman who had grown up in proper Mississippi society. Her one challenge to living the life of her dreams, one with a family of her own, was a physical disfigurement. One of her legs was shorter than the other. To keep from being thrown off balance as she walked, she needed to wear a special elevated shoe which was unfortunately heavy and awkward. Yet Hannah's faith in God was strong and she was not afraid to lean on Him for strength and wisdom. She had decided years ago to accept the fate of remaining single and prepared to support herself by studying to become a nurse. The story opens at her arrival in Stoney Creek by train.
Arriving on the same train in the same town was Micah Gordon, returning home after a five year absence. His was not the joyous homecoming you would expect. He had left his parents' ranch under a cloud, angry at the world, at his brother Levi, his father, and at God. While he wasn't the same reckless, brash young man he was when he'd left, he was still angry at God, if he even believed there was one at all. Circumstances seemed to reinforce this lack of faith when things started to go all wrong at the ranch.
Barely a month after his arrival, Micah's father was fatally shot during a bank robbery. The entire ranch's fortunes were turned on its head. Levi had gone to live and work at a neighbor's ranch, leaving Micah in charge of the home spread; he was not handling it very well.
The author, Martha Rogers, has written a flowing historical fiction that's filled with the angst of family conflict fueled by gnawing human stubbornness, pride, sibling jealousy, self-centeredness, faulty perceptions and misunderstandings, overly zealous self-reliance, and vanity. As I grew to care about many of these family members amidst daily conflicts, I despaired they would ever reach resolution.
The author skillfully contrasts Hannah's peaceful, quiet and calm demeanor with Micah's impatient, obstinate and self-centered behavior. It didn't seem even possible the two could ever become a couple in spite of Hannah's yearnings. It was this interesting type of suspense that kept me on the edge, waiting for some kind of resolution, right up to the final pages of the book. For this reason, I enjoyed this second book of the series even more than the first book. There was a good balance of character development and action to keep the story line moving along briskly.
My only disagreement about the way this book was written is that to me, the Gordon family's emotional trauma took up a disproportionate amount of book space compared to the other elements of the story including the romance between Micah and Hannah. It seemed a bit too drawn out to me. The budding romance was insufficiently developed and ended too quickly in my opinion. In that light, the overall atmosphere of the book felt more like a historical fiction piece than a historical romance.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary review copy of this book from The Booketeria on behalf of Charisma Media/Realms. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade CommissionÃ¢ÂÂs 16 CFR, Part 255: Ã¢ÂÂGuides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.Ã¢ÂÂ
April 19, 2014
The Homeward Journey
Hannah Dyer is ready to start her new life in Texas. She will not only be living with her sister's family but she will be working for her sister's husband, Dr. Manfred Whiteman as his nurse. This is an adventure she is looking forward to. When she steps off the train her sister Sallie is there to pick her up. Micah Gordon a handsome neighbor of Sallie's offers to load Hannah's trunks onto the wagon. Hannah is smitten by the young man then he noticed her deformed leg as he helped her in the wagon. She felt very self conscious about her leg and saw the pity in his expression. Sallie warned her sister against paying any mind to this prodigal son with a shady past.
Hannah decides to go with her heart and give the young man the benefit of the doubt. She does her best to encourage him without getting into his business especially after he and his brother have a run of bad luck and the brothers end up having a parting of the way.
The author writes of Hannah's courage and accomplishments along with her insecurities due her tp her deformed leg. God is the center of this story giving Hannah faith to trust in God's will. I read this book in one day and was not wanting it to end. In this historical novel there is romance and intrigue that will keep you turning the pages. You can count on a good book if the author is Martha Rogers. I am looking forward to book three in this series.
I highly recommend this book.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from Booketeria/Realms for an honest review.
April 18, 2014
A Disability, A Prodigal Son and Romance
Martha Rogers in her new book, Ã¢ÂÂLove Finds FaithÃ¢ÂÂ Book Two in The Homeward Journey series published by Realms brings us into the lives of Hannah Dyer and Micah Gordon.
From the back cover: Why canÃ¢ÂÂt people see what is on the inside?
Hannah Dyer has just moved to Texas to help her brother-in-law in his medical practice. Despite her handicap of having one leg much shorter than the other, she is a great nurse whose skills help make the practice the most successful in the area.
When Micah Gordon returns home after some shady escapades, his father hopes he will settle down to ranch life. Hannah is smitten by his good looks and roguish ways, but because of her leg, she has no hopes of attracting his attention.
After Micah suffers a tragic loss, he loses his faith and almost loses his ranch. Can HannahÃ¢ÂÂs care and staunch faith help him on the road to recovery with a new hope, new faith, and a new love?
Welcome to Stoney Creek, Texas. ItÃ¢ÂÂs been about eight years since the first book but this book can be read alone without missing anything. I do recommend reading the first book though for the sheer enjoyment of it. Hannah, SallieÃ¢ÂÂs sister, has traveled out west to assist her brother-in-law in his medical practice. Even though it is 1877 Hannah has trained to be a nurse. Micah, after five years, has come home on the same train as Hannah. Their lives begin to blend together like a deck of cards is shuffled back together. Ms. Rogers has an amazing way of bringing their stories out. Hannah has a disability, never easy in any time period. Micah is a prodigal son. Ms. Rogers has given us a book that deals with faith. The faith that can motivate us or, when it is absent, cause us to waver and lose our motivation. Ã¢ÂÂLove Finds FaithÃ¢ÂÂ is a story of love, forgiveness and restoration. I like the way Ms. Rogers writes. She is an accomplished author who knows how to deliver true to life dialog and create characters that you fall in love with. This is an excellent read! I am looking forward to the next book in this series.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Realms. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade CommissionÃ¢ÂÂs 16 CFR, Part 255: Ã¢ÂÂGuides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.Ã¢ÂÂ
March 9, 2014