Mary Lenora Murray had loving parents but a very hard life. She knew that she was adopted but didn't know who her mother and father were or why they gave her away, she did know though that she was loved by her adopted parents. Mary had two older sisters, a younger sister and two younger brothers. Her mother and two older sisters died from cholera when she was eleven so she had to grow up fast and at a young age. Once her mother had died Mary had to take care of her father and siblings, her father was never the same and life was changed.
Daniel Winthrop came west in the same wagon train that Mary's family was in so they knew each other their whole lives, Daniel is 20 and Mary will soon be 18. Daniel gets permission from Kenneth, Mary's dad, to court Mary. After a short time he takes Mary on a Friday Surprise trip to Portland and when they return they find Kenneth laying in the field with a terrible cut on his leg. When they get him to the doctor, the doctor doesn't even know if he'll make it and if he does they might have to amputate his leg.
As Mary is caring for her father Daniel is falling deeper in love and has their future all planned out, Mary doesn't like what he plans so they have an argument and Daniel leaves in a huff. He is supposed to return so he can take her home to bathe, see her siblings and then return her to the doctor's office, but he never returns.
WOW! Mary's story is one that tears at your heart. She takes everything that is handed to her, and it's a lot, but keeps on going and giving her best for her family. She shows such strength for having to take over a household at such a young age with no resentment or anger. Sometimes maybe a little wishful thinking for some time for herself, but she pulls herself together and continues on with the life that she's been given.
I'm so glad I have the third book, "Catherine's Pursuit", so I can get started on it right now. All I can say is that if you get "Maggie's Journey" you might as well get the other two at the same time, that's what I did and I'm really glad.
Mary's Blessing, the second book in the McKenna's Daughters series, continues the captivating tale of Angus McKenna's triplet daughters who were separated at birth. This book is just as good as the first in the series. It is filled with interesting characters, misunderstandings, stubborn pride, tragedy and love.
Mary lives a hard life with her adopted family. It wasn't always that way. However, after the death of her adoptive mother and two older sisters, Mary becomes the caretaker of a younger sister and two brothers with no real support from her father. He runs the farm but has just checked out of life. After years of this treatment, she feels rather hopeless about her future, until Daniel steps in and reveals his feelings.
Daniel has always lived a comfortable life with wealthy parents. He loves Mary and wants to court her, marry her, and provide her with a posh life. He plans to buy a big house for them and fill it with servants.
When tragedy befalls Mary's family once again, will the love she shares with Daniel be strong enough to survive? What is God's will for her life? Will Daniel learn to love and serve Mary the way God calls him to?
Ever since Mary Lenora Murray was eleven years old she has been sister, stand-in-mother and care taker of her younger sister and two young brothers. This was after her mother and two older sisters died. She has not just been the caretaker of the children but of all the household chores that had been taken care by of her mother's and older sisters.
Mary's father has disconnected himself from his family as if he no longer was a father other than the care of the farm and she was at least thankful for that. But it would nice to have someone to confide in and lean on when it came to the children and the house.
Mary has always none she was adopted but did not know the circumstances of the adoption or her birth parents. She knew her adoptive parents loved her deeply. Although her father grieved much over the death of his wife and two daughters Mary knew he loved her and her young siblings. She just would like to here some encouraging words from him.
When would she ever be able to have a life of her own with all she had in her present life? Her childhood friendship with Daniel seems to be turning into more than friends. She just did not know how to meld the two lives together. That of a future with Daniel and the life she had now.
Daniel knew he wanted to spend the rest of his life with Mary and give her all the things she deserved. He would prove to her he would be a responsible husband and provider. He would move her away from the farm and hire someone to care for the beautiful house he planned to buy in town.
This is how the story goes, this is not a fairy tale this is real life. The author writes a beautiful yet heart wrenching story of tragedy, responsibility, love and faith in God. God always has a plan and it is not always what we expect. Sometimes a tragedy can pull us away from God and sometimes it brings us closer. Life is not a bowl of cherries. If it were it would get mighty boring. This book is definitely not boring. I had to make myself put the book down so I could do what I needed to do.
Lena did not disappoint me with book two of Mckenna's Daughters.
I loved book one, Maggie's Journey, book two was just as good.
Can't wait to read book three, Catherine's Pursuit coming in 2013.
I highly recommend this book/series.
I purchased this book for my personal reading pleasure. I was in no way compensated for this review. It is my own opinion.
From the first page to the last, Mary's Blessing is a sweet romance, the kind I love to settle back in my recliner for a few hours to read. While Mary suffers much grief in her eighteen years, Daniel lives an easy life by comparison. After knowing Mary since they arrived by wagon trail years earlier and admiring the way she cared for her younger brothers and sister, Daniel finally decides to court her.
Don't assume it will be clear sailing after that because Ms. Dooley really ramps up the conflict. Mary's family issues take front and center, and soon differences in how they want to begin their married life become insurmountable obstacles. Add in stress and fatigue, and things go south fast. At one point, I wanted to give Daniel a good kick in the pants, but he came around and vowed to show Mary that he'd changed. Not only did I enjoy cheering both main characters on to their happily-ever-after, but the secondary characters added so much dimension to the story. A great read! I look forward to reading the last triplet's story, Catherine's Pursuit.
Disclosure: I received this book from the author for a fair and honest review.
An intriguing read, that was at times a bit tough to read, yet at the same time was hard to totally put down.
First I guess I ought to explain why it was tough to read. It was a bit hard to read because many of the elements of the story were just so terribly sad, and I felt so bad for Mary and her family and everything that they went through. Like with her adoptive father and how his wife's death effected him, it was so tragic!
At first I wasn't totally draw to this book because so many things just seemed to happy, but then everything happened and the book totally changed tone and gained depth. I really liked how Mary and Daniel's relationship got stronger through adversities.
The character who really stood out to me was Tony, because even though he was a side character, he was really well developed. Daniel was pretty great too, because he probably had the most growth of all the characters.
Overall this was a book that made me really excited to read the other books in the series, it was pretty well written and I liked how the characters grew. It was a book that was a story about a couple overcoming great obstacles and finding love.
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!