Fever takes the lives of Beth and Joanie Jornigan's parents, putting them in harm's way of their Uncle Walt and his son Bear. He's brutal and cantankerous. He abuses his slaves as well as the girls. So the girls decide to run away along with one of the slaves, Trella, who is very pregnant. They are rescued by three soldiers on their way home from the Civil War, one of whom didn't want any interruptions getting there!
Thus Lori Copeland creates the tumultuous events that occur to her characters. The characters are portrayed as spunky, determined, rugged, ruthless, trustworthy, and brave. Beth's distrust of all men makes for a difficult time for her rescuers. And matches in the hands of Beth are a matter of safety for all involved!
There's plenty of humor, romance, danger, rescue, friendship and trust in Lori's book. The faith of some is sorely tested, while others are challenged to believe and trust in God to give them their dreams and a future.
The book is well-written and interesting, but it didn't catch my attention like other books have. It's a personal preference, as I was looking for more suspense to up the ante. Romance readers will definitely enjoy Lori's book!
Beth Jornigan is strong, determined and resourceful, but the men in her family have created a strong dislike and distrust for all men in her heart and mind. As Beth, her sister, Joanie, and their friend, Trella, attempt to escape abusive Uncle Walt, an unexpected wildfire forces them to rely on three Civil War soldiers. Beth is extremely resistant to the assistance of Captain Pierce, Preach and Gray Eagle. However, with little money and relentless family members, Beth, Joanie and Trella agree to accept the men's temporary assistance. As the days pass on, each woman finds herself attracted to a man. Will the relationships blossom or whither away when the men return home? Are the women just attracted to the men because they rescued them or is it possibly true love?
The One Who Waits for Me is typical Lori Copeland fiction romance. It is sweet and has some wonderfully humorous moments, but it is also quite predictable. Something about the characters of Beth and Pierce never really rang true for me. Beth has experienced abuse and dislikes all men, yet is quite naÃ¯ve. Somehow those traits just don't go together in my mind. Abuse has a way of making a person grow up fast. Conversely, other characters, Sister Mary Margret for example, were authentic and delightful.
I applaud Copeland for her realistic depictions of the American Indians. Too often in Christian fiction, they are depicted as ruthless warriors. Copeland treated the subject of their displacement with sensitivity and respect. I think an American Indian could read this book and not be offended at Copeland's depictions.
Overall, The One Who Waits for Me by Lori Copeland is a sweet read, but I recommend renting it from the library before purchasing.
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As a southerner and a North Carolinian I can appreciate the flavor of the book. After all, it is set in NC after the Civil War just ended. Folks were disillusioned and despairing of ever having a better life, or of recovering from the devastation that the war caused. My mind kept overlaying scenes from Gone with the Wind and I heard the voices of Scarlett & Rhett and Mellie & Ashley :) But I stepped into the lives of Beth & Joanie Jornigan and Trella, a pregnant slave from their uncles plantation.
Following the death of both their parents, Beth & Joanie seek to escape Walt (their uncle) and Bear (their cousin) who are abusive toward them and the workers. After an unexpected mishap during their escape plan, the girls are rescued by three soldiers on their way home from the war: Captain Pierce Montgomery, a southerner who fought for the North, 2nd Lt Samuel "Preach" Madison, a soldier for the South and 1st Lt Gray Eagle, a Cherokee and a scout who fought for the South. Needless to say, turmoil ensues for the soldiers because they don't want to be responsible for the women. They just want to get to their respectives homes and have some good old down home cooking and sweet tea. But, after a run in with Walt & Bear, they feel honor bound to get the women to the nearest town and to safety. They end up staying with an Indian tribe near an Abbey full of nuns and what transpires throughout the rest of the book is humorous as well as a journey to faith for Beth, healing for Joanie, and freedom for Trella.
Personally, I thought Beth was rather irritating in her adament hatred of men. Pierce eventually wins her trust and proves to be a pretty good hero. My favorite characters were Joanie and Gray Eagle. Theirs is a sweet and tender
love that blossoms. Samuel takes to Trella pretty quick and eventually convinces her she is worthy of love in spite of the abuses she suffered at the hands of her Task Master. Add in the awesome nuns at the Abbey and you have an interesting mix of characters that probably wouldn't have really teamed up together but it was an easy read and enjoyable for the most part.
I was provided a free copy of this book by Harvest House Publishers in exchange for my honest opinion. No other compensation was received.