I loved this series and this book was a wonderful finale to the series. You can see God working in each individual's life. it encourages the reader to see where God is working in their own life and to trust Him in everything.
A Place to Belong was one of the most boring books I have ever read! It seemed like all the main characters did was cook. This series should have been combined into one or two books and not had a third one. One and two were a lot better than this one. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys very boring books.
Cassie Lockwood is still recovering from the gunshot wounds she received while trying to protect herself and her friends during the night-time raid where her show wagon and former home was destroyed by fire. Despite her wounded arm she is determined to pay off her debts. To that end, she is practicing her shooting in order to compete in an upcoming contest that she has been invited to, and she is determined to win.
Ransom has noticed how Lucas has matured since Cassie's arrival and gives Lucas his blessing to marry her. Although Cassie doesn't love Lucas, other than the way a sister might love a brother, she accepts Lucas' proposal. Everyone is thrilled that Cassie will officially be joining the Engstrom family. But Cassie wonders if marrying Lucas is the right choice or if God has a better plan?
During the months that follow, Ransom starts his furniture business with the help of their friend and neighbor Arrnet; and the family prepares to have paying guests stay at their ranch after the town's Wild West Show. Cassie participates in more shooting contests, but with the Dakota winter Cassie wonders how she will be able get enough shooting and trick riding practice in before the upcoming Wild West Shows.
A Place to Belong is the third and final installment in the Wild West Wind series. I have always enjoyed Lauraine Snelling's books. Her writing draws me into another time and place, and her characters come alive within a paragraph or two. Even though I thoroughly enjoyed the story, I do not want to say good-bye to Cassie, Mavis, Gretchen, Ransom, and Lucas, as well as the rest of the cast of characters that I have had the pleasure to meet and grow to love as I read through this series.
**A Place to Belong by Lauraine Snelling was provided for me free by Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.
A Place To Belong, the conclusion to the Wild West Wind series, is what Cassie has always wanted- a home. After spending her entire life performing in a wild west series, then moving into a home of strangers, Cassie has never had a place to call home.
I definitely enjoyed the conclusion to the series. I feel like the author did a great job tying up all loose ends. This book was my favorite out of the three. This story included spiritual topics, romance, and action. The series did seem to drag on to me, but I think that is just the writers style.
All the characters were easy to love. By far Mavis, the matriarch of the family was my favorite. She was mother, friend, teacher, cook, and she exemplified a truly God-filled woman.
I enjoyed my stay in South Dakota, learning about country life, city life, and the spiritual life. I give A Place To Belong a 4 out of 5.
I received a complimentary copy, from Bethany House, in exchange for this independent and unbiased review.
Valley of Dreams and Whispers in the Wind are the first and second novels in the Wild West Wind series. Here, readers get to read the third installment of the series with Cassie Lockwood as the main female character in A Place to Belong. At one time, Cassie belonged to a traveling Wild West show with her parents and many other people, including her father's partner Jason Talbot. Now, Cassie has found the place her father long desired to retire to since he became half-owner of the Bar E ranch.
In one night, Cassie loses all her personal affects when riders descend on her small cabin, firing shots and the setting ablaze her wagon. The one remaining link and treasure from her parents is lost, and Cassie is wounded. Now, she can no longer travel nor work on her trick riding or shooting skills until her arm heals. In the meantime, she begins to learn what it takes to make a home, cook meals and run a ranch. At one point, Cassie is all set to be married when the unexpected happens, and though disappointed she realizes something was missing in the relationship with Lucas_love.
Cassie is feeling like she still must earn her way even as part owner of the ranch, but she has no clue how to do any jobs. From milking a cow to baking bread, the one thing Cassie wants above all is a home. Not just any home, but one filled with the love of the Lord as well as a loving husband. Will Cassie see the delight of her heart become a reality? Read this novel to find out all the action, adventure and conclusion to the dreams of Cassie Lockwood.
I really enjoyed reading this novel as the theme about family and the acceptance of so many different people made it special. The conglomerate of various people, differing in ages, backgrounds and personalities keeps the story engaging. I also thought the characters having faith and some not so sure about their faith was a real reflection on real living. It was interesting too that the author gives readers introspective moments into some of the thoughts and internal wrestling some players were going though.
One can appreciate the simple pleasure of sitting back and getting lost in a romantic, adventure-filled story. As I was reading, the scenes were changing between city life and ranch life, showing the contrasting lifestyles and changes that were occurring in both places but in different ways. The author, I believe, highlights the impact a mother with faith can have, balanced with giving room for her grown kids to make their way. The mother figure is an example of how mothers can be prayer warriors and receive strength by reading the Bible and then, in turn, being a conduit to share her knowledge and faith with others.