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.
I enjoyed the mix of romance as well as mystery and excitement that the book presented. Of course, I am a great fan of Laurene Snelling, having read all her books. She does an excellent job of presenting the historical in a fictional way that is most enjoyable.
Lauraine Snelling in her new book, "A Place To Belong" Book Three in the Wild West Wind series published by Bethany House brings us into the life of Cassie Lockwood.
From the back cover: The Exciting Conclusion to Lauraine Snelling's WILD WEST WIND series
As winter settles over the Engstrom ranch, Cassie Lockwood has a lot on her mind. The way Lucas Engstrom smiles at her should set her heart to tripping. But it doesn't. Shouldn't there be some attraction to him if they are going to be married? His vow to make her love him doesn't seem to be working, no matter how considerate and charming he is. And then there's the look she caught him sending Betsy Hudson at church one Sunday. Are she and Lucas drifting apart?
During a short trip away, Cassie realizes she must make other plans for her future. But what will the Engstroms say when she announces plans to leave the ranch and join a Wild West show?
In "A Place To Belong" Lauraine Snelling brings the whole Wild West Wind series to a conclusion. The title pretty much says it all as this is something that Cassie Lockwood has always wanted. Her life in her father's traveling Wild West Show is over and she has come to love being a part of the ranch with the Engstroms. She was even going to marry Lucas. When that failed Cassie decided it was time to join another Wild West show. However there are others involved and her decision does not just affect herself. "A Place To Belong" is all about finding yourself so that you can also find rest where you are which is something that Cassie needs to learn. All the characters are so easy to fall in love with and Ms. Snelling is such a wonderful writer that we easily get caught up in everyone's life. These are wonderful people and we wish that we had these kind of people for our neighbors. There are no car chases, nothing blows up however "A Place To Belong" is exciting, interesting and will keep you flipping pages as these characters work to deal with their new set of circumstances. I enjoyed this book and while I am sorry to see it end I am looking forward to the new series from the very talented Lauraine Snelling.
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Cassie Lockwood is recovering from her gunshot wound on the Engstrom ranch, which she co-owns. She is learning what it's like to have a home, how to cook and how to take care of a home. Lucas Engstrom declared his love for her before he even met her, he'd seen her in town and fell in love then found out she was a co-owner of their ranch since her father had passed on years ago.
Cassie knows she isn't in love with Lucas but doesn't refuse him, just asks for time to think. She is also learning to have faith in God and asks if she is supposed to marry Lucas. Her feelings are more like brother-sister love not like husband-wife but she does know that a lot of couples actually fall in love after being married for some time. When Cassie finally tells Lucas she'll marry him, it seems like he's acting funny, won't even help to plan the wedding, just keeps saying anything she wants is fine with him.
The wedding is set for New Years Eve and things are falling into place. The morning after a wonderful Christmas it is discovered that Lucas has disappeared and no one knows where he's gone. When he isn't found and doesn't return the wedding is called off.
Now what is Cassie going to do? Will she depend on her arm getting better so she can win some shooting matches, will she find a travelling show to join up with, or will she continue to live in the Engstrom home with no Lucas, feeling like Ransom hates her but Mavis and Gretchen love her and want her to stay?
Lauraine came through again with a great book that you don't want to put down. I love Lauraine's writing style and look for her books whenever I'm online or in a book store. You won't be disappointed with this one at all. Wonderful job Lauraine!
Thank you to Bethany House for providing this book for review. 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 Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255