A Place to Belong is the third book in a series. I did not realize this when I originally began reading the book, however, I found that after a couple of chapters, I understood who all the characters were and had a good idea of a few major things that had happened in previous books.
I enjoyed this book. The author is very thorough in her details of everyday life on a ranch in South Dakota. After reading this book, I definitely felt I had experienced the ups and downs of life back then. Her attention to details is amazing.
The two characters who fall in love sure did take a long time to figure that out! I prefer a little more tension between the characters as the attraction builds. However, when the author got around to getting the two of them to realize their feelings, I did think she did a good job.
All in all, an enjoyable book, and I am glad I read it. I received a copy of this book from Bethany House to read in exchange for an honest review.
I don't usually read books set in the Wild West but I'm such a fan of Lauraine's I read all of her books! She always has a great storyline with good strong female characters. The is the last in the series and has Cassie deciding to marry Lucas, a man she doesn't love, for her it will be a marriage of convenience. Since arriving at their home Lucas' father notices the changes in him and encourages him to marry Cassie.
Hoping to win enough to pay off her debts she enters shooting contests and is getting pretty good at it. Winter is coming quickly, wedding plans are being made. This may be Cassie's biggest mistake ever or does she change her mind?
I really enjoyed this story, the characters were very likeable, the plot was good. A fun read!
I received a copy of this book free from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review.
When a Lauraine Snelling novel comes to meâ€”as did this one as a review copyâ€”I look forward to an easy-reading, feel-good story line that reminds me of the industriousness of hardy immigrant stock. Past novels have given me strong women characters who just get stronger. This one gives me a woman with gaps in her past from growing up in the traveling show circuit. Because I buried my parents as a young adult, before I married, I felt a kinship with the "I'm all alone" feelings of main character Cassie Lockwood. She learned that the slender thread of security in property doesn't satisfy like the greater security in strong family relationships. In some ways this book reminded me of the classic prairie romance, "Love Comes Softly," in that Cassie believes she will "make do" with a marriage with someone she doesn't really love "yet." The Prodigal Son twist at the end was a surprise, yet not a surprise, and packs some tough lessons about families finding their strength in forgiving. In some ways I was disappointed by the outcome in the epilogue, thinking this whole new twist on "love comes softly" could be developed in a sequel book. Overall, the book delivers a good story about a young woman willing to be a learner, both of life's practical skills and faith's life-changing lessons.
A Place to Belong is the third book in the "Wild West Wind" series by Lauraine Snelling. What a satisfying ending to this series!!! I wish there were more books in this series because I love reading about Cassie and the Engstrom's. :- )
Cassie Lockwood is settling in for her first South Dakota winter at the Engstrom's house. She has been practicing for more shoots and her arm is slowly, but surely, getting better. Cassie receives an invitation for another shoot and is determined to win so she can pay off her debts.
Ransom sees how Lucas has changed for the better since Cassie showed up and tells Lucas he has his blessing to marry her so when Cassie accepts Lucas' proposal everyone is thrilled that Cassie will officially join the Engstrom family. Cassie doesn't love Lucas, but after praying about it she believes it is what God wants her to do.
Over the next few months, Ransom starts up his furniture business, the family decides to have paying guests stay over after the Wild West Show, and Cassie takes on more shooting contests. But with the Dakota winter how will Cassie get enough shooting and trick riding practice in for the Wild West Show? Will marriage to Lucas work out or will it be the biggest mistake of her life?
This whole series is awesome! Try it out! You won't be disappointed. :-)
I was given this book from NetGalley (courtesy of Bethany House) as long as I review it.
To be honest, I kind of struggled through the first two books of this series; felt they were slow moving and too involved in detail. But the third book made up for it! It moved much faster and though I suspected how it would end, had no idea how they would get there. I wish the first two books had been as gripping and heart-warming as the third one.