The River Queen, Waterwheel Series #1
Not the best, but not the worst.
The River Queen is the story of Julienne Ashby and Dallas Bronte in the pre-civil war era. When her father suddenly dies, Julienne and her family must move out of their upscale mansion and onto a broken down steamer boat.
The fact that this book had a lot of faith based conversations and that Jesus and cross are stated plainly, I love because these are the things that set a christian books apart.
Unfortunately this book only gets 3 stars because of the annoying main character of Julienne, a spoiled and self centered socialite whines and pouts when she doesn't get her way or is confronted with her short comings and she doesn't begin to show the least amount of growth or maturity until the very end of the book. I honestly felt sorry for Dallas who eventually marries her.
Darcy, her brother, I liked better because although he starts out as a lazy drunk, he does grow up and become a hard working adult.
Dallas was the best written because although he wasn't a "christian" throughout most of the book, he did his best to do the right thing for people. I felt he had the most "character." He would take one step foreword and two steps back which I liked because he wasn't perfect, but it did show commitment.
October 30, 2012
i always enjoy pastor morris's books
the book is different from the books i have read of pastor morris but it was a great book to read. the story was very interesting and i could not put the book down until i finished reading it
August 29, 2012
Great Historical Read
Ã¢ÂÂI want to look pretty, I want to have fun, I want to dance. I might even meet some exciting new people!Ã¢ÂÂ
Thus are the words of the fiery Julienne Ashby whose flaming red-gold locks match her haywire temper and headstrong rebellious air. Spoiled by the life of frills and social calls and glamorous living that sprouts from her familyÃ¢ÂÂs aristocratic status in the community, Julienne hasnÃ¢ÂÂt a care in the world other than the angst of wondering what over-priced outfit she will wear for her next party.
Along with her tomboy sister whoÃ¢ÂÂd rather collect worms than learn geography and her partying brother who spends his days recovering from last nightÃ¢ÂÂs hangover, this twenty-three-year-old fashion guru of 1855 refuses to cut back on her extravagant lifestyle, despite their fatherÃ¢ÂÂs persistent warnings that the familyÃ¢ÂÂs financial position is headed downstream fast.
When tragedy strikes and the Ashbys are forced to sell nearly all their possessions, Julienne is thrust into a position of family leadership, discovering untapped potential as businesswoman and using her stubborn will to keep her family off the street.
Enter the River Queen. Now the owner of the dilapidated little steamboat, Julienne decides that the Queen is their only chance to make a living and regain their dignity.
The River Queen seems to mirror its primary ownerÃ¢ÂÂs soul Ã¢ÂÂ strong and steadfast with a potential for great beauty. If only the multiple yearsÃ¢ÂÂ worth of muck and grime can be scrubbed away. Dallas Bronte, the steamerÃ¢ÂÂs new captain and pilot sees the hidden inner beauty of both. But will JulienneÃ¢ÂÂs pride cause her to turn to a less honorable man for help with the Queen? A man who, unlike Dallas Bronte, is not motivated by a love for the Queen and its feisty owner Ã¢ÂÂ¦ but simply by a desire to own them.
And will JulienneÃ¢ÂÂs regard for her steamboat and its pilot move from one of frigid necessity to, perhaps, even love?
Through it all, Julienne and Dallas must learn to trust in a God whose power and love theyÃ¢ÂÂve never fully acknowledged, and realize that no matter how bleak a situation, youÃ¢ÂÂre never too filthy for Him to clean up.
Note: In my personal opinion, the book didn't possess the type of edge-of-your-seat, page-turning pull that I'm used to. However, it did bring back some reminiscent memories of the Mandie series, a childhood favorite of mine, as the historical setting and writing style is similar to that of Lois Gladys Leppard (minus the mystery and frequent kidnappings). But for those who enjoy a good, historical romance with a slight Pride and Prejudice feel and solid Biblical values, this book is a perfect read and should be accompanied by a cozy fireplace and hot cup of chamomile tea.
June 14, 2012
Way Too Detailed Descriptions
This book seemed interesting to me, so I picked it up and began reading it. The entire first chapter describes the leading lady's bedroom! I mean it tells you what kind of bedding she has and everything! Overall, I couldn't stand the lead character's personality- she didn't have one! This book was so boring, I didn't even finish it.
March 27, 2012