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A Family Arrangement, A Little Falls Legacy, by Gabrielle Meyer
Charlotte Lee does not think living in the wilderness is a good place for Abram Cooper to raise her nephews. She has agreed to take care of the house and help raise the boys for ten months giving Abram a chance to change the town of Little Falls, Minnesota or she will take the boys to live in Iowa. As she watches the community slowly develop, she sees that Abram just might be able to pull it off. Will these three little matchmakers bring Charlotte and Abram together?
Number of Pages: 288
Vendor: Love Inspired Historical
Publication Date: 2016
|Dimensions: 0.76 X 4.21 (inches)|
Series: Little Falls Legacy
Bobbi Jo5 Stars Out Of 5A Family ArrangementJanuary 5, 2017Bobbi JoQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Gabrielle Meyer has a love for her hometown that is very evident in the sweet historical romance about the beginnings of Little Falls, MN. She transports you to Minnesota Territory, 1854 in the opening lines of the first chapter. Here you will meet Abram Cooper and Charlotte Lee in Little Falls, MN. They are connected by the love of a woman they both lost, her sister and his wife. They are also connected by three young boys. When Charlotte arrives in Little Falls, there is a two story house, a barn and a saw mill along the beautiful Mississippi River. It is definitely not what she expected from reading her sister's letters.
Charlotte and Abram come to an agreement. He will have a preacher, teacher, and doctor in town by Sept 1855 or she will take the boys home with her to Iowa City. She will keep house, cook and care for the boys in that time allowing Abram to work on building the town. Before she meets her nephews she finds out that one of them has lost their hearing. Charlotte is resourceful and teaches all of them to communicate through sign language.
Throughout the book, Gabrielle has weaved a great story of friendship, hard work, commitment, sacrifice, trust, love and loss. Ben is one of my favorite characters. He is happy and shares that with everyone. He is kind, thinks of others and loves God. By the end, I really came to like Harry, who is a stubborn underdog in the story. It was interesting to me how at the beginning of the book there were 4 people living in Little Falls and by the end (10 months later) there were over 200 people living there. As new people moved in it was fun to see how the relationships developed, just like in real life, as people move around during their lifetimes. This book had me laughing. crying, hoping for the relationship between Abram and Charlotte, and hoping for the boys to have a REAL family.
I spent 9 years in Little Falls and I love and appreciate that as I read this novel, I can see Little Falls, I can imagine the buildings as they looked then and how they look now. This is a great start to her Little Falls Legacy collection and I am eager to continue reading as Little Falls continues to grow.
NOTE: I received a complimentary copy of this book for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.
Britney Adams5 Stars Out Of 5A Family ArrangementDecember 8, 2016Britney AdamsQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Gabrielle Meyers love of history and her hometown is evident as she transports readers to the Minnesota countryside. Influenced by historical events, A Family Arrangement brings to light the struggles and sacrifices involved in the building of Little Falls and offers picturesque glimpses into the past.
Abram and Charlottes story is a delightful blend of history and romance, and I loved experiencing the creation of a town and a family and seeing them both flourish. Brimming with imagery and emotion, this charming story warmed my heart and left me eager to continue the Little Falls Legacy series!
I received a complimentary copy of this book. No review was required, and all thoughts expressed are my own.
Just Commonly4 Stars Out Of 5Sweet & historically interesting!December 8, 2016Just CommonlyQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0A Family Arrangement by Gabrielle Meyer is a sweet story about a makeshift family needing more than anything to be a family. Come December 6th, this story is available for purchase, and if you are looking for a story about coming together as a family for Christmas, this is one to get. Both Abram and Charlotte have one thing in common - the lost of their most beloved person in their lives. For Abram, it is his wife, and the mother of his three boys. For Charlotte, her sister, the only relative she has left, and Abram's wife. Now she has her nephews to think of. Can Abram and Charlotte come to an agreement on how to give the best for these three precious ones, or will self desires break this family once again?
I really enjoyed how the author brought together two lost souls and together, allow them to give a resemblance of a family to three little boys that have lost their mother. When past prejudices prevent Abram and Charlotte to come to a consensus, it is their mutual love for the boys that allows them to try a different type of arrangement. There's more than a love a story, or a story of marriage of convenience, or a story of kids needing a mother. There's history one can enjoy about how a town is started. How the dream of one man can build a town and make it thrive. It's also how the support of the woman in a man's life that allowed the dreams to come to fruition. A story of dreams, of love and of risks. Are you willing to risk as Charlotte and Abram have in A Family Arrangement?
NOTE: I received a complimentary copy of this book for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own. For my review policy, please see my Disclosure page.
Trixi5 Stars Out Of 5Loved it!December 2, 2016TrixiQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Abram Cooper and Charlotte Lee have one thing in common, they lost a beloved wife and sister almost a year ago. With threats of taking his three boys away to Iowa city, Abram comes up with a compromise--Charlotte stays to help manage the household and he builds a town within ten months to keep his sons at home where they belong. Can the best laid plans of man be within the will of God, or will what he sets out to do fail?
Charlotte only has good intentions when it comes to her three nephews; raise them up in a town with easy access to a school, doctors and church. She cares very much about their well-being and happiness and is willing to do whatever is necessary to see that they have all they need. Abram has always abundantly provided for his family and his vision of a real town is a legacy he wants to leave his sons. Charlotte has trust issues from her past that she must overcome and Abram wants to prove himself to her. These two sometimes butt heads and don't see eye-to-eye. But what I like about them, is their care for the boys and the growing town. As they each overcome difficulties with God's help, a truce begins to take shape. You also see glimpse of romance developing, though they each deny it for various reasons. I also fell in love with the boys, their differing personalities add another layer to an already great story. The cast of side characters rounds this out and I enjoyed seeing each stage of the town developing & growing. I also have something in common with Timothy and Pearl Hubbard, they originally came from Moline, IL where I grew up! I really enjoy how the author incorporates history in the pages of a fiction book. This was another terrific story by this author and a wonderful start to a new series--Little Falls Legacy!
Engaging characters, scenes so real you can picture them in your mind, romance brewing in the background, learning history through fiction, and a faith-filled story are what you'll get with this author & that's why I like her so much! Definitely looking forward to future installments of this new series.
*I was provided a complimentary copy by the author. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed here are strictly my own.*
JoyGirlAge: 18-24Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A Story of a Dream Becoming History!November 30, 2016JoyGirlAge: 18-24Gender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0This story by Gabrielle Meyer is about the founding of a little town in the MN Territory. I enjoyed the story because it is part of the history of my hometown. I know that the fictional struggles, as well as the real struggles, that the founders of this town went through, did eventually pay off because the town is here today! I appreciated that I could picture the small town as it was growing and being established. I could envision the streets and the buildings as they were going up. The book has a special connection for me because I love my hometown and it is fun to read this fictional story of its founding.
The story is about how a family can deal with trials and grief (the loss of their wife, mother, and sister). There are many struggles that went along with settling a new town. It took a strong person to pursue such an endeavor, but even then, it was still a hard battle. One of my favorite lines in the book was this: "'What dream has God planted in your heart?' the reverend asked, searching the crowd. 'What dream do you need to nurture and water, so it can produce a harvest? I urge you to ask God this question, and seek His answer.'" The main character, Abram Cooper, did have a dream of starting a new town for his family so he could leave them a legacy. He also had the faith to do it. The story includes friendship, love, history, and the stamina to endure through the trials of life. I think you will enjoy this story of Little Falls and how one man's dream created history!