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Courageous Love #4, In the Circle C Milestones series, by Susan K Marlow
Nothing gives Andrea Carter greater joy than to know she’s pulling her own weight on the Circle C ranch. Unless it’s racing Shasta or learning to stunt ride with the help of her brother Chad’s new wrangler, Riley Prescott. After an afternoon of riding practice, complete with a humiliating spill, the two head home. They quickly stumble onto a mysterious cut in the fence surrounding brother Mitch’s special breed of calves. And that’s just the beginning. A cryptic warning follows, delivered via a brick through the plate-glass window in town, where Chad's engagement party is in full swing. Then cattle begin to sicken and die, and the horse barn catches fire. Who are these mischief makers, and why have they targeted Andi’s family?
When evidence points to escaped prisoners whom big brother Justin prosecuted years ago for robbery and murder, none of the Carters feel safe. Andi Carter offers to stay in town with Justin’s family while he’s away. Little does she realize they are being watched. A few days later Andi, Justin’s wife, Lucy, and baby Samuel are kidnapped as part of the outlaws’ plans for revenge. As Andi and her family are carried far away from everything they know, her hopes are pinned on Riley—the last person to see them before they vanished. Can Riley find Andi before she disappears forever?
Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: Kregel Publications
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
Series: Circle C Milestones
HS Mom of 4Georgia, USAAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Wonderful storyMarch 9, 2017HS Mom of 4Georgia, USAAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4I always enjoy a good historical fiction read! My homeschool teacher "mentor" first got me hooked on this genre during our schooling years. What a great way to learn about a specific time period through the characters in a book. Courageous Love was no different! Seeing through theeyes of Andi and her family made me realize how much work life was in the late 1880s - no corner store, automobiles, or cell phones! Yet, the family not only worked hard, but played (and celebrated) hard, too! Add in the mystery surrounding the family and you have a wonderful read!
I enjoyed the story and the characters. Although this is the fourth book in the series, I was able to pick up with the story and "know" the characters well. Kudos!
I received a complimentary book from Kregel Publications for my honest review.
MazzouSt. Louis, MOAge: 18-24Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Wonderful historical fictionMarch 9, 2017MazzouSt. Louis, MOAge: 18-24Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I have honestly looked forward to this new book from Susan Marlow the entire year! It is so delightful to look forward to an author's new works as they are published! I should have recorded a video of two of my friends' reactions when I showed them my copy of this new book. The excitement was enough to advertise how beloved these books are to us! During the same week, I also had sisters in my household begging to read my copy. We also had to have a pact not to tell eachother how the book ended for fear of spoiling the surprise for the other readers!
As I have said in my previous reviews of this author's books, she is an unusually excellent writer! The Andrea Carter series has the quality of the beloved Little House series. Mrs. Marlow is one of the best Christian authors I know of. To add more value to that statement, I have read and reviewed a variety of Christian historical fiction and novels for adults as well as children. I love Susan Marlow's style of writing and the thought she puts into each of her books. I am always interested through every chapter of every book she produces. Although I'm an adult I looked forward to the free time I would have on the weekends to read the next chapters of Courageous Love! In this final book in the series, Andrea Carter is the same girl we have watched grow up through the books. Of course, at age seventeen she is becoming a woman and must deal with different issues than the previous books. I will not give away any of the story but I loved, absolutely loved Andrea Carter grown-up! I am impressed by how the author was able to continue Andi Carter's adventurous and impulsive spirit while allowing her to becoming a lovely young woman. I didn't want this story to end. Needless to say, I am likewise saddened that this is the last book in the series! I definitely hope the author will continue to write such wonderful historical fiction!
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.
bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Good young teen fictionMarch 6, 2017bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: FemaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4This is the fourth and final book in the Circle C Milestones series. I have enjoyed these historical novels for young teens. While many of the characters return from previous novels, their prior impact on Andi is clearly explained. This novel could be read on its own but would be enjoyed more if read after the previous ones.
It is 1885 in the San Joaquin Valley, California. Andi's father had been killed in a riding accident and the farm was now managed by her brother. In between learning riding tricks, Andi helps in the farm operation. Riley, a young man being groomed for a foreman job, is Andi's riding instructor and, well, perhaps more than her friend. It soon becomes evident someone wants to harm the Carter family. An escaped prisoner is out for revenge and Andi's life is in danger.
It has been fun watching Andi grow up. While she is more mature in this novel, she still has an adventurous spirit that gets her into serious situations. There is a budding romance in this story, a fitting end to the series.
There is a good deal of adventure and suspense in this novel. The material is suitable for older pre-teens and young teens. Being interested in horses (and dogs) would be a plus. The Carters are Christians and faith is an important aspect of their lives. Family loyalty and other Christian values are clearly portrayed. The author provides a study guide for discussion or classroom use at the series website where you can also find out more about the series.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.
Amy CVAAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Courageous LoveMarch 5, 2017Amy CVAAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Courageous Love is the fourth book from Susan K Marlow's Young Adult series, Circle C Milestones. It is spring 1885 in San Joaquin Valley, California and Andrea "Andi" Carter is enjoying life. She enjoys helping on her family ranch, Circle C, racing and stunt riding her horse, Shasta, with the help of her lifelong friend and wrangler, Riley Prescott. Andi and Riley finds a cut in a fence where her brother's calves are held, not knowing things are about to get interesting and even dangerous.
At a family party, a brick is thrown through a window with a note attached warning to the family. This is followed by a fire and other danger ahead for Andi and though she loves. Who will come to her rescue before it is too late?
Courageous Love is targeted for the young adult audience, but that does not mean a middle-age reader, like me, would not enjoy it. Which I did! The action, adventure, and suspense kept me on the edge of my seat. I could not help to keep turning the pages to see what would happen next. I have been following Andi from the start and she still manages to make me giggle with her antics. The ending has quite a surprise I did not see coming at all! I loved it!
5 plus stars
I received this book from the author but was not required to write a review. This review is of my own honest opinion.
Laura HiltonHorseshoe Bend, ARAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Courageous LoveFebruary 27, 2017Laura HiltonHorseshoe Bend, ARAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5(Reviewed by Jenna) First, the disclaimer. "I was provided a free copy of this book. All opinions are my own." That done, COURAGEOUS LOVE is an awesome books. It is very thrilling. I was actually waiting for Riley and Andi to fall in love. I've been expecting it ever since the earlier series came out. They were best friends as kids and everything.
It was a really good book. I love how she always gets into scrapes and someone has to get her out and she always learns something from her mistakes.