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Springtime brings trials of a different kind-the snowmelt causes the ranch to thrive so much that Jake must sell off the last of their cattle to make room for their horses and the young foals to be born. In the meantime, Jess endeavors to recover her rightful inheritance, which mysteriously disappeared from the bank. When she discovers a link between the banker and a group of murderous Unionists, who continue to target Southerners even though the war is over, Jake launches an undercover investigation.
The conspiracy runs deeper and wider than either of them could have imagined. Jess must put her life-and the life of her unborn child-at risk to stop the ringleader and save the lives of many others. Yet, Jess refuses to give up hope in the God she serves-a God of love who often provides above and beyond our greatest dreams.
Number of Pages: 336
Vendor: Whitaker House
Publication Date: 2011
|Dimensions: 6 X 5 (inches)|
Series: Sierra Chronicles
AmandaCabotCheyenne4 Stars Out Of 5Unforgettable Conclusion to the TrilogyMarch 10, 2011AmandaCabotCheyenneTammy Barley has outdone herself. Vivid descriptions and heart-pounding drama bring the Old West to life in this unforgettable conclusion to the Sierra Chronicles. For a book that sweeps away stereotypes and gives you a deeper appreciation of the hardships that the early settlers endured, look no further than Faith's Reward. Note: Although this is the last of the trilogy, Barley has skillfully included enough background information that it's not necessary to have read the previous two, but treat yourself. Read all three Sierra Chronicles books (Love's Rescue, Hope's Promise and Faith's Reward).
MaryAnnORAge: 55-65Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5March 4, 2011MaryAnnORAge: 55-65Gender: FemaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Northern California in 1865 did not escape the perils of America's Civil War. Jake and Jessica Bennett, happily married and expecting their first child, hope the new year will bring better times to their horse ranch. The book opens amid a blizzard as they desperately fight to save the livestock, then turns to all-out efforts to save Jake's life.
Hard times continue as the couple battles prejudice against their Paiute friends, financial struggles, and a conspiracy of hate against Southerners. So many adventures are packed into this Western story it doesn't leave much time to admire the scenery. Spunky, gun-toting Jess is in the midst of it all, bravely fighting evil and trying to keep her ominous premonitions from coming true.
The characters' faith in God sees them through and brings rewards they never even dreamed of. Faith's Reward is book three in the Sierra Chronicles, but the novel stands strong on its own surefooted legs.
Connie Jennings5 Stars Out Of 5It finally reveals who killed her family.January 20, 2011Connie JenningsQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Jessica is determined to find out who killed her family, but Jake gets pneumonia. Jessie uses her anger to get Jake well again. Jake finally gives into Jessie so she goes with Seth, and her neighbor. The banker is involved because they have his son. Jessie goes with the banker in exchange for the bankers son. Jessie has a premonition about her death instead of Jakes.It's just a really good book.
Adam77MissouriAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Good readDecember 30, 2010Adam77MissouriAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5In 1865 Jessica and Jake Bennett struggle to protect each other and their unborn child, but severe weather, men who murdered her parents, and those who stole her inheritance threaten their financial survival and their lives.
Jessica is a fighter, though, and frequently disobeys others' advice and goes out on her own to solve problems. Sometimes it gets her into trouble, like the dangerous visit to an Indian village to ask for pneumonia remedies.
Then she dresses up to look like her mother and visits the banker she knows was involved in the plot to murder her parents and take their money. Will her strategy help her get enough evidence to convict the crooks or bring about more deaths?
With some of the things she does, Jessica believes she is protecting her husband, with whom she has a deep loving relationship. At first, she doesn't know Jake is committed to stopping a group of soldiers intent on continuing the Civil War, although the war officially ended. This adds a serious complication.
The author knows how to paint a scene, set you down in it, then makes you wonder how Jessica could put herself into so many dangerous situations. But then you know the answer. Jessica needs these criminals to be unmasked and possibly hang. But how can a pregnant woman bring them to justice?
I recommend Faith's Reward.
Note: I was provided an advance reader copy by the author.
adrienne5 Stars Out Of 5Faith's RewardDecember 25, 2010adrienneBook #3 of the Sierra Chronicles Series was an adventure of a ride. Some scenes were so captivating that I couldn't turn the pages fast enough, and we finally find out who was really behind setting fire to her home! There were a few scenes where Jess and Jake's arguing made me uneasy, but overall I enjoyed the book. Tammy Barley definitely knows how to write a story and I look forward to her future work.