Young Cedric Whitfield (nickname Ceddy) is a bit of a challenge to all who encounter him. His Aunt Jane Beale accompanies Ceddy from Pretoria, South Africa to Texas.
Pearson Foster and Theo Bernardi fellow treasure hunters are in search of the gold from past shipwrecks and a known legend.
Addie McRae (daughter to Tiller and Mariah McRae) took on the care and guidance of Ceddy in place of Jane. Can Addie break the silence that surrounds her?
Could love be dawning on the horizon willing to capture a treasure for the heart?
Always entertaining describes what you can expect from the authors novels and this one is no exception. Although most of the characters and situations are different from the previous other two in the series it could qualify as a perfect stand alone novel. The storyline is a combination of romance and suspense with a few twists. Dialogue and scenery were well executed in this inspiring read. I was able to connect with the well developed characters and would recommend this book to others! Thanks to Barbour Publishing and Netgalley for the ARC copy for my review.
This book is number three in the Backwoods Bride series. Each story is unique and can be read on its own. This particular story is about Addie. Addie decides it is time to leave her home and chooses a job as a governess. She sure gets more then she bargained for!
Ceddy Whitfield has a secret and others want to find it out. This little boy plays an important part in the story and makes this book very interesting. I really liked how the boy played just as important a role as the two main adult characters.
I enjoyed the treasure hunt, the romance and especially the setting. You can tell the author does a lot of research when writing her books. The setting is written is such a way that you can not miss the historical significance. I thought the detail really helped make the story believable.
How the author slips in a Christian theme is brilliant. You can read some books and it feels like the characters relationship with the Lord is written in after just so it can be called a Christian fiction book. This book, however, makes the spiritual growth of the characters an intricate part of the story.
I gave this book 4/5 stars because although the story was historically accurate the plot was sluggish at parts.
I would like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for the copy of this book I enjoyed reading. I gave an honest review based on my opinion of what I read.
Hunter's Prize is a multifaceted story, it brings together characters that are so different you would have never imagined the connection. It is almost like in a crazy quilt, the patches of cloth is brilliantly sewn together to create beauty. This story brings together Ceddy a boy who just recently lost his parents, Addie a young woman wanting to fly from her parents nest, Pearson a man daunted by a terrible accident, and Priscilla a wry woman with a quick wit. Like that crazy quilt you would have never imagined the characters together until they were so beautifully written in this book.
I will admit when I first started reading the book I went to the back of the cover several times to see if this was actually the book I was supposed to be reviewing. The beginning for me was a bit confusing because I was expecting to first see Addie the main character, when I didn't I was slightly confused by that. After the first couple of pages though, the book took it's hold on me and I couldn't put it down. Marcia Gruver does a great job at describing the Autistic Spectrum Disorder in Ceddy the little boy, and I really did appreciate the care and sensitivity in how she wrote. Addie and Pearson's relationship was fun to see and I thought it was fun to see Pearson's perseverance. So dear readers if you're looking for a romance/mystery/faith filled book Hunter's Prize is for you.
*This book was given to me via netgalley for my honest opinion and I honestly gave it
The year is 1904 in Marcia Gruver's latest novel Hunter's Prize. You will travel with Addie McRae from her home in Mississippi to Marshall, Texas to begin a job as governess to Cedric Whitfield.
Cedric is a young boy who struggles with autism. Having recently lost both parents in an accident, his Aunt Priscilla is looking for someone who can help guide him through his challenges in life. Addie hopes she will fill this role in his life.
Soon after Addie arrives in Marshall, she meets Pearson Foster. He is a treasure hunter visiting Marshall in search of a lost treasure onboard a sunken steamer. Addie and Pearson are drawn to one another and the adventure begins.
Cedric himself is carrying a treasure around himself. He has an obsession with collecting rocks and gemstones. In the effort of collecting these rocks, an uncut diamond has been added to his collection of "treasures". A couple of thieves have followed him from South Africa in the hopes of stealing this treasure from him.
As Addie and Pearson's relationship grows, will they be able to protect Cedric from the danger coming his way?
I found this to be a really well written book and excellent story. It mostly centers on treasure and a young autistic boy, Cedric Whitfield. While in South Africa Ceddy's parents die. As his aunt comes to bring him to London he finds a rock...he collects all types of rocks and gems. The men guiding them, Denny Currie and Charlie Pickering, realize it was a valuable rock and they plan to head to Ceddy's final destination, Marshall, Texas, where Ceddy will live with his great aunt Priscilla.
Addie McRae has parents that love her but have been overprotective. When she has an opportunity to leave Canton, Mississippi and move to Marshall, Texas to be a governess for a young lad, she decides to go for it. After seeing Ceddy in action she don't know that this was the right choice for her. She has always been able to do well with children and even taming feral animals so her mother suggests to give it a chance.
Pearson Foster and Theo Bernardi head out from Galveston to Marshall after hearing of a sunken steamer, the Mittie Stephens, that went down with a load of gold. Pearson had been searching for the Jean Lafitte treasure for years to no avail. They meet Addie and their mother and carry their luggage for them and they are invited to lunch with the ladies. Later they end up hiring Denny and Charlie to help them.
I enjoyed how circumstances brought all these different people to Marshall. What is really unique is that Ceddy can't communicate with words but Marcia lets us see into his head. That he is highly intelligent and knows what is going on around him...he just cannot verbally tell people. Also it seems that Pearson gets misunderstood several times in the book. You hurt for him as people he has befriended think the worst of him. Adventure, romance and much more.
Raider's Heart is book 1 and Bandit's Hope is book 2 in this series. Bandit's Hope is the story of Addie's parents, Tiller & Mariah McRae.