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Elizabeth Bell arrives in Minnesota Territory with her sisters to claim their late father’s hotel. The hotel comes with co-owner Jude Allen, who wants her out of the picture and does everything he can to chase her away. He just may have underestimated her strength when no matter what he does, she refuses to leave.
Number of Pages: 288
Vendor: Love Inspired Historical
Publication Date: 2017
Series: Little Falls Legacy
Bobbi Jo5 Stars Out Of 5God doesn't make mistakes!!August 10, 2017Bobbi JoQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Miss Elizabeth Bell moves her sisters to MN Territory, to claim their inheritance from their estranged father. She is hoping for a better life for all of them. The Bell sisters were in for a huge surprise when they realize that they only inherited their father's portion. The other portion is owned by Mr. Jude Allen, who has been running the hotel with their father. Jude has a mission of his own, he rescues soiled doves from the bondage of prostitution. Elizabeth is unsure of this mission as it endangers her, her sisters, Jude and the people that they love. Can Elizabeth last long enough to receive her inheritance? Will Jude continue his mission and what will become of Grace, Elizabeth's 19-year-old wild sister?
In the beginning of the book Jude says to Martha, the cook, "What am I going to do with them?" I love her response, "I don't imagine there is anything you can do with them." She proceeds to tell Jude, "God knows what He is doing. He doesn't make mistakes. Though we don't understand some of His choices, He's still sovereign and much smarter than the rest of us." This is great advice to all of us. This passage touched my heart and my life in such a way, that astounded me. I know this, as does Jude, but sometimes amid the tough times in life, we need someone to remind us that God does not make mistakes. Elizabeth needs this same reminder near the end of the story!!
I am, again, in love with Ben. He is kind, loving, a great friend, trusted among the people of Little Falls and still single. I hope we hear Ben's story, as he deserves love as much as the rest of us! Pascal has a minor role in this story, but you can tell he respects Jude and what he is doing, he cares for the Bell girls as much as Jude, but shows it different, and he is a good addition to Jude's staff. Gabrielle's characters, both major and minor, have been developed well, these characters could be your friends in real life, and her love for Little Falls is obvious.
Inherited: Unexpected Family was a pleasant surprise. I found myself rooting for all the characters at different points in story, falling in love with all of them. I was surprised with the touch of mystery and suspense included, I was expecting a Christian Historical Romance but got more than that. This is the second book in her Little Falls Legacy Book Series. Some characters from "A Family Arrangement" do cross over. Gabrielle writes stories in such a way that you can see Little Falls in your mind. She makes it very easy to fall in love quickly with her characters and to believe you belong in Little Falls, with Jude and Elizabeth.
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 tender tale!August 9, 2017Britney AdamsQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0It is a such a pleasure to visit the historical community of Little Falls and its residents! Elizabeth Bell and Jude Allen are strong, determined characters, and Meyer brings their story to life with vivid imagery and emotion. Their unexpected partnership causes sparks to fly, and I loved the way their relationship developed amid a myriad of complications. Inherited: Unexpected Family is a tender tale and a wonderful addition to the Little Falls Legacy series. I can't wait to read more!
I received a complimentary copy of this book. No review was required, and all thoughts expressed are my own.
KavRCanadaGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A multi=layered tale of faith and grace and happily ever aftersAugust 9, 2017KavRCanadaGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I do so love a feisty heroine who is not afraid to make a stand. Love the way Elizabeth storms into Jude's life and turns it upside down. Sparks fly as these two sparring partners warily circle each other. With futures at stake neither are willing to give an inch...until they begin to work together and attraction spikes. Romance is out of the question (of course) but maybe a partnership isn't.
A bevy of captivating secondary characters make this read even more memorable. Pastor Ben is a favourite and I'm praying that Meyer has a special story in mind for him. Little Rose and fractious Grace provided plenty of angst and some sweetly tender moments as well. And hotel cook Martha, who mothers everyone and gently shares the gospel in both word and deed -- well everyone needs a Martha like that in their lives!
A multi-layered tale of faith and grace and happily ever afters.
Melissa5 Stars Out Of 5Fantastic read!August 6, 2017MelissaQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Loved it! Bit by bit, the backstory of the main characters is revealed, and bit by bit you grow in your understanding of their reactions to the world around them. Unlike most romance, serious issues behind a light romance story are at play. Not being from the "right" background and creating a better life - touching on the darker side of developing the frontier and the lack of options for women to make their own way in the world. So far my favorite story by Gabrielle!
Trixi5 Stars Out Of 5Unexpected partnershipAugust 5, 2017TrixiQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Claiming their late father's hotel in Little Falls, MN would be harder than Elizabeth Bell anticipated! She finds what she believes to be a squatter on the property only to find out that Jude Allen is half-owner. Trying to straighten the mix-up is hard enough without wondering what will become of the Bell sisters. Will they be thrown out or has God given her a second chance at a better life for her sisters and her?
These two clash at the first meet and many sparks fly between them throughout the story! Both Jude & Elizabeth have a lot they feel they need to make up for in the past and accepting the unconditional love of God is hard for them. I loved seeing how their characters changed and grew as they began to accept the idea that no matter their past, God still loves them as they are. Only He can make a better future for them. I especially loved little Rose, she brought her sweet and bubbly personality along. Elizabeth was a caring older sister who only wanted what was best for them all. She finds that making mistakes doesn't separate her from God's love or the love of a good man. I really loved going back to Little Falls and meeting up with Ben, the pastor. His gentle spirit and wisdom was infectious. I can't wait to read his happily-ever-after story! Lots of layers to unravel in this story full of love, second chances at life and letting God forge a future from the ashes of the past! I also loved learning more about the history of Little Falls, MN and can't wait for the next installment.
* I received a complimentary copy from the author. No favorable review was required and all opinions expressed here are strictly my own. *