The Prairie Dreams Series by Susan Page Davis was on my HAVE to read book list and when I received my review copy of Lady In The Making (Book #3), I started with the first two books in the series first. The first two books are: #1-The Lady's Maid and #2-Lady Anne's Quest.ÃÂ The whole series
is fantastic and I read them all in three days.ÃÂ Susan is now one of my favorite authors and I will be reading more of her books soon.
Lady In The Making is full of adventure, romance, mystery and a whole lot of fun. I loved Millie and David's love story and how it showed the redeeming power of God.ÃÂ You meet Millie in The Lady's MaidÃÂ as a character that is in need of a relationship with Jesus. It is so exciting to see her character grow in faith in A Lady In The Making. Get ready for a fun-filled read and you will not be disappointed.
I give this entire series a 5 out of 5 stars.
I received my review copy from Barbour Publishing in exchange for my honest review
Sometimes the hardest thing to do in life is to convince people you have wronged, that you have truly changed. That's exactly what Millie Evans is trying to do. She no longer took part in swindling innocent people or conspire to have people murdered and even giving up being part of her brother-in-law's gang. Nope for Millie, she's had a complete change of heart. Must have been all that time, working hard at cooking and trying to make an honest living that has changed her deep down inside. However for some people, they believe no one ever really changes.
When Millie decides to take the stage to Salt Lake City to being her new life away from her past and her brother in law, she didn't plan on running into David Stone. He was the man she had fallen in love with and also the man she tried to murder and run off with all his money. Is it possible for her to convince David Stone to give her another chance? He believes Millie has been watching him for sometime and planned to take the same stage coach in an effort to finish what she had begun the first time she met David. Now he was wealthier and part owner in his own stage coach business and wonders just what Millie is up to now. He's not about to be caught off guard this time. Not if he can help it.
Millie thinks this is divine providence that she has run into David. It at least provides her with an opportunity to return the Bible she has stolen from him as well as the onyx cuff links his grandfather had given him on his twelfth birthday. . No matter how much she pleads with David that she has found God and has truly changed, he's not about to give her a second chance. He'd come so close to losing his heart to her. He'd been blinded by her charms. The knowledge left him feeling witless and old. He never wanted to see her again. Yet something kept nagging at him. Was even a tenth of what she'd said to him the truth?
In the conclusion of the Prairie Dreams Series, A Lady in the Making by Susan Page Davis takes us back to the late 1800's to the Oregon Territory to see just where David Stone and Millie Evans have wound up since their fateful encounter in the previous books. She has stolen from him and tried to lure him into marrying her so she could live in style. Without meaning to, she'd endangered his life. If only he'd give her the chance to show him that she had transformed into a new Millie Evans. He didn't even know her really name since she changed it to Charlotte Evan in Scottsburg because it sounded more elegant than Millie. This novel shows how difficult it can be for people to accept the changes we make, even if they are for the right reasons. Will Millie give up and go back to the life people have come to believe is true about her or has she truly changed both inside and out?
I received A Lady in the Making by Susan Page Davis compliments of Barbour Publishing and Net Galley for my honest opinion. I have read the entire series and have grown to love each of the characters that Susan creates for her reader to come to know and really love. I didn't care for Millie's character in the first two books because she was truly rooted in greed and deceit but looked forward to seeing how Susan would convince me that she had changed as well. For those that love Christian Historical Fiction set in the old west, then you will absolutely LOVE this one! You can read this as a stand alone since Susan does a great job at outlining Millie's past in this book, but trust me, you'll want to see where this all began! In my opinion, I easily rate this one a 5 out of 5 stars!!!! This is one of my favorite genre's to indulge in!
Millie has changed her life since she last saw David Stone. She is no longer on the wrong side of the law and is working hard to live a good life. As she boards a stage coach she can hardly believe her eyes when one of the other passengers is David Stone! Can Millie prove to him she is a changed woman? David wants nothing to do with Millie but fate finds them stuck together after a bad accident. Slowly David starts to see the new Millie and finds his heart may be in jeopardy of trusting her again. Can these two find love after all they have been through?
This is book three and the final book of the series. Both Millie and David where also in book one and two so I was interested to see how their story played out.
What I liked: Millie and David are first introduced in book one so it was nice to get to know them in book three. I liked Millie a lot. Even though she had made bad choices she was working hard to do right. I also like the lesson of once your sins are forgiven your truly forgiven and can start fresh and live for God with out fear of being punished for past sins.
What I did not like: This book was kind of slow. The author spends a lot of time on details which is fine but there where area where I just wanted to move on. Also there where not a lot of side characters in this book so it even felt a little boring at times. There was Merrileigh Stone and her brother but I was not drawn into their characters like I had hoped. It's not hard to figure out how the book was likely to end but it seems to take forever to get there.
Over all this was an okay book. The author does do a great job of describing people and places and its easy to feel like your their with the characters. If you enjoy historical fiction you might like this book. Read some other reviews and decide for yourself. I also suggest you start with book one in the series or you will be confused with the over all story line.
Millie Evans has decided to leave her wayward half-brother to his life of crime, and boards the stagecoach to Salt Lake City in search of an honest life. Much to her surprise, one of her fellow passengers is David Stone, who knew her as a thief named Charlotte Evans. Millie has been reading the Bible she stole from David, and how is a changed woman. But will David see that and learn to trust her?
Back in England, Merrileigh Stone has ambitions to be a Countess and the mother of an Earl. But for that to happen, David Stone will have to meet an unfortunate demise, and she hopes that this plan will be more successful than her last. She enlists the assistance of her gambling brother, Peregrin Walmore, to Ã¢â¬Ëassist' her in achieving her ambition, and this adds an element of suspense to the plot.
I often read American contemporary fiction where one person chooses to ride 'shotgun': that is, in the front passenger seat, but the origin of the phrase was beyond me. A Lady in the Making solved the puzzle: a shotgun rider sat in the front seat of the stagecoach, to deter potential robbers and outlaws. See, you can learn something new reading Christian fiction!
A Lady in the Making is generally a sound historical novel, but there were some negatives. I found there was a distinct lack of romantic tension, especially compared with some of Davis' previous books (my personal favourite remains Frasier Island). There were a few annoying examples where the English characters used Americanisms in their speech (e.g. using fall instead of autumn), and I thought the ending was quite abrupt.
This is the third book in the Prairie Dreams series by Susan Page Davis, following The Lady's Maid and Lady Anne's Quest (both previously reviewed). Although part of a series, this can easily be read as a standalone novel, as the couples from the previous novels are only mentioned in passing. Overall, this was a good story, but by no means the best Susan Page Davis has written.
Thanks to Barbour and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review.
This is book three in the Prairie Dreams series. I would highly recommend reading the other books in the series before reading this one. I know you will enjoy the story even if you don't read the others but it will make the book easier to follow if you do.
Millie Evans has decided to change her life. Will she be able to convince those she has hurt that she is turning her life around? David Stone can not believe he has run into Millie again! Can he learn to trust her? Can they finally be together or has too much passed between them to have a future together?
I gave this book 4/5 stars. I thought the story itself had good adventure and great characters. I liked the interaction of the main characters. I especially enjoyed the setting. I do think that reading the others in the series is important and therefore gave the lower rating, as it is not a good stand-alone book.
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.