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Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Barbour Publishing
Publication Date: 2014
|Dimensions: 8.38 X 5.50 X 0.50 (inches)|
Order dictates Tucker Carmichael’s life—his orders. On a cattle drive, a moment’s hesitation can mean death. The Chisholm Trail is dirty, dangerous, and no place for women. After years at school, Jessalyn Culpepper has come home and is determined to show everyone that a woman can manage everything from cooking to cattle—whether they like it or not! Tucker tries to manage his partner’s headstrong sister, horrified when she wants to join the cattle drive. But when they need a chuck wagon cook, Jessalyn seems the only solution. Will God stir up love along a trail filled with their Plots and Pans?
Kelly Eileen Hake received her first writing contract at the tender age of seventeen and arranged to wait three months until she was able to legally sign it. Since that first contract a decade ago, shes fulfilled twenty contracts ranging from short stories to novels. In her spare time, shes attained her BA in English literature and composition, earned her credential to teach English in secondary schools, and went on to complete her MA in writing popular fiction.
Writing for Barbour combines two of Kellys great loveshistory and reading. A CBA bestselling author and member of American Christian Fiction Writers, shes been privileged to earn numerous Heartsong Presents Readers Choice Awards and is known for her witty, heartwarming historical romances.
ccaudillky4 Stars Out Of 5Witty Banter and Great HumorJanuary 22, 2018ccaudillkyQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4This one has been on my TBR pile for a while and I finally scrounged up an audio copy and enjoyed listening to it while a chaotic January had me disinfecting the house... over and over and over.
Overview of Plot:
Jessalyn is a born and bred Texas cowgirl, but after a disaster at home, her father sent her away to boarding school in England. Tucker is a man's man, one who works hard, gives orders, and doesn't take any shirking of duties lightly. While Jessalyn has been away, he has grown from a green ranch had to foreman and part owner of the ranch.
When Jessalyn's father dies while she is away, her brother and Tucker decide to leave her in England, just until the cattle drive is over, but Jessalyn is a strong-willed and determined as any character you will ever meet. By herself, she crosses the ocean and most of the country to make it home.
Trouble ensues as she tries to prove her place is on the ranch and that she is worthy to be there. Tucker just wants to keep her safe, but the hard-headedwoman is not content to stay home in the kitchen.
Favorite Character and Why:
Jessalyn was my absolute favorite. That little rascal is kind of how I envision myself. She has done a lot of raising herself and is independent, determined, and willing to do whatever needs to be done. I also identify with her struggle for self-worth.
What I liked:
This story had a lot of witty banter and funny situation. I love how Jessalyn's family situation is unique and she is not taken aback by it. She stands up to defend those who dare to degrade them. I won't say more about that situation because you have to read it to find out.
Kelly developed wonderful characters that were a pleasure to spend my time with. The romance thread was not your typical sweet instances, but there were moments, and in the end, she did bring it all together. In some ways, I wondered how they could really be sure they loved each other, but the story worked.
Who would like this:
Anyone who is a fan of strong women, witty banter, is not looking for a gushy romance but a sweet read, and anyone who enjoys stories written with western settings.
GrammieAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Plots and PansDecember 1, 2014GrammieAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This was a great read. I always like Kelly Eileen Hake she catches my interest on the first page and keeps it until the very last page. I love historical settings.
GazpachoHarrison, MIAge: 55-65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Plots and pans is an apt title for this historical westernAugust 1, 2014GazpachoHarrison, MIAge: 55-65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Jessalyn was bold and independent enough to take risks, such as the risk of breaking her neck climbing down stealthily out of dorm room windows to rendezvous with her horse Morning Glory in early mornings or afternoons. She was bold and rebellious enough to eschew four different boarding schools in seven years, and brash and daring enough to board a ship crossing the ocean to American from an English port--alone. She was bold and foolish enough to take a train and eventually a stagecoach, alone, to Texas and the Bar None ranch, her home. To top it off, she was bold and skilled enough on her horse, dressed in split skirts that looked like chaps, a Stetson and common duster and a scarf over her face to approach the ranch and pass for an itinerant hand, given a job, a bunk and a meal by the ranch boss, Tucker Carmichael.
Tucker Carmichael was not only the foreman for Carson Culpepper's Bar None ranch, he was part owner. Before his death, Carson charged his son Ed, and Tucker with Jess's care. Tucker took that job to heart, perhaps a bit too much, especially after he had seen her. What happens when spunk and impulsive meets responsible, stubborn and controlling?
I loved the author's attention to detail, especially in her description of the round-up, the preparations the women had to make for the drive, and the meals cooked for these events. I could easily picture all of it in my mind from her detailed accounts. It gave this book a unique point of view, from the cook's perspective.
Another thing I appreciated about this story is the relationship between Aunt Desta and Jess that developed in the short span of time this book covers. The author skillfully conveys the warmth of understanding between the more mature woman and young Jess, who needs Desta for spiritual guidance as well as her friendship and the sense of family she was deprived of for so many years. It was Desta who ferreted out that under her bold and brash exterior Jess was insecure and in need of stability and a sense of belonging. And it was Desta who realized that Jess's attitude toward God reflected her feelings of anger and abandonment from her father because he sent her away to school. Through the hardships of the cattle drive, Desta played an important role in helping Jess resolve these issues.
Thirdly, I enjoyed see the evolving relationship between Jess and Tucker. Both needed to dig deeply inside themselves to find compromises they could live with. Their journey toward a romance was filled with potholes, but endearing nevertheless. I enjoyed how the author used humor to help iron out some of those wrinkles. Overall, this was a fun book to read and I can heartily recommend it.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary review copy of this book from NetGalley on behalf of Barbour Publishing, Inc. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
HeatherRichey, MTAge: 35-44Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5Plots and Pans didn't hold my attentionJuly 25, 2014HeatherRichey, MTAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 3Plots and Pans didn't hold my attention like I had hoped it would when I started. I love stories about the west and cowboys, but this one unfortunately really seemed so run of the mill. I kept waiting for the book to pick up pace and get a bit more exciting and it never did
Jessalyn Culpepper is the motherless daughter of a cattle rancher in Texas. She grows up running around on the ranch, breaking horses and going on round ups. When her actions get her father injured, he decided to send her to England for school but never brings her home. When he dies, she decides it's time for her to go home, much to the consternation of the foreman and part owner, Tucker Carmichael. She is determined to continue doing everything that she did before being sent to school but most of the time it turns out badly for her. It was surprising to find that she could cook when she didn't do anything else with her studies.
I received a copy of this book from Bookfun.org for my honest review.
jenilee220OhioAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5July 21, 2014jenilee220OhioAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Another really great book selection to tell you about! I had so much fun reading this book. Kelly's books are always enjoyable and Plots and Pans was absolutely enjoyable!
From the first page where you learn some history of the characters to the first chapter where their pasts collide into the present to the following chapters that complete the story, you will love this book.
I love when there is history between the characters and that is well-played in their story. This book did that and more. History, family, faith, forgiveness, and of course, romance are all themes woven through the story.
Kathy Eileen Hake is a fantastic author and her books are a joy to read.