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Vendor: Harvest House Publishers
Publication Date: 2014
Series: Seattle Brides
Beloved Christian fiction authors Lori Copeland and Virginia Smith team up once more in the second volume of the Seattle Brides series.
When the Burgert family moves to Seattle in 1852, Kathryn is convinced her father has destroyed her life. The backwoods settlement offers none of the comforts and culture she loves in San Francisco. She cares nothing for the new sawmill the townsfolk are so excited about. That is, until she meets Jason, a lumberjack with dreams for a bright future. As she comes to know Jason, Kathryn can't help catching his vision.
But the future they hope for is anything but secure. There are some who see Seattle as a threat and will stop at nothing to make sure the sawmill fails. With the harsh and rugged weather, at times it seems even the land itself is determined to thwart Seattle's very existence. Kathryn and Jason's plans for a happy future become entwined with Seattle's struggle to survive in the midst of adversity, both manmade and natural.
A gripping story of love, tenderness, and survival in the rugged Pacific Northwest.
Heart2HeartVictorville, CAAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Rain isn't the only thing Kathryn finds in Seattle!July 31, 2014Heart2HeartVictorville, CAAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The hardest thing to comprehend when we go about our daily lives is how hard it was for those first settlers to travel thousands of miles and begin the cities we find ourselves living in today. We often forget the hardships, the struggles and adversities they faced in trying to make their dreams of a new life come true. From disease, to Indian attacks and just the journey itself is one to be commended and remembered. Perhaps that is why I have such a love for historical fiction. In the Seattle Bride series from Lori Copeland and Virginia Smith, both well known Christian Historical authors, they have once again teamed up to bring you Rainy Day Dreams, the second novel in the series.
We find ourselves watching the struggle that Kathryn Bergert faces upon arriving by ship to the town of Seattle in 1856. She was sent here to find a suitable husband by her parents, mostly her father, since the ratio of men to women is 100 to 1. Armed with a small savings and all her painting supplies, she has acquired lodging with a cousin she has never met, Mary Ann Garritson, who is the proprietor of the Faulkner House. She is also hoping the job she has been promised will allow her to make a living for herself until she figures out just what she is going to do.
When she discovers that the job she had hoped for was that of a maid instead of a manager of the establishment, she immediately begins to make plans to head back on the first available ship out and back to San Francisco. Only she isn't quite sure if she will have enough money to pay for the fare and what her father will say when she returns without a husband. She may have to buy her time, and settle with dealing with her harsh and blunt cousin as a maid until she is able to save enough money. Mary Ann tells her that she isn't going to be paid, but that she can work for her accommodations instead, and that consists of a room that has been converted from an old closet. She definitely won't have room for painting in there. What will she do now?
I received Rainy Day Dreams by Lori Copeland and Virginia Smith compliments of Harvest House Publishers for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review and the opinions contained here are strictly my own. This was such a delightful novel and I didn't even realize it was part of a series until the end. Now I will definitely need to pick up a copy of the first novel, A Bride for Noah, and see how they came to be a couple! You truly meet such a wonderful cast of characters in this novel along with dealing with the threat of an Indian attack in a town that is unprepared to deal with violence. I love that most of this was built on a foundation of historical facts which the authors disclose details about at the conclusion of the novel for further research. A discussion guide is also included for book groups. I absolutely loved this one from start to finish and easily give it a 4.5 out of 5 stars.
KateAge: 25-34Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5Enjoyed the historical background!April 30, 2014KateAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4In Rainy Day Dreams we travel back to the settlement of Seattle. Four years have passed since the end of A Bride for Noah, the first book in the series. The town has grown. The biggest mill in the west is operating and business is booming. Men are traveling in a steady flow to find jobs and women are traveling to find husbands.
The set up for this story was great. I enjoyed looking deeper into a history that isn't widely known about outside of Washington State. Even though quite a bit of time has passed, instead of becoming a quiet community, Seattle is now threatened by Indian raids from hostile tribes from surrounding areas, unhappy that their lands are being encroached on. The Navy is now in port to help with the threats.
The historical background was a perfect backdrop and was very entertaining. However, the pacing of the story made it feel like the story rode on a wave. There would be a little bit of action, then we would go back to the normal pacing of a day. Each chapter seemed to represent a day in the life of the lead Kathryn, and with that it was a little choppy in the pacing.
I had hard time connecting with Kathryn. She thought she was above the situation she had been placed in and argued about it and pouted for a time. Jason was a little easier to connect with, but he had secrets he carried around and it made him mystery. However, he enjoyed his job and was good at it. And reading about the joy he had for his job was a delight.
The relationship between Jason and Kathryn was a little hard to believe, I hate to say. For most of the story they argued and squabbled and Jason is still hurting from the secrets he carries. The relationship that formed happened very quickly near the end and was hard to flush out, with many surprises and revelations exposed.
It was an enjoyable story over all and it offered a wonderful look into an interesting time in history. I look forward to what the third book has in store.
Thank you to Harvest House, I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
Favorite Christian BooksCovina, CAAge: 45-54Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Another Great Story by 2 Excellent Authors!April 27, 2014Favorite Christian BooksCovina, CAAge: 45-54Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5The second book was as good if not better than the first. We get to see some old friends from the first book and meet some new ones. This story contained a wonderful romance, some tension not only between the two main characters but for the young town of Seattle. The authors did a great job throwing some surprises into the story that made it interesting and very touching.
Initially I struggled with Kathryn and wanted to slap her more than once. But as the story developed and she came to terms with her life in Seattle I came to love her. My heart broke from almost the beginning for Jason. It was also fun to see the Hughes and Denny families as well as Red Dog and the other lumberjacks.
When I read a story I look for what lessons I can learn from it, this one has several. Kathryn reminds us to be content where we are and not to be too proud. There are lessons to learn from Jason as well, but I'll leave it to you to find those.
Although a book two you could read this story and enjoy it even if you've not read the first one.
Disclaimer: I would like to thank the authors and their publisher, Harvest House, for the opportunity to read and review this book. I was under no obligation other than to give my honest opinion.
Voracious ReaderJacksonville, FLAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5LOVE This Book!April 6, 2014Voracious ReaderJacksonville, FLAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5When I first looked at this book, I thought, "Oh, no! Another cute little fluffy romance!" Boy, am I glad I went ahead and read it anyway! It is one of the best historical novels I have read! So many fascinating historical events were introduced. We are keeping this series for our homeschool States of the United States unit on Washington state. The characters were wonderful, and I agree with a previous reviewer about the twin aspect, although I am not a twin myself (I do have twin grandchildren; does that count?!). I was so enthralled with this book that I violated my rule about reading a series, because I couldn't wait for Bride of Noah to get here. I read the whole book in one day, because I could not put it down. NOW, I am off to read Bride of Noah! Keep them coming, Virginia and Lori.