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  • Posted April 24, 2012

    Fannie Rousseau and I have something in common...a belief that w

    Fannie Rousseau and I have something in common...a belief that we were not good enough to be a preacher’s wife.

    Before Fannie met the man of her dreams who would be a preacher, we meet her in St. Charles, Missouri 1869. She just lost her mother. The strained relationship between the two only made her mother’s death more painful. Some things would never would be resolved. Fortunately, Fannie had Hannah who worked for her family. Hannah was very much family to Fannie and gave her the mothering that she needed.

    Fannie thought she was the only left in her family until she found letters in her mother’s things that let her know that she had an aunt. Her hope that she is alive leads her to take a trip on a steamboat to find her. She was escorted on this journey by Hannah.

    On the trip, she meets Samuel Beck who is more than just a hired hand on the steamboat. He has a higher calling on his life and he is looking for someone, too. Her search for her aunt leads her to an area of the country that is less “civilized” than she has known. Being in the “wilderness” helps her to grow as a woman. She has to do things that she did not do before in St. Charles.

    This was a slow read for me and I was not completely caught up in the story at first. I became more interested as I kept on reading. I did want to find Fannie’s aunt and I also wanted to know if Samuel ever finds his sister. The change in Fannie from a protected young woman to one who has to take care of herself was interesting. The journey brings Samuel and Fannie closer, but Fannie believes that he is too good for her. She realizes that he is called to be a preacher and she does not think she has what it takes to be a preacher’s wife. She believed that they were an unsuitable match because of her flaws. Samuel also had growing to do because he was preaching before he even accepted the fact that he was a preacher. I felt like Fannie when I met my husband. Both Fannie and I had to realize that if God calls us for the job that He will equip us with everything we need to do what He asks.

    Overall this was a good read and I do recommend it.

    A free copy of this book was given to me by Bethany House in exchange for my thoughts about this story.

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  • Posted October 16, 2011

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    A nice Historical Christian novel

    I was super excited when I got this book in the mail. It's got a beautiful cover, a catchy title, and an interesting premise. The beginning was a little slow for my taste, but the author set up an intriguing mystery, so I quickly kept reading. The novel is really about the two main characters, Fannie and Sam, moving forward in their lives after certain experiences in the past. It was interesting to see parallels in character development as the story progressed. Both Fannie and Sam did not have one of those sudden epiphanies that, oftentimes, mess up the flow of the story. Instead, their development was well paced and believable.

    The one major qualm I had with this novel was the nature of Sam and Fannie's love story. I thought Sam's mental declaration of love for Fannie was too sudden , too soon, and most definitely unwarranted. At the beginning, it seemed Sam only fell for Fannie because she was beautiful and was noticeably different due to her dress. Sam made assertions about her character that I found hard to believe taking into account the short amount of time he'd known her. However, as the story continued, I found I could overlook this aspect of the story because I enjoyed every one of the author's supporting and minor characters. They were all round and very fleshed out.

    Overall, this was a lovely story about forgiveness, faith, and love. Though, I would say it is most heavy on faith since this is a Christian historical fiction novel. I enjoyed the historical detail, and I really appreciated the fact that the author didn't get so detailed with it that the story would be overshadowed. None of the character voices sounded out of place given the historical 1800 setting either. I would recommend this book to readers looking for a historical novel laced with plenty of theological references and Christian themes.

    I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

    *This review can also be found on Goodreads and Librarything

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  • Posted October 12, 2011

    Biblically Sound and Written Well

    I really wanted to like this book. But every once an awhile there's a book and you really want to like it, you want to be swept into the story, but it just doesn't happen. And I guess this was just one of those times.

    The writing was strong the whole way through, and I loved how the Biblical truths were expressed. That was all done very well.

    But I must say that I had a hard time with the main characters and the plot. They just didn't engage me. Sometimes I was more interested in the side characters who made brief showings than the main characters. But keep in mind that this is only my personal opinion, and I know some other people who loved this book.

    The progression of the romance throughout this book baffled me. At one end of the spectrum I didn't know why they were put together, and on the other end I didn't know what made them so 'unsuitable' to begin with.

    Overall I found this book perplexing, though well-written, and Biblically sound. I've read many other books by this author, which I thoroughly adored. But I just couldn't get into this one, I tried really hard, but I just couldn't. So I guess my final thought is that I have lukewarm feelings about this book. I think some people might like it, but I just didn't. Thanks for reading :)

    Final Rating: 3 out of 5

    Thanks to Bethany House Publishers for providing this review copy to me free of charge in return for an honest review.

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