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Posted January 29, 2009
Loved, loved, loved this story!
Ten Thousands Charms was such an emotionally gripping story that I had trouble putting it down. But even when I had to work and do other things, I was still thinking about the story. I know so many women like Gloria who have been so hurt that they are emotionally dead inside and when someone offers them hope, they are terrified. I could totally see that struggle in Gloria and it was a beautiful thing to watch how God slowly wooed her to Himself through the love of believers. And while no one in this story was even close to perfect, they were totally believeable and likeable characters. John William was heroic in so many ways even with the flaws he carried with him. And Gloria was such a good mother to the babies. It was impossible not to grow to love her as she cared for the children and learned how to take care of herself and her 'family,' which was the one thing she never believed she would experience in her lifetime. My eyes filled with tears every time Gloria took a tiny step in faith. There were so many things she learned, and the reader learns along with her as she learns to trust. The author also does a fantastic job writing the male point of view and the intense emotions John and Gloria both felt, both positive and negative. I highly recommend this story because it nurtures both the heart and the spirit, and because I loved, loved, loved it!
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Posted May 21, 2014
I flew through this book-- such a fun read. My one grievance is that the end of the book felt more like the end of a chapter. I was still asking *avert your eyes if you haven't read it yet!!!* what about the money in the curtains? Is Jewell going to find her and get what was "owed"? Are Maureen and the pastor getting together? What happens now with John William and Gloria?!?!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 22, 2011
Posted March 13, 2008
a terrific book!!
I thought this book was great! Once I started reading it it was hard to put down and I hated to see the book end. The story between Gloria and John was wonderful and as soon as I finished this book I went out and got her second book 'Speak through the Wind.' This is a very good author and I hope she keeps on writing cause I'll keep reading her books. Please read this book, you will love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 29, 2006
Allured by Ten Thousand Charms
Ten Thousand Charms opens with an unlikely character for a Christian novel. Gloria is a pregnant prostitute hoping to find assistance from her former Madam, Jewell, to abort her child. Jewell, instead, offers Gloria cleaning duties and a one-room shanty behind her brothel until the baby arrives. Up the road from Jewell¿s red roofed cathouse live John William MacGregan and his pregnant wife, Katherine. Their two very different worlds collide when Katherine dies giving birth to a daughter. Out of necessity, John William and Gloria strike a deal. She¿ll nurse his child and he¿ll raise her son. As John William and Gloria journey from Silver Peak¿s mining community to farmland in Oregon, the reader becomes entangled in their imperfect lives, truly caring what becomes of them. In Oregon, Maureen Brewster, a recently widowed farm owner, becomes a friend, mentor and mother to Gloria. Her tender influence adds another finely tuned thread to God¿s tapestry of redemption. Allison Pittman¿s debut novel certainly hooked me with her honest voice, quick wit and engaging dialogue. Mix her superb writing with Ten Thousand Charms¿ unusual host of characters and a plot that crosses traditional boundaries, and you¿ve got a novel readers can¿t put down. Pittman¿s poignant tale captures the essence of God¿s love and the depths He undertakes to give grace, even to ¿the least¿ of us. Ten Thousand Charms grabbed my heart from the first page and kept me under its allure to the very last word.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 9, 2008
An interesting Americana romantic character study
Pregnant Gloria returns to the nearest thing she can call home, Jewel Gunn¿s fancy brothel in Silver Peak, Wyoming Territory where she expects her former mentor to perform an abortion for her. However, Gloria changes her mind, but plans to abandon the baby at the brothel so she can reclaim her freedom. Also pregnant is haughty Katherine, wife of miner John William MacGregan. The two women give birth with Gloria surviving quite nicely after her daughter is born while Katherine dies after her son is born.--------------- John pays Gloria to be his son¿s ¿milk cow¿. However, when he concludes that the mine will close soon, he persuades Gloria to take her child and come with him and his son to start over in Oregon. She agrees to remain the cow if he raises her daughter as is her plan being to leave them once the infants no longer depend on her milk. As she meets the kind Maureen Brewster who encourages her to believe that even a whore has room in the Lord¿s tent, tragedy strikes the unorthodox family, which in the past would have driven Gloria away, but this time she has a chance for a better life if she accepts God¿s grace.-------------- This is an interesting Americana romantic character study that looks deep into the mindset of a prostitute who sees a bleak future for herself. The cozy story line allows the reader to understand Gloria and why she feels the Lord would never accept someone like her. John and Maureen add friendship, love, and belief to the fine mid nineteenth century tale, but this is Gloria¿s story.------------------- Harriet KlausnerWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 7, 2011
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