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At age twenty-six, Caroline Frankston is certain life is passing her by in the town of Barton Creek. Matthew Haynes has made no indication of his feelings for her, so she decides the time has come for her to move away from her family and friends for a fresh start. Once in Oklahoma City, Caroline is fascinated by the many opportunities there and begins moving on with her life. Meanwhile, Matt realizes his true feelings for Caroline and plans to tell her on her next trip home. When Caroline’s train has an accident ...
At age twenty-six, Caroline Frankston is certain life is passing her by in the town of Barton Creek. Matthew Haynes has made no indication of his feelings for her, so she decides the time has come for her to move away from her family and friends for a fresh start. Once in Oklahoma City, Caroline is fascinated by the many opportunities there and begins moving on with her life. Meanwhile, Matt realizes his true feelings for Caroline and plans to tell her on her next trip home. When Caroline’s train has an accident and she goes missing, Matt sets out in search of her, wondering if any chance of spending his life with Caroline has disappeared.
Posted August 3, 2012
Posted March 17, 2011
Early in 1907 Oklahoma is still a Territory ready and waiting for statehood. Caroline Frankston, the daughter of the Mayor of Barton Creek, is deeply in love with Matt Haynes. Mrs. Frankston insists that Caroline go to college to keep her from Matt. Matt interprets this as an act of rejection by Caroline. Upon completion of her college degree Caroline returns to Barton Creek hoping Matt will communicate his love for her. When this doesn't happen she makes choice to go to Oklahoma City to find employment and to become independent. Again Matt looks at this as rejection by Caroline. Miscommunication and the lack of communication drive Caroline and Matt further apart even though they both feel a deep love for the other. Martha Rogers involves her reader in the ongoing attempts of Matt and Caroline to communicate these feelings. Stubbornness and misunderstanding play a part in the characters of many of the characters introduced in the series earlier. A strong Christian message of reconciliation and forgiveness moves the plot along in a very positive way. Christian core values and Christian character are a natural part of the characters Martha Rogers has created. Rogers writing is creative, imaginative and engaging. "Caroline's Choice" and the entire series of "Winds Across the Prairie" are especially suited to church lending libraries and will be a welcome discovery for Christian romance readers. Strang Communications provided me a review copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 11, 2011
Caroline has grown up in Barton Creek but wants a fresh start. She's loved Matthew Haynes all her life but he's yet to show an interest in her. She knows if she's ever to find someone else, it will have to be outside of Barton Creek. Taking a position at a library in Oklahoma City, Caroline is on her way to independence. Soon after her arrival, she meets Stuart Whittington and they begin dating. Though Stuart is handsome and pays attention to Caroline, she can't stop thinking about Matthew back home. Hard as she may try to forget him, a part of her continues to hold out hope that maybe he'll change his mind. In her absence, Matthew finally is able to admit to himself he loves Caroline - he always has. He tells himself that he'll admit his feelings and ask her to move back when she comes to visit. But things don't go as planned when a train wreck interferes with Matthew's plans. Will he have the chance to tell Caroline he loves her?
I wasn't sure what expect when I first started this book but I was pleasantly surprised. It was a little hard to get into but I overall enjoyed it. One scene stands out to me. Caroline is talking to a woman, sharing her dilemma about Matthew. The other woman responds with "Child, there's always hope. If two people are meant to be together, God will make it happen somehow." That brought comfort to me because it assures me God has a plan for me and will work it out as only He can. I think that was the message of the book: trusting God's plans even though they may not look like we thought they would. Good read.
Posted January 10, 2011
Once again, a bittersweet story concludes a wonderful, amazing series! Bitter because it's the final book to Winds Across The Prairie, and sweet because I will ALWAYS remember these wonderfully created, God filled characters as dear friends. These kinds of books make me laugh and smile while I shed a tear or two, knowing I'm saying goodbye. But, while saying goodbye to Lucy, Dove, Becky and Caroline, I know that Martha Rogers will use her skills and God's love to create many more books like these!
As with the previous 3, I absolutely LOVED Caroline's Choice. Having seen Caroline's character (and Matt's!) through out the other books, I knew I was going to love her story! Caroline and her choice to move away was surely a difficult one, knowing the deep love she has for Matt. And, Matt, well, bless his heart, I wanted to scream at him to open his eyes! He was a strong character in this story, yet he was truly a stubborn one at that! He filled Caroline's story with tender depth, but boy oh boy! He certainly, like Caroline as well, needed to trust in God and His guidance more!
I loved the way Martha Rogers weaves her messages through the story. They truly 'pop' out at you. I definitely give Caroline's Choice 5 stars, and highest of praises. While I bittersweetly said goodbye to my family in Barton Creek, I anxiously away the release of Summer Dream, book 1 in her next series: Seasons of the Heart, due out summer of 2011.
Posted December 26, 2010
I have the the first two in this series but missed the third one, but I still could follow the plot really well. Oklahoma Territory, 1907 Caroline Frankston lived in Barton Creek with her parents and was unmarried and tired of waiting for the man she loved Matt. He is the brother of her sister-in-law Becky and she had loved him ever since she was small. But Caroline's mother was very hard to get alone with and Matt just could not see her as his mother-in-law. (Bad choice if you really love the girl) but at least that was his excuse just not to Caroline. Caroline had went off and left him and went to college and he didn't like that either, but she had meet some friends there and one of them had wrote her that she should come to Oklahoma City and live with her and go to work at the library where there was a job opening. Maybe she could find a good husband there.
She left and went to live in the big city but had no idea her friends was such party goers, she was so tired every day, she could hardly work, but it didn't seem to bother her friends. She finally had all she could take and went back home to live. Her father was the mayor of Barton Creek and Oklahoma was fixing to become a state. Will she find happiness back at home, and will her mother feel more at home in Barton Creek where she had never liked, she was very unhappy every since her husband had moved her out west away from all the society people?
This book is good as it follows up on the first three books, it mentions all the other charterers in the other books.
This book was sent to me by Strang Communications for my honest reveiw of this book