Daughter of Joy (Brides of Culdee Creek Book #1)

Daughter of Joy (Brides of Culdee Creek Book #1)

3.8 2078
by Kathleen Morgan

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These classic historical romance novels are getting a new look for the next generation of readers. But the wonderful stories remain the same, as touching and fresh as they were when first published.

Praise for the Brides of Culdee Creek series:
"A poignant love story that will remain with the reader long after the book is closed."--Lori Copeland,…  See more details below


These classic historical romance novels are getting a new look for the next generation of readers. But the wonderful stories remain the same, as touching and fresh as they were when first published.

Praise for the Brides of Culdee Creek series:
"A poignant love story that will remain with the reader long after the book is closed."--Lori Copeland, author of the Brides of the West series

"A beautiful story of redemptive love. . . . A memorable read."--Robin Lee Hatcher, author of Catching Katie

"A spectacular new series."--Library Journal

Praise for Kathleen Morgan:
"Kathleen Morgan writes with deep emotion and feeling."--Reader to Reader

"A marvelous storyteller."--Romantic Times

"Kathleen Morgan is a phenomenal writer!"--The Talisman

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Library Journal
In this spectacular new series, Morgan, an acclaimed writer of historical and futuristic romances, turns her deft pen to the Christian market to reflect a personal change. Abigail Stanton, who recently lost her husband and child, moves to Culdee Creek to become a housekeeper for Conor MacKay, a man whose previous housekeepers warmed more than dinner. Abby makes it clear that she won't tolerate any disreputable advances on his part, but she feels God led her to this ranch and this family for a purpose. As she grows to love Conor and his daughter, her faith inspires Conor to believe that there might just be something to this idea of religion. This wonderful start is for all collections. Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

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Baker Publishing Group
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Brides of Culdee Creek , #1
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Daughter of Joy (Brides of Culdee Creek Series #1) 3.8 out of 5 based on 4 ratings. 2078 reviews.
bookwormnikki More than 1 year ago
Good story with interesting characters. Faith, forgiveness and belief in redemption are challenged. The result is a good read that keeps your attention to the end.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i really like this book. usually i don't read romance novels but one of my friends recommened it to me and i really liked it. portrays strong christian values put into everyday life. it is beautifully written. i urge anyone to read this wonderful book!
SynestheticSaraBellum More than 1 year ago
This book portrays unhealty people having unrealistic and unhealty relationships. The heroine, Abby, tolerates verbal,physical, and mental abuse because she thinks for some reason God wants her to be a rancher's housekeeper. In general, there are too many situations the author stuffed into this book which caused these very serious subjects to be glossed over and "explained away" with a short lecture on forgiveness and God's will. (Don't even get me started on the near-rape scene!) However, I see this book as being one that would be good for teens to read and then discuss what is a healthy, and not healthy relationsip. Learning self-respect and setting limits with how you are treated. I can see this book dangerously on the edge of teaching young women to justify abusive behavior from men, and promoting unhealty thinking and relationships (e.g. blaming themselves for their partner's adultery).I feel it would be very important to have a discussion with any teen/young adult about how this book is fiction, and what happens in real life, in a real relationship is rarely like what happens in the book with these characters.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Daughter of Joy is an intriguing story that makes you think about your own life. Kathleen Morgan writes about Conor MacKay and Abigail Stanton who have both been hurt badly in their past. Through these difficulties, Conor has turned his back on God, but Abigail holds on to Him now more than ever. Can this really be God¿s will for them? It is a captivating love story that unfolds with twists and turns, heartbreaks and joys.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am in the process of reading your first Christian novel and I am not disappointed. I have read some of your romance novel in the past but have changed my reading habits. I want to tell you that I am already looking forward to the second book in this series. Thank you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book. The concept of forgiveness was present throughout the whole story, not just when it was good for the characters. This is something many people still need to learn today. Now, i am religious in the sense that i believe in god and worship in my own way. However, i do not go to church, and i still found the scriptures that were written as comforting and meaningfull. Others complained that all of the drama was not realalistic in the sense that it was to much to be believable. Now let me ask this, those of you that said that, how do you know what others have gone through in a short period of time? I don't remember how many times people said that my life could be written an nobody would believe it as true. Some people have it hard no matter how good they are. Some also said the certain acts of this book did not deserve the forgiveness that was recieved. Have any of you ever had some extraordinary pain inflicted upon you? I did for 20 years and let me tell you the heroine had the right idea. Until you finaly let the pain go and forgive, your life can never truely move forward. I commend this author a can not wait to read more.
sjmethvin More than 1 year ago
Excellent book! The story told of her faithfulness to God and especially of His faithfulness to her. No matter what happens in our life, there is a reason and purpose. God does have a plan for our life! You will enjoy the book. Can't wait to read the rest of them. They are also priced right! These books can be expensive if you like to read as much as I do.
LaRue615 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book until about two-thirds of the way through. It's a lovely story about forgiveness and healing through Christ. However, as the book progressed, the religious undertones became so in-you-face that they completely took over the story. I had to force myself to finish, and was then disappointed by a very abrupt and unfulfilling ending. This novel had great potential, but in the end I think only the most devout of Christians would enjoy wading through page after page of the characters' religious self-examinations to get to the luke-warm, dissatisfying ending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was very excited to find a christian romance but this one falls a bit short. It is almost like the author uses God to blame for everything that goes wrong and forgets that God gave us all free will. This book has a great plot and the message about forgiveness is excellent but the story just seemed to drag on and on. About halfway through the book you have to wonder if the main characters do belong together or should they just give up while they are ahead. Just when you thought you could enjoy a little romance another drama aspect comes into play. By the end of the book I was actually amazed they still wanted to be together.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I started reading this book I knew I didn't want to put it down and when I did I couldn't wait to get back to it. The lessons that this story teaches are wonderful. God works in wonderful ways through Abby to teach her new lessons in life. It's a wonderful story of faith, healing, trusting, and learning to love again that will keep you coming back for more. I can't wait to read the rest of the collection.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the first "christian" book I have read completely. I have found most books of this genre to be too preachy with little or no real story. What a pleasant suprise this book turned out to be! The more I read the more I wanted to read. The christian values are up-lifting,thought provoking, and encouraging. I can't wait to read the next book in the series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book, it was a well written, inspirational story of strength.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the book. Gives you a lot think about concerning your own life & walk with God.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was not expecting an inspirational novel but the author truly carries you in to the Christian life. Well written and interesting, keeping you entranced.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
OMG I loved this book. It was a quick overnight read but once I got started, I couldn't put it down. This book is definitely a keeper & i'd HIGHLY recommend this book series to others.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is soooo good! If you like clean sex scence very good romance story with a twist of betrayel than this so your book
Shademinx More than 1 year ago
I think I understand what the author was trying to accomplish, however I don't know if she really understood the message she was sending. Another reviewer hit the nail on the head when she stated that the book tries to justify the mistreatment of women by using faith/God as an excuse. It is really heartbreaking that the main female character while using God as her "rock" allows herself to be treated so poorly by almost everyone. Her new friend who is also deeply rooted in her faith excuses her husband from having an affair and then puts her life in danger by getting pregnant because her husband is upset because he isn't "getting any" and it is against her religion to use birth control. While I do understand that this book is set in a very different time period and so the concepts are genuine it is just not what I care to read about. I did not like the fact that between her and her friend they use the excuse alot that it is God's plan for them to interfer or make excuses for their actions or non-actions. The only real Christian act in the book was when Abigail stepped in to help a prostitute who asked for help. I would not recommend this book to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Too suggestive. The characters will kiss and then later the author will spend half a chapter discussing it. All so one of the main character says " well ill be ....". He doesn' t say the curse word but its clear what he meant to say. The book isn' t bad but i wouldn' t want my 13 year old daughter to read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderfully written series...made me crawl inside the story and lose myself in each book. Very sad when I realized I had turned the last page of the last book. Each book focused on the life of one of the characters introduced in the earlier ones, so it felt like I was settling in with an old friend. And I'm putting this same review on each one I've read...I'm a reader, not a writer!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book with it's realistic problems dealing with living after a death and also with anger and pain and being angry with God.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story of determination and ultimate dependence on God
grammareader More than 1 year ago
A great Christian novel of faith and forgiveness.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story really got me involved. I felt the pain and excitement of the lead character. unexpected twists always kept me interested to the very end.
nova66 More than 1 year ago
The story line in this book was well developed and mooved along very nicely. The author was thorough in building each character and bringing each ones story to a full conclusion. I will recommend this book to my friends as an upbuilding story that will take them back to the early years of the 20th century.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful book.  Very enjoyable.