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A Dream Unfolding

A Dream Unfolding

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by Karen Baney
The promise of a new life and a chance to start over...

Hannah Anderson had the life she always wanted, married to the man of her dreams. When her husband's brother gets in trouble with the law, the town turns against them, shattering her perfect life. Now they are left with only one choice-to head west to the Arizona Territory in the hopes of creating a new life.


The promise of a new life and a chance to start over...

Hannah Anderson had the life she always wanted, married to the man of her dreams. When her husband's brother gets in trouble with the law, the town turns against them, shattering her perfect life. Now they are left with only one choice-to head west to the Arizona Territory in the hopes of creating a new life. Will the journey be worth the cost?

Will Colter, after burying his father, is forced to leave the ranch he has called home for nearly thirty years. The journey is dangerous, challenging him and his men. Will he find the new life he was hoping for?

Or, is there a new dream quietly unfolding before their eyes?

This Christian Historical Romance Fiction novel follows the journey of a couple, Drew and Hannah Anderson, as they travel from Cincinnati, Ohio to the newly created Arizona Territory in 1863. In their search for a new life, they encounter many dangers and joys along the way. They meet the governor of the territory and travel with his party, witnessing several historical events.

The story also follows Will Colter's journey from Texas to the Arizona Territory when he is forced to leave his home. As this rancher drives his cattle across the wilderness, he and his men run into life-threatening situations. Throughout the move his dreams for his new ranch solidify.

Once the main characters arrive in the Arizona Territory, they must learn to adapt to wilderness living. Things are not exactly what they thought. Each character is challenged to rely on God to face dangers in a new, wild territory.

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CreateSpace Publishing
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Prescott Pioneers Series
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6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.79(d)

Meet the Author

Karen Baney, in addition to writing Christian historical fiction and chick lit novels, works as a Software Engineer. Spending over twenty years as an avid fan of both genres, Karen debuts her talents with A Dream Unfolding, scheduled to be released as an eBook at the end of 2010, the first in a four book series set in territorial Arizona.

Her faith plays an important role both in her life and in her writing. She is active in the women’s ministry at her church, facilitating numerous bible studies throughout the year. Karen and her husband make their home in Gilbert, Arizona, with their two dogs. She also holds a Masters of Business Administration from Arizona State University.

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Dream Unfolding 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 73 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Without giving away anything, I am just going to keep it simple and say this historical Christian romance was very well written and well worth your time reading. This 756 page story of the two separate adventures to the Arizona Territory during the Civil War did not get too preachy and just the right amount of real history blended in. Be prepared to shed a few tears. This is book 1 of a 4 part series and I for one will be getting the 4 pack soon.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This 756 page nook book is a western style romance. It is more a woman's book. Readers, ages 15 and up would enjoy this book. The language is clean, there is a reference of a married couple having sex but no details. There are several deaths from a varity of reasons as was common in the mid 1800s. It is also a christain book. I love Prescott Az. I was pleased about half of this book being located there. It felt like I was right there seeing the beauty of an area I love, once again. Many reviewers have written about the characters, plot and book details, so I do not think I should rewrite them once more. Suffice to say this is a wonderful read and I reccomend it. AD
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book had me hooked from page one. I love to read and so this was one of those books that took about two days. With over 700 pages i loved all the people and tge story line. It had some funny parts and at some points it would make me want to cry. I would rate this book pg. Over all i will keep this book and get more from the author. Dont stop reading. - alyssa 14 ;o
OzarkPeaPod More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this book very much.. Almost wish there was a book 2 in this series.. over 700 pages and well worth the reading.. Thank you
amp1951 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy watching Westerns and reading books that illustrate frontier life -- which wasn't easy, by the way! When I saw that "A Dream Unfolding" is the first in Karen Baney's "Prescott Pioneers" series, I just had to read it. I live in northern Arizona, not too far from Prescott -- which was the initial capital of the Arizona territory before it became a state. Ms. Baney's story line is wonderful and pulled me into the story right away. It is obvious that she has done much research into the harsh conditions of living while moving across the frontier in a wagon train, and the early days of Prescott's birth. I can't wait to read the next book in this series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was quite pleased with the unfolding of this story. It started out somewhat uniquely by jumping back and forth between two storylines. The stories involved trust, faith, perseverance, challenges, loss, and holding onto dreams. The two stories blended together seamlessly, and in overcoming great loss, the characters unite in a new story together. Inspiring! Once I finished book one of this series, I couldn't wait to get the remaining three books. I was pleased to find all four books in one for the Nook. A bargain to boot! If you enjoy stories of the pioneers in the 1800s, I've no doubt you will enjoy this series immensley.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nice period piece that is Christian based and looks at the struggles in life realistcally.
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AramisGA More than 1 year ago
Excellent book!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a fair story, too preachy overall. At the beginning there seems to be two separate stories, and just as you get interested in it, it changes to another. Very distracting. Woukd not recommend, and provbably wouldnt read anymore from this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
love this book, couldn't read it fast enough. would of wanted it to go on for a lot longer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Who writes reviews as long as the book ?Always wonder if the author writes their own review when I see such a long detailed account of the book ,with all 5 stars , of course .
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I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. It was well written with a story line of twists and turns that keep you reading. Great book with an informative history setting. I will definately read by this author again.
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Excellent book. I have all 4 of the series and know I will read them more then once. It is a christian book, very clean. But, with this one be sure to have kleenex close. JS (:
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Harriette must be at it again she tells the wholr book we really dont neef ti reaf when she is done she recks every book for all of us so get use to just padding the long reviews be guaranteed if you read it will reck the books for you
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Mel_Writes More than 1 year ago
Learning to trust God's Plan during the hardships of pioneer life Karen Baney has crafted an inspirational and heart-warming Christian Historical Romance in her debut novel, A Dream Unfolding (Prescott Pioneers #1).  She covers wagon train rides, cattle drives, and military expeditions – oh my!  Her research of these true events is evident by both the author's descriptive details of setting throughout the book in the different places of Ohio, Texas, and Arizona, and by Baney accurately illustrating many of the challenges pioneers encountered during the 1860s. Reminiscent of the Little House on the Prairie books and TV shows, Baney's first novel in a four-book series covers many adult situations such as romance and death, but A Dream Unfolding is written in a clean, "rated PG" format.  Author Baney also incorporates in almost every chapter some mention of God or a Scripture passage, but not in a way that is overbearing.  These spiritual references enhance, and truly fit, how a character during that scene is feeling about God's Plan in his or her life—and whether or not they want to trust God's Grand Design at that particular moment. The story opens in Ohio, where Dr. Drew Anderson and his wife Hannah live.  The doctor's brother Thomas causes trouble, leading the townsfolk to become angry with the Andersons by association.  This leads Drew to decide to start a new life far away from home, in the newly formed Arizona Territory.  How to get there?  By wagon train, of course.  This type of travel is quite a challenge for a man with soft hands, and for a woman who has never cooked over an outdoor fire—having to use buffalo dung, no less, when wood sources are not available. During the trail ride, the Andersons become friends with the Lancasters, who include widowed mom Betty, and her adult son Paul who is also a widow.  They intend to open a boardinghouse and restaurant in Arizona.  Betty, who is in her fifties, has been on wagon train trips before, and teaches and encourages the younger ladies how to make do with what's available while traveling through wilderness that offers few chances for food supplies, and little in the way of protection from the weather—and Indians. About six weeks into the trip, the wagon train stops to restock at Fort Larned, Kansas.  Here, another wagon train camp is encountered, those traveling with the governor of the Arizona territory.  Another important character to A Dream Unfolding is introduced at this point, Lt. Joshua Harrison.  Dr. Anderson is asked to take care of Lt. Harrison after the soldier receives a bullet wound.  While the wagon train ride events are unfolding, the author reveals a separate storyline, in about every other chapter, that involves the Colter family.   Texas cattle rancher Ed Colter passes away, leaving behind his teen daughter Julia, and his sons who are in their thirties, oldest Reuben, and second-born Will.  Ed's will decrees his oldest son gets the ranch house and land, so Reuben—who has never gotten along well with his younger brother—demands that Will move off the property pronto.  Will, who inherited half of the herd of Longhorns, gathers up what men and supplies he can in order to lead a cattle drive to Arizona to try to make a new life there. The main members of the wagon train ride cross paths with those from the cattle drive when they all are in Arizona, the first encounter occurring at the Lancaster's boardinghouse.  An interesting twist to the novel now takes place, and the author does a great job keeping the reader captivated by revealing just morsels in each chapter of what might come as one continues to turn the pages.  It is during this point in the story that the characters slowly realize they must trust God's Plan—and not their own—even at times of deepest despair, and even if His Design is not the exact answer the characters expected from prayers. When I read the last page of A Dream Unfolding, my very first thought was, "What a lovely book."  I hardly ever use the word "lovely," and it might seem strange that a Western tale would be described as "lovely," but that really is how I felt when the story ended.  I was impressed by the author's ability to create a clean, uplifting, Christian story that was inspired by true events and characters, during a period in our nation's history that held many more instances of struggles and sadness than triumph and happiness. I had read author Baney's Christian Contemporary Romance Nickels before I read A Dream Unfolding.  Although I enjoyed Nickels, as novels set in the present day are usually what I read, I admit I liked this Christian Historical Romance better.  In fact, I've already purchased the second book in the Prescott Pioneers series, A Heart Renewed, which the summary reads is about Julia Colter, the young sister of the Texas ranchers from this book.  If you enjoy novels about passionate pioneer doctors, handsome Texas ranchers, upstanding military men, and strong frontier women, and stories that have an underlying theme about God's Plan, then you'll love the #1 book in Karen Baney's Prescott Pioneers series, A Dream Unfolding.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was/is truly a wonderful story. I cried, laughed, cheered and really felt like I experienced a great adventure. Thank you Karen for all your hard work! This was the first book of yours I've read, can't wait to start the next one.
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