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Posted March 10, 2011
Tammy Barley has outdone herself. Vivid descriptions and heart-pounding drama bring the Old West to life in this unforgettable conclusion to the Sierra Chronicles. For a book that sweeps away stereotypes and gives you a deeper appreciation of the hardships that the early settlers endured, look no further than Faith's Reward. Note: Although this is the last of the trilogy, Barley has skillfully included enough background information that it's not necessary to have read the previous two, but treat yourself. Read all three Sierra Chronicles books (Love's Rescue, Hope's Promise and Faith's Reward).Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 24, 2011
Northern California in 1865 did not escape the perils of America's Civil War. Jake and Jessica Bennett, happily married and expecting their first child, hope the new year will bring better times to their horse ranch. The book opens amid a blizzard as they desperately fight to save the livestock, then turns to all-out efforts to save Jake's life. Hard times continue as the couple battles prejudice against their Paiute friends, financial struggles, and a conspiracy of hate against Southerners. So many adventures are packed into this Western story it doesn't leave much time to admire the scenery. Spunky, gun-toting Jess is in the midst of it all, bravely fighting evil and trying to keep her ominous premonitions from coming true. The characters' faith in God sees them through and brings rewards they never even dreamed of. Faith's Reward is book three in the Sierra Chronicles, but the novel stands strong on its own surefooted legs.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 30, 2010
Jessica and Jake Bennett struggle to protect each other and their unborn child, but severe weather, illness, men who murdered her parents, and those who stole her inheritance threaten their financial survival and their lives.
Jessica is a fighter, though, and frequently disobeys others' advice and goes out on her own to solve problems. Sometimes it gets her into trouble, like the dangerous visit to an Indian village to ask for pneumonia remedies.
Then she dresses up to look like her mother and visits the banker she believes was involved in the plot to murder her parents and take their money. Will her strategy help her get enough evidence to convict the crooks or bring about more deaths?
Often Jessica believes she is protecting her husband, with whom she has a deep loving relationship. At first, she doesn't know Jake is committed to stopping a group of soldiers intent on continuing the Civil War, although the war officially ended. This adds a definite complication.
The author knows how to paint a scene, set you down in it, then makes you wonder how Jessica could put herself into so many dangerous situations. But then you know the answer. Jessica needs these criminals to be unmasked and possibly hang. But how can a pregnant woman bring them to justice?
I recommend Faith's Reward.
Note: I was provided an advance reader copy by the author.
Posted December 17, 2010
In the second book of this series, Hope's Promise, Jess Hale had three dreams: to live her life beside Jake Bennett, give him children, and to raise horses on a ranch. She accomplished two of those dreams when she and Jake married at his father's farm. As a wedding gift, Jake gave Jess a herd of Thoroughbreds. Soon after, they headed back to Honey Lake Valley, Jake's ranch in the Sierra Nevadas. But Jess worried. Her second desire in life, and one of the most important, hadn't come to pass. She was barren. In Faith's Reward, the sequel to Hope's Promise, Jess's dream comes to fruition. She's now expecting Jake's child. But there are just a few problems. The Bennett's are in the middle of a winter storm, struggling to keep their cattle and horses alive, when Jake comes down with pneumonia. Jess pleads with God to let Jake live. As a result, Jess has no choice but to step up and oversee everything at the ranch. She worries along the way that she'll miscarry, since her mother suffered two miscarriages many years before. And then there are the visions that Jess continues to have. Images that show death is coming to her house. There are many other twists and turns along the way, too numerous to mention in this short space, and they kept me turning the pages, all the way to the end. As I settled in to read Faith's Reward, and saw the familiar characters again, I felt as though I was reuniting with old friends. I also felt a wave of sadness pass over me when I reached the end, knowing I'd see these characters no more. Faith's Reward is not just a tale about a man, a woman, and the ranch they love. It's a story, woven rich in the soil of our nation's heritage, where people shared a common bond-cords of love I wish the world shared now. I believe the reader will be extremely satisfied to see how this trilogy ties together in the end. The gooseflesh on my arms was proof of that. I highly recommend this book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.