Tammy Barley's roots run deep and wide across the United States. With Cherokee heritage and such ancestors as James Butler "Wild Bill" Hickok, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Henry David Thoreau, she essentially inherited her literary vocation and her preferred setting: the Wild West. An avid equestrian, Tammy has ridden horseback over western mountains and rugged trails in Arizona.Tammy excelled in her writing studies at a local college, where she explored prose, novel writing, and nonverbal communication. She even enrolled in acting classes to master character development. In 2006, she published two series of devotionals in Beautiful Feet: Meditations for Missionary Women for the Lutheran Women's Missionary Society. She won second place in the Golden Rose Contest in the category of inspiration romance, and she serves as a judge for various fiction contests, including the Christy Awards.In addition to writing, Tammy makes a career of editing manuscripts, ghostwriting, and mentoring other writers. She also homeschools her three children. Tammy has lived in twenty-eight towns in eight different states, but the family currently makes their home in Wonder Lake, Illinois.
Faiths Reward Sierra Chronicles V3by Tammy Barley
The year 1865 starts out as a nightmare come true for Jessica Bennett. Even though she is with child-an answer to heartfelt prayers-the cattle she and her husband, Jake, fought to save from drought the summer before now face the threat of freezing to death. Her fears worsen when Jake contracts pneumonia. Springtime brings trials of a different kind-the snowmelt causes the ranch to thrive so much that Jake must sell off the last of their cattle to make room for their horses and the young foals to be born. In the meantime, Jess endeavors to recover her rightful inheritance, which mysteriously disappeared from the bank. When she discovers a link between the banker and a group of murderous Unionists, who continue to target Southerners even though the war is over, Jake launches an undercover investigation.The conspiracy runs deeper and wider than either of them could have imagined. Jess must put her life-and the life of her unborn child-at risk to stop the ringleader and save the lives of many others. Yet, Jess refuses to give up hope in the God she serves-a God of love who often provides above and beyond our greatest dreams.
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Author has great character development and story telling ability. A story filled with action so real you are right in the midst of it.
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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).
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.
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.
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.