Joelle's Secret

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Popular novelist Gilbert Morris finds fresh romantic, history-based inspiration in Joelle’s Secret. This mid-1800s tale begins with seventeen-year-old Joelle Jones fending off unwelcome advances from her predatory stepfather just after her mother has died. When the man is declared Joelle’s legal guardian, she knows he will have his way with her, so in desperation runs away.

Pursued by the stepfather who offers a reward for her return, Joelle cuts her long beautiful hair, poses ...

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Overview

Popular novelist Gilbert Morris finds fresh romantic, history-based inspiration in Joelle’s Secret. This mid-1800s tale begins with seventeen-year-old Joelle Jones fending off unwelcome advances from her predatory stepfather just after her mother has died. When the man is declared Joelle’s legal guardian, she knows he will have his way with her, so in desperation runs away.

Pursued by the stepfather who offers a reward for her return, Joelle cuts her long beautiful hair, poses as a young man, and finds work as a stablehand. She meets a spiritually frustrated treasure hunter who—believing Joelle to be a male—invites her to join a wagon train to gold-rich California. But hard living on the trail makes it harder for Joelle to conceal her identity. When her traveling companion learns the truth, matters of faith and friendship become tense until Joelle helps him realize that God can indeed do all things, and that some things—like true love—are worth even more than gold.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805447286
  • Publisher: B&H Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 11/1/2008
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 1,275,540
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

 Gilbert Morris is among today’s most popular Christian writers; his books having sold nearly six million copies worldwide. He specializes in historical fiction and won a 2001 Christy Award for the Civil War drama Edge of Honor. Once a pastor and English professor who earned a Ph.D. from the University of Arkansas, Morris lives with his wife in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2009

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    Secrets/trust

    This book was good. I didn't like it as much as other wagon trains novels. Joelle leaves her home when she feels threatened by her Step-Father. She leaves town in the middle of the night with her horse. To keep her secret she becomes a boy and goes by the name Jo. Soon she finds a place to work and meets a man named Owen Majors who invites her to join a Wagon train headed for California. Jo and Owen work with another man to keep the wagon train safe. All too soon, there is trouble and Jo is found out. It is a good story. I felt the main characters were a little weak. And I didn't like the ending. I am willing to try the others in the series, since I have read other Gilbert Morris books and enjoyed them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2013

    Wonderful book!

    I reallu enjoyed this book! About a girl who is running from her stepfather! She dresses up as a boy! A very good read!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2012

    same book different title

    Was a good book but it was almost the same as Santa Fe Women. Story line almost exact same. Talk about the wagon trains. On the trail, they pick someone up and what do you know? It's a doctor just like in Santa Fe Women. I think it should have been a person with a different profession to keep it interesting. Because having it be a doctor in both books kind of lets you know someone is going to need a doctor.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2012

    Not a favorite....

    This book is not one of Morris's best works. It repeated itself a lot especially the dialouge. Story line was ok but it left the whole reason for the book at a loose end. I think Morris should have played off of that and had someone try to turn in Joelle for the ransom or the Step-father caught up with her. Would have made a better story. Also the romance in the book wasn't as good as it should have been. There could have been alittle more between Joelle and Owen. To the end it felt like a friendship. I will try the other books in the series but if you dont like this series but love oregon trail novels try Jordan's Star by Gilbert Morris.

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  • Posted September 13, 2011

    Quite an Adventure!

    I read this book yesterday afternoon, an amazingly quick read for me. From the very beginning Joelle had trouble and the entire story just kept drawing me in! Another great book by Gilbert Morris. I highly Recommend for someone who just wants a dramatic & adventurous afternoon!

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