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In 1850, Temperance Peabody, age 32, is a plain yet beautiful woman who has yet to know the thrill of romantic love. Raised in the Oregon territory where her parents established a strict religious colony, she was never allowed to have a suitor but now longs to have a family of her own.

After her parents die and a cholera epidemic wracks the colony, Temperance feels called by God to take the surviving orphaned children back East to their extended families. But the only man ...

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Overview

In 1850, Temperance Peabody, age 32, is a plain yet beautiful woman who has yet to know the thrill of romantic love. Raised in the Oregon territory where her parents established a strict religious colony, she was never allowed to have a suitor but now longs to have a family of her own.

After her parents die and a cholera epidemic wracks the colony, Temperance feels called by God to take the surviving orphaned children back East to their extended families. But the only man available to accompany her on the dangerous journey is Thaddeus Brennan, a hard-edged drifter with good reasons of his own to get out of town.

Despite the mismatch of Temperance’s purity with Thad’s hot temper, heavy drinking, and distaste for kids, the intensities of their trek help the two find common ground, perhaps enough on which to build a lasting relationship. But life and love are unpredictable. And when another man and woman join the journey, and a shock awaits two of the orphans, this hearty story of faith and new desires duly follows.

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“A MAN FOR TEMPERANCE is an interesting read. Gilbert Morris brings the backward trip on the Oregon Trail to life with interesting details that he has deftly woven in to the storyline. For a trip back to when days moved at a slower pace and life was about surviving, try A MAN FOR TEMPERANCE.” Dancing Word Reviews

“Interspersed with lively characters and accurate historical detail, this makes for an engrossing read. Morris successfully brings the Oregon trail to life; readers can almost taste the dust the wagon kicks up as it treks back east. …this is a sweet story spiced with just the right amount of inspiration and romance.” Historical Novels Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805432909
  • Publisher: Lifeway Christian Resources
  • Publication date: 9/1/2007
  • Pages: 338
  • Sales rank: 1,412,467
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.76 (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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“Who is that blasted woman?” Brennan said. His mind was
not working at full speed, but he was at least alert enough to
see that building roads for a year was not the most appealing
thing in the world.
“She’s a good Christian woman and she needs help, but the
choice is up to you. I’ll make you a deal. I won’t sell your horse
and your gear, and I’ll get the judge to cut back on the fine. A
couple of months’ work won’t hurt you none.” Meek grinned
at Brennan, adding, “But it’s your say. If you’d rather bust rock
for a year, that’s fine with me.”
Silence prevailed for a moment, then Brennan cursed loudly
and said, “I’ll have to do it, but it don’t go down good.”
“Well, now you’re getting smart, but let me make this clear
to you, Brennan. You try to soldier on the job, I’ll be out, and
you’ll think the roof fell on you. You try to run, I’ll run you
down. You ask around town what Meek is like when somebody
crosses him. You got me?”
Brennan took a step closer. He was an extremely tall man,
two inches taller than Meek, who was a big man himself. “I’ll do
the work without any sermon from you, Meek.”
“Now you’re being smart. I’ll work out the deal with the
judge. You’ll be out at the Peabody place in time to do the
afternoon chores!”

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  • Posted April 9, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    As Unlikely A Couple As You Can Get!

    This book was a very fun book! Temperance is a single woman trying to run a farm/ranch and she can't keep a hired hand. All the workers she has brought to the ranch run off. A potential new worker comes onto the scene but not willingly. He is "given a choice by the sheriff" to work off his debt to society under Temperance or he can be part of a "chain gang" and build roads for the state. He is not happy with this arrangement and he goes about trying to make Temperance's life miserable by purposely doing all the things that will annoy her and participating in all the activities that goes against her faith. Temperance is a woman of faith and she sets out to do good for all her neighbors and the towns people even putting herself at risk. As the story unfolds you learn who to turn to when it matters the most and when there is no hope, and no help other than your faith, you also learn what it is to turn away from the past and begin a future with a clean slate.
    This is a great story with so many themes running throughout the book you won't want to put it down. You are filled with so many emotions as you read this book you feel as if you are Temperance herself.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2013

    Draco

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2013

    Windy

    She tilted her head to the side and yapped.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2013

    good book!

    Wonderful book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2012

    So-so

    Was an okay read but not a favorite.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2012

    a must read!!

    Loved the story! I couldn't put it down!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2012

    An okay read

    Defintely not one of Morris' best but still an okay read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2012

    Judy

    A strong and brave woman following God's will and being there for others. I enjoyed reading it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2012

    Good Christian Romance

    Good story line!

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