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Gilbert Morris is among today's most popular Christian writers, his books having sold nearly six million copies worldwide. A former pastor and English professor, he specializes in historical fiction and won a 2001 Christy Award for the Civil War drama Edge of Honor. Morris lives with his wife in Gulf Shores, Alabama.
“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
Posted April 9, 2010
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.
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