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A Man for Temperance
     

A Man for Temperance

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by Gilbert Morris
 

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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,

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.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805464221
Publisher:
B&H Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/01/2010
Series:
Wagon Wheel Series
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
257,708
File size:
749 KB

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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!”

Meet the Author

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.

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A Man for Temperance 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Traci12 More than 1 year ago
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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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was an okay read but not a favorite.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the story! I couldn't put it down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Defintely not one of Morris' best but still an okay read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A strong and brave woman following God's will and being there for others. I enjoyed reading it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story line!