Raider's Heart [NOOK Book]

Overview


A silly little lamp has turned Dawsey Wilkes's life upside down.

 

Hooper and Duncan McRae grew up hearing their father’s tales of the little golden lamp that eluded his ability to possess. Hooper, always the daring brother, seizes a once-in-a lifetime chance to get a peek at the legendary lamp. But simple curiosity could open a Pandora’s box of trouble for the McRaes.

 

Whisked from her opulent home in the middle of the night, ...

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Overview


A silly little lamp has turned Dawsey Wilkes's life upside down.

 

Hooper and Duncan McRae grew up hearing their father’s tales of the little golden lamp that eluded his ability to possess. Hooper, always the daring brother, seizes a once-in-a lifetime chance to get a peek at the legendary lamp. But simple curiosity could open a Pandora’s box of trouble for the McRaes.

 

Whisked from her opulent home in the middle of the night, Dawsey Wilkes wakes up deep in the Carolina swamps, the prisoner of a rowdy family who support the infamous Henry Berry Lowry, a vigilante intent on bringing justice to the poor.

 

Wooed by the competitive brothers and shunned by their sister Ellie, Dawsey remains intent on getting back home to her ailing father. But has it been God’s plan all along to unite these two very different families?

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Editorial Reviews

Christian Book - Kathy Warth

Lots of twists, surprises and downhome fun await the reader in this creative easy to read novel! With characters the reader can relate to makes this a true keeper novel to reread and savor again, and a truly unforgettable novel you won't want to miss! I look forward to reading the next in this series!
RT Book Reviews - Patsy Glans

Gruver launches the Backwoods Buccaneers series with a tale of adventure, family secrets and romance. The characters are well rounded and well meaning, but also know that when the truth comes to light, no one will be the same.
Legacy of a Writer - Katy McCurdy

The story plot was well thought out and unfolded amazingly. I don’t want to give away anything in the book, so I won’t delve into anything in this review. It’s one of those stories that’s full of surprises and you can’t explain too much about the book without giving it all away. And the ending was so sweet. It just made me sigh contently at the McRae’s life. It was certainly a perfect ending to an exciting book.
A light, fun read that will keep you entertained from cover to cover. It has twists and turns that will surprise you along the way. I enjoyed reading this book - my first by this author. I will certainly pick up another book of hers in the future!
Book Reviews R Us - Stephanie Rollins

This is an unconventional love story and drama. If you like historical novels, this is for you. Marcia Gruver brings history and the culture of south central North Carolina alive.
Fiction Addict - Elizabeth Olmedo

Marcia Gruver opens her new series, Backwoods Brides strong with Raider’s Heart. A tale of romance, adventure, and faith unfolds grasping the reader’s attention. Raider’s Heart is a story of forgiveness and letting God take control amidst tragedy. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and couldn’t put it down, consequently reading it in one sitting. The novel has one of those “feel-good” endings that while not the most realistic because it’s a bit too perfect; it is a nice break from real life. Sometimes one enjoys breaking away from reality for a few hours. I strongly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good, clean romance.
Christian Book

Lots of twists, surprises and downhome fun await the reader in this creative easy to read novel! With characters the reader can relate to makes this a true keeper novel to reread and savor again, and a truly unforgettable novel you won't want to miss! I look forward to reading the next in this series!

— Kathy Warth

RT Book Reviews

Gruver launches the Backwoods Buccaneers series with a tale of adventure, family secrets and romance. The characters are well rounded and well meaning, but also know that when the truth comes to light, no one will be the same.

— Patsy Glans

Legacy of a Writer

The story plot was well thought out and unfolded amazingly. I don’t want to give away anything in the book, so I won’t delve into anything in this review. It’s one of those stories that’s full of surprises and you can’t explain too much about the book without giving it all away. And the ending was so sweet. It just made me sigh contently at the McRae’s life. It was certainly a perfect ending to an exciting book.

A light, fun read that will keep you entertained from cover to cover. It has twists and turns that will surprise you along the way. I enjoyed reading this book - my first by this author. I will certainly pick up another book of hers in the future!
— Katy McCurdy

Book Reviews R Us

This is an unconventional love story and drama. If you like historical novels, this is for you. Marcia Gruver brings history and the culture of south central North Carolina alive.

— Stephanie Rollins

Fiction Addict

Marcia Gruver opens her new series, Backwoods Brides strong with Raider’s Heart. A tale of romance, adventure, and faith unfolds grasping the reader’s attention. Raider’s Heart is a story of forgiveness and letting God take control amidst tragedy. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and couldn’t put it down, consequently reading it in one sitting. The novel has one of those “feel-good” endings that while not the most realistic because it’s a bit too perfect; it is a nice break from real life. Sometimes one enjoys breaking away from reality for a few hours. I strongly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good, clean romance.

— Elizabeth Olmedo

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781607422631
  • Publisher: Barbour Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/1/2011
  • Series: Backwoods Brides , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 901,283
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author


Marcia Gruver’s southern roots lend touches of humor and threads of faith to her writing. Look for both in her Texas Fortunes and Backwoods Brides series. When she’s not perched behind a keyboard, you’ll find her clutching a game system controller or riding shotgun on long drives in the Texas Hill Country. Lifelong Texans, Marcia and her husband Lee have five children. Collectively, this motley crew has graced them with a dozen grandchildren and one great-granddaughter—so far.

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  • Posted March 13, 2011

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    The Backwoods Have My Heart

    If you're like me there are probably a few author's who you turn to if you want a guaranteed romantic read, a few you go to for that suspense laden drama and a few you turn to just for an escape. Marcia Gruver is one of the author's whose books I turn to when I want to read a book that has an out of the ordinary setting. Don't get me wrong her stories have romance, some suspense and they are definitely great escapes from everyday life but the thing that grabs me the most about Ms. Gruver is her knack for picking an incredible setting for each of her stories. Yes she has set her books in late 19th century which has been done before but I've never encountered bandits, gamblers and oil all in one little town before!

    This latest series is set in the South, not in the cotton fields, on a plantation or a bustling city like Charleston but rather the backwoods and swamps of North Carolina! When you read a lot (and I mean a lot) of historical fiction like me, sure the characters are usually always interesting but the the settings are just kind of...well...blah. I never thought that a place called Scuffletown and the folks who reside there could have captured me so fully. Life on the swamps may be simple but it is far from easy!

    The McRae family and the entire Scuffletown gang are about as closely knit as any group of folks you'll ever meet in a story. I loved the Robin Hood like feel that this story had. It was so cool to see the old legend kind of brought to life in this book but with a new, unique twist! Although that wasn't the whole of the story, it was what I liked the most about Raider's Heart.

    To me this wasn't really about romance, although there was a bit of a love triangle, it was more about family and forgiveness. I loved to see Dawsey Wilkes evolve from a somewhat spoiled"city" girl to accepting the McRae family. I also enjoyed seeing Ellie aka Dilsey, stubborn as she was, soften up a bit. To date, Raider's Heart is definitely my favorite book by Marcia. I can't wait to see what happens next in the swamps of the Carolina's in Bandit's Hope due out this Fall!

    *I received my complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for posting my honest review.*

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  • Posted February 17, 2011

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    This Book Stretched Me.

    More like a 4.5 rating. Like others, I have mixed feelings about this book. Maybe because I learned some things about myself that I'm not sure I like. What is a happy ever after ending? We can't go back and undo the things of our past. We can't. We can be forgiven, but what we did in the past may have consequences. Are some consequences more acceptable than others? Is this book a page turner? Absolutely. Would I recommend it to others? Yes I would. Why? Because it will stretch you and make you think. And that is novel writing at it's best.

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