Rose's Pledge [NOOK Book]


A gentlewoman sold to the highest bidder. . .

A frontiersman looking for love outside of marriage. . .

And the vast, untamed wilderness and peoples that threaten their survival.


To save her father from debtors’ prison in England, gently bred Rose Harwood indentures herself to the highest bidder in the far away American Colonies. Her new owner, a grubby trader, takes her deep into Indian Territory, and ...

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A gentlewoman sold to the highest bidder. . .

A frontiersman looking for love outside of marriage. . .

And the vast, untamed wilderness and peoples that threaten their survival.


To save her father from debtors’ prison in England, gently bred Rose Harwood indentures herself to the highest bidder in the far away American Colonies. Her new owner, a grubby trader, takes her deep into Indian Territory, and when hostilities erupt at the start of the French and Indian War, Rose finds herself in more need of rescue than her father ever was.


Frontiersman Nate Kinyon is eager to save Rose, but he has strayed from his childhood beliefs and is far from being the man God called him to be. And Rose is reluctant to sacrifice her faith to secure the charming but worldly longhunter’s protection.


As the two struggle amid danger for survival, they have a lot to learn—from each other and from God. Will they discover that the only true and lasting love comes from God, the Author of their destiny?

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The novel is well researched, rich with details of the period. We get insight into the events that lead to French and Indian wars and even see George Washington, the future first president of the United States, as a brave officer in the beginning of his illustrous career. Convincing and likable characters and easy writing style make for a very enjoyable read. Since we are told that Rose''s sisters shared her fate, each of them going as indentured servant to America, I''m eagery awaiting the next installment in this promising series.  5 stars. 

— Litter Pages

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781607427483
  • Publisher: Barbour Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/2012
  • Series: Harwood House , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 425,706
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Dianna Crawford is a California native. She has been published since the early 1990s and writes full-time. Her first inspirational novel was the premier of a six-book series for Tyndale that she coauthored with Sally Laity. Dianna is married and has four daughters and seven grandkids.

Sally Laity considers it a joy to know that the Lord can touch other hearts through her stories. She has written both historical and contemporary novels, including a co-authored series for Tyndale House and another for Barbour Publishing, nine Heartsong Romances, and twelve Barbour novellas. Her favorite pastimes include quilting for her church’s Prayer Quilt Ministry and scrapbooking. She makes her home in the beautiful Tehachapi Mountains of southern California with her husband of fifty years and enjoys being a grandma and great-grandma. 

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  • Posted March 20, 2012

    Rose is the oldest Harwood Daughter. Her mother died when she wa

    Rose is the oldest Harwood Daughter. Her mother died when she was only 13 years of age. She became the mother figure for her younger siblings. She has sacrificed her courting years to take care of her family. Now she's an old spinster.

    When her father is in debt and is threatened to go to debt prison, Rose comes up with a plan to get money to pay her father's debt. That plan included selling herself as bond servant to the colonies.
    A dirty old man named Smith bought Rose to become his cook. The man is a fur trader and lives on a trading post in Indian territory. While traveling the 30 miles to that post she meets Nate, a handsome frontiersman, who wants to free her from Smith. But Smith doesn't want to sell his cook. Nate travels with Smith and Rose to the trading post and starts to have feelings for Rose.
    Rose is a dedicated Christian and Nate isn't. So she's trying to guard her heart, but is attracted to him nevertheless.

    It took me a while to get into the story, but once I did I really liked the story. I loved reading about the untamed wilderness, how they traveled and crossed rivers, always on guard for enemy Indians and Frenchmen. Also interesting to read was how the fur trading was done. I liked to read how Rose adapted to life in the wilderness, how she learned the fur trade and became a tough lady.

    For the lover of historical fiction, especially frontiers settings, this book is a must read.

    *I received a copy of this book from NetGalley and was not required to write a positive review.*

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2012

    Loved this book

    There are so few novels about the French and Indian War. This was my favorite. Dianna Crawford has been one of my favorte authors since the Reardon Valley Series. She really makes history come alive. Especially time periods that are not often written about. It is a very inspiring book. I highly reccommend it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 11, 2012

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    A Unique Story!

    Rose Hardwood once lived a life of privilege and dignity. Now, she and her family are in deep trouble. In order to save her family from disgrace, Rose sells herself into indentured servitude. Far from her home in England, she finds herself in the American frontier. When she is sold to a fur trapper who lives in the deepest frontier of America, she finds herself farther from home than she expected and in the heart of Indian Territory. Nate Kinyon has made a living of trapping in Indian Territory for quite some time. When he meets Rose Harwood, he is astonished to discover her owner would bring her into such dangerous territory. He's determined to rescue her from her stubborn and heartless owner who doesn't seem to mind endangering her for his own gain. But just how much is Nate willing to pay to rescue her?

    Rose's Pledge is a unique story that covers various topics in history, such as indentured servitude, the fur trapper trade in the early American frontier, the French and Indian war, and of course, the early perception of Native Americans.

    With that said, this time period and the topics are not popular settings found in the Christian fiction market today. While colonial settings are starting to rise, readers don't know too much about the topics this story broaches. As a result, there is a lot of new information to take in.

    I definitely found this book interesting, but due to the newness and vast topics it covered, this story seemed to have a lot historical detail that at times made me want to skip over the lengthy paragraphs detailing the various tribes and the conflict over the French and Indian War. While the information was essential to know for the purpose of plot advancement, it seemed to be presented as an information dump inside of dialogue or inner monologue. For whatever reason, I didn't find these parts of the story as interesting.

    This story is a definite page-turner, and the the authors are skillful at keeping the reader in suspense as we wonder what is going to happen next.

    While the cover gives readers the impression that this story is a full-fledged historical romance, I think it would fall more along the lines of a historical. Though the hero and heroine interact with one another early in the story, the sparks don't start to fly until halfway through the novel--and that's about as much as I can mention on that without spoiling the story.

    As a historical, Rose's Pledge is definitely an interesting and engaging read. For those who enjoy colonial stories, or anyone interested in the fur trapping that took place during the colonial era, this is a story you will not want to miss.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Posted January 2, 2012

    New series

    Rose's Pledge by Dianna Crawford and Sally Laity
    5 STARS
    Never sure how this would turn out. Did not want to put it down while my kindle recharged. I hope thier are follow up books with these characters.
    In England the police came and where going to throw her father in debt prison, but Rose convinces the cop to give her the rest of day to come up with the money. She takes what ever she can find and sells it not enough so she sells herself for four years as a dentured servant in America. Her younger sisters go with her they are supposed to go together but the ships Captain sells them seperately.
    Rose gets sold to old stinky guy who really never tells her about where they are going. Just that he needs a new cook because his stomach his killing him. He also brings lots of goods for his store and milk cow, and chickens.
    Rose ends up at a Indian camp. The old trader was being honest in that he needs to eat better. His indian wife like Rose or for that fact her husband.
    On their way to the Indian camp they run into Nate Kinyon and his partner Bob who are hunters,trapper and explores. Nate trys to talk Mr. Smith from taking Rose 300 miles into Indian terratory.
    They end up escorting Rose and helping her learn the things she needs to know. Bob is half indian but doesn't fit in anywhere. Bob is also a Christian. Rose and Bob talk a lot about different Preachers and the scriptures.
    Nate and Bob take off they are going to try and earn the money to free Rose before winter. They go further out in more dangerous area with some goods of Trader Smith.
    While they are gone away from the Indian camp. Rose earns the respect of trader Smith and ends up taking care of a little blond six month orphan Jenny. Who's mother been kidnapped and injured who hangs on long enough to ask Rose to take her to her parents somehow. Jenny softens traders Smiths heart. He plays with her daily and he starts teaching Rose the trading business when he realizes he is getting worse and going to die. Before he dies he frees Rose.
    So Rose is left by herself hoping Nate and Bob come back. Rose keeps the trading going after Smith dies and his wife and her brother steals a lot of stuff,money and horses.
    It is a very well told story and action keeps going and new problems keep coming up. I look forward to reading more books from Diana and Sally.I was given this ebook to read in exchange for honest review from Netgalley.
    01/01/2012 PUB Barbour Publishing, Inc.

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  • Posted September 23, 2011

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    Very enjoyable historical romance

    I have always enjoyed reading historical novels set in Colonial America. Plots where women had to rough it to survive on the frontier make those types of stories even more intriguing to me. Toss in the fact that the heroine was orignally from England and sold herself as an indentured servant along with her sisters to help keep her father out of debtor's prison, thus causing them all to be shipped off to the Americas... Well, I'll just say that makes for a intriguing plot with major potential. The authors pulled this concept off well and I learned quite a bit about the French and the Indian raids on traders' posts during that perilous period in time. The setting was so well done I was freezing right along with them while they were on the run. The authors' writing and "voice" were seamless, as if written by one person rather than two.

    Rose's Pledge was an enthralling novel with excellent pacing. It held my attention so well I wanted to do little else but read. The hero was charming and the spiritual thread in the story was gripping and believable. I enjoyed getting to know the characters and can't help wondering whose story will be next. I'm thinking it will be Mariah's story. I can't wait to read that one because I'm already intrigued with the setting she is in and her delusions of romance and grandeur.

    I appreciated how the authors' used Rose's story to show how sometimes God uses the most unlikely circumstances to bring about our greatest joy in life. The authors also showed that sometimes God strips everything from us so that we'll depend on Him for everything and learn to see Him working in every situation in our lives. Peril will cause even the most unlikely people to seek God's protection and help, and sometimes they will even turn their hearts toward Him. Well-written, Rose's Pledge has a solid plot with great pacing, believable characters, and an intriguing setting. But most of all, it is a story of deep and abiding faith. I loved it!

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