Serendipity (Only In Gooding Book #5)

Serendipity (Only In Gooding Book #5)

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by Cathy Marie Hake
     
 

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Todd Valmer should have known better. A farmer who's been through several disasters, he travels to Virginia to fetch his widowed mother to cook and help him around his Texas farm...or that was the plan until she keels over on the train and they get kicked off. Maggie Rose barters for a living and also makes soaps, lotions, and perfumes with a special rose recipe…  See more details below

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Todd Valmer should have known better. A farmer who's been through several disasters, he travels to Virginia to fetch his widowed mother to cook and help him around his Texas farm...or that was the plan until she keels over on the train and they get kicked off. Maggie Rose barters for a living and also makes soaps, lotions, and perfumes with a special rose recipe passed down from mother to daughter for generations. She hasn't wanted to marry...until that handsome Texan shows up. Her heart skips a beat, and when he proposes, a hasty marriage follows.

What ensues, however, is a clash of culture and a battle of wills--and it's clear they both mistook instant attraction and infatuation for love. As their marriage loses its sparkle and fills with disillusionment, Todd and Maggie must determine what is worth fighting for. He dreams of a farm. Maggie wants to fulfill the family tradition with her rose perfumes. Todd's mother, however, has entirely different plans for her son that do not include Maggie. In light of their hasty marriage and mistaken dreams, is there any hope of recapturing their love and building a future together?

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781441211873
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/01/2010
Series:
Only In Gooding , #5
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
228,252
File size:
917 KB

Meet the Author

Cathy Marie Hake is a licensed nurse who worked for many years in an oncology unit before shifting her focus to perinatal care. The author of over twenty novels, she lives with her husband in Anaheim, California.
Cathy Marie Hake is a registered nurse who worked for many years in an oncology unit before shifting her focus to perinatal care. The author of over twenty novels, she lives with her husband and two children in Anaheim, California.

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Serendipity 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love all of Cathy's books and the series that goes with this book are among my favorites. They are humerous and have unexpected twists. Just love them!
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Smilingsally More than 1 year ago
This light-hearted novel comes with instructions for dealing with a difficult in-law. The plot involves a sharp-tongued, mother-in-law, who suffers a stroke, and her tough cookie daughter-in-law as they struggle to settle into their new home in Texas. Todd, the son/husband works hard to hang on to his heavily mortgaged land, but like most men, doesn't see his world crumbling. Miscommunication and misunderstandings abound as these three learn to adjust--in a one-room house. Hake is adapt with dialogue; she peppers the novel with metaphors and similes. Reading Maggie's mountain dialect often caused me to chuckle aloud. For example, when discussing her plan for bartering, Maggie says, "Ma, he's going to be slicker 'n snot on a glass doorknob. But he tried cheating us, and... I'm agoina teach him a lesson" (229). The end is a bit choppy. Transition is lacking between Chapters twenty and twenty-one, but overall, the book is well worth the time spent reading it. Thank you to Bonnie at CFBA and Bethany House for my copy.
BookReviewsByMolly More than 1 year ago
I am a devoted fan to Cathy Marie Hake now! I only read her work in the multi-authored book, Virginia Brides, and loved her work then. But, now that I have read Serendipity and I've seen the blessedly tender characters she created along with the amazing, God filled plot line, I am, forever more, a Cathy Marie Hake fan! I loved reading Maggie Rose's story. She was a "take me as I am" kinda gal, and walking along side her, her man Todd, and her mother-law-law Helga, was truly a magnificent experience. Traveling from the Ozarks to Texas was wonderful fun! Not only did Cathy Marie Hake create these lovable characters (even with stubborn ol' Ma Helga!), she incorporated God's love and messages through out. Seeing the way Maggie was selfless and always trying to do right by others, thinking of them first before herself, really pulled at my heart! But, her man, Todd.....now THAT is a man that made me peeved a time or two. His marrying Maggie for convenience was one that happened quite often in those days, so that wasn't a surprise. What was a surprise was all the events that happened after the marriage. His following God's will to do right by the marriage.....THAT is tender! Mixed with just the right about of sweet humor and wholesome messages (not to mention the fun loving trip back into History!), this is an unforgettable sweet 5 star novel, that I recommend to EVERYONE with the highest of praises. I am officially hooked on Cathy's books and will be looking for her past works, along with all her future works, too. Well done, Cathy!
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pretpn More than 1 year ago
Cathy Marie Hake always gives a fine story. I try to read everything that she has written and I have never been disappointed. I was blessed to receive this book in the mail. The story entails a married couple trying to become one along with an ornery mother-in-law thrown in. Maggie and Todd made a decision to love that was not based on feelings (feelings are very fickle). Maggie was a strong, loving, and determined person; I would love to incorporate some of her personality into mine. Todd was an honorable and hardworking man.
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SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
While taking care of Todd's mother Helga, a head strong woman name Maggie finds she likes Todd. He on the other hand, likes her as well and also needs help in taking care of his mother in his new farm. Soon, Maggie agrees knowing what to expect and she and Todd get married, move to Texas along with Helga. Sure the couple like each other, but find they're different, opposites really. Eventually they'll learn to love each other. Right? Maggie was very patient and still loved her mother in law. At least there's a happy ending for them. Still, this is a really good read from an author I'm definitely reading more from.