A Life Restored (Prescott Pioneers #3)

A Life Restored (Prescott Pioneers #3)

by Karen Baney

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Overview

Making mistakes is a part of life...

Social butterfly, Caroline Larson, longs for adventure. Since her best friend left Texas, she grows dissatisfied with her life. A little lie to her parents sends her on the journey of her life. Stranded in the Arizona desert, far from her final destination, she must rely on a stranger who gets under her skin.

Thomas Anderson has always struggled with making good decisions. A twist of fate, or Providence, leads him to Arizona to take a job as an express rider. Dealing with the ghosts of his past threatens to overshadow his future-until he meets a woman needing his help. Sparks fly as she grates on his nerves.

As they both struggle to move beyond their past mistakes, will they find their lives restored?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780983548652
Publisher: Karen Baney
Publication date: 08/28/2011
Series: Prescott Pioneers Series , #3
Pages: 332
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.74(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

KAREN BANEY, in addition to writing Christian historical fiction novels, works as a Software Engineer. Spending over twenty years as an avid fan of the genre, Karen loves writing about territorial Arizona.
Her faith plays an important role both in her life and in her writing. She is active in various Bible studies throughout the year. Karen and her husband make their home in Gilbert, Arizona, with their two dogs. She also holds a Masters of Business Administration from Arizona State University.

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A Life Restored 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
Ever since Karen Baney wrote her first novel in the Prescott Pioneer series, I've been hooked. I mean these characters that she writes about feel like they are part of my distant relatives from the mid 1800's living in and around Prescott, Arizona when the west was just beginning to get settled. There are stagecoach robberies, wanted men trying to find a way to enact revenge on those they feel deserve their wrath, people attempting to make a new start out west, cattle rustling, Indian attacks and those just trying to find love on the frontier. Through each consecutive novel that Karen has added to this series, we find out what our previous characters have been up to since the last book as she incorporates the lives of them along with new characters we can only hope to come to love and those we hope the swift hand of justice will rain down upon their heads. In this novel, A Life Restored, the third book in the series, we find ourselves partnered with Caroline Larson, whose brother Adam and her best friend Julia left the family ranch to head to a new life in Prescott. Now struggling with trying to find love like that of her parents, Caroline finds that kissing the men who are interested in her may be the best way to see if she loves them. She believes if she feels a spark when they kiss, that may mean love is present. However when the two men find out about Caroline's plan, they are left broken-hearted and alone. Caroline believes that being back with her brother Adam and Julia may help her get back on track and trusting her faith in God once again instead of trying to take control of her own life. The only problem is now on a stage coach trip to Prescott on her final leg of the trip, her coach is robbed, the men shot and she is left behind, tied up in the middle of no where far from any water or food. The plot thickens when a stranger by the name of Robert Garrett, the mastermind behind the stagecoach robbery, finds out that Caroline is aboard the stage and in leaving her behind, he hopes to begin a blackmail scheme against the Larsons and Will Coulter that will fulfill his need for revenge and justice. Only problem is when he sends a man back to retrieve Caroline, she isn't there. A renegade mail express rider,Thomas Anderson, that Caroline had an encounter with after almost being ran over by him in the street of Wickenburg will provide to be both a rescuer and a thorn in her side. Will she ever make it to Prescott? Will Robert Garrett find Thomas and Caroline before they make it into Prescott? Will Caroline ever find true love or find her faith in God again? I received this ebook version of A Life Restored by Karen Baney compliments of the author herself. Not only did I become just as hooked as I did in the first two books in this series, I found even more characters to add to my new family in Prescott! You'll be rooting for your old favorites as well as meeting new ones along the way. If you love great western romance stories with a faith in God, then you'll love Karen Baney's Prescott Pioneers series! You can pick up any of them and fit right in or like me, start at the beginning and watch your family grow! This rates a 5 out of 5 stars and can't wait to see what other surprises Karen has in store for us in the future.
kittycrochettwo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ever get so hooked on a series that you just can't wait to read the next installment? That's just how I feel about Karen Baney's Prescott Pioneer series. Each book has unfolded like an adventure, that easily pulls you into the historical setting, but more than that the author easily allows you to become invested in the characters lives, and starting a new book in the series is like visiting with old friends."A Life Restored," is the story of Caroline Larson and Thomas Anderson. Eighteen year old Caroline isn't happy with her life in Texas. She misses her best friend Julia Larson and her older brother Adam who left a year ago to move to the Colter ranch in Prescott, Arizona Territory. She believes the only way she is going to have the life she wants is to move to Prescott, and secures a chaperone so that she can convince her father to allow her to go.When her chaperone doesn't get her to Prescott as quickly as Caroline would like she decides to make the final leg of the journey alone, but when the stagecoach is robbed and all the other passengers are murdered she is stuck in the dessert until Thomas Anderson, an express rider happens along and says he will take her to Prescott. Even though the two rub each other the wrong way, there is also a definite attraction. Will Caroline find the life she is hoping for in Prescott, and will Thomas be a part of it?There was plenty going on in this story. The main story is centered around Thomas and Caroline. Thomas struggles with letting go of the burdens from his past, the author easily allows us to see the inner struggles that he had.Paul was a wonderful influence on Thomas. Caroline was someone who usually acted before she actually thought things thru. The secondary stories were just as interesting. I loved how things worked out for Betty and Ben, and it was nice to reconnect with Will, Hannah, Julia and Adam. The story line with Robert Garrett added a bit of mystery and suspense to the story, and really left me wondering what he will do in the next book! I did wonder about Rev. Pritchett and his daughter Millie and hope we might see them again in the next book. If your a fan of historical fiction with romance, mystery, suspense and also has a nice christian message then your certainly going to enjoy this book. While its the third book in the Prescott Pioneers series I felt like the author gives us enough background information so that it can easily be read as a stand alone work,but believe me you will want to read the entire series! On a scale of one to five I would easily give this book a six because its just that good!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An excellent read. A little wordy and drawn out at times, but good reading. If western romance is your genre you'll love it, as well as, the others. JS
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another home run! I just love her stories, how she ties everything together really makes the characters come alive. Thank you
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MaureenST More than 1 year ago
I am so very thrilled that there is another book in this series to come. This one ends in a cliff hanger...and oh how I have loved these books. So much adventure, Romance, and Love of God, shown in these characters. You will find out what happens in the lives of the people we have come to know and love. The primary characters in this one are Thomas Anderson, and Carolyn Lawson. Of course there paths are going to cross, and not all of it is fun! You love how they meet, even if the conditions are not the best, there is a bit of humor. Then there is Ben and Betty, they will warm your heart. They show Love and Compassion all in need! Then you also meet Robert Garrett, and you feel the presence of Evil! Karen Baney writes so wonderfully that I feel I am right in the room, in the street, or in the wild. The books read so fast, and I don't want them to end. Thank You Karen!! I received this book from First Wild Card Tours and the author Karen Baney, and was not required to give a positive review.
JanetRuth More than 1 year ago
I read and review a lot of Christian fiction titles, and I especially love the historical western theme. Karen Baney writes the type of stories that I love the most. Caroline and Thomas first meet after a tragic stage coach robbery, and Caroline is the only survivor. Thomas has a very colorful past, and many don't believe that he will ever make anything of his life. When their lives cross, their immediate reaction is a love/hate relationship that will take them through some very interesting times. A story full of suspense, young love, danger, the wild Arizona frontier, cattle rustlers, genuine compassion for others, and a deep faith in God, are just a few of the elements that kept me up way past my bedtime. I can't wait for book #4, A Hope Revealed, and I highly recommend the entire Prescott Pioneers series.
Miss-Lynn More than 1 year ago
A Life Restored (Book 3 of the Prescott Pioneers Series) Karen Baney September 3-2011 Christian Historical Romance 5 Stars Being fortunate to have read the first two books in this series I was elated when the third book was available for me to read. I always find it great when I can keep up with a series and not miss a book in between and I would like to thank the author Karen Baney for letting me know that it was available. In a Life Restored we find the characters from the other books and get a glimpse of their lives now but we are also introduced to some new characters. Caroline Larson, Adam's younger sister and Thomas Anderson who we remember from the first book are the main characters of this book. Eighteen year old Caroline is finding life in Texas not to be what she wants. Being lonely and missing her brother Adam and his wife Julia her best friend a piece of her heart went with them to Arizona. There is only one thing to do, Move out wet with them if she can talk her father into letting her go. With the agreement of a chaperone she is allowed to move to Prescott but trouble finds her along the way and Caroline is left stranded in the desert. When Thomas Anderson comes along , he helps her the rest of the way. As sparks fly along the way to Prescott there is also an attraction simmering just below the surface. Will their sparring drive them apart or will the simmering become a flame. Will Caroline find life as she expected in Prescott and will Thomas be a part of it. Once again the author has come up with a great novel in this series .They just keep getting better and better as she writes them. There is only one problem I find is that the books come out are too far apart but that makes for a good story line as she takes her time in the writing and does not just churn them out within months of each other. I find this book to be written in such a way that even if you have missed the other two you will still understand this book and it can be read as a standalone The art work on the covers is awesome. It's like they are all hand painted instead of a photograph. I will wait patiently for the 4th book to come out. Keep up the good work Karen. I love reading your books.
kittycrochettwo More than 1 year ago
Ever get so hooked on a series that you just can't wait to read the next installment? That's just how I feel about Karen Baney's Prescott Pioneer series. Each book has unfolded like an adventure, that easily pulls you into the historical setting, but more than that the author easily allows you to become invested in the characters lives, and starting a new book in the series is like visiting with old friends. "A Life Restored," is the story of Caroline Larson and Thomas Anderson. Eighteen year old Caroline isn't happy with her life in Texas. She misses her best friend Julia Larson and her older brother Adam who left a year ago to move to the Colter ranch in Prescott, Arizona Territory. She believes the only way she is going to have the life she wants is to move to Prescott, and secures a chaperone so that she can convince her father to allow her to go.When her chaperone doesn't get her to Prescott as quickly as Caroline would like she decides to make the final leg of the journey alone, but when the stagecoach is robbed and all the other passengers are murdered she is stuck in the dessert until Thomas Anderson, an express rider happens along and says he will take her to Prescott. Even though the two rub each other the wrong way, there is also a definite attraction. Will Caroline find the life she is hoping for in Prescott, and will Thomas be a part of it? There was plenty going on in this story. The main story is centered around Thomas and Caroline. Thomas struggles with letting go of the burdens from his past, the author easily allows us to see the inner struggles that he had.Paul was a wonderful influence on Thomas. Caroline was someone who usually acted before she actually thought things thru. The secondary stories were just as interesting. I loved how things worked out for Betty and Ben, and it was nice to reconnect with Will, Hannah, Julia and Adam. The story line with Robert Garrett added a bit of mystery and suspense to the story, and really left me wondering what he will do in the next book! I did wonder about Rev. Pritchett and his daughter Millie and hope we might see them again in the next book. If your a fan of historical fiction with romance, mystery, suspense and also has a nice christian message then your certainly going to enjoy this book. While its the third book in the Prescott Pioneers series I felt like the author gives us enough background information so that it can easily be read as a stand alone work,but believe me you will want to read the entire series! On a scale of one to five I would easily give this book a six because its just that good!