Gabriel's Atonement

Gabriel's Atonement

by Vickie McDonough


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ISBN-13: 9781628369519
Publisher: Barbour Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date: 01/01/2015
Series: Land Rush Dreams Series , #1
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Vickie McDonough is a bestselling author who pens romance stories about ranchers, cowboys, lawmen, and others living in the Old West. She has published more than forty books and novellas, and her book Whispers on the Prairie was named a Romantic Times Recommended Inspirational Book. When not writing, she enjoys reading, antiquing, and spending time with her family. For more information, visit

Aimee Lilly has been a voice actor for over twenty-five years. Her voiceover experience ranges from radio drama and video to nearly two hundred audiobooks in a wide variety of genres. An Earphones-award-winning and Audie-nominated narrator, she is one of five readers for the new Immerse: The Bible Reading Experience recording of the New Living Translation.

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Gabriel's Atonement 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
mackenzie_carol More than 1 year ago
Gabriel’s Atonement is the first book in Vickie McDonough’s Land Rush Dreams series, and is also the first full length book I have ever read by her. I have, however, read one of her novella collections in the past, so I knew a little about her writing style going in. in all honesty, though, I didn’t expect that I would love this book nearly as much as I did. The synopsis sounded interesting, don’t get me wrong, it’s just that I have been able to read so many wonderfully written books over the last few months, so I’m never sure just what to expect any more when I pick up a novel. Gabriel’s Atonement is such a sweet, captivating romance with just enough mystery and intrigue to make it extremely difficult to put down. Lara Talbot is such a strong character! I cannot imagine having to care for my son, sister, ailing grandfather, and farm all on my own, and definitely not in that day and age, but Lara does, and does well. Even though her late husband was a no-account and they are strapped financially, Lara really does an amazing job of taking care of her family, especially considering the fact that she pretty much did it all without much help since her grandfather was ill so often. She is also a wonderful mother to Michael, and is just an all-around easy to relate to character, especially when it comes to how she treats Gabe in the beginning. Gabriel Coulter is such a character! Despite his somewhat unsavory past and occupation, he truly is a wonderfully kind, caring, and compassionate man, and as he grows throughout the course of the story he really does become a man worthy of admiration. I don’t want to give away anything, but Gabe definitely is one of my favorite heroes based on all that he becomes. And even just through the transition. His heart is one of gold, once he allows himself to use it of course. Gabriel’s Atonement is such a wonderful book, with plenty of romance, action, and just enough intrigue to keep you captivated until the last page. You’ll even be captivated after that as it pretty much sets you up for the next book in the series—Joline’s Redemption—which I’ve already finished and loved as well (I’ll be reviewing it tomorrow). The only flaw I found with this book is one simple part of the ending, I just don’t want to describe it too much because I don’t want to spoil the book for you. Let me just leave it at this: there’s an argument between certain people because of a certain circumstance, and I felt like it was resolved and went back to “happily ever after” a little too quickly and easily for my tastes. Of course, I still loved the ending, it just felt a little too unrealistic for me, which leads me to the decision that I must give this novel four and a half bookshelves instead of all five. However, since most review sites don’t allow you to give books half stars, but only wholes, I will round up to five because I loved this book enough to round up instead of down. Outside of that one teensy-tiny flaw, this was a wonderful book that comes highly recommended from me. (This review is from my blog,
annelr More than 1 year ago
Newly widowed Lara has her hands full with chronically ill grandfather, resentful sister, and rambunctious young son. No money coming in, no land to call her own and now no husband too. Can Gabe, professional gambler, win her heart and make amends for what he alone knows he has done? Set in the historical period of the great land rush of The West, Author, Vickie McDonough does a great job with character development, with interlacing Christian themes amidst all the action and keeping the story flowing. In the thick of gunfights, horse thieving, seemingly crazed goats and the excitement of the run for land ownership by thousands of hopeful individuals and families, the pages almost turn themselves. Gabriel's Atonement, first in the Land Rush Dreams series, is a delightful story of heartache and hard work, forgiveness and faith in a difficult era of the emerging United States.
J_Augustine More than 1 year ago
Great historical fiction! A wonderful story featuring a little-written-about piece of Oklahoma history. I have watched a couple of movies about the Oklahoma Land Rush but I really appreciated the detail in this book. Gabriel's Atonement is a historical novel with a touch of western thrown in. I absolutely loved how Vicki McDonough's opening scene was reminiscent of the old westerns that I enjoy so much. One of the things that I really liked about Gabriel's Atonement is that the changes in Gabriel's life come realistically slow. He doesn't magically go from sinner to saint in one chapter. Vicki McDonough does historical fiction very well and Gabriel's Atonement is a great example. Don't miss the start of a fascinating series from award-winning author Vicki McDonough! (I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own.)
CarolJo More than 1 year ago
Gabriel’s Atonement is the first book in Vickie McDonough’s Land Rush Dreams series and well worth reading.  I’ve not read many books about the Oklahoma Land Rush and found this fictional account very interesting.    The characters felt real and will grab your heart….especially the gambler who falls in love and changes his life!  The book includes history, adventure, romance and suspense!  I loved reading this book of how God changed Gabe’s life and highly recommend it to others! I received this book free from Barbour Publishing in exchange for my honest opinion.
DaliCastillo More than 1 year ago
An Amazing Story! Professional gambler, Gabe Coulter, is quite good at what he does, and feels absolutely no guilt about it. No guilt, that is, until the unthinkable happens.  Lara Talbot has had a rough life that spans from her youth to her marriage, and there seems to be no hope that things are going to change any time soon.  No time soon, that is, until a stranger enters the picture. Gabriel's Atonement is an amazing story! Author, Vickie McDonough, has written a story that will take you on an emotional roller coaster.  It's a story of love, mystery, intrigue, faith, hope, redemption, forgiveness, and new beginnings.  The story will draw you in from the very beginning, and you won't want to put it down.  Meshed in with Gabe and Lara's story are a few subplots that the author blends in very well.  The author also meshes in an inspirational message, and while some authors overkill in this department, McDonough puts in just enough that it flows very well in the story without being overdone.  Her attention to detail regarding the Land Rush gives the reader just enough background information, again, without being overdone.  The details are an integral part of the story that enhance it without overshadowing the main storyline. I'm definitely looking forward to reading more of this series. *****I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions and viewpoints are my own.  
lsnlj More than 1 year ago
This is the first book in the Land Rush Dreams series, It's a great place to start. Just know then you will definitely want to read the next one. Lara Talbot is struggling to keep her family fed and clothed. Her grandfather, rebellious sister and young son are depending on her. When she learns of the death of her husband she is determined to make the best of it. Her Grandfather plans on running in the land rush but sickness has kept him from signing up. When Lara finally relents to sign him up she signs up herself, never actually intending on riding. When her stubborn personality continually seems to rely on this handsome stranger, Gabe Coulter, she is not sure she can trust her heart to another man, especially another gambler. Gabe Coulter knows his livelihood would not please his dear Godly mothers dream for him, yet this is the only life he knows. When he takes a life, even in self defense, can he make atonement for the wrong he has done? When he actually meets the family of those who suffer because of his career choice, can he truly change his ways. When Lara claims a piece of his heart should he tell her how and why they actually met. This book is full of great dialogue, consequences, surprises, and romance. I look forward to reading book two Joline's Redemption (I as not to fond of her in this book but look forward to watching her change her ways) I can't wait to continue into the lives of the many characters in this book. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading good, clean, christian, historical romance. I was given a copy of this book from Barbour Publishing for my honest opinion.
GingerS219 More than 1 year ago
 I found this book to be a little slower than I prefer. I enjoyed the story, but somehow it didn't call to me to return when I wasn't reading. The writing was excellent, and the plot well-thought out. Gabriel and Lara's romance didn't seem to be the focus of the story, but at the same time, it was. It's hard to explain. Despite all this I give Gabriel's Atonement a 4-star rating because I think it was that well-written and deserves it. I received this book from the author/publisher in return for an honest review.
Jocelyn_Green More than 1 year ago
My favorite so far from Vickie McDonough. Gabriel's Atonement is a fresh and exciting angle on Western themes, full of adventure and romance. Well-drawn characters combine with the fascinating historical event of the Oklahoma Land Rush for a satisfying read. If you love Western fiction, you'll be delighted with this unique volume. And if Western fiction isn't your go-to genre, I think you'll be surprised how much you enjoy this well-written novel.  ~Jocelyn Green, author of Yankee in Atlanta
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
This has been one of my all time favorite stories by Vickie McDonough.  I loved the characters and how they interacted. I hope the second book in the series is as well written.  I received a free copy from the author for a fair and honest opinion.
Digging4Pearls More than 1 year ago
Gabe Coulter enjoys his life as a gambler except for the niggling thoughts reminding him of the promises he'd made to his mother before her death. He's an honorable man only in certain areas of his life. When faced with an unexpected death that he caused, Gabe is forced to make changes in his life, if anything, to assuage his guilt. Lara Talbot wonders where God is and why He doesn't supply the needs of her family. Trying to shoulder the weight of taking care of her son, sister, and grandfather, she continues to be met with struggles and obstacles each step of the way. Gabriel's Atonement is set in the backdrop of one of the Oklahoma Territory's land rushes. Vickie McDonough did a wonderful job weaving together a story of atonement in the midst of life on the frontier. I highly recommend it. This book was provided free for review by the author and Shiloh Run Press - 2015.
eupton More than 1 year ago
Gabriel's Atonement takes place in the 1889 era. Gabriel Coulter or Gabe, as he says his friends call him, lives in Kansas as a gambler. He is good at his trade. His Mother was a Godly woman who instilled in his heart her beliefs that he kept buried . A tragic event weighed heavy on his heart and he needed to fix the problem. Lara Talbot and her son was the problem Gabe needed to fix. Lara, alone after her husband left, became the one to take care of her elderly Grandfather, her younger sister and her son. They were living in desperate times, in a sod shack, which in that time and era was a house made of thick portions of grass and soil, forming the walls and the roof. The floors were hard and cold dirt. She had a small garden and some goats to keep her small family with vegetables and milk from the goats. She sold any extra milk or produce from her meager garden  to purchase provisions that she needed. Killing Lara's husband was an accident and when he found a picture of Lara and her son on Tom Talbot's body, he knew he had to help this family and by doing so, the guilt would be lifted from his heart. Their lives intertwined and by  helping her when he could, he hoped this would ease his  conscience. His kindness was turning to caring and Lara's heart was softening towards Gabe. The unexpected news from Lara's landlord that she had to move, forced her to enter the Land Rush Race to theTerritory of Oklahoma to claim 160 acres of free land. This was the hope of many in this era and Gabe followed her to keep her safe. Vickie McDonough has presented a love story amidst a historical time in our country. The description of the race and the people racing makes each page believable and one can picture the difficult hardships they they went through to gain a better life. Her research in every aspect of this novel is done to perfection. Now I am anxious to read the second book in this Land Rush Dream series coming out in the fall of 2015. Well done Vickie! I have not read any of Vickie McDonough novels. Barbour Publishing asked if I would read Gabriel's Atonement and give a review in my own words. I am thankful they gave me this opportunity. Will I read her other novels --- my answer is Yes.
sunshineJB More than 1 year ago
Great Historical Christian Read! Author Vickie McDonough shows us what it was like to live in 1889 and dirt poor as one of the main characters happened to be. I was swept into this story from page one. I lived life right beside Lara Talbot and wanted to take her some food from our local food pantry to help ease her burden. As you can read I was really into this story! This exciting book is full of hardships, many trials, bitterness, and uncertainness. As I followed Lara Talbot’s life I fell in love with little Michael and definitely with Grandpa. Grandpa never wavered in his faith and trust in God to provide. He became my inspirational hero. Gabe Coulter is a gambler and a good one at that. He makes a pretty good living from all those hoping to win and double their money. Then one night something happens to Gabe that gives him a desire to change his profession. Gambling is all he is use to, can he change his ways? When Lara and Gabe meet this story really gets interesting! There are other characters in this book that makes for a great read. Some are lovable, some not so much. I hope you pick up a copy to see for yourself. (An animal incident made my day!) Will life get easier for Lara and does Gabe get a new start in life? I highly recommend this book. I hope you will pick up a copy and sit back and enjoy. Watch how God can change lives! This is the first book I’ve read by this author. It will not be the last. I received my copy from Barbour Publishing for review. The opinions expressed in this review are mine alone.
centraleast22 More than 1 year ago
 This is a great book that gives you a historical view of the Oklahoma land rush through the eyes of Gabe and Lara.  Gabe finds himself drawn to Lara after an encounter with her now deceased husband. He feels that he needs to do what he can to make things right.  Lara doesn't feel the same way, but soon realizes that she needs all the help she can get and accepts Gabe's help.      I liked seeing how the two main characters came to accept each other and work together towards a common goal.  This book made me feel a part of the rush as well as wanting to know how things were going to turn out.  I recommend this book to anyone wanting a good historical read.      I received this book free from the author to review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book! I learned so much about the 1800's Land Rush in  the Oklahoma Territory.  I learned who the 'Sooners' were.  I enjoyed how Vickie portrays history.  It's much more fun reading historical fiction than studying a history book.  You'll meet Gabe Coulter, a gambler, and Lara Talbot, Lara's grandfather, and Lara's son, Michael.  They make an unusual group of people who forge an unusual friendship in spite of life evants. I enjoyed the great character development of Michael, Lara's son, as his very protective Mom watches every move he makes.  Lara's husband and Gabe have an unexpected habit in common.  You will also enjoy the descriptions of 1800's Kansas and the Oklahoma Territory and the activities rising out of that historical event. Vickie keeps the action coming, the romance kindled, and the family relationships brewing.  Lara wrestles with relationships, allows a romance to kindle, learns to forgive and struggles with her family relations. I always enjoy Vickie's books and am excited to read her next book. I was given this book to review by the author.
JesusLoverSS More than 1 year ago
Gabe Coulter shoots and kills Tom Talbot in self-defense after Tom confronts him with a gun in a dark alley, demanding the money he lost at Gabe's gambling table. Gabe feels terribly guilty and decides to return the money to Tom's widow, Lara, to appease his conscience. The problem is Lara doesn't believe Tom had any money left and won't claim it. Gabe finds Lara and tries to help her and her poor family, including a son, a rebellious sister and an ailing grandfather, all he can. In the process of trying to "atone" for his sin, he falls in love with Laura and eventually she with him. Will she forgive him when she discovers he was responsible for the death of her husband? Will Gabe and Lara both inherit land in the land rush and be neighbors, as Gabe hopes, until they can be more? What surprising things does Lara's sister do? Will Gabe discover God's freedom from his guilt? Find out in this charming Old West Christian romance. This is a wonderful read, the first in the Land Rush Dreams series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is book 1 in the Land Rush Dreams series. The story takes place in 1889 at the time of the Oklahoma land rush. Gabe Coulter is an honest gambler who is happy with his life, but things change after he is forced to kill Tom Talbot in self defense and learns that Tom has a wife and son. Lara Talbot takes care of her 4-year-old son Michael, her sister Joline and her ailing grandfather. They live in a sod shack with virtually nothing; Lara takes in mending to provide for her family. Because of his guilt, Gabe goes to Lara’s hometown of Caldwell, Kansas, determined to help her and Michael—he doesn’t know about Joline or grandpa—but has to do it carefully because Lara will not accept charity. Circumstances force Lara and her family to move and with no place to go, they join thousands of others to hopefully get land in Oklahoma. Needless to say, Gabe also goes to the Oklahoma border and places himself near Lara for the race. Follow the struggles they go through just to survive each day and then the race to find land to claim. See how Gabe and Lara draw closer to each other, then deal with both Silas Stone (an evil man) and Gabe’s confession about her husband’s death. Through the descriptions in this story, I could picture what it was like for all the people trying to get the free land in Oklahoma—the crowded conditions, the anxiety of not knowing if they would be successful or not, the wait for weeks before the start of the race. For many it was their only hope for the future. For some, failure meant nowhere to go. For others, failure meant returning to their original homes. It made me truly feel for these families so desperate for land of their own to build homes or businesses. I didn’t like Lara’s sister Joline because she was spoiled, selfish, had to be pushed to help Lara and the family, and didn’t appreciate all that Lara did to provide for all of them, but I have hopes for her in book 2 of this series, which is called Joline’s Redemption. I received this book from the publisher to read and give an honest review, which I have done. Vickie McDonough is a great author and I would recommend this book to others.
Anne_Baxter_Campbell More than 1 year ago
Do you like historical fiction? I love a good story, and I love it especially if it’s historical. Vickie McDonough put a lot of research into this Oklahoma land rush, and you can tell it in this absorbing book about the race to find land with water, pasture, and flat land for farming. Gabe Coulter thought Tom Talbot was just another easy mark. It was payday on the Whitman spread, and the cowboy thought he’d like to double his money at Gabe’s poker table. However, a little too much liquor and way too many misjudgments saw Tom’s money drifting to Gabe’s side of the table. Angrily, he accuses Gabe of cheating and draws on him, but Gabe is faster and deadlier. It bothers Gabe that he’s killed a man who is a young father and husband. He determines he will find the widow and give her the money he won from the cowboy. He sends a man to tell the woman to come to him, but she refuses. He decides to go find her himself and finds something he really has a hard time believing. Lara Talbot is obviously dirt-poor. Patched and frayed dress, bare feet, and rough hands tells Gabe she is a hard working pretty woman with a lot of pride—and a cute little boy—but she will not accept money. Lara lives with an elderly, ailing grandfather and a rebellious little sister as well as the little boy. Lara is the sole support of the little family, and she didn’t expect or want anything from Tom’s so-called estate. Tom had been a gambling man, foot-loose and fancy free even while he was married. It had been her worst mistake to marry him, but she sure didn’t want any help from this good-looking dude. When their landlord comes to tell them he needs the dugout they’ve been renting for his son, Lara wonders if God has totally forgotten them. They have no choice but to enter the race for some Oklahoma land.
Karen02KD More than 1 year ago
Gabriel has enjoyed his life as a gambler. It has provided a nice livelihood. He has never, in his mind, forced anyone to play. So why does it bother him when cowboy Tom Talbot loses all his pay to him in a poker game? It bothers Gabe so much that he is on his way to return the money to Tom, when Tom steps out of the shadows with gun drawn. Gabe shoots back and Tom is killed. Gabe realizes that Tom has a wife and child who now are left without support. In Gabe’s effort to pay back Lara Talbot for the loss of her husband, Gabe travels to Caldwell, Kansas searching for a way to help her. Without telling her what he has done, he befriends Lara and learns of her desperate plight. She is about to be evicted from the broken down soddy with no means of support and no other living quarters. She also has responsibility for her ailing grandfather and teenage sister. What is he to do when she decides her only chance is to try to claim land in the Oklahoma Land Rush? This is an interesting glimpse into the time period surrounding the land rush for Oklahoma territory. The reader will come to understand the term “Sooners” and other interesting information about this infrequent subject of Christian Historical Fiction. Lara is a sympathetic character and the reader will enjoy the growing relationship between Gabe and Lara. I received a copy of this from Net Galley for my honest opinion.
chickey More than 1 year ago
When gambler, Gabriel Coulter, kills a man in self-defense, he realizes the man had a wife and young son. Guilt rips at Gabriel and he decides to make amends. Only, the widow wants nothing to do with any plan he comes up with. When she refuses to come to him, Gabriel goes to her and finds himself as excited about the upcoming Oklahoma land rush as any other man. Lara Talbot is saddened by her husband's death, but not to the point of mourning. He spent more time at the saloons, then he did at home. When a handsome, fancy-dressed man shows up in town determined to help her at every turn, she isn't sure what to do. Especially, when she finds out he signed up for the land rush, same as she did. Gabriel and Lara fall in love in one of the most exciting times in America's history. Gabriel's Atonement is a story of romance, adventure, and redemption.
momofsixBR More than 1 year ago
Vickie McDonough's latest is filled with adventure, history, romance and God's Mercy.  It is a beautiful story of how God;'s forgiveness can heal the heart of a gambler, Gabe and the stubborn heart of a lonely widow, Lara. Vickie weaves romance and history together in a page turning book about the Oklahoma Land Run. I Iook  forward to reading more of the series Land Rush Dreams.
Barb00 More than 1 year ago
Gabriel's Atonement is an awesome book. How the storyline was written with all the great details was captivating and I was totally engrossed in this book. The author does excellent interweaving the descriptive characters throughout the novel. If I could give the author more than five stars, I would. That's how much I love Gabriel's Atonement. If you've never read any books by Vickie McDonough, I highly recommend reading this book. If you have read her books, I believe you will love this book. Gabriel's Atonement is Book One in the Land Rush Dreams series. I'm excited and looking forward to Book Two. I received a complimentary copy from the author and publisher through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. This review is one hundred percent my opinion.
Britney_Adams More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful story! With excellent characterization and a compelling plot, Vickie McDonough brings this captivating story to life! I love reading historical fiction and found the details of the Oklahoma land rush especially interesting. Full of action, adventure, and romance, this book is a must read! I loved Gabriel’s Atonement and can’t wait to read the next book in the series, Joline's Redemption! My thanks to the author and publisher for the complimentary copy of this book. All thoughts expressed in this review are my own and no monetary compensation was received.
DavalynnSpencer More than 1 year ago
Author Vickie McDonough takes readers along on the great Oklahoma land rush of 1889 in her latest historical romance, Gabriel’s Atonement. This story of a life-changing event in American history leaves grit on the teeth and hunger in the belly as one experiences the hardships, passions, and love of highly believable characters who all want—but can’t have—the same piece of land. Get ready for the heart-stretching trip of a lifetime and discover that sometimes answers come from where you least expect them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy Vickie McDonough's writing and this book is another good one of hers. I loved the character Gabe as he works through how his mother brought him up, his current job choice and his good heart.  Lara is a strong woman trying to do right by her family. Very well done!  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great story by Vickie McDonough! The characters were well-developed, and I enjoyed their journey. I recommend this one!