Keeping Kate

Keeping Kate

by Lauren Winder Farnsworth


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Keeping Kate by Lauren Winder Farnsworth

Orphan Kate Evans is determined to make a life for herself on a Utah ranch, taking care of a little girl named Addie. But when she meets her irritable employer, Kate is forced to confront the past she's been running from—and face a future she never dreamed possible. This latter-day twist on the classic Jane Eyre is a romantic and gripping read.

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ISBN-13: 9781462115631
Publisher: Cedar Fort, Incorporated/CFI Distribution
Publication date: 01/13/2015
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

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Keeping Kate 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Penny17 More than 1 year ago
I loved the story!  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I may not be one to typically read this particular genre, but upon reading Lauren Farnsworth's modern adaptation of Jane Eyre (for which I have not yet read) I may need to read similar books more often. I thought the story was very compelling, characters were engaging, interesting and well-developed. Frankly, felt myself being torn in several directions while taking the journey of life through Kate’s eyes. Awesome and entertaining book that I would recommend to anyone!
Heidi_Reads More than 1 year ago
While it took some time for me to get into the book (I think because Kate spends the first chapter recounting her personal history in a detached manner) once the "irritable employer" Tyler makes his appearance, things started to get really interesting! Kate morphs from dry to feisty as she has a cause to champion- the little girl Addie that she's come to love and Tyler's treatment of her. The chemistry between Kate and Tyler is great as they spar and banter, fight then eventually give in to the mutual attraction. I enjoyed seeing the story lines match up with those from Jane Eyre, but there are also twists that bring some surprises. For a character that started out so unemotional, Kate becomes an emotional mess as she navigates for the first time the drama and heartbreak of romantic relationships. The friends she makes that support her through these turbulent times are quirky and likeable, and add more depth to Kate's new experience of friendship and loyalty. This book can be enjoyed by any lover of Christian fiction, however there are references to the Mormon faith since Kate is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. (Thank you to Cedar Fort Publishing for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)
lovingthebooks More than 1 year ago
WHAT A FUN BOOK! Kate Evans lost her parents at an early age and was sent to live with an aunt and uncle. Life was not easy and now that Kate is an adult she is determined to prove that she can make it on her own. So when a job opportunity comes to be a nanny for a cute little girl named Addie on a Utah ranch, Kate jumps at the chance. She is curious that her employer, Tyler, spends most of the year away from Addie working in New York. When she finds out the real reason Tyler is gone so much Kate is filled with conflicting emotions. To complicate things further Tyler's friend, Jonathan comes into the picture. Through it all, Kate will have reasons to finally face her past... And she will be forced to make hard decisions that will shape her future. This romantic twist is filled with sparks, humor, romance, and a Jane Eyre feel. LOVED IT! A WONDERFUL read!
rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
4 stars This is a modern retelling of Jane Eyre with a L.D.S. spin on it. There is not much religion or preaching in it but does talk some about it. I can not remember Jane Eyre well from decades ago so can't if is well done. I can say that I shared some tears along the way with Kate. There is lots of drama in Kate's life both in the past and modern day troubles. I like Kate and she seems real to me. I like how much she cared for those around her. Kate has been a orphan since she was 8. She has a teaching degree but takes a job as a nannie to Addie. Addie is spoiled with things but not love. She lives on a ranch and sees her father about twice a year. Her mother is dead. She is cute. Tyler is 12 years older than Kate. He is rich and works in New York. He does not treat Addie good. Does give her everything but love and attention. There are a few times when I want to shake Tyler and a few other characters for not taking care of the kids in there care. There are a bunch of love triangles in this story. That make a few choose between two good choices or not choosing. Have to decide what is important to them. You want them to be happy but you can understand what there choices have to be. This will get you involved with the characters and the story. It is a good clean romance. The setting is from a Utah ranch, Boston or New York in modern day. I was given this ebook to read so that I could give a honest review and be part of Keeping Kate's blog tour
lilacqueen75 More than 1 year ago
I've read Jane Eyre several times and have absolutely loved it! The author did a great job in staying true to the original story, yet keeping it inventive, if that makes sense. Kate is an orphan, wanting to find somewhere to belong. She becomes a nanny for a sweet little girl, Addie, and finds her niche. Kate is strong because she has to be. Her parents death left her feeling unloved and unwanted, yet her faith never wavers. For as strong as she is, she sure is naive. There were times when I wanted to yell at her to wake up and take a look around. She missed some very obvious things. Her employer, Addie's father, Tyler, is very gruff and grumpy at first and then he abruptly changed--I wish it would've been a smoother transition. Honestly, I had a hard time liking Tyler. He came off across as spoiled and selfish. Yes, he had good reasons to be grumpy and selfish, but that didn't change how I felt about him. Tyler's best friend, Jonathan, suddenly decides he likes Kate and the pursuit and love triangle is on! Things only get more complicated when someone returns from Tyler's past. I didn't like the way things resulted with that arrival. The relationships were all complicated; the characters were flawed; the story was full of assumptions and misunderstandings, yet it worked. This version was harder for me to love. After much pondering on the reasons why, I decided that it's because this takes place in the here and now, which really personalizes it more, and I wouldn't be okay with these situations that seemed fine 200 years ago. Content: no language or violence; heavy religious tones (LDS)--lots of details about faith, religion, etc.; mild romance (clean kissing). Clean. *I received a copy in exchange for an honest review*
WonderousReviews More than 1 year ago
All right, I'm going to be completely honest and tell you guys that I have never read Jane Eyre before. I know, I know, it's such a bookish crime! But, Lauren Winder Farnsworth's Keeping Kate really makes me want to read it, so maybe I'll read it soon! On to the book! first of all, I want to point out the amazing setting. Thornfield was so beautiful! I found Keeping Kate to be such a fun and engaging read. Kate was a fantastic character, one that I found to be so realistic, caring, and unselfish. I loved how, even though she had been through so much grief and unloving environments, she was still so full of love! It was beautiful to see her live her faith out loud to the fullest, always willing to speak up about her religion no matter what the circumstances! Her emotions were so strong and palpable, and I felt every single one of them as I read the book. It made me feel so invested in the story and the outcome. Tyler. Her irritable employer, who may not have been so irritable after all! It's easy to see why she fell for him, after all the wonderfully witty banter and everything. Their love for each other was so clear and strong, it really was a beautiful love story. Then, bam! Something huge happens (I'm not going to tell you what, but just know that it's huge), and then there is a complete lack of communication which results in Kate and Tyler being separated (big time). I'm not going to lie, I was kind of devastated! Something that I really loved about this story was the timeline. It wasn't rushed, in fact it took place over a few years, and I really had time to get to know the characters well. I loved each part of the book. After she left Thornfield, I wasn't sure what was going to happen, but everything happened in a way that was reasonable, humorous at times, and completely brilliant! This book made me feel so many emotions, in fact, I tweeted quite a few times while reading this book (which I normally don't do unless I really feel compelled to), because of how strongly I was feeling emotions. I felt how strong her love was for tyler, and how much she missed him and still loved him, how her feelings for Jonathon just didn't measure up but she felt it was the only thing to do and that she would come to love him. I knew what I wanted to happen for these characters, but until the end, I had no idea if things were going to work out right! It was fantastic, I don't know when the last time was that I was that worried about the end of a book! Needless to say, Keeping Kate is definitely a page turner, with beautifully lived faith, emotional emotions, fantastic settings, entertaining banter, worrisome problems, real life family reality issues, and a beautiful love story. This book makes the reader realize how important communication is, and fighting for the one you love. Trust me, Keeping Kate is a debut that you do not want to miss! I received this book in exchange of an honest review. This in no way effected my opinions. All thoughts and opinions are solely my own.