Rocky Mountain Oasis

Rocky Mountain Oasis

by Lynnette Bonner

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Overview

She''s been living in a desert all her life.
Suddenly she''s come upon an oasis.
But is it just a mirage?

Idaho Territory, 1885.

Eighteen-year-old Brooke Marie Baker has been sent west as a mail-order bride. As the stage nears Greer''s Ferry, where she is to meet the man she''s pledged to marry, she wonders, Can it be any worse than living with Uncle Jackson...or Hank? All men are the same, aren''t they?

Rancher Sky Jordan holds a single yellow daisy as he watches the ferry cross the river. Ever since he discovered his surly cousin, Jason, had sent for a bride, his mind and heart had been ill at ease. No woman deserves to be left with the likes of Jason. But now he questions his own plans to claim the bride. Why am I drawn to this woman I don''t even know?

A wounded heart. Desperate choices. Unfathomable love.
Set in the adventure and danger of the Wild West.
Book 1, The Shepherd''s Heart series.

The perfect blend of suspense, drama, and romance. Best keep your eyes on Lynnette Bonner. She''s a gifted storyteller.
-SHARLENE MACLAREN, Through Every Storm, Long Journey Home, Little Hickman Creek Series, The Daughters of Jacob Kane Series.

A tale with a unique twist that keeps your attention from the front cover to the back. Based upon actual events, people, and places, this story will linger with you long after you''ve read the last line.
-BRUCE JUDISCH, Katia, A Prophet''s Tale Series.

A delightful step back into the Wild West. A touching, fulfilling, strong message of redemption.
-L.D. ALFORD, Centurion, Aegypt, The Chronicles of the Dragon and the Fox Series.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781602902145
Publisher: OakTara
Publication date: 07/17/2009
Pages: 300
Product dimensions: 0.67(w) x 6.00(h) x 9.00(d)

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Rocky Mountain Oasis 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
SheilaDeeth More than 1 year ago
Lynnette Bonner's Rocky Mountain Oasis starts with simple descriptions and dialog that immediately create a beautiful impression of time and place: An Idaho town composed mostly of men; a Chinese drug-lord; Indian women being cheated out of payment for their garden produce; and a mail-order bride. The cauldron of mixed ethnicities, trenchant bigotries, goodwill, and bad memories is ready to be stirred. Sky Jordan wanted to be a sheriff like his father, but moved to Pierce City to make sure his less amenable cousin Jason had family nearby. Brooke has known so much trouble at the hands of men she's unwilling to trust anyone but resigns herself to being sold into a loveless marriage. And then love blooms. Sky prays, while cousin Jason denies his upbringing and his faith, and Brooke can only imagine that God is determined to punish her. But events overtake all three of them, and prayer brings its own reward. Perhaps the most interesting part of the tale was learning how law and justice were done in old Idaho; the final notes in the book reveal that these details are based very solidly on fact. More than the movies, this story brings the whole situation to life, and is truly fascinating. But the sorry history is only part of the tale, and the blessed touch of faith in God brings this exciting adventure tale to a satisfying conclusion filled with hope and love. I enjoyed this book and plan to look out for more in this Shepherd's Heart series by Lynnette Bonner.
BruceJ More than 1 year ago
Confession: At first, I was fearful this was going to be just another Wild West saga nestled into the dusty piles of rustic romances filling the shelves at the local bookstore. Then I read the first chapter. Many thanks, Ms. Bonner, for allaying my fear. In Rocky Mountain Oasis, Lynnette spins a tale with a unique twist that keeps your attention from the front cover to the back. Brooke Baker is on her way west, a mail-order bride escaping an abusive past, but with little hope of a less abusive future. And her lack of hope would have been justified, but for Divine intervention through the initiative of one Skylar Jordan of Pierce City, Idaho. Sky discovers the slovenly Jason Jordan has bought himself a bride. Pricked at the thought of any woman left at the hands of his sot of a cousin, Sky buys the rights to her during one of Jason's drunken stupors. He meets his unseen, newly betrothed with the chivalrous intention of protecting her from local men less genteel than himself through the coming winter, then granting her the freedom to return east in the spring. But the moment the beautiful girl alights from the stagecoach, his world changes. Brooke holds the ruggedly handsome Sky-and her own heart-at arm's length, convinced that all men are like her cruel Uncle Jackson and brutal ex-fiancé, Hank. Fighting her own emotions, and the draw of the kind and thoughtful Sky, she struggles to escape a past that refuses to let her go. The question is, can Sky's patience and prayers heal the wounds on Brooke's heart? It's slow going, and, at times, becomes as agonizing for the reader, it seems, as it is for Sky. But the story is worth the agony. Ms. Bonner captures the smell of the towering pines and the chill of the mountain air on every page of Rocky Mountain Oasis. She also brings home the power of righteous prayer in purging the dregs of human tragedy. The story is well conceived, and will linger with you long after you've read the last line and began researching when Lynnette's next book is scheduled for release. By the way, Rocky Mountain Oasis is based upon actual events, people and places. As an added treat, pull up Google Maps on your computer and type in "Pierce, ID" as a keyword. Select the satellite view, zoom out, and you'll get a great visual of what Ms. Bonner does such a fine job of describing. You can feel the trip from Pierce City westward to Lewiston almost as Sky and Brooke did as they wound down mountain paths and forded rocky river beds. Neat story!
L_D_Alford More than 1 year ago
Rocky Mountain Oasis is a delightful step back into the Wild West. Ms. Bonner draws her characters in bold and wonderful strokes that give a portrait of them so tender and convincing you cannot help loving them. Brooke is a broken beautiful woman. Sold as a mail order bride, she expects nothing but a life of abuse and horror. Her Uncle and previous lover gave blows instead of understanding. Her first reaction to any man is fear. Sky Jordan is the only man who can redeem Brooke's life and love. Sight unseen, Sky buys Brooke's contract from his drunken cousin and marries her. The novel starts on this beautiful note of tension and continues to reveal the growth of trust between Brooke and Sky. The novel would be charming if this was the only theme, but Ms. Bonner includes a historical subtext that drives an adventure and mystery. She weaves these together with the story of Brooke and Sky seamlessly. I really enjoyed this novel. It is touching and fulfilling. It also includes a very strong message of redemption. I look forward to her next novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Don't miss this unforgettable read by Lynnette Bonner. (She has an awesome talent.) Rocky Mountain Oasis will grab the reader from Page ONE and take you on a fast-paced trail through adventure, romance, and intrigue. I enjoy Lynnette's grasp of the English language, the way she pulls you into a scene and keeps the story moving. "Oasis" is one of those books you'll probably want to pass along to your friends, especially if they enjoy a good romance. Sharlene MacLaren Author - www.sharlenemaclaren.com
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed reading this book **** esk 08/2018 ****
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My first book by this author , but not my last. I enjoyed this book very much.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Perfect summer read. I loved the characters, well, the good guys.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Faith filled historical drama
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the story and characters
MarB1 More than 1 year ago
Brooke has been sent away as mail-order bride by her uncle. She has no choice and leaves the abusive life she knows, expecting a life of abuse with another man. Sky's cousin -Jason- has bought Brooke as mail-order bride. When Sky learns about this he wants to prevent the woman from a sorrowful life with Jason. Jason is a drinker and takes no responsibility for whatsoever. Sky comes up with a plan to buy Jason's intented. Sight unseen, he marries Brooke as soon as she gets into town. Sky soon learns that Brooke has had a rough life and therefore distrusts men. He must learn to win her trust. Sky prays that she will get to know the Lord and will find healing of the wounds of her past. Besides a nicely written love story, there's also a murder mystery in this book. Lynnette weaves the two stories nicely together. The characters are well developed and easily loved. The healing process of Brooke is very well done. I admired Sky's patience with Brooke and how he trusted the Lord for deliverance. Lynnette also puts Scripture to practice in this wonderful novel. I have read this book some time ago and reread it recently to review. Normally I don't read books twice, but this book was a pleasure to read again. I highly recommend it!
love2readnovels on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Brooke Baker's life changed when her parents and sister were killed in a buggy accident. Sent to live with her Uncle Jackson she experiences daily abuse. Then there is Hank who is handsome but has also been abusive to her. Her uncle decides to send her west as a mail-order-bride and gain some money from her sale. She is to marry Jason Jordan. Jason's cousin Sky hears about his upcoming marriage and decides to step in because no woman should be stuck with the likes of Jason. So Sky meets her at the stage carrying a single yellow daisy and marries her that very day. Brooke thinks all men are alike. Unpredictable and abusive and you always need to be on your toes. Sky notices that his new wife is jumpy around him and realizes that he needs to take things slow. Will Sky show Brooke that he's a man of his word? One that she can trust? Will Brooke realize that all men aren't alike and learn to trust her husband but more importantly trust her Heavenly Father?I really enjoy this story. It's the first book in a series. The characters and situations felt very real. In fact, some of the storyline actually came from an historical event. And let me tell you ladies, Skylar Jordan was a hero any woman could love. The kindness and love he showed to Brooke will melt your heart. I am looking forward to the next installment of "The Shepherd's Heart series. It will be Jason's story.
SheilaDeeth on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lynnette Bonner¿s Rocky Mountain Oasis starts with simple descriptions and dialog that immediately create a beautiful impression of time and place: An Idaho town composed mostly of men; a Chinese drug-lord; Indian women being cheated out of payment for their garden produce; and a mail-order bride. The cauldron of mixed ethnicities, trenchant bigotries, goodwill, and bad memories is ready to be stirred.Sky Jordan wanted to be a sheriff like his father, but moved to Pierce City to make sure his less amenable cousin Jason had family nearby. Brooke has known so much trouble at the hands of men she¿s unwilling to trust anyone but resigns herself to being sold into a loveless marriage. And then love blooms.Sky prays, while cousin Jason denies his upbringing and his faith, and Brooke can only imagine that God is determined to punish her. But events overtake all three of them, and prayer brings its own reward.Perhaps the most interesting part of the tale was learning how law and justice were done in old Idaho; the final notes in the book reveal that these details are based very solidly on fact. More than the movies, this story brings the whole situation to life, and is truly fascinating. But the sorry history is only part of the tale, and the blessed touch of faith in God brings this exciting adventure tale to a satisfying conclusion filled with hope and love.I enjoyed this book and plan to look out for more in this Shepherd¿s Heart series by Lynnette Bonner.
judyg54 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Brooke has been sent west as a mail-order bride (which is better than living with her Uncle Jackson or Hank - both abusive). The problem is the man who bought her, Jason Jordan isn't much better. So his brother, Sky Jordan decides to save her from his cousin and rescue her from Jason by marrying her himself. Can he help her see that all men are not like those she has known and can she learn to trust and allow herself to care and love again? There is also the horrible murder that takes place in the town and the solving of the crime. It was interesting to read that the facts of the murder and the drama surrounding it were taken from a real life case in the history of the old west.This was a very good read. Sky Jordan is a dream come true type of guy. The action, suspense and drama of the book kept me reading and not wanting to stop. I am looking forward to reading the rest of the books in this series!
TommieLyn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Brooke Marie Baker, a mail-order bride in the old west, has experienced a lot of abuse in her short life. It leads her to reject the kindness offered by Sky Jordan, the first truly Christian man she's ever known.Sky, fearing what might happen to Brooke at the hands of his cousin who bought her, intervenes, gives his cousin money he's saved and marries her himself. Although her feelings for Sky grow deeper as she gets to know him, past experience keeps her from accepting Sky's genuine affection.Author Lynnette Bonner carries us through a kaleidoscope of emotions as we follow Brooke and Sky through their growing relationship and through the dangerous situations they encounter."Rocky Mountain Oasis," Bonner's first offering, is an enjoyable read and promises to be the first of many good stories to come.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There was a long road for Brooke to get to a point she could trust again, but oh our God is wonderful! I especially loved the patients shown to not only Brooke, but Jason too, to bring them to the Lord
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put it down. It's based around an actual incident.
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Loved this book! One of the best Christian romance books I've read in a long time! Helped me to over come some of the hardships that I myself have faced and realize that Christ does love us and does forgive us!
karniamr More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed reading, happy ending
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