Emma Johnson is a little woman with a big heart who knows how to ride, shoot, love and pray. This Historical/Western/Romance novel shows us how women survived in the West, especially in the gold-rush boom towns of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Into fictitious Riverbend of 1904, dominated by gold assessors, saloons, and brothels, families begin arriving. Conflicts arise between miners, land owners, bankers, railroad tycoons, Indians, and lawmen. Then one ranching woman makes a big difference for a lot of people. Get to know Emma Johnson, her cowboy husband, their rambunctious tribe of boys, and the abandoned, abused, young women Emma helps rescue and restore. As hope, beauty, and romance blossom, a nefarious plot is uncovered, and the women learn the meaning of forgiveness. Enjoy this first novel in the new fiction series, Seasons in Riverbend.
About the Author
Templa lives in Grand Junction, Colorado, and is married to her high school sweetheart, Chris. Together, they have raised three sons and a menagerie of animals. Templa loves history, out-of-the-way museums, and dusty attics filled with forgotten treasures. She is always ready to listen as old timers talk about how things were back in their day. She grew up in the mountains of Colorado and was influenced by colorful family memoirs. These elements naturally weave their way into her stories, creating rich, realistic details.
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Season of Forgiveness based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
This book had many scenes that had me gripping the book. Templa touches on many sensitive subjects and tackles them with raw honesty that will have the readers heart’s breaking for the characters. I loved how Emma is such a spiritually centered character. Her heart of others is so evident and her struggles to hold back her own reactions to prejudice is very really. I did struggle with a few things in the book. I think the book probably could’ve started with chapter two. Chapter one is full of back story that I think could have been weaved into the story a bit more. What happen for me was I felt like it was too much information and I had to keep flipping back to the first chapter to remind myself of other characters. I think if that information could have been sprinkled throughout more I would’ve retained the information better. I also felt that sometimes we moved from one thing to the next without any transition. I simple break on the page could show the passing of time a bit more smoothly for me. Those are just nit-picky things. But the story is good and will grab you if you give it a chance. I am glad I kept reading because I did enjoy it and the characters very much. A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
"The Season of Forgiveness" by Templa Melnick is the first book in her 'Seasons In Riverbend' and what a story. This is a romance in a way but not your typical boy meets girl romance but the romance our heavenly Father has with us when He is showing his love for us through other people. There is a bit of boy/girl romance but that is not the primary story in this book but a nice little bonus. It seemed at first the story was moving a little slow but then I realized that actually it was a wonderful start for it showed what brought everyone together when they did. Life was not easy for our young ladies who each had their own problems. Then of course there is what is going on with the events that are happening, which only helps to show God's love even more. I really enjoyed the forgiveness aspect to the story as well and how each person got to that point. It is not always so easy to forgive especially when we have been hurt over and over, and it is not always something that happens overnight. I think this story shows those different aspects and really help make this story into the beautiful story that it is. I also loved how frankly Emma refused to turn her back on anyone regardless what they did. Her heart is so warm and tender that it is like she doesn't know a stranger. Yet that tenderness doesn't quite extend to everyone when her family is in danger, but yet then she is able to do something pretty amazing at the same time. This is a heroine that stands for so much and in a way I hope I am able to be a little like her in what she does. I really hope all who read this book enjoys it as much as I have.
About the Book: A Christian Western/Romance novel for women. What was it like for women in the west, especially in the gold-rush boom towns of the Colorado Rocky Mountains at the beginning of the 20th century, when families were moving into settlements dominated by saloons and brothels? As conflicts arise between miners, land owners, bankers, railroad tycoons, Indians, and lawmen, what impact could one ranching woman have, who knows how to ride, shoot, love and pray? The first novel in a new fiction series, "Seasons in Riverbend." About the Author: Templa Melnick lives in Grand Junction, Colorado, and is married to her high school sweetheart, Chris. Together, they have raised three sons and a menagerie of animals. Templa loves history, out-of-the-way museums, and dusty attics filled with forgotten treasures. She's always ready to listen as old timers talk about how things were back in their day. Raised in the mountains of Colorado and influenced by colorful family memoirs, these elements naturally weave their way into her stories. My Review: During of time of such great adversity and uncertainty, the turn of the 20th century brought great hope and promise but as stated in God's word---it doesn't mean that there weren't times of hardship that lie ahead for His children. And Season of Forgiveness gives us a glimpse into those rough and tumble times. The women of the west during that time had hard times just as the men did in their lives. They were to try and make due and stretch what little they were given and make it enough for their families and that was most often not the easiest things to do. But these women learned real quick to rely on God for their strength. As each of the women showcased in Season of Forgiveness did what they had to you will see a common thread that was bred into many during such hard times as it were back in those days and that common thread is hang on to God with all you got. The west brought great fortune but it also brought worldly things, times, and situations that in some instances were hard to believe or even ignore and this story is one that will show you how the two were able to co-exist. The author was able to clarify a deep longing in the hearts of each woman perfectly as a point to really understand each of their roles and how they relate to the overall plot line. I would really like to read more of her writings, she is a very well rounded author with vivid characters that seem to come alive with each turn of the page. If you would like to learn more, you can at this link. **Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the publisher.