Sunday, November 24, 2013

A Bride for Noah

Authors: Lori Copeland and Virginia Smith
Publisher: Harvest House
October 2013
ISBN: 978-0736953474
Genre: Historical

Lori Copeland and Virginia Smith, beloved authors of the Amish of Apple Grove series, team up again in an exciting new series for devoted fans and new readers.

It's 1851, and Evie Lawrence is penniless and heartbroken after a failed romance. When a kind elderly man announces his plan to move west and make his fortune, Evie jumps at the chance to go with him and start a new life. She says goodbye to the only home she's ever known and sets out for the Northwest.

There she meets Noah Hughes, a handsome young man who has gambled everything he owns on the chance to make a fresh start. Living the rugged life of a lumberjack, he too is determined to one day make his fortune. The last thing he's looking for is a why can't he get Evie out of his mind?

In this first book of the Seattle Brides series, two people learn what it means to move beyond their expectations and embrace the very best God has for them.

A BRIDE FOR NOAH is a cute historical romance based on the beginning days of the founding of Seattle, Washington. The authors use some real life people and events to set the stage for the fictional characters that come to make Seattle their home—before it’s anything more than a lumber camp.

The story starts slowly. But it is engaging. Evie and Noah don’t get along at all, she’s bullheaded and stubborn and he’s trying to keep her safe and out of trouble. An impossible chore, since trouble seems to go looking for her. She has an impossible dream, her supplies are stolen, the Indians are amorous, and … anything that possibly could go wrong does.

Noah too is struggling. He wants to be invaluable to the camp and realizes he’s the most expendable man there. He’s just trying to do his job, and he can’t help it that his job seems to thwart every idea that Evie has.  One had to keep reading to see if Evie can make her idea pay – or if she’ll be on the next boat out. If you like historical romances, be sure to pick up A BRIDE FOR NOAH. Discussion questions and some of the real-life history and notes are included at the end. $13.99. 320 pages. 4 stars.

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