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Amethyst [Large Print] [Hardcover]

Lauraine Snelling
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July 2006 Thorndike Christian Fiction
Dakotah Treasures Book 4- Major Jeremiah McHenry is retiring from the army and returns to Medora to make a new life and find a wife. Will he be able to convince feisty newcomer Amethyst O'Shaunasy that he is the kind of man she's been looking for? Jacob Chandler, meanwhile, is still waiting until he can court Opal Torvald. Can he prove to Opal that she will make a fine preacher's wife?
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Lauraine Snelling is an award-winning author of over 40 books with over two million copies sold. She also writes for a wide range of magazines and teaches at writers' conferences across the country. She and her husband make their home in California. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Amethyst Aug. 22 2010
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I have only recently discovered this author and have been very pleased with her writing. I am sure you will find this a most interesting book to read as the final book in this series of four. ENJOY!
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4.0 out of 5 stars continuing to follow this series June 2 2014
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In very good shape, took a while to arrive, but as expected, enjoying reading it. It definitely was needed to add to the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fitting conclusion to Dakotah Treasures April 29 2014
By S Svendsen TOP 500 REVIEWER
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As the author states in her Acknowledgements this fourth volume of Dakotah Treasures was not planned; it became a necessity when Opal Torvald, Ruby’s young sister, was left stranded in the continuity. There was also the unresolved situation involving Jacob Chandler and his son Joel, characters introduced in the third volume. But this book begins by presenting Amethyst Colleen O’Shaunasy toiling day and night on a farm in Pennsylvania, under the oppression of her slovenly liquored-up father. He sends Amethyst to Medora/Little Missouri, Dakotah Territory, to fetch his deceased son, Patrick’s boy Joel. After arriving to Medora Amethyst discovers that Joel was fathered by Jacob Chandler before her brother married her sister-in-law Melody. (Melody had delivered Joel to Chandler before she met her demise.) Joel is therefore not her nephew or her father’s grandson. Her trip seems to have been for naught. But she is quickly ‘adopted’ by the warm-hearted folks of Medora and makes the decision not to return to the drudgery of her father’s farm. This book manages to satisfactorily tie up all the lose ends from the previous books.

Snelling is a masterful author of historical novels set in America, many of which have connections to Norwegian immigrants and their descendants. Having that same ethnic background myself, I started reading Snelling’s books after my mother left them on her passing. I kept adding new books as they were published. Incredibly, this reading was my twenty-first Snelling book and I have four more waiting on the shelf. I have not always been happy with some of Snelling’s references to Norway, Norwegian names and language, and with some errors about settler’s lives, circumstances, wildlife, etc. but her books have been consistently entertaining.
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4.0 out of 5 stars superb Americana tale Oct. 25 2005
By Harriet Klausner - Published on
In 1886 Eastern Pennsylvania her nasty father calls his daughter Amethyst Colleen O'Shaunasy an "idjit" for paying their bills; he ignores how much he wastes getting drunk. He haughtily informs Colleen that she is to bring home her eight year old nephew Joel, who apparently lives in Medora, Dakotah Territory under the care of preacher Jacob Chandler.

Taking the train west, Amethyst becomes ill in Minnesota; another passenger tends to her as it is the Christian thing to do. In Medora, she remains somewhat ill; the Hegland family takes her in to their home. Their other guest, Army Major Jeremiah McHenry has just retired from the military and returned to his hometown. As the two guests become acquainted they fall in love, but can Jeremiah persuade the easterner to stay as his wife as he knows she believes she must perform her dad's task though honoring her father has always been difficult and besides she feels that even the kind former officer would turn female relatives into servants.

AMETHYST, the fourth Dakotah Treasures novel, is a superb Americana tale that brings to life a long-gone era due to the strong cast. Amethyst (don't call her Colleen as only her father uses that name) is a courageous individual who on her journey west meets caring people, a far cry from her verbally abusive father. Jeremiah knows she would make the perfect wife for him because she is a brave nurturing Christian woman whom he loves and believes loves him too, but he must overcome the relational lessons her father taught her. This is a terrific entry in a fabulous inspirational series in spite of the impossibly of honoring her no redeeming value dad.

Harriet Klausner
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4.0 out of 5 stars Treasure July 24 2006
By L. Hurley - Published on
Amethyst by Lauraine Snelling will most definately take a place on my shelf, displayed along with the best. I don't think it was the best in the series, but it was certainly entertaining and a great read.

I liked how Amethyst's story was a little different than the others. For one, she didn't come from a good background at all. Ruby and Opal grew up in a well-to-do house, even though techinically they were not family. Pearl grew up in a wealthy family. Amethyst didn't have either. She was neither wealthy nor loved. And i found that a refreshing change.

There were other aspects of the book, however, that i found rushed. Little Squirrel's death was over in about five lines. No struggle, no nothing. Just dead. There were other things too, that ended too quickly.

I definately recommend that a reader begin with the first book in the series. All four book rely heavily on each other and it won't make sense if you start on book three.

I love romance and i found Amethyst and Jeremiah's relationship, along with that of Opal and Jacob's relationship beautiful. Opal's struggle with her faith, too, was written beautifully. Also, Snelling's description of scenery and the daily comings and goings were on target and at times i felt as though i were sitting in the room or on the range with the characters.

All in all this was a wonderful book and is highly recommended.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Pleasing Tale! Jan. 6 2006
By Kristi Ahlers - Published on
"Amethyst" which is the fourth and final book in the Dakotah Treasures series was a nice read but I think relied a little heavily on the previous titles. Readers may want to pick these up first before starting this one. I think it will give the reader continuity and a little bit more understanding. Especially when it comes to the secondary storyline.

Amethyst O'Shaunasy travels west in order to find her father's heir. What she finds instead is a secret that she's not sure she should share with her da. On top of this she has been ill and when a very giving family takes her in she meets Major Jeremiah McHenry recently retired from the Army. This man is trying to make a new life for himself and Amethyst can't help but be drawn to his kind nature. He's a gentleman in every way and this speaks to her, as she has not known the love and respect of a man. But, will she be willing to follow her heart and marry Jeremiah, or will she allow her duty to her father to cause her to walk away from the only chance at happiness she thinks she'll ever find?

This was a nice read and with additional secondary storyline between Opal and Jacob finally playing out to it's conclusion. Sadly the secondary storyline seems to have been started in a previous title so this was not a fully satisfying addition for this reader. Ms. Snelling has descriptively brought to life the Dakota Territory and I imagine this was a very engaging series overall if all titles had been read before picking up the conclusion first.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dakotah Treasures April 16 2009
By Barbara Butler - Published on
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I Have read all 3 so glad there is another one can't wait to get number 4 I enjoy her books so much hope there is number 5 In Portland OR

Thank You Barbara
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4.0 out of 5 stars Amethyst Sept. 11 2010
By Jolene S. Arrant - Published on
Amethyst's decision to travel to Medora is born of her desire to find her nephew, Joel, and her desperation to temporarily get away from her alcoholic father. After finding Joel, discovering a shocking secret, and making new friendships, Amethyst's plans are altered. No longer does she desire to return home. In Medora she has found a new life for herself and is enjoying the changes within herself. Meanwhile, Joel's father, Jacob Chandler has plans of his own. He has loved Opal Torvald for months and is simply waiting for her to reach the appropriate age.

Amethyst picks up literally right where the third book left off. I definitely would not read this book without first reading Opal. And if possible, I would recommend reading all three books in the series prior to reading Amethyst. I was happy to finally get a small note about Belle's reaction to the burning of the Dove House. Not much was said, but at least, it was not so open-ended as it was after the second and third books in the series. In Amethyst, both Amethyst and Opal both undergo a lot of character development. The romantic relationships in the book added an element that was not really explored in the previous book due to Opal's age. However, in this book, that element really came forward and the story gave a fitting end to the Dakota Treasures series.
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