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Daughter of Joy (Brides of Culdee Creek, Book 1) Kindle Edition

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In this spectacular new series, Morgan, an acclaimed writer of historical and futuristic romances, turns her deft pen to the Christian market to reflect a personal change. Abigail Stanton, who recently lost her husband and child, moves to Culdee Creek to become a housekeeper for Conor MacKay, a man whose previous housekeepers warmed more than dinner. Abby makes it clear that she won't tolerate any disreputable advances on his part, but she feels God led her to this ranch and this family for a purpose. As she grows to love Conor and his daughter, her faith inspires Conor to believe that there might just be something to this idea of religion. This wonderful start is for all collections.
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Daughter of Joy is a beautiful story of redemptive love. Abby's walk of faith, sometimes followed by sheer force of will alone, resonated in my heart. And Conor's painful journey back to the safe harbor of a loving and forgiving God brought me to tears. Thank you, Ms. Morgan, for such a memorable read. -- Robin Lee Hatcher, author of The Forgiving Hour

A marvelous storyteller -- Romantic Times

A very talented, innovative author -- Affaire de Coeur

A wonderfully gifted author -- Anastasia Gazette

Kathleen Morgan brings history to life, peopling it with vivid characters and weaving it through with classic romance -- Linda Lang Bartell, author

Kathleen Morgan is a phenomenal writer! -- The Talisman

Kathleen Morgan puts a new spin on romance! Her characters are passionate and memorable! -- The Literary Times

Kathleen Morgans introduction in Christian romance is awesome. Daughter of Joy is a beautifully written, poignant love story that will remain with the reader long after the book is closed. Bravo, Kathleen! -- Lori Copeland, author of Faith and June

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2556 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0800757181
  • Publisher: Revell (Aug. 1 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001GMAQPU
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I truly enjoyed this book. Ms. Morgan brought out all aspects of a relationship in this book. Sometimes, the Christian/Inspirational fiction books are stiff and lack a depth to the characters. I was happy to see that this book didn't.
Abby comes to Culdee Creek to be a housekeeper to Conor MacKay and to give lessons to his daughter Beth. This experiences teaches both of them the value of friendship, a kind word, trust and love. There were times the writing brought tears to my eyes because of the vividness of the descriptions.
A wonderful book, and I will be sure to find book 2.
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Abigail Stanton lost her husband and her young son in separate incidents a couple of years previous to the start of this story. She's determined that she must now find employment, and what she finds is that the Culdee Creek Ranch (near Colorado Springs) needs a housekeeper. The problem? Owner Conor MacKay has a reputation. His wife left him years ago, and since then he's taken a native lover. Following her death, he's had a stream of housekeepers/mistresses. Abigail is willing to run Conor's household, cook his food, do his laundry, and take care of his nine-year-old daughter, Beth. She is not willing to warm Conor's bed.

Beth is a challenging child. She's the apple of her daddy's eye and has been given free rein ever since that terrible incident at school, which no one talks about. The child has a learned mistrust of housekeepers, who seem to have no use for her other than getting to her father.

Conor, for his part, has turned his back on God and forbids Abigail from mentioning God's name in his house. He's bitter and prickly, protecting himself and Beth from further manipulation.

With those threads, Kathleen Morgan weaves a story of redemption in the midst of brokenness. If that's all I said, you'd expect to see a novel with a somewhat predictable story arc, but Morgan has some surprises up her sleeve that turn this tale back on itself before coming to a satisfying conclusion.

As a writer, one of the things I paid close attention to was Conor MacKay, who quite honestly was self-centered and very unlikeable for a fair chunk of the novel. We beginning writers are often cautioned about creating unlikeable characters as they're hard to pull off.
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I received this book a while back, free on Kindle. I've spent the last week or so reading it.

It was overall a good read. It really was. It got a bit preachy at times, but overall it was well written and the spiritual aspects of it fit well with the book.

I appreciated very much how both protagonists had things they needed to learn. Too often it is one sided, both learned and grew in their knowledge of the Lord.

One of my favourite quotes of the book was this: Faith isn't grounded on emotions. It's grounded on the will. It's grounded in the act of taking up your cross and following the Lord wherever He leads, through good times and bad, through dark days and happy ones.

Well developed characters, solid story line, faith being shown in real life and how difficult it can be to sort it out, how our actions affect those around us, good historical detail, it was a good read. Recommend it for most anyone to read. :)
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"Daughter of Joy" is the first book in the "Brides of Culdee Creek" series, taking place in the Colorado district in the year of 1895. This story revolves around - Abigail Stanton, and, Conor MacKay -- both trying to leave behind and forget their pasts. The book captured my attention from the beginning to the very end. Kathleen draws her readers in -- being able to relate to the various characters, who are hurting and running from painful memories. How the characters learn to -- grow, trust again, forgive, and even to even love .... is truly remarkable.
Excitement, drama, action, and more will have you not wanting to put the book down, and most definitely not wanting it to come to an end. Kathleen's books are always Christian-based, historical, fiction romance. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to be caught up in a well-written story.
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I was pleasantly surprised by this book. A book that also had me stand back and take a look at various areas of my life and dig deep...."Am I living a life based on strong ethical/moral values? " Decisions made now will affect what happens later--not only for me but for others. There is a Christian undertow throughout the book. Do not let that deter you. It doesn't matter whether you are Christian, Jewish, Hindu,....whatever faith....this book tells the story of a woman who lives by courage and faith even when she is scared. In the end, doing the right thing, is always the answer and is well rewarded....in some circles that is named 'karma'.

This is story that draws you in and keeps you hooked from beginning to end.
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Set in 1890s Colorado, this is the first book in the Brides of Culdee Creek series. Abigail (Abby) Stanton has lost nearly everything important to her firt her husband and now more recently, her five-year-old son. Deciding she needs a place away from those memories she takes a job as a housekeeper for obstinate rancher Conor MacKay and as schoolteacher for his equally-as-difficult daughter, Beth. It's a good thing Abby hasn't lost her faith as she will need every ounce of it to deal with these two! I absolutely could not put this book down and can hardly wait to read book 2. Morgan is a gifted writer.
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