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March 28 2003 The Baxter Series (Book 4)
Eighteen-year-old Angie Marks, tattooed and pierced, shows up in the small town of Baxter without a place to stay. When eccentric millionaire Patrick Bailey hires her to be his housekeeper, and then when Angie risks her own safety to help Mr. Bailey get his twin great-grandsons out of a rattlesnake's strike zone, she finds herself fully at the center of the town's curiosity. At Monty's Diner they say she might be involved with Billy Joe Sawyer, using rattlers to intimidate the key witnesses in his upcoming trial. Is she? Or does Angie Marks have her own agenda?

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Kathy Herman is a best-selling author and award-winning poet, who has contributed feature stories and articles to publications such as Bookstore Journal. A former staff member of the Christian Booksellers Association, she has also worked at Better Books Christian Center, specializing in children's products and conducting related seminars in the U.S. and Canada. She and her husband, Paul, have three grown children and five grandchildren and live in Tyler, Texas.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great book in The Baxter Series! Nov. 10 2003
Format:Paperback
I'm not usually a series reader, but The Baxter Series has really captured my attention. I've enjoyed them all, and this was no different. When Angie Marks, complete with tatoos, unconventional hair style, and multiple body piercings arrives in traditional Baxter, she causes quite a stir. Fortunately there is ONE person who sees the person beneath all the tough exterior. Patrick Bailey, who we met in the previous book in the series, gives her a job and takes her in.
This book is action-packed and difficult to put down. This book features rattlesnakes, a murder investigation, a rocky newlywed relationship, and so much more. And the underlying current that God loves us for who we are on the INSIDE. I recommend all the books in this series ("Tested by Fire" is the first one), and am eagerly looking forward to Book 5 in the series, which I understand is the last one!
You might want to check out my other reviews!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars CHANGE IN READER Sept. 2 2003
Format:Paperback
After reading HIGH STAKES, I found myself silently praying for every pierced and tattooed teen I passed in the Mall--that they would find unconditional love and belonging through a caring adult, like Angie Marks discovered in the old man, Patrick Bailey.
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5.0 out of 5 stars inspiring tale April 13 2003
By Harriet Klausner TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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Baxter is a very small town where everybody knows everyone else, a place where a stranger sticks out immediately. When eighteen-year-old, Angie Marks arrives in town, people start whispering about the stud in her nose, the very visible tattoos and the black nail polish. Many people think she is dangerous but the town millionaire Patrick Bailey see beyond appearances and hire her to be his housekeeper. He ignores the warnings of his daughter and his grandson's new wife, even when she disappears and is suspected to be with murder suspect Tully Hollister.
He believes that there is a rational reason why Angie is gone and his faith in her remains steadfast. When Tully and Angie are finally found, the town learns Tully kidnapped Angie but didn't harm her. He thought she had information that would exonerate him on the murder charge. Patrick takes her back and learns the real reason she came to Baxter and then proceeds to do everything in his power to see that she gets what she needs.
Patrick is a very wise and astute character who sees beyond surface appearances. Angie is a young woman who desperately needs someone to love her for herself and Patrick does just that because he sees the goodness and gentleness within her. He goes out of his way to show his acceptance of her and she in turn shows her devotion to him by being the best worker he ever employed. Kathy Herman has written an inspiring tale that isn't preachy yet gets her message across.
Harriet Klausner
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5.0 out of 5 stars inspiring tale April 13 2003
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Baxter is a very small town where everybody knows everyone else, a place where a stranger sticks out immediately. When eighteen-year-old, Angie Marks arrives in town, people start whispering about the stud in her nose, the very visible tattoos and the black nail polish. Many people think she is dangerous but the town millionaire Patrick Bailey see beyond appearances and hire her to be his housekeeper. He ignores the warnings of his daughter and his grandson's new wife, even when she disappears and is suspected to be with murder suspect Tully Hollister.
He believes that there is a rational reason why Angie is gone and his faith in her remains steadfast. When Tully and Angie are finally found, the town learns Tully kidnapped Angie but didn't harm her. He thought she had information that would exonerate him on the murder charge. Patrick takes her back and learns the real reason she came to Baxter and then proceeds to do everything in his power to see that she gets what she needs.
Patrick is a very wise and astute character who sees beyond surface appearances. Angie is a young woman who desperately needs someone to love her for herself and Patrick does just that because he sees the goodness and gentleness within her. He goes out of his way to show his acceptance of her and she in turn shows her devotion to him by being the best worker he ever employed. Kathy Herman has written an inspiring tale that isn't preachy yet gets her message across.
Harriet Klausner
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CHANGE IN READER Sept. 1 2003
By Janet Bly - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
After reading HIGH STAKES, I found myself silently praying for every pierced and tattooed teen I passed in the Mall--that they would find unconditional love and belonging through a caring adult, like Angie Marks discovered in the old man, Patrick Bailey.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great book in The Baxter Series! Nov. 10 2003
By Soozie4Him - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I'm not usually a series reader, but The Baxter Series has really captured my attention. I've enjoyed them all, and this was no different. When Angie Marks, complete with tatoos, unconventional hair style, and multiple body piercings arrives in traditional Baxter, she causes quite a stir. Fortunately there is ONE person who sees the person beneath all the tough exterior. Patrick Bailey, who we met in the previous book in the series, gives her a job and takes her in.
This book is action-packed and difficult to put down. This book features rattlesnakes, a murder investigation, a rocky newlywed relationship, and so much more. And the underlying current that God loves us for who we are on the INSIDE. I recommend all the books in this series ("Tested by Fire" is the first one), and am eagerly looking forward to Book 5 in the series, which I understand is the last one!
You might want to check out my other reviews!!
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT USE OF SEEING THE SOUL FIRST March 27 2014
By Nor1018 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I loved the characters in this book and how she developed this story. The fact that one old man could see through to the soul of another person when everyone looked at outward appearances was excellent. As usual the spiritual content in this book was Kathy's strong suit. She motivates me in every book. I was thrilled with the way this book ended with a new member to the family. Excellent writing! I finished this series and I truly miss the people in Baxter!
5.0 out of 5 stars loved this book Jan. 30 2014
By Robert W. Fry - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Well written! Kathy does a wonderful job of allowing the characters tell the story. It is clearly about their lives, the trials, fears, joy, tears and most clearly about their relationship with Jesus Christ. His drawing of them to himself and their joy of finding Him. Trust Him. You will never be the same.
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