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Lauraine Snelling
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November 2009 Dakotah Treasures (Book 3)

A Treasured and Delightful Series Continues!

When Ruby Torvald marries rancher Rand Harrison, her sister, Opal, takes to ranch life like a hummingbird to sugar water. She can outshoot, outride, and outwork any cowboy on the place. Ranching has clearly captured her heart. But when Opal makes a foolish though innocent decision, her dear friend Atticus is taken away from her, and she is consumed with feelings of guilt and self-recrimination. Will she ever see Atticus again?

Jacob Chandler, hiding secrets from the past, arrives from the East to begin a new life with his son. The young minister discovers grace and acceptance among the people of Dakotah Territory and soon finds himself falling in love with the enchanting Opal Torvald.

Will the tragedy that has broken Opal's heart keep her from love forever?

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Lauraine Snelling is an award-winning author of more than 30 books with sales of over two million copies. 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 Tehachapi, California.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Adventures of Ruby and Opal continue Dec 24 2013
By S Svendsen TOP 500 REVIEWER
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People who enjoy Snelling’s books know what to expect: excellent characterizations, true historical settings, geographical detail, day-to-day routine interspersed by intervals of dramatic crisis, realistic dialog, remorseful insights, apprehensive anticipations, relationship-fostering, religious devotion, etc. ‘Opal’ fulfills all of those expectations. The book revolves around three main characters: Opal Torvald, a fourteen year old tom-boyish ranching girl whose life revolves around the chores of running a cattle ranch and the training of horses; her married sister Ruby Harrison who runs the domestic operation and is dutifully maternal to her little son; and Jacob Chandler, a preacher who has come West to escape his past moral failure and now works as a ranch hand.

Most readers will have followed Ruby and Opal from the first volume of this quadrilogy. Snelling’s writing can be criticized as being predictable and formulaic. However, she usually manages to dish up surprises and loyal readers appreciate the growing affinity they feel towards the main characters. The author hardly ever abandons her reader’s attention for any length of time. It can happen when she gets bogged down in too many detailed descriptions of domestic chores or—as in this book—of training horses, but after a few pages the plot moves on to new situations and adventures.

This is pleasant reading, especially for fans of Christian sentimentalism. God is believed, or at least suspected, to have a hand in all events. Human free will is constantly challenged to be guided and to follow the Divine impulse. The Bible is the textbook for a happy and successful existence. Readers who are not avid Christians may find that kind of orientation quaint and outdated.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Opal's not as good as the first 2 Dec 8 2005
By Kristina Holmes - Published on Amazon.com
I felt like this book was sort of choppy. It completely skips Belle's reaction to Dove House burning down, which I thought would be great to see. With all of the different stories that kind of seem to pop out of nowhere, the book seemed more difficult to read. The preacher and his son were kind of interesting, but I didn't think a man that age should be interested in any way with a fourteen year old, even if he thought her a bit older. I do like that Ruby and Rand have a strong faith and show it constantly. I just felt like this book was missing what the first two had.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good! Jan. 2 2005
By amk - Published on Amazon.com
I have to say this is a pretty good book. Its not as good as Ruby (the 1st book) but is still a good story. Really the only reason I didn't give this book five stars is because it is kind of weird with Opal being only 14 years old. Lauraine Snelling should have made her 17, then the story would have flowed better. In all it was a fine book, but not one of Lauraine Snelling's best
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nicely Done Jan. 6 2007
By Melodie Abbott - Published on Amazon.com
Personnally i really enjoyed this book every bit as much as the first two. i love the ranch setting and Opal being an outdoors person rather than an indoor one like Ruby and Pearl, it gives it its own style thats different from the first two. and i also like that opal is younger, only 14, where the other 2 were already in their twenties. I like all of the challenges she has to face as a youg person and how her character is developped by what happens and how she learns. though why Atticus had to treat her that way i don't know, pride maybe. I love this book and cannot wait to read the next one.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Left me empty July 8 2008
By Eryn's Reviews - Published on Amazon.com
The author jumped around and I had trouble keeping track of what was going on. Was she introducing new characters where they did not belong just to make them a part of some old gang? Maybe I should have read the author's other books to be able to follow better. I must say, in addition, I was extremely disappointed in the ending which left me empty and feeling as if something was definitely missing! Did she have to cut something out in her revisions? Would not recommend Opal. My daughter read it after me and said the same thing.
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2.0 out of 5 stars What Happened to Belle? Slow Moving 3rd Edition Nov. 13 2010
By A. Neil - Published on Amazon.com
I loved the first two books, Ruby and Pearl. I have to affirm many of the other reviews. Opal's character grew up quite a bit in this book, but she seemed much older than a 14 year old. I also didn't like the match between Opal and the preacher. Their personalities just never seemed to fit. My biggest grudge with this book was that Belle's story was completely written out. She was such an integral part of the first two books. I have a hard time believing she would have just walked away from all her money (that burned at the end of book 2) and the dove house without some sort of fight. Belle's fire and spark is part of the reason I loved the first two books so much. I also didn't understand why Ruby briefly talked about her savings when everything they had burned in the dove house. Just didn't make sense. I'm not the type to walk away from a series, but I just don't think I go drag my self through the 4th.
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