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DAY TO PICK YOUR OWN COTTON, A
DAY TO PICK YOUR OWN COTTON, A
by Michael Phillips
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Continuation of life in an adult-less plantation...., July 10 2004
Two Black girls, two White girls and a baby try to keep the plantation going and keep away any people who might do them harm. Working harder than ever is the new Mistress of the plantation, a mere 15 yr. old girl. She now oversees a very young girl and a somewhat mentally challenged new mother with a small son. Most of the people are either running or hiding from danger.
This second book brings into focus the viciousness of the baby's father and his intent on getting rid of both mother and baby. What follows is dynamic love and perserverance and the ugliness of some men's minds and their wicked meanness is almost too much to absorb.
The girls are maturing quickly and when the bank loan comes due with no money to be had, reposession is a very immediate possibility. This is where the book gets its' title, a real friend materialized and the harmony they show and their hard work pay off.
Today I finished book two and today I purchased book 3 in this series. I feel almost like family now and simply must know the future for these young people. Thank you Michael Phillips for this series.

ANGELS WATCHING OVER ME
ANGELS WATCHING OVER ME
by Michael Phillips
Edition: Paperback
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3.0 out of 5 stars A fairly slow start to a promising series...., June 24 2004
I can see the possibility of a great series coming, but this first book seems to dwell mainly on the devastation of the Civil War. A Black young woman and a White young woman end up as close friends through similar tragedies. There are hundreds of unanswered questions in this book. I will definitely read the sequels and hope to be upgrading my star system as the series moves along.

Land Of My Heart
Land Of My Heart
by Tracie Peterson
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Diane is forced to suffer more than seems necessary....., June 9 2004
This review is from: Land Of My Heart (Paperback)
Somehow I felt Tracie Peterson went a bit heavy on the sad stuff, but perhaps that was the way it was. Dianne is featured along with her family which continues to decrease due to various reasons and some very tragic circumstances.
Diane and her Mother want to take the family and flee the war in Missouri- so- without her Father, they leave on a wagon train for Montana. If anything else went wrong there would not have been a book to write! Whites hating Blacks, Indians hating Whites, families in turmoil and through it all, a thread of hope and the Gospel. Enough happiness and success is present to continually nudge the reader to finish.
Tracie did a great job with proof of cultural differences and the grief they could cause through other people, especially in dealing with the marriage of Bram and Koko.
I am anxious for book 2 in this series. Thank you Tracie Peterson.

Sacrifice, The
Sacrifice, The
by Beverly Lewis
Edition: Paperback
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3.0 out of 5 stars How Much More Can Leah Bear?, May 15 2004
This review is from: Sacrifice, The (Paperback)
I am a huge fan of Beverly Lewis's books, but was just about to lay this one aside when it FINALLY started to get interesting and then - wow!
Leah is the main character and her value and worth are never questioned, especially with the decisions she is called to make. The twins Hannah and Mary Ruth are young ladies now, but their hearts pull them in different directions. Sadie, the shunned oldest daughter is ever in the background until the last few pages. Somehow I feel we have not heard the last of her first, huge sinful encounter which resulted in her banning. I was pleased to see the doctor's family more fully integrated into this book.
Abram and his wife have raised some different children with sharp minds and this book shows the reader the apparent differences and outcomes. The Amish community is beginning to lose some of their young people to the more liberal Mennonites, much to the chagrin of Dat and the bishop. Speaking of Dat, he is portrayed as stubborn, spiteful, and finally softening.
Leah has my admiration and is definitely the star of this book. Her life and relationship to some special little people will pull at your heartstrings.
This book is chock full of surprises and intrigue and Beverly Lewis has plenty to draw from when she releases book 4, "The Prodigal" in October, 2004. I am very excited to order it in advance.
If the whole book had been like the last fourth of the book then it would have been 5+ stars. If just half the book had been, it would have gotten 4. However, this time Lewis took entirely too long to get to the meat and heart of the book, hence, 3 stars.

Pearl
Pearl
by Lauraine Snelling
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pearl relocates and adjusts and then---, May 5 2004
This review is from: Pearl (Paperback)
Pearl is a young Chicago woman, daughter of a weathly socialite family, unhappily being "forced" into a marriage she will not tolerate. Leaving in secret, she takes a job as school teacher in the Dakota wild where we left off with book 1. Ruby has now created a reputable hotel and restaurant and determines to "look out for the girls" per her dying father's request.
However, her little sister, Opal, is another story. Precocious and friendly, a bit on the wild side, Opal is ripe for adventure and danger. Her love for her new home and the people is surpassed only by her love of horses. Ruby has NO idea this will lead to such lengths.
Belle is still a thorn in Ruby's side, a worldly woman who is bent on keeping booze, smoking and money skimming off the card games all of which become a real burden and pain for Ruby who loves God and wants to make a clean, respectable home for everyone.
Many are moving to this area and Snelling does a great job integrating their lives with those already here. Obviously the army and the cattle ranchers will be featured heavily along with the "girls" that Per left behind. Rand the rancher is a mystery character whom the author weaves into this story with great mystery and warmth.
A school of sorts is started, Pearl learns that riches and her former spoiled life do not compare with living simply, working hard and having real friends and peace of mind. She meets a young man with her same love of books and then suddenly, before she can make decisions and put down permanent roots her father appears out of the blue demanding she return to Chicago.
The first real Christmas is a highlight and touching part of this book, bringing in hints of further things to come. However, the personal lives of the characters are as different as night and day, yet somehow the same.
Snelling allows the reader to glimpse into folks in love, those harboring hate, lots of simplicity and the awfulness of head lice.
A few relationships are somewhat predictable and the writing is quite simple - otherwise, I would give the storyline and the book 5 stars. I am already anxious for book 3 in this series. Thank you Lauraine Snelling.

Ruby
Ruby
by Lauraine Snelling
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars An exciting beginning.....a promising series, April 21 2004
This review is from: Ruby (Paperback)
Ruby has gone West to see her dying father and to claim her inheritance only to find that a huge surprise and disappointment await her and her little 9 yr. old sister. She cannot even call Little Missouri a town or civilization, but that is just the beginning. Bridging the gap from New York to the wild Dakotas may take more than she has inside her. Snelling does a great job building the setting for the characters for this and future books. I am already reading book two, "Pearl" which hopefully will build on book one.

High Calling: The Courageous Life and Faith of Space Shuttle Columbia Commander Rick Husband
High Calling: The Courageous Life and Faith of Space Shuttle Columbia Commander Rick Husband
by Evelyn Husband
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly open and informative, too., April 6 2004
Evelyn did a great job explaining the home and family side of Rick Husband. Yes, she was proud of his accomplishments but also listed some of his faults which was refreshing. NASA is not easy on its men and women and Evelyn made that very clear while not blaming them for Rick's death, either. Rick's determination and his resolve were certainly tested but his faith and drive never faltered. All in all the book gives a well rounded view of life as an astronaut as told through the eyes of the one closest to him, his wife. I congratulate Evelyn for her brave tribute to Rick and his 6 very close friends who met death the same day and in the same manner. Thanks, Evelyn.

A Quiet Strength
A Quiet Strength
by Janette Oke
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Marriage, Grandmother, Horses and Mindy, Feb. 9 2004
This review is from: A Quiet Strength (Paperback)
Virginia is so anxious to be married to Jonathan that she does not fully count the cost. When reality hits her, she is angry and disallusioned. Her home is finally built and just as life looks promising, an old friend drops in and with her a little waif daughter who ends up being Virginia and Jonathan's. Raising horses is risky and not without long hours - again leaving Virginia to fret. With a baby on the way and an wounded child to heal, horses take priority and Virginia loses her perspective on what is really important. The last straw is when Grandmother breaks her leg and must come live with them. Virginia is ready to throw in the towel when she allows God to speak to her heart and she finally listens. She is able to sort between fact and fantasy, romance and committment and wakes to the real reason for being a family. She is changed forever. Another Janette Oke thriller. Off to book 4!

A Searching Heart
A Searching Heart
by Janette Oke
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Virginia Simpson grows up..., Feb. 1 2004
This review is from: A Searching Heart (Paperback)
This second book in Prairie Legacy is a continuation of the life of Virginia, granddaughter of Clark and Marty and daughter of Belinda and Drew.... of the Love Comes Softly series. Virginia is becoming an adult and her plans for college, marriage and friendship with Jenny are all challenged in this book, another great one by Janette Oke. The end leaves one reaching for book 3 of this series.

Love Finds a Home #8
Love Finds a Home #8
by Janette Oke
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Belinda's Life Continues, Nov. 14 2003
This review is from: Love Finds a Home #8 (Hardcover)
Belinda continues to live in Boston and be a companion/nurse to her beloved Aunt Virgie. A three week trip home is such a shock she is wondering where she really belongs, but is needed in Boston.
The inevitable happens and the rich woman finally dies. The will and the estate must be settled. There are 2 grandsons who will be remembered. Belinda is expected to take on a role she never, ever even dreamed of. While she is accomplishing that role, she runs into the one person she never expected to see again. Can....or will......things change?
This 8th book is a perfect ending to the series Love Comes Softly, and thank you Janette Oke. God bless you and your continued writing of Christian Fiction for women. I am one of your biggest fans.

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