Faith Paperback – Oct 15 1998
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From Library Journal
Prolific author Copeland (With This Ring, LJ 2/1/98) kicks off another historical Western series with this pleasing tale of mail-order brides set in 1872. When their pastor father dies suddenly, leaving little money, three sisters realize that they need to take drastic action to survive. Each answers a newspaper ad soliciting Christian brides. Faith goes to Texas, where her intended, a well-to-do rancher named Nicholas Shepherd, seems to be having second thoughts. While her wedding is repeatedly postponed, Faith meets a local widower and decides to teach his blind son Braille. In time, Nicholas begins to realize that he may have lost Faith to another man. Although this is not the freshest premise, Copeland endows his characters with enough liveliness to make the book a fun light read. Recommended, especially for Copeland's growing group of fans.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.
About the Author
Christian romance author Lori Copeland has published more than fifty-five novels since beginning her writing career in 1982. Lori and her husband, Lance, live in Springfield, Missouri, and have enjoyed more than 43 years together in marriage. They have three sons, three daughters-in-law, three grandsons, and one granddaughter (they admit to spoiling the only girl in the family just a little bit).
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Faith's unusual arrival in Deliverance is only the beginning of some rather bizarre occurances which prevent the wedding from taking place several times. Instead, Faith tests the patience of Liza her future mother in law by preferring outside, tomboy activities to domestication. Faith cannot figure out what makes this man and his mother tick, since they seem to have plenty of money but refuse to spend it, and although they are rich and well known, they still do not seem very happy with life.
As Faith becomes acquainted with the townspeople and church folks, she is especially fond of little five year old Adam, who is blind. His father, Dan, is a young widow with two other children. Since Faith is not married yet, she feels free to help Dan out with the children. This act of kindness causes her great distress from Liza and distrust and jealousy from Nicholas.
Although the book introduces many different families, it centers on Faith's adventures as she seeks to establish her worth while wondering if her marriage is ever going to take place. The one single obstacle she cannot overcome is the selfish, moody, controlling mother of her fiance. Liza is a widow who now refuses to relinquish her hold on her only child, Nicholas.
Nicholas puts his work and his cattle ranch above anything else, and postpones the wedding once more to prevent leaving a young bride home alone while he is out on a cattle drive. It is during his absence that Faith pursues her dream to start a school for the blind since she cares so deeply for little Adam and wants to teach him to read. Liza does NOT share this dream and in a very ugly scene, she issues an untimatum to Faith that leads to dire consequences. When Nicholas returns, he is shocked, sad and angry.
The end result is worth the read, and I am anxious to get to book two in this series, Brides of the West.
I thought it was a really terrible book. Couldn't stand Nicholas and his evil mother -
whom we were supposed to excuse for her awful behavior because she was going through
her "change". Did anyone else want to strangle Nicholas?
I couldn't figure out why Faith didn't get on the next stage out of town -
after spending ONE night
in the presence of those two terrible people.
I have read Lori Copeland books before, but never again.
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