forevermore | book review

I love this book! Figured I’d just get that out of the way :)


Forevermore by Cathy Marie Hake

Rating: 4.0 – 4.0

Hope Ladley doesn’t stay in one place for very long.  Guided by her Heavenly Father, she goes from place to place, helping families that need an extra pair of hardworking hands.  When she and her mule arrive at Jakob Stauffer’s farm in Gooding Texas, she quickly discovers that his family needs some extra TLC.  Taking Jakob’s sister Annie and his little daughter Emmy Lou under her wing, Hope gently lends healing and joy to hearts once held by fear. Making a pact with her boss to take care of Annie and Emmy Lou, Hope is determined to do whatever it takes to make sure she keeps her promise. Her unconventional ways, zany sayings, pure honesty and willingness to get the job done transforms Jakob’s house into a well-ordered home.  Little does she know, her own heart is transforming to. What exactly did God have in mind when He sent her to Jakob Stauffer’s home?

This is one of my favorite audiobooks.  The story is sweet and inspiring and fun and Stina Nielsen’s performance is a pleasure to listen to!  Hope is a lovable character and her honesty and straightforward ways are commendable.  She’s the kind of person you want to sit down and have a cup of tea with or work along next to while sewing or doing laundry. She’s the kind of woman I want to be–hopeful, cheerful, hard-working and trusting in God’s ways and wisdom.

I totally recommend this if you’re looking for something fun and inspirational.  Hake does a fantastic job telling this sweet story :).

Happy reading y’all!

P.S. There are a couple of other books in her series, Only in Gooding!. I read them out of order and have started reviewing them out of order! Sorry about that!  

The books go in this order:

  1. Fancy Pants 
  2. Forevermore
  3. Whirlwind
  4. That Certain Spark
  5. Serendipity

whirlwind | book review

3216278Whirlwind by Cathy Marie Hake

Rating: 4.0 – 4.0

My Thoughts:

Cathy Marie Hake is one of my favorite Christian historical fiction novelists. I was going to say something like Whirlwind is my favorite in her series about Gooding Texas, but that simply wouldn’t be true.  I also loved Fancy Pants & Forevermore just as much.

I listened to the audiobook by Recorded Books Inspirational.  It’s read by one of my favorite narrators, Barbara Caruso.  I love her voice and overall presentation of stories.  Her performances include Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, the Anne of Green Gables books, Fancy Pants, and many, many others.

This 3rd book in the series tells the story of Millicent Fairweather who is traveling to America with her sister and brother-in-law to begin a new life after losing her position as nanny in England.  En route to New York, she accepts a temporary position as nanny to Daniel Clark’s son, Arthur.  However, Millicent’s life is turned upside down when tragedy strikes and she has no choice but to marry Mr. Clark and travel to Gooding Texas as the wife of the new owner of the town’s general store.

Daniel and Millie now must build a household, a business, and a marriage all at the same time.  The problem is, they barely know each other and have completely different approaches to life.  If not for one common thread – their dependance on God and His loving care and purpose for their lives – they would come apart at the seams.

As is to be expected in stories about newly married couples, there is much misunderstanding, many mishaps, and plenty to learn.  The ending was sweet and I was pleasantly surprised :).

I recommend this book if you’re looking for sweet and inspirational!

Happy reading y’all :)

leota’s garden | book review


Leota’s Garden by Francine Rivers

Rating: 3.0 – 4.0

My Thoughts:

I listened to this audiobook a month or so ago.  It was my first Francine Rivers novel and I must say I enjoyed it!

The story is about Leota, an lonely woman with a garden that once spoke of devotion and hope but now only reminds her of disappointment and neglect.  Her own daughter has neglected her and is doing her best to make sure her daughter, Annie, pursues the best life has to offer, regardless of what Annie herself desires.  Annie, tired of her mother’s smothering decides to reconnect with her grandmother, Leota, much to her mother’s frustration.  What unfolds is a beautiful relationship that results in confessions, discoveries, and changed lives.

It was a sweet story.  I will say there was one thing about the ending that I did not like.  If you have read the book you might recollect what I’m referring to.  If you do read it, come back and tell me what you think.

All in all, I recommend it!  If you get a hold of the audio, it’s worth a listen, the narrator was a good fit for the story.

I’m slowly making my way through Rivers’ novel, Redeeming Love.  

What have you read by Francine Rivers?  What do you recommend?