Four Quakers of New Garden face trials of the heart. When Josiah Wall postpones his marriage to Ruth Payne for a second time, Ruth is reluctant to give him another chance at love. Deborah Wall is thrilled to work at a hub of the Underground Railroad, until wounded Nathaniel Fox--a bounty hunter for runaway slaves--is left to her care. Leah Wall struggles to turn a marriage of convenience into a marriage of love. Christian Jaidon Taylor pursues Quaker Catherine Wall--but she's convinced their differences will forever keep them apart. Will these women withstand the test of love?
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The Quakers of New Garden Claire Sanders, Ann E. Schrock, Jennifer Hudson Taylor, Susette Williams
Description: Four Quakers of New Garden face trials of the heart. When Josiah Wall postpones his marriage to Ruth Payne for a second time, Ruth is reluctant to give him another chance at love. Deborah Wall is thrilled to work at a hub of the Underground Railroad, until wounded Nathaniel Fox—a bounty hunter for runaway slaves—is left to her care. Leah Wall struggles to turn a marriage of convenience into a marriage of love. Christian Jaidon Taylor pursues Quaker Catherine Wall—but she’s convinced their differences will forever keep them apart. Will these women withstand the test of love?
Review: I really liked the story lines for all the books. They were well thought out and easy to read except for the ‘thee’ ‘thou’ and like language. It was OK at the start but became a noose during the reading because the weighed down the dialogue. I struggled through this with the start of each story until I could block it out. It seemed to me that it should have been phased out and I doubt that it would have bothered me. They were fun to see them blend from one part of the family to the next with characters that would pop into other stories. I am glad that I read it over all and look forward to hearing good things from these authors in the future. I would like to thank Net Galley and Barbour Publishing, Inc. for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy and I was never asked to write a favorable review by anyone.
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Review 2 for Quakers of New Garden: Indiana
Gives insights into the Quaker religion/beliefs.
Date:April 8, 2013
Reading about the historic Underground Railroad was interesting but I was hoping to learn a little more about the Quakers than I did in this book even though it did give quite a bit of information.
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Review 3 for Quakers of New Garden: Indiana
I began this book and didn't want to put it down.
Date:March 28, 2013
The authors made me feel as if I was back in that time period. Good characters and a good story line. Could connect each new story with the previous story.
This is a super nice collection of 4 stories about the Friends(Quakers). I always enjoy reading what I can about them! If you are new to reading about them they use thee and thou, but it always is great stories and it will take to a different place and time so grab the book and enjoy! :)
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Review 6 for Quakers of New Garden: Indiana
Date:June 25, 2012
We've read about the Amish, now here come the Quakers!
This collection follows the Wall family through the generations, as their Quaker faith is challenged and the time marches swiftly on.
Not to say that the other stories weren't great as well, but my favorite was the first one in the collection. Maybe it's my fascination with politics, or just that I liked the colonial time period, or maybe I liked the idea of a young man trying desperately to win back his true love after postponing their wedding one too many times!
The other stories were also good, with one about an Underground Railroad, and a hero who did a total turn around, and became a wonderful upstanding man. And another about an arranged marriage in the turmoil of the Civil War, and another one set in modern days that gave me a rare peek into what being a Quaker means today!
As is often the tough thing with novellas I felt that the stories ended all too soon. And I wish that some of the stories had been longer, and had a bit more of a story progression. But then again, I love the convenience of the shortness of the stories.
Overall, I will say that it is always a struggle to write a review of a novella collection and do each novelette justice, but this was an interesting read and I learned alot about the Quakers, even though I didn't agree with some of their traditions and beliefs. This was an absolutely lovely novella collection, though and I would recommend it to Amish Fiction fans who might be looking for a little something different :)
I received this book from the publisher in return for an honest review. Thanks.
New Garden’s Hope by Jennifer Hudson Taylor After Josiah Wall postpones their wedding a second time, Ruth Payne refuses to reset their wedding date. But everything Josiah has worked for means nothing without Ruth. He sets out to win her back, but it seems that each attempt is thwarted by disaster. Will their love and faith overcome their differences, or could this be the end he’s always feared?
New Garden’s Crossroads by Ann E. Schrock Deborah Wall is thrilled to work for the Coffins in their home, a hub of the Underground Railroad. Nathaniel Fox has been dismissed from the Society of Friends and becomes a bounty hunter for runaway slaves. When an injury takes him to the Coffins’ house, he tries Deborah’s patience and challenges her beliefs. But, after accepting Christ and revealing his love for Deborah, will Nathaniel give up his worldly ways to join her?
New Garden’s Inspiration by Claire Sanders As an unwanted, poor relation, Leah Wall is surprised to discover that her Quaker uncle has arranged a marriage between her and widowed Caleb Whitaker. With little choice, Leah agrees to the marriage and finds herself a wife in name only, caring for Caleb’s children while he serves in the Union Army. When the two begin to exchange letters, will it be enough to make a marriage of convenience flourish into a marriage of love?
New Garden’s Conversion by Susette Williams Christian Jaidon Taylor is determined to plead his case with Quaker Catherine Wall and convince her that they are not as different as she thinks. Catherine promised her father that she would uphold the family tradition of marrying within their faith. As Jaidon begins to rethink his own spiritual walk in his endeavor to find love, Catherine tries to show him why their relationship would never work. But are they really that different?
This book spans generations of the Wall family, rooted in their Quaker beliefs. The four short stories begin near the early 1800’s and end with the present day. It was interesting to learn about the ways of the Quakers, since I knew nothing about them. I enjoyed reading about their involvement in the Underground Railroad, although it plays a minor role in the most of the stories.
All four stories are about romantic relationships and how the characters deal with them. The main characters are grounded in their religious beliefs. My favorite story was New Garden’s Inspiration. Leah Wall thought she would always be single because she felt so plain. She was elated to marry, even if it was one of convenience.
At first it was hard to get adjust to “thee” that was used for “you” in the first three stories. I found myself wishing the authors let the reader know how the characters in the 3rd and 4th story were related to the previous stories’ characters. We only know they are related by their last name of Wall. The publisher’s description for New Garden’s Inspiration is not quite correct. While I did wonder if the marriage of convenience would flourish into a marriage of love, it was not because of letters. Caleb wrote to Leah but she never returned a letter to him. Overall, this set of inspirational short stories was enjoyable to read. I would recommend this book for those whose enjoy romance novels.
I received a free copy of this ebook from NetGalley and Barbour Publishing for my honest opinion.
I have come to really like the Romancing America series. Normally I am not a big fan of short stories but I love how these books are written and flow together and this book is no exception. This book is about Quakers. The first story takes place in the early 1800’s and the next three stories slowly bring us to present day with the final story.
What I liked: Even though the 4 stories are short they where well written. I liked all the stories a lot. The characters where likeable and the stories interesting. I did not know a lot about the Quaker history and beliefs and found this book informative and interesting.
What I did not like: The fourth story was not as good as the first three to me. Maybe its because we jumped from historical to contemporary. The third story was told by only the female character and the other three where told by both the male and the female so that story felt a little out of place.
Over all this was a fun book and I enjoyed reading it a lot. I think my favorite story was of Leah who married for convenience but found love. I could have read a whole book just about them! If you’re a fan of the Romancing America series your in for a treat with this book! If you have not read any of these books this is a good one to start with.
Hope shines against the backdrop of the bloody French Revolution.
Isabelle de La Rouchecauld flees Paris in hopes of escaping the indescribable war of terror being waged on the aristocrats amidst the turmoil of the French Revolution.
After being severely beaten by a group of soldiers, Isabelle is taken in by a handsome farmer, named Michel Belanger.
But when the threat of the Revolution draws nearer, will they be willing to sacrifice the past, in exchange for a chance at brighter future...together?
I loved how Sanctuary for a Lady captured the genuine fear and situation of that time period for those of the aristocracy. This book gave me a window into the French Revolution without the typical gore that we typically relate to the terrible events of the revolution.
In this story I saw glimpses of the Good Samaritan, in the form of the handsome farmer, Michel, who was something of a brooding hero with a heart of gold. And when Michel and Isabelle were together, sparks flew! Both of the main characters where so well developed. Isabelle with her stubborn determination, yet her sense of guilt over past events, made her a compelling character that was complex, yet easy for the reader understand. With both Michel and Isabelle, I think what made them so real and relatable, was how it was easy to see how where they both had been in the past translated into the present.
The one thing that I think was just plain fantastic about this book was how hard questions, like, how bad things can happen to normal people, were answered in a simple, straightforward, easy-to-understand way that was not preachy in the least! Not only is this a wonderful romance, but it also has a strong Biblical foundation.
Overall this is a terrific debut from author Naomi Rawlings, I found myself staying up late into the we hours just so I could find out what would happen next. This book has it all, strong characters, wonderful plot, firm Biblical foundation, and an amazing historical setting and feel. Oh, and let's not forget the the romantic tension! Overall a great book that shows another side of the French Revolution.
Thanks to the author from whom I received this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks!
The stories cover four generations of Quaker women from New Garden, Indiana, and provided interesting insight into their beliefs, as each novella shows how the Society of Friends react to the situations of the day. I don’t know much about the Quakers beyond their pacifism and opposition to slavery, and these stories brought out both these beliefs well, and gave me a better understanding of the beliefs of this group.
In New Garden’s Hope by Jennifer Hudson Taylor, Josiah Wall and Ruth Payne are engaged, but Josiah upsets Ruth by postponing the wedding - again. Ruth breaks their engagement, believing that if Josiah isn't prepared to marry her when he promised that he doesn't love her enough. Josiah has to decide where his priorities lie – with Ruth, or with his own interests (specifically, campaigning on behalf of the Federalist candidate in the 1808 US Presidential Election).
The second story, New Garden’s crossroads by Ann E. Schrock, follows Deborah, daughter of Josiah Wall, who is a furniture maker and abolitionist in Indiana. Nathaniel Fox is a slave hunter, a long way from his own Quaker roots. An accident brings them together, and they develop feelings for each other but Nathaniel must recommit to the Society of Friends before they could marry as Deborah will not leave the faith. I liked Nathaniel, because his apparent worldliness underpinned a pragmatic realism that I felt the Quakers perhaps lacked: “Plain or lofty speech, plain dress or not, makes no difference to me.” He took another deep breath. “I’ve been out in the world and am not convinced that a man can be completely non-violent.”
In New Garden’s Inspiration by Claire Sanders, takes place during the War Between the States (the US Civil War), as the Quakers must decide if they will remain true to their non violent beliefs, or if they will fight to end slavery. Leah Wall marries widower Caleb Whitaker in order to care for his two children while he is away serving in the Union army in the war. This was a marriage of convenience story with a difference, in that Leah thought it was going to be a real marriage, so works to make it one.
The final story was my favourite, New Garden's Crossroads by Susette Williams. Set in the present day, it introduces Catherine Wall, a nurse who starts volunteering at a local youth centre after she meets the director, Jaidon Taylor, at a gang shooting. However, Jaidon is not a Quaker, so to marry him would mean leaving her church. I felt that this story gave a solid gospel message and showed the power of God to change lives. I would be interested in reading more about the origins and practices of the Quakers (officially known as the Society of Friends), perhaps examining some of the companies they founded.
Thanks to Barbour Publishing and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review.
I have fallen in love with the Quakers! I picked this book up after reading a previous collection which contained a story by Claire Sanders. I'm glad I did. Four beautifully written stories, each containing a strong Quaker heroine, were inspiring and uplifting. My favorite was "New Garden's Inspiration", the story of Leah Wall and a handsome Union soldier. Leah is too tall, too old and not pretty enough to catch a husband on her own but she ends in a marriage of convenience with widowed Caleb Whitaker. Leah wishes for a true marriage but stands firm in her belief in God's plan for her. The romance between the two is subtle but strong.
The author of the story is Claire Sanders, who is quickly becoming this reader's favorite Christian author. Sanders writes all of her heroines with a spine of steel and an unflinching faith in God. Faith and love are two sides of the same coin. Trust God's plan.