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Harvest House Publishers Rainy Day Dreams, Seattle Brides Series #2

When the Burgert family moves to Seattle in 1852, Kathryn is convinced her father has destroyed her life. The backwoods settlement offers none of the comforts and culture she loves in San Francisco. She cares nothing for the new sawmill the townsfolk are so excited about. That is, until she meets Jason, a lumberjack with dreams for a bright future. As she comes to know Jason, Kathryn can't help catching his vision.

A gripping story of love, tenderness, and survival in the rugged Pacific Northwest.

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Review 1 for Rainy Day Dreams, Seattle Brides Series #2
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Enjoyed the historical background!

Date:April 30, 2014
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Kate
Age:25-34
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In Rainy Day Dreams we travel back to the settlement of Seattle. Four years have passed since the end of A Bride for Noah, the first book in the series. The town has grown. The biggest mill in the west is operating and business is booming. Men are traveling in a steady flow to find jobs and women are traveling to find husbands.
The set up for this story was great. I enjoyed looking deeper into a history that isn't widely known about outside of Washington State. Even though quite a bit of time has passed, instead of becoming a quiet community, Seattle is now threatened by Indian raids from hostile tribes from surrounding areas, unhappy that their lands are being encroached on. The Navy is now in port to help with the threats.
The historical background was a perfect backdrop and was very entertaining. However, the pacing of the story made it feel like the story rode on a wave. There would be a little bit of action, then we would go back to the normal pacing of a day. Each chapter seemed to represent a day in the life of the lead Kathryn, and with that it was a little choppy in the pacing.
I had hard time connecting with Kathryn. She thought she was above the situation she had been placed in and argued about it and pouted for a time. Jason was a little easier to connect with, but he had secrets he carried around and it made him mystery. However, he enjoyed his job and was good at it. And reading about the joy he had for his job was a delight.
The relationship between Jason and Kathryn was a little hard to believe, I hate to say. For most of the story they argued and squabbled and Jason is still hurting from the secrets he carries. The relationship that formed happened very quickly near the end and was hard to flush out, with many surprises and revelations exposed.
It was an enjoyable story over all and it offered a wonderful look into an interesting time in history. I look forward to what the third book has in store.
Thank you to Harvest House, I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
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Review 2 for Rainy Day Dreams, Seattle Brides Series #2
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Another Great Story by 2 Excellent Authors!

Date:April 27, 2014
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HollyMag
Location:Covina
Age:45-54
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The second book was as good if not better than the first. We get to see some old friends from the first book and meet some new ones. This story contained a wonderful romance, some tension not only between the two main characters but for the young town of Seattle. The authors did a great job throwing some surprises into the story that made it interesting and very touching.
Initially I struggled with Kathryn and wanted to slap her more than once. But as the story developed and she came to terms with her life in Seattle I came to love her. My heart broke from almost the beginning for Jason. It was also fun to see the Hughes and Denny families as well as Red Dog and the other lumberjacks.
When I read a story I look for what lessons I can learn from it, this one has several. Kathryn reminds us to be content where we are and not to be too proud. There are lessons to learn from Jason as well, but I’ll leave it to you to find those.
Although a book two you could read this story and enjoy it even if you’ve not read the first one.
Disclaimer: I would like to thank the authors and their publisher, Harvest House, for the opportunity to read and review this book. I was under no obligation other than to give my honest opinion.
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Review 3 for Rainy Day Dreams, Seattle Brides Series #2
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LOVE This Book!

Date:April 6, 2014
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Voracious Reader
Location:Jacksonville, FL
Age:55-65
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When I first looked at this book, I thought, "Oh, no! Another cute little fluffy romance!" Boy, am I glad I went ahead and read it anyway! It is one of the best historical novels I have read! So many fascinating historical events were introduced. We are keeping this series for our homeschool States of the United States unit on Washington state. The characters were wonderful, and I agree with a previous reviewer about the twin aspect, although I am not a twin myself (I do have twin grandchildren; does that count?!). I was so enthralled with this book that I violated my rule about reading a series, because I couldn't wait for Bride of Noah to get here. I read the whole book in one day, because I could not put it down. NOW, I am off to read Bride of Noah! Keep them coming, Virginia and Lori.
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