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Josh Harper is far more bookish than his brawny brothers. he grew up helping at his family's stagecoach stop in Kansas but now works in the small town of Windmill, where he manages his uncle's bank and tries to keep up with his young niece and nephew, who live with him so they can attend school. Though the children are a handful and keep him busy, Josh yearns for a family of his own, but eligible females are not exactly plenteous on the prairie.
When Sophie's aunt, a resident of Windmill, falls ill and requires help, Sophie volunteers. Despite his hesitation, her father finally relents and lets her go, as there is no other option. Her new role brings her into contact with the children boarding at her aunt's home-and with the handsome uncle of two of them. Is there a larger purpose in her coming to Windmill? Or will Josh Harper reject her, if not for her asthma attacks, then for the rocky nature of their relationship?
Number of Pages: 272
Vendor: Whitaker House
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 X 0.50 (inches)
Availability: In Stock
Series: Pioneer Promises
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wfnrenSt Cloud, FLAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5A nice enjoyable bookMay 19, 2014wfnrenSt Cloud, FLAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4I found this book as a slow starter but soon found myself wanting to read faster and longer. Vickie has you admiring Sophie, showing what a strong and determined person she is for being treated almost like an invalid all of her life. Oh, and she's so happy to feel free! All in all this was a good book and one that I can recommend to others. Now that I read the second book in the series, I have to get the first one to read it too. Darn, another reason to buy a book, lol!
Big MomIngleside, ILAge: Over 65Gender: female1 Stars Out Of 5Disappointing. Story line very generic.April 15, 2014Big MomIngleside, ILAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 1Value: 1Meets Expectations: 1I have read many of Vickie McDonough's previous books and thought I would enjoy this as much. Several chapters in, just started skipping pages. Couldn't get into the story. Felt it was more for young women.
bethOklahomaAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Always fun to readApril 12, 2014bethOklahomaAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Vickie McDonough's new book "Call of the Prairie" meets all my expectations and more. Sophia Davenport has asthma and has been sheltered by her overprotective parents. As a fellow asthma sufferer and the mother of asthmatics I can relate to Sophia's parents desire to keep her out of harms way.
But adventure finds Sophia in Windmill, Kansas in a very unexpected situation. She is determined to live on her own against all odds. However, when she meets josh Harper she might be willing to change her mind.
Josh is a young banker in Windmill. He is responsible for his niece and nephew as they live in town and go to school. He finds that he is dependent on Sophia to help him with the children. At first Josh and Sophia are too hard headed to see where the Lord is leading them. But God's will and love prevail.
I always enjoy Vickie's books. They are full of history, humor and draw you in to make new friends. I would recommend this book. It is a great read.
Henry McLaughlinSaginaw, TXAge: Over 65Gender: male3 Stars Out Of 5Another Solid Effort from Vickie McDonoughFebruary 4, 2014Henry McLaughlinSaginaw, TXAge: Over 65Gender: maleQuality: 4Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3Sophie Davenport is trapped in her own home by chronic asthma and overly protective parents.
Josh Harper, a small town banker caring for his nephew and niece so they can attend school, yearns for a family of his own.
When Sophie's Aunt Maude asks for help after breaking her arm, Sophie pleads with her father to let her travel to Maude's to care for her. Her father most reluctantly agrees to her entreaties.
Sophie learns Maude not only has a broken arm, she is seriously ill and unable to care for the three children who board with her and Josh's niece and nephew she watches after school.
Josh and Sophie are soon brought together with fireworks going off as these two strong-willed individuals battle with affection for each other while they constantly question, doubt, and irritate the snot out of one another.
Thus is the romantic journey of Sophie and Josh, a definite two-steps-forward, one-step-back affair.
McDonough blends humor and drama very well throughout the novel.
She creates characters who grab our attention and make us care about them.
Sophie is feisty at times, fearful at others, sure of herself at times, unsure at others as she embarks on the adventure of caring for a sick aunt and five children who are_well, children in all the rambunctiousness of little ones.
Josh is strong, capable, a little out of place at the bank, soft hearted about foreclosures, loves his niece and nephew, likes Sophie but is put off at times by her independence, always find the wrong ways to say things at the wrong times.
The conflict between is interesting, but somewhat predictable. You know they're going to end up together. They keep making the same assumptions and mistakes with each other so it gets a little repetitive.
Over the course of the story, the two grow up, become more mature, and gain insight into who they are and what they really desire.
Plot is typical for a prairie romance but satisfying if this is your genre. Enough twists and turns to be interesting.
The subplot of troubled little boy is well done and he captures the reader's heart as he captures Sophie's.
Another subplot of a rival for Sophie's affection who presents an aura of mystery and danger is also well done.
McDonough's story world is awesome. She gives a real feel for life in a small town on the prairie. Descriptions are just enough to give a sense of being there without being overwhelmed with minutiae.
Minor characters add humor and spice to the story.
A couple of things bothered me: The town seems to ignore Maude's illness until after Sophie arrives. Small towns in the era of this story are known for pitching in and helping each other out. Why that doesn't happen here or why the children aren't sent home or to other places to live doesn't seem to be adequately answered.
The publisher, Whitaker House, provided me with a copy of the book for an honest review.
Laurie Kingery5 Stars Out Of 5A story of Independence AchievedJanuary 28, 2014Laurie KingeryQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5After reading Vickie McDough's WHISPERS ON THE PRAIRIE last year, I was very much looking forward to book 2 in the PRAIRIE PROMISES series, and it certainly was well worth waiting for. Heroine Sophie Davenport is a woman to admire, a virtual prisoner in her own house due to asthma and overprotective parents. My heart went out to her from the very first pages, when a mail-order beau fails to step up and show himself worthy of her, but at the time I was suffering from a respiratory ailment too, and found that the least little bit of stress or suspense sent me into paroxysms of coughing, so I could easily relate to Sophie's struggles with the restrictive airway disease. Through her own grit and determination, Sophie is able to seize an opportunity to prove herself when it is provided, and in the end she proves herself able and worthy of making her own destiny. While I would have liked a glimpse of the stagecoach inn and the family who staffed it that was provided in the first book in the series, I find myself totally hooked and awaiting book three. I hope it doesn't take long to come out!