Plots and Pans  -     By: Kelly Eileen Hake
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Plots and Pans

Barbour Books / 2014 / Paperback

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The ability to follow orders---his orders---is the #1 job requirement for anybody joining cowboy Tucker Carmichael's cattle drive. He knows that on the Chisholm Trail a moment's hesitation can mean death. So when his partner's headstrong sister, Jessalyn, joins their team as chuck wagon cook, sparks start to fly! Is God "stirring up" romance? 320 pages, softcover from Barbour.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Barbour Books
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 8.38 X 5.50 X 0.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1620299585
ISBN-13: 9781620299586
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Publisher's Description

Order dictates Tucker Carmichael’s life—his orders. On a cattle drive, a moment’s hesitation can mean death. The Chisholm Trail is dirty, dangerous, and no place for women. After years at school, Jessalyn Culpepper has come home and is determined to show everyone that a woman can manage everything from cooking to cattle—whether they like it or not! Tucker tries to manage his partner’s headstrong sister, horrified when she wants to join the cattle drive. But when they need a chuck wagon cook, Jessalyn seems the only solution. Will God stir up love along a trail filled with their Plots and Pans?

Author Bio

Kelly Eileen Hake received her first writing contract at the tender age of seventeen and arranged to wait three months until she was able to legally sign it. Since that first contract a decade ago, she's fulfilled twenty contracts ranging from short stories to novels. In her spare time, she's attained her BA in English literature and composition, earned her credential to teach English in secondary schools, and went on to complete her MA in writing popular fiction.

Writing for Barbour combines two of Kelly's great loves-history and reading. A CBA bestselling author and member of American Christian Fiction Writers, she's been privileged to earn numerous Heartsong Presents Reader's Choice Awards and is known for her witty, heartwarming historical romances. A newlywed, she and her gourmet-chef husband live in Southern California with their golden lab mix, Midas!

Editorial Reviews

Plots and Pans is a light, humorous, and enjoyable easy read about laying down the need to prove yourself and becoming who you were always meant to become. It’s about faith and family, finding love and coming home.

What a fun story! The characters were well developed, the romance was sweet, and the plot was enjoyable. The author also brought several heavy topics such as racial tension, women's rights, and death into the story. But she handled each subject with care and grace. I was entertained, but also blessed by reading this book. I'll definitely be adding it to my library.

Ms. Hake is a strong story teller of this plot line and I would encourage her to continue to embrace the ’Wild West’ as her inspiration. She knows how to spin a great western.

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  1. Heather
    Richey, MT
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Plots and Pans didn't hold my attention
    July 25, 2014
    Heather
    Richey, MT
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 3
    Plots and Pans didn't hold my attention like I had hoped it would when I started. I love stories about the west and cowboys, but this one unfortunately really seemed so run of the mill. I kept waiting for the book to pick up pace and get a bit more exciting and it never did

    Jessalyn Culpepper is the motherless daughter of a cattle rancher in Texas. She grows up running around on the ranch, breaking horses and going on round ups. When her actions get her father injured, he decided to send her to England for school but never brings her home. When he dies, she decides it's time for her to go home, much to the consternation of the foreman and part owner, Tucker Carmichael. She is determined to continue doing everything that she did before being sent to school but most of the time it turns out badly for her. It was surprising to find that she could cook when she didn't do anything else with her studies.

    I received a copy of this book from Bookfun.org for my honest review.
  2. jenilee220
    Ohio
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    July 21, 2014
    jenilee220
    Ohio
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Another really great book selection to tell you about! I had so much fun reading this book. Kelly's books are always enjoyable and Plots and Pans was absolutely enjoyable!

    From the first page where you learn some history of the characters to the first chapter where their pasts collide into the present to the following chapters that complete the story, you will love this book.

    I love when there is history between the characters and that is well-played in their story. This book did that and more. History, family, faith, forgiveness, and of course, romance are all themes woven through the story.

    Kathy Eileen Hake is a fantastic author and her books are a joy to read.
  3. Blooming with Books
    Bloomer, WI
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Historical Fic. fun w/a pan-full of clean romance
    July 16, 2014
    Blooming with Books
    Bloomer, WI
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Plots and Plans

    By Kelly Eileen Hake

    All Jessalyn Culpepper wants is her father to be proud of her and not because she was finished at the various lady's schools she's gone to over the last 7 years. After all being a "Lady" means sitting side-saddle, napping during the day, and just general foolishness. She longs to take part in the day-to-day activity of the ranch she loves.

    But when Jessalyn finally returns home she doesn't get the homecoming she's been dreaming of. In fact it is as if everyone she knew is gone. But no one is going to stop her from making a place for herself not even ranch foreman Tucker Carmichael.

    But nothing is ever easy especially when two people are equally mule-headed. But sometimes two parts stubborn is just what is necessary to get the job done.

    This is a fun book that is easy to read. It is the perfect distraction from all the stresses of the day. Plots and Pans addresses several issues of the day including women's rights and racial prejudice. But overall this is a feel good book as Jessalyn and Tucker learn to work together and trust in God. This book is complete in and of itself, but I wouldn't mind a sequel and that to me is a sign that a book is good - the desire to read more about the characters.

    I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher Barbour through The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.
  4. TellNJasmine
    Montana
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A zany historical romance!
    July 6, 2014
    TellNJasmine
    Montana
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This zany historical romance is one that makes the reader laugh but also has some tearjerker moments that will cause you to look inward.

    I honestly chose Plots And Pans partly because of the crazy title and mostly because it made me laugh when I read the back cover blurb. The story was exactly what I was looking for, a lighthearted historical romance with a dash of introspection.

    This story had quite a few twists and turns. Just when you think everything Jessalyn and Tucker are getting things figured out something happens and there is a misunderstanding and tempers flare. I liked how both of them made mistakes, nailed each other with some hilarious zingers, and yet when it came down to it both of them were warmhearted and kind, even if sparks seriously flew when they were together.

    In many ways Plots And Pans is a hilarious battle of the sexes, she thinks she should do whatever she wants no matter how dangerous and he is a bit smothering with his protectiveness.

    Kelly Eileen Hake knows her craft well. Realistic characters, a great storyline, and cowboys! What else could you possibly need in a story?

    (I received a copy of this book from Shiloh Run Press through The Book Club Network for my honest review. All opinions are my own.)
  5. kingsdaughter1611
    IL
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Entertaining Historical!
    July 4, 2014
    kingsdaughter1611
    IL
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    When I heard about this new book from author Kelly Hake, I was very interested in it. It was a historical comedy after all with cowboys and set in Texas:) Who could resist! Not me for sure. I have always enjoyed her mothers books so I knew I would like this one. I just didn't realize how much I would:)

    The two main characters are Jessalyn and Tucker. But the secondary characters were almost my favorite. Jess was sent away to a young ladies boarding school in England when she was little and an accident happened. Ever since she believes she killed her father(Not going into details so I don't give anything away). When she finally gets the message he has passed away she escapes the boarding school and heads across the ocean to come home. One of the funniest parts is when she rides up to the ranch. Tucker thinks she is a drifter looking for work and instructs him/her to go to the bunk house. Then when he can't find the drifter he gets upset. You have to read it to appreciate the humor:)

    Tucker is a great guy though a bit controlling. At the same time I often found myself taking his side in the arguments between him and Jess. She was quite bossy and wanting to take off by herself while he is trying to watch over her.

    This is a really good book filled with humor and fun while at the same time imparting truth from Scripture. As I said above, the secondary characters were almost more sweet than Jess and Tucker. Excellent book!

    I received a copy of this book from BookFun for my review purposes.
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