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Amelia [Kindle Edition]

G.L. Gracie
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)

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Book Description

April 1851, Independence, Missouri. The excitement of wagon trains heading west. A treacherous trip for the heartiest of men. But for Amelia Smith, a young widow, the trials are many, including a secret she is hiding.

Kilby Taylor, wagon train scout, takes an interest in Amelia as well as young seventeen year old Mark Bunch.

With Oregon on the horizon and the promise of land ownership, the story unfolds with the daily struggles of survival and love for Amelia.

Christian Historical Romance - Suitable for ages 12 and over.

Includes an Excerpt from IVY & WILD ROSES by G.L. Gracie

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About the Author

G.L. Gracie has been writing since she was thirteen years old, creating short stories, plays and poetry. Now she is developing novels. She is the mother of three and lives in southwestern lower Michigan. She likes to build her characters around the simple things of life, those things that form us and make us what we are.

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  • File Size: 5208 KB
  • Print Length: 150 pages
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  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #126,521 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars All's well that ends well! April 24, 2014
By Jacasni
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Really? This book gets three stars because the author is a pretty good story teller. I have to give her that.

This is the most unrealistic, unbelievable book that I have ever read, I think. I liked all the characters. Really nice people. However, I could not begin to figure how a young girl with her infant baby could manage the trip across the Oregon Trail, caring for her animals, her wagon, her belongings, and her friends' illnesses and have everything go so well for her. She planted, hoed, laid fences, helped build her house ( with help, I acknowledge) baked, cooked, cleaned, hostessed the neighbors and friends, counseled, cared for her child, milked the cow, etc. etc. etc.

Two men cared for her, but that conveniently solved when one of them took himself our of the running, and simply left her life. Even the helper that was fleeing his own ghosts (he had killed a man) just happened to be in the right place at the right time, to find out that he was not a murderer. Everyone seemed to have a pretty charmed life.

One might get the idea that our forefathers....and "foremothers" just hopped a wagon train to a nicer, happier life with little hardship. There were some hard moments, but except for a couple of characters, it was a happy ending for all. Really? I doubt it. Never have I read a book with more lovely and polite folks.

After all this, I confess that I finished the book, and can recommend it to anyone who likes stories where there is little tension, and lots of happy endings.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but not realistic April 19, 2014
By LadyMMO
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(spoiler) I love books about the pioneers going west and most of the book seemed in line with all I have ever read. However, the main character was unrealistic. A young woman with a nursing baby living alone in a covered wagon and chopping wood to build fences and chicken coops etc etc as well as cooking and washing etc. What was described would have been hard for a man to do let alone a woman and a woman who was trying to keep up her strength for nursing a baby . . and what about keeping up with a baby. Where was the baby when she and the friend went rolling down the hill? Where was he when she chopped wood until noon to build the fences. On her back? She sprained her ankle and was unconscious? Sorry, I just found it all to be a bit 'far fetched' since I have raised children and doubt she could have done all of that with a baby. Just the woman's work back then would have worked her from sun to sun but she was doing that and the man's work. I am only half way through the book but will finish it. Other than that, i do like the book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars YES! September 29, 2014
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Let me just say -- I do NOT read sappy love stories. Had I thought about it a bit, I would never have downloaded this book. Oh man, am I glad I didn't think about it! I absolutely fell in love with this book! It reminded me so much of the Little House series that I adored as a young girl! It was so nice to be transported back by a book that was free of cursing, sex, and gore -- a welcome change! I can't say enough about this book!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I knew you could do it Gracie! five stars July 3, 2014
By peewee
First of all I am not much of a book reader. I would much rather watch a good movie. Certainly not a reader of western books. But this book was given to me as a birthday gift. So in the interest of our friendship I felt I had to read the book. First I fell in love with the cover. It showed the sadness Amelia must have felt as she started on her journey to the West. Leaving her home and family behind. Yet the excitement of building a new life and all the promise of her new home. The book itself was very believable, as were the characters. My favorite characters were Mark and Amelia herself. I liked the moral character they both had. There love was was tested and tried and they had more than a sexual love. Something we could and can learn from today. Yes this book gets five stars from me and I who is not a lover of reading books will look forward to the next one Gracie!
Eileen Wiggins
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The way it used to be June 14, 2014
Written in a simple style, Gracie does a masterful job of portraying the full range of human emotions; from grief to joy and everything in between. Additionally, her characters openly and consistently exhibit (1) right from wrong, and (2) self reliance; two traits that we all sense we should strive, for but sadly seem to be fading away in today's society. Readers will enjoy the similarities and contrasts between "the way it used to be" and the way it is today.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amelia October 31, 2014
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Amelia is a story you won't soon forget. Set in the pioneer days along the Oregon Trail, heading out West, Amelia shows determination, courage, and independence in an era when women were known basically for staying home and raising a family; let alone move across the country with a young child in tow, and made a home for herself, and got the happy ending for a young widow. Once you start reading this story, you won't want to put it down until you finish.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Just Awful March 16, 2015
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It's been a long time since I've read a book this bad! I debated as to whether I should post a review, but discerning readers should have a fair warning. The plot, if you can call it that, is uneven, and the author undereducated. The book has not been edited and has errors on almost every page. It's unbelievably boring, not to mention Pollyanna-ish. The writer has evidently never read her history, and her English usage is appalling. Most juniors in high school could have done at least as well as this. She writes of a "super person" (yes, this is the 1800's), refers to quilts as comforters, but the quote that really floored me was: "honey attracts bees". Sheer perspicacity kept me reading, hoping against hope that somehow the book would redeem itself, if only a little. It never did.
If you are looking to read a well-written 1800's themed Western, try "Land of My Heart" by Tracie Peterson. Possibly Ms. Gracie herself might even gain some understanding of what makes a good novel if she were to read it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading
We need to know what our ancestors faced .so much truth in this book of what folks really lived through. Read more
Published 1 day ago by joy2u
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great book and easy to read for all ages
This is a great book and easy to read for all ages. A great story of a woman traveling by wagon train alone with a small baby. I couldn't put the book down.
Published 6 days ago by Kay Cross
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It's just a nice sweet story. A feel good read.
Published 14 days ago by Arlene Grace
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
This book was amazing! A great read!
Published 23 days ago by C. George
5.0 out of 5 stars Amelia
I enjoyed this book about a young widow and her baby as they journey by wagon train west and settle in a new place. There is romance when two men become interested in her. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Fannie Williams
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good book
Simple and easy to read. Shows the strength of a young woman who is determined to provide a better like for herself and her infant son. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kathy
4.0 out of 5 stars Amelia - strong and courageous
I found it unrealistic that this young woman would set out with a small baby, join a wagon train, handle oxen, experience all the rigors of travel to Oregon, do all the physical... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ruth Deck
5.0 out of 5 stars great pioneer experience
I really enjoyed this book. If you are wanting to experience a wagon train trip then this is the book for you. My interest was held until the very end and no part was repetitive.
Published 1 month ago by chris
5.0 out of 5 stars highly recommend this book!
This is one of the best written and touching books that I have read in a long time! I would highly recommend this for all to read.
Published 1 month ago by Nancy S.
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful story.
I love this time period. I somehow relate to stories of this type. I feel connected to the characters. Amazing.
Published 1 month ago by Sue VanSistine
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