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Amelia's Journey: A Prequel to the Winds Across the Prairie Series [Kindle Edition]

Martha Rogers
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Book Description

For Ben Haynes it is love at first sight, but can a Boston socialite find true happiness with a cowboy from Kansas?

Once childhood friends, Ben Haynes is taken with Amelia Carlyle when he runs into her at her sister’s wedding. Although he will be returning to Kansas and life on his father’s ranch, Ben calls on Amelia several times, and they find they have more in common than they first realized. As he leaves for Kansas, they promise to write.

Back in Kansas, Ben begins to save money toward a home for Amelia even though he has not made his intentions known. He’s relying on God to make a way. Meanwhile, Amelia is presented to society and has several young men vying for her attention.

Although Ben has captured Amelia’s heart, her parents make every effort to discourage the relationship, even forbidding Amelia to correspond with him. Amelia tells Ben that she will wait for him as long as it takes, but will the love and loss they experience along the way bring them closer or drive them apart forever?

Set in Oklahoma Territory before the days of statehood, Winds Across the Prairie is a series of stories of how love and forgiveness can overcome even the most difficult obstacles when God is in control. When one’s heart is attuned to God’s leading, the greatest of sins can be forgiven and a new life begun. These love stories will appeal to women as well as young adults as a story of how God helps His children overcome circumstances when they put their trust in Him.

Editorial Reviews


“Martha Rogers masterfully portrays characters in the early twentieth century. They’re firmly attached to the way of life they’ve always known, yet reaching toward the changes brought about by increasing technology and transitioning ideology.” —Lena Nelson Dooley, Author of Wild West Christmas, Wild Prairie Roses, and Love Finds You in Golden, New Mexico

About the Author

Martha Rogers is the author of Becoming Lucy; Morning for Dove; Finding Becky; Caroline’s Choice; Not on the Menu, a part of a novella collection with DiAnn Mills, Janice Thompson, and Kathleen Y’Barbo; and River Walk Christmas, a novella collection with Beth Goddard, Lynette Sowell, and Kathleen Y’Barbo. A former schoolteacher and English instructor, she has a master’s degree in education and lives with her husband in Houston, Texas.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1403 KB
  • Print Length: 307 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1616385820
  • Publisher: Realms (January 3, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006NZH94G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #578,348 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Love Story set in Boston/ Kansas February 14, 2012
By Faye
What I liked: I really liked how Amelia and Ben respected their parents wishes, in regard to their relationship. And how they got to know each other through their letters. One of the things that I appreciated was how level-headed they were, they didn't run off together and they kept to the rules of society. And I thought it was brilliant how Amelia came prepared to live out west, she knew that she didn't know how to do alot of practical things so she learned! And when Amelia told Ben something that in other books would have put a guy off for a second or two, he said that it didn't matter and I just loved him for that :)

What I didn't like: To me this book seemed a bit disjointed with the constant travel between Boston and Kansas, which not only made it difficult for them to be together but also seemed a bit unrealistic for Ben to travel so often for such a great distance.

One of the things that I thought would have made this book so much easier to follow, would have been if we had gotten to read the many correspondences between Ben and Amelia, because I felt like the letters are really where their relationship developed and I would have liked to have had a small peek into that part of their relationship. I didn't really think that their face-to-face conversations where as conducive to a relationship as I would have liked, so that's why I really would have liked to have been able to read some of their letters!

One of the things that you can take either way was how Amelia's character was for the most part viewed through other peoples eyes and we never stayed in Amelia's head for long.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovable Christian Historical Romance February 10, 2012
Martha Rogers has became an author to me that I always enjoy reading. Ameila's Journey is no exception and is probably one of my favorites by Martha Rogers so far. I'm a big fan of forbidden romance stories and this is sort of what we have going on with Amelia's Journey.

Ameila Carlyle is a high society daughter in Boston who is being presented to society in the late 1870's in hopes to find a husband that her father approves us. The problem is that Amelia wants nothing to do with society ways but desperately wants to purse a relationship with an old friend Ben Haynes. Her father however is not pleased with her interest in Ben and forbids Amelia to have a relationship with him. The main reason her father is against the union is that Ben lives in Kansas, way too far away from Boston, and that he lives a hard life and he feels his daughter should have a society life that involves parties and servants.

One of the most admirable things about this story is Ben and Amelia's strength to honor and obey her father. Even though they don't agree with her dad's decision they both feel God telling them to obey her parents until God has made a way for them to be together. I can't imagine how hard it would be to patiently sit and wait for your dad to see what you know God is blessing you with. Her dad is bound by fears of losing his daughter and refuses to seek God on the decision because he feels he knows what it is best for his girl.

There are lots of twists and turns and surprises throughout the story that leaving you guessing as to whether or not Amelia and Ben will end up together. I felt like I was biting my nails there at the end because I had no idea what was going to happen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Match: Unacceptable April 22, 2012
Amelia is coming of age and it is time for her to be presented to society so she can find a mate suitable for her to marry and raise her own family. The trouble is, she doesn't care for the lifestyle she has been raised in and doesn't know what to do about it. None of Boston's eligible men her age interests her except a childhood friend who happens so show up just in time for her being presented for her own eligibility. Amelia is drawn to Ben, who has lived in Kansas for some time now and is interested in not only him but his lifestyle. But for her father's forbidding the union, he being determined that she marry within her class and have the life she deserves, she'd be free to spread her wings and leave the nest a happy woman. Amelia has been raised to honor her father and holds firmly to that teaching to stay within the Lord's wishes for her to do so, but her heart is breaking with the doing.
Ben was shocked at the change in Amelia since last he saw her when they moved from Boston. He loves his life but the more days goes by, he discovers his heart loves Amelia perhaps even more. Ben's trust in the Lord to make things work out begins to waver as he wonders if their union is really what the Lord wants for him and Amelia.
A family disagreement is an understatement as the days and months go by. Life goes on and other complications set in that keeps frustrations high and the pages turning.
I absolutely LOVE Martha's style of writing and LOVED this book. I'd highly recommend it to anyone and will suggest her as an author for their next good reading opportunity.
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More About the Author

Martha Rogers was born in Texas and lived in Dallas the first 18 years of her life. After graduating from Baylor University she moved to Houston and has been there ever since. Martha is a retired teacher at both secondary and college levels. She and her husband Rex enjoy spending time with their grandchildren and attending football, baseball, and basketball games when one of the grandchildren is playing or performing. Her two great-grandsons are most important right now. Martha loves to cook and experimenting with recipes and enjoys scrapbooking when she has time and isn't on a deadline.

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