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The Awakening (Finding Love ~ The Outsider Series Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Lorhainne Eckhart
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Book Description

A young woman who's lost everything, and the wealthy rancher who must choose between his family's power and his conscience to help her.

Praise for THE AWAKENING (Andy & Laura) ...

--Such an amazing story! The despair and the kindness from others gave this story a real meaning...Down2earth Girl

--Well written story about overcoming the stigma of "lower" class and "upper" class! It was love story that kept me reading to see if it would turn out the way I hoped! ...Bartow

--“The author brought to life a story that is all but too often right in front of our faces, but we are too busy to see.” Amazon Reviewer Grammy

In THE AWAKENING, Laura, a young single mother is barely making ends meet working as a maid at the Friessen mansion. Until one day she is fired, the next day she is evicted, and two days later her son is taken away.

Wealthy rancher Andy Friessen can have any woman he wants, but when Laura is fired by his mother over something he was responsible for, well his conscience gets the better of him and he steps in to help. The problem is when he goes looking for Laura he not only discovers she's been living in her car, but the state took her child away.

With Andy standing beside her through a courtroom fiasco, they must fight together to regain custody of her son.

The Forgotten Child (Brad & Emily)
A Baby And A Wedding (An Outsider Series Short)
Fallen Hero (Andy, Jed & Diana)
The Search (An Outsider Series Short)
The Awakening (Andy & Laura)
Secrets (Jed & Diana)
Runaway(Andy & Laura)
Overdue (An Outsider Series Short)
The Unexpected Storm (Neil & Candy)
The Wedding (Neil & Candy)
Or grab The Outsider Series: The Complete Omnibus Collection which includes all the books and short stories in this in this romantic saga.

The Deadline (Andy & Laura)
The Price to Love (Neil & Candy)
A Different Kind of Love (Brad & Emily)
A Vow of Love, A Friessen Family Christmas
Or grab The Friessens: A New Beginning, The Collection which includes all the books in this romantic family saga.

The One (Joe & Margaret)
The Honeymoon, A Wilde Brothers Short
Friendly Fire (Logan & Julia)
Not Quite Married, A Wilde Brothers Short
A Matter of Trust (Ben & Carrie)
The Reckoning, A Wilde Brothers Christmas

The Choice
Lost And Found
Blown Away, The Final Chapter
Or grab Walk the Right Road: The Complete Collection, which includes all the books in this sizzling suspense series.

Or grab The Saved Series: The Complete Collection which includes all the books in this sizzling military suspense series.

Editorial Reviews

From the Author

Other Series you may enjoy:
THE FRIESSENS:  A NEW BEGINNING: The return of The Friessen men and the women they love in this emotionally charged Family Saga which follows THE OUTSIDER SERIES.
THE WILDE BROTHERS: Come and meet the Wilde Brothers of Idaho. Joe, Logan, Ben, Samuel, and Jake. You'll love the western flair and hot men and strong women in this romantic family saga.
THE SAVED SERIES is a hot military suspense with a love story set in a military setting. "This was a hard book to put down! A tough captain of a war ship finds a pregnant young girl in a dinghy alone in the ocean!" - Audrey
"The story that unfolds after Abby is rescued is a story of love and how it can change even the toughest man." From Crazy fast reader 
WALK THE RIGHT ROAD SERIES: "The Choice will leave you questioning your own morals and motivations and leave you asking others what they would do in that same situation. This is a genre-bending novel that will surprise you" from JRA.
"Rarely have I spent time reading a series that had me feeling every thought and emotion." From Mary Ellen

Traded (Jake)

Unforgiven (Samuel)
And new from THE FRIESSENS in 2015

The Reunion

From the Inside Flap

"You have a boyfriend or husband at home?"
"No." That was the last thing she wanted to talk about: Tyler, Gabriel's father, who she hadn't  seen since she was six months pregnant and had been forced to drop out of school. He'd  treated her as if she had something he might catch, running the other way every time he saw  her. Yeah, she got that message loud and clear, but it didn't stop the ache that burned a giant hole where her heart had once beat.
From The Awakening

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  • Print Length: 157 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AAS2JC4
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars BookWhisperer Review December 5, 2012
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There was not much of a synopsis offer for this book as you can see, so I knew that I was going into this story a little blind. I also have not read the other books of the Friessen Legacy, but I was happy to find that this did not effect the plot line for this particular story. There are moments that I noticed the characters are easily assumed to be in earlier novels, but it was more imperative that I read them to enjoy this books journey.

Andy and Laura are a lot more alike than how it appears. Laura a single mother at twenty is working in the home of the Friessen's. As a maid she is nothing more than a warm body cleaning their rooms and doing chores, but every so often she seem to catch the eye of Andy Friessen. Determined to be nothing like his father he in turn avoids her like the plague, but life through a twist that lands them together. Andy's character is very frosty and difficult to figure out. I was uncertain if his actions were out of a conscious obligation or something deeper, but as the story turns it becomes evident that he has far more interest then settling a disturbed conscious. Laura is a strong and independent character, but this heart wrenching story portrays her at her lowest. After losing a job, her home, and finally her child it is easy to see the dark sinister emotions that take over her character. Refreshingly, it is Andy that become her strong hold. Readers will cheer for this couple when they can finally form a plan to undo everything vicious attempt that Andy's family can concoct. This was a tragic story that as is finally winds down to conclude will uplift your spirits, and leave you warm and fuzzy.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not exactly a deep book! February 22, 2013
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Please be aware that you will love this book if you like your characters to be very black-and-white figures. While there is some charm to the story, the whole thing is just a little too simplistic. The bad characters are VERY bad (with no apparent redeeming values) and the good characters are VERY good (with few or no apparent flaws). If you are OK with that and a very simple plot, then you will enjoy this book. If you are looking for three-dimensional characters with some real texture to the story, pass on this book.

I will not be reading any more of this series.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Amazed at the high reviews December 9, 2012
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This book is said to be a part of a "dramatic western romance series" and after reading the whole book still don't see the western part of it. If a sub-character who owns horses qualifies it as a western, that would be it.

Too many grammatical errors for such a short story. One that stood out as especially annoying was the need to capitalize China when referring to a tea cup. That may sound trite, but if you're going to go to the trouble of writing, take the time to find an editor or proofreader.

Lack of character development is generally an issue in such a short story. However, I've seen many authors who can pull it off so you feel you know the characters, their backgrounds, etc.. This one didn't do it.

It should be noted somewhere that the books in the series should be read in order. Too many unanswered questions that may (or may not) be found in previous books.

I should have been forewarned when there was only a one line description.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars This is not. A western December 12, 2012
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First this is not a western as some reviewers say and the cover insinuates. But I could live with that.
The story's begining was interesting even if this plot have been done many times. Well written it could have been a nice story BUT...
There is a lack of character development that can be done even in a short story, not as in a novel but still. And I understand that there are previous books that I haven't read but this short story should be able to stand alone.
The characters, which for me are the most important part of the story, are one dimensianl, the mother is evil the heroine almost a saint, Alexis is a not known quantity.
The first part of the story was ok but then it kept going down and down the hill. There was no chemistry between the H and the h. I couldn't, I still can't, understand how thwy end together happily everafter.
The fact that this is a short story is not an excuse for lack of development. I read some great short stories in my life, classic and contemporary. Some writers are great novelists and bad for short stories, I don't know here because this is the only book I read by this author.
If I give it two stars instead of one as was my first intention is because of the first part.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful story January 14, 2014
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You will root for Laura and want to jump in and help her. Andy surprises me how he fixes not only Laura and Gabriel's life but his own as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tears and joy January 9, 2014
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What a great read. You start out disliking the gentleman and feeling the heartache and the quiet determination of the young woman and up loving both and the outcome . Cannot wait to read the rest of the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Laura Laura. Laura such a grassroots kinda girl January 7, 2014
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Laura's struggles are so realistic. She represent so many single Mothers of today. Thank you for a good book. All so touching and entertaining.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love all the Outsider Series January 6, 2014
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I read the entire series and fell in love with those sexy cowboys and their strong women. Lorhainne's books are great and I can't wait for the new series to begin.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Awakening
This is a very short short prelude story to more of this families secrets. This story will only give you more questions that can only be answered by reading the rest of the books.
Published 4 months ago by Nana
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great books
Published 5 months ago by irene bonsall
4.0 out of 5 stars Too Short Awake
I found to book to be a little confusing until I read it was book three in the series. I am getting the others so that I can have the full story about the family and why certain... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good book
Published 5 months ago by Darlene
5.0 out of 5 stars A real surprise!
Who would ever suspect a story would wind round and round and end up as it does. Hooray for Alexis!
Published 7 months ago by Mary Lou
5.0 out of 5 stars a good read
Very interesting reading that mother could be so antisocial . And I would say very wicked .afather that chases earthing in skirt . Read more
Published 7 months ago by Iralene
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome very addictive series
This book I got free and ended up checking out the whole series in the library awesome read every last single one of them. Read them all. They will not disappoint. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Melissa Wright
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good reading hard to take a break from reading
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars It was easy reading but not much story to it
I did not know that this book was the second in the series or I would not have read it. It was easy reading but not much story to it. It needed to have the first book read first. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mary C. Hebert
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USA Today bestselling author Lorhainne Eckhart's books have been described as Longmire meets old school Dallas and she recently received the 2013 Readers' Favorite Award for Romantic Suspense for her title Lost and Found. With over 30 titles under her belt, she is frequently a top 100 bestselling author in multiple genres such as Romance, Westerns and Mystery/Suspense, including such series as The Outsider, Walk the Right Road, The Wilde Brothers, The Saved and her most recent addition The Friessens: A New Beginning.

Lorhainne lives on sunny Salt Spring Island with her family where she is working on her next novel.

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