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Mary's Blessing (McKenna's Daughters) [Kindle Edition]

Lena Nelson Dooley
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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When her mother dies, Mary Lenora must grow up quickly to take care of her brothers and sisters. Can love help her to shoulder the burden?
 
Mary Lenora Caine knows she is adopted. As she was growing up, her mother called her “God’s blessing.” But now that she’s gone, Mary no longer feels like any kind of blessing. Her father, in his grief, has cut himself off from the family, leaving the running of the home entirely in Mary’s hands.
 
As she nears her eighteenth birthday, Mary can’t see anything in her future but drudgery. Then her childhood friend Daniel begins to court her, promising her a life of riches and ease. But her fairy-tale dreams turn to dust when her family becomes too much for Daniel, and he abandons her in her time of deepest need.

Will Daniel come to grips with God’s plan for him? And if he does return, can Mary trust that this time he will really follow through? 


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"Engaging, inspiring, and romantic. From the first to the last page, Lena Nelson Dooley never disappoints." —MaryLu Tyndall, author of the Surrender to Destiny Series



“Lena Nelson Dooley paints a vivid picture of all the tragedies and triumphs of nineteenth-century life. The charming characters, godly themes, and tender love story will leave you wanting more and eagerly awaiting her next book.” —Margaret Brownley, New York Times best-selling author of Brides of Last Chance Ranch

About the Author

Lena Nelson Dooley is an award-winning author with more than 690,000 books in print. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers where she received the Mentor of the Year award in 2006 and three Carol award silver pins. She lives in Hurst, Texas, with her husband of over 47 years.

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  • File Size: 1606 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B0087F1D2O
  • Publisher: Realms (June 5, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0088QCOK2
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mary's Life June 6, 2014
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it is a wonderful story about a young girl's bravery and trial's in her life as growing up not knowing she was born as a triplet. It is a Heartwarming story, I am reading the trilogy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 stars May 30, 2012
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Ever since I finished reading Maggie's Journey, the first book in the McKenna's Daughters series, I have been anxiously awaiting the chance to read the next book. Let me assure you that Mary's Blessing did NOT disappoint!

In Mary's Blessing, we are introduced to Mary Lenora Murray, the second of three McKenna sisters. Mary was given up for adoption at birth and has been taking care of her father and younger siblings since her adoptive mother passed away when Mary was thirteen. She thinks she sees a way out when a longtime friend asks permission to court her. When her father has an accident, she must figure how she can balance taking care of her siblings, nursing her father back to health, and following her heart.

Lena Nelson Dooley has written an incredible novel. I really felt a connection with Mary loved her relationship with Daniel. Her relationship with her father and siblings frustrated the fire out of me at first, but they grew on me. Even when I hated the things they did/said, I felt like I understood were coming from.

The church was such an incredible component of this novel too. I felt like this was a wonderful picture of how the church should be--helping one another through difficult times, challenging each other, seeing the bad and the good. The entire novel clearly demonstrates our need for God and our need to live in community with others.

At times I felt like the setting and characters were reminiscent of the TV show Little House on the Prairie and in a way it made me feel like I was coming home to familiar friends. I can't wait to read the conclusion of this fantastic series! [4.5 stars]

I received a free copy of this book from Charisma House and FIRST Wildcard Tours in exchange for my fair and honest review.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Splendid Work! Enjoyed Every Page! July 12, 2014
By Nananet
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Mary's Blessing
by Lena Nelson Dooley

In the second book of her McKenna's Daughters series, Mary's Blessing, Mrs Dooley introduces us to Mary Lenora. Mary is one of the two triplets adopted to separate families at birth; the third was raised by their birth father. Mary captured my heart from the first few pages. We join the story when Mary is 17 and is saddled with the responsibility of a home and her three siblings. Her mom and two older sisters died when Mary was 11. Mary's father is so grief stricken he scarcely speaks to her unless something is needed. When the three children become very ill and Mary is close to collapse the ladies from church intervene giving her relief and in doing so access the situation in the home.
Mrs. Dooley is a story teller who can weave romance, family relationships, scriptural truths and suspense all the while keeping you on the edge of your seat. Her development of Mary's character was splendid. As she looks into the very heart of a courageous, loyal and morally strong young woman we see one who is seeking love and validation. She give us a spectrum of male characters. In the father we see a man whose heart is ruled by life's events and we see the consequences. We see in a young man's heart the need for spiritual guidance and understanding. A mature Christian challenges a young man in his faith with the concept of servanthood.
I love how she uses everyday life, troubles and trials, sin, repentance, and changed lives to challenge the reader. None of her characters are perfect. Life is not portrayed as easy and without any challenges.
I loved Mary's Blessings. The pace, the style of writing all flowed so well it was a delight to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book!!!!! May 8, 2014
By pamala
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I love this set of three books!!!! I could not put them down. You get drawn in and before you know it, your hooked!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book. April 22, 2014
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I really enjoyed this book. I try to read christian based books and this one definitely filled the bill. It proves that christian themed books or as good or better than the others.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The characters come alive! October 26, 2013
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Reading Lena Nelson Dooley`s second novel in the McKenna`s Daughters series draws the reader deeper into time. The lives of each character are brought to life through her ability to detail thoughts, feelings, and surroundings.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a great story! October 23, 2013
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Can not wait to read the final book when hopefully the sisters will finally be reunited! A very well-written story!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable series October 22, 2013
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Picked up the first of the three books just because it looked interesting. After reading the first book I wanted the other two books just to see what happened to the other two daughters. Enjoyed all three books of this author's books in this series.
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More About the Author

Award-winning author, Lena Nelson Dooley, has more than 700,000 books in print. She is a member of ACFW and co-founder of the local chapter - DFW Ready Writers. Lena has spoken at retreats and writers meetings in several states and internationally.

Lena loves James, her children, grandchildren, and great grandson. She loves chocolate, cherries, chocolate-covered cherries, and spending time with friends. Travel is always on her horizon. Cruising, Galveston, the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas, Mexico. One day it will be Hawaii and Australia, but probably not at the same time. Helping other authors become published really floats her boat. And the high point of her day is receiving feedback from her readers, especially her fans. And she loves chocolate, especially dark chocolate.

Her book LOVE FINDS YOU IN GOLDEN, NEW MEXICO, won the 2011 Will Rogers Medallion Award for Western Fiction. MAGGIE'S JOURNEY won the 2012 Selah Award for Historical Novel.

You can find her on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Shelfari, and Shoutlife where authors and readers connect. She's also one of the authors on the Just The Write Charisma blog.

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