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Building Fences, Mending Hearts (Silver Springs Settlers Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Gina Coon
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Book Description

Newly widowed, Emma Smith grieves for her young husband. But after President Lincoln signs the Homestead Act offering free land, she reluctantly agrees to her restless father’s plan to move west. Along with her sister and young son, the small family joins a wagon train setting out on the Oregon Trail. The journey is fraught with adversity and heartache, eventually changing the travelers’ destination as well as their lives. When the group begins to homestead, Emma finds herself alone with four children in the raw, untamed west. She learns to draw on an inner strength she didn’t know she possessed and renews her faith along the way. But will Emma be able to come to terms with the death of her husband and embrace a new love in this rough land?

Gruff rancher, Seth Summers, doesn’t feel Montana in the 1860s is a safe place for women and children. He’s experienced enough personal tragedy to confirm the fact. But a pretty new neighbor, who works harder than most men, gradually gets under his skin. Without even knowing it, he begins to long for a feminine presence on his ranch and in his life. Can he win the heart of the attractive widow?

You’re invited to come along on pioneer adventure filled with danger and excitement, heartache and romance! Building Fences, Mending Hearts is sure to touch your emotions, leaving you alternately weeping and smiling.


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From the Author

This book is part of a series which includes three titles to date.  The Silver Springs Settlers Series is set in the late 1800s, during and after the Civil War.  Each short novel features different events that are unique to American history.  In Book 1, Building Fences, Mending Hearts, we travel the Oregon Trail in a covered wagon and claim land under President Lincoln's Homestead Act.  Climb aboard the transcontinental railroad during the heart wrenching orphan train period in Book 2, The Right Choice.  A stagecoach takes a nervous bride west with plans to marry a stranger in Mail Order Bride, Book 3 of the series.  I hope you enjoy this glimpse of the past, as well as the heartwarming characters who live it.

About the Author

Gina Coon resides in Southern California with her husband and children. When she isn’t writing she enjoys sewing and crafts, as well as volunteering at her church, scouts, and her kids’ schools. For more than a decade Gina was defined as a (crazy) homeschool mom. After retiring from homeschooling, she found herself at loose ends, unused to having time on her hands. As a little girl her head was filled with made up stories and that hasn’t changed. An avid reader, she’s always loved books and the idea of writing one. Deciding to capitalize on all those years of teaching and editing her sons' essays, she quietly started a project. She had no idea if she’d produce a decent paragraph, let alone a whole book. Her first book, Elizabeth’s Hero, was a huge personal achievement that launched a love affair with writing. Her Christian faith is often reflected in her stories. The main characters are generally good people with strong values and, of course, there is always a happy ending!

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  • File Size: 642 KB
  • Print Length: 276 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005JM9U14
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,059 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Building Fences, Mending Hearts October 28, 2011
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I read the book one Saturday, and started the one following, The Right Choice, that were written by Gina Marie Coon.
She had me with her all the way through. I could see everything I was reading, it was if I was there with the people in the book. She had me laughing, and crying. I believe that Gina will be one of our new authors in the coming years. She writes the sex scenes so that they are not marred by dirty words, and leave you to your own imagination. Very nicely written book.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hooray for a new author August 31, 2011
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I read this book in one sitting. It is not just another "Wagon Train" book. The hardships of the pioneering family were well depicted and accurate. The loyalty, love, and heartaches among the families caused me to grab a tissue a few times. Emma's struggle with the loss of her young husband was filled with pathos. The ending was also a tissue grabbing time. I am looking forward to more of the Silver Springs series from this new author.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Building Fences, Mending Hearts September 19, 2011
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I have recently finished reading Gina Coon's book, Building Fences, Mending Hearts, #1 in her Silver Springs Settlers Series. I enjoyed the experience of heading west through the development of these characters. Included in the adventure is emotion and tragedy and of course, romance. I was extremely interested in the relationship of Seth and Emma as they worked through various misunderstandings while dealing with very human feelings. As the book nears it's conclusion, I was turning pages rather fast to read of the resolution. A great start for a new author!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book for an adolescent! April 29, 2012
By Sandra
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This was pretty unrealistic and did not depict the actual trials & tribulations of a wagon train in the pioneer days. What's the chance they took their own "stove" and all their cows, chickens, & pigs for food. This was the most lucky wagon train trip I ever imagined. No feast or famine, hardships, sickness, broken wheels, dead animals, Indian attacks, crossing more than one swollen creek, or climbing mountains, etc. Say nothing of where Emma got all her money & goods to trade for Indian mocs, jackets, & clothing, plus still buy the goods at the Fort for the remainder of the trip. Her letters miraculously found her brother somewhere in the middle of the battlefield of the union army. When she needed to build her house, she just jaunts into the lumber mill, pays cash and they deliver the boards. Then she just orders the glass for the windows in 1860!!!!! The neighbor just comes over and digs a well and she puts the pump wherever it is convenient! Seth had a "bath room" with some kind of indoor plumbing and a way to heat bath water!!!!!! Come on - - - - - - I thought this was fiction not fantasy! If Ms. Coon is going to be an author, she ought to do her homework or write about an era she knows something about!!!!

I thought this was going to be an exciting journey full of surprises & adventure.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An adventurous escape December 3, 2011
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I have had this book for a while and finally settled down to read it. First of all, I liked the title and feel it fits the story so well. The story kept my interest and I identified strongly with Emma. Like others have said, you will cry with her and rejoice with her -- it definitely touched my emotions. The author is accurate in her knowledge of how it was in those days. It was an easy read with just the right amount of romance. This new author shows a lot of promise. I have already downloaded her second book and am looking forward to reading it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great book February 13, 2012
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I am new to this author and fell in love with "Building Fences Mending Hearts". I am neither a crier in movies or books, but this story brought tears floating in my eyes. It's a terrific read without all the x-rated stuff found in so many romance books and often most unwelcome. If I could give ten stars I would, totally incredible read. Enjoy!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read! December 31, 2012
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Appreciated the CLEAN read... Liked the introduction of the characters very much plus the fact that the story moved along nicely. More along the same lines would be great.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great time period book March 20, 2014
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Purchased the book for my 94 ur old mother. She's loved the time period of the book & didn't want to put it down. First time buying large print!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Building Fences, mending Hearts
This was a gift to my Grandmother and she was happy with this book.
Published 1 month ago by Angela Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars Sent as a gift, and the recipient loved the large print and the story.
Sent to my mom as a gift, and she loved the large print and the story.
Published 3 months ago by Vickie Banks
5.0 out of 5 stars Building Fences, Needing Hearts
This book was absolutely wonderful! From the first page to the last it was such a wonderful story! It was structured just right. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Darlene Hoover
5.0 out of 5 stars Felt like I was there.
Gina Coon"s Mending Fences made me feel like I was living in that time. I could feel each character's emotions. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Lor
4.0 out of 5 stars Good romance to escape with
Clean romance. Such an enjoyable read. Real life events without unnecessary details. True picture of that time in American history.
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars good book
enjoyed reading the book I recommend it to anyone who likes this type of novel i found it hard to put down once I started
Published 7 months ago by J. Mcbride
5.0 out of 5 stars Building Fences Review
The first of 3 I've read and they are great stories depicting this era in America. They are clean and interesting stories.
Published 9 months ago by Virginia Fields
4.0 out of 5 stars Settler Series
Some very nice historical fiction of Montana.
Nice story of our old western wagon trails.
Pass this story on to others.
Published 10 months ago by Patty
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good.
The author does a really good job of showing the relationships between the various characters in the story. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Sheila Wiseman Evans
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
Loved this book the first one I read from Gina Coon, have downloaded more. I like reading short stories, just thought this was very well written, looking forward to reading her... Read more
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More About the Author

Gina Coon resides in Southern California with her husband and children. When she isn't writing she enjoys sewing and crafts, as well as volunteering at her church, scouts, and her kids' schools.

For more than a decade Gina was defined as a (crazy) homeschool mom. After retiring from homeschooling, she found herself at loose ends, unused to having time on her hands. As a little girl her head was filled with made up stories and that hasn't changed. An avid reader, she's always loved books and the idea of writing one. Deciding to capitalize on all those years of teaching and editing her sons' essays, she quietly started a project. She had no idea if she'd produce a decent paragraph, let alone a whole story. Her first book, Elizabeth's Hero, was a huge personal achievement that launched a love affair with writing.

Her Christian faith is often reflected in her stories. The main characters are generally good people with strong values and, of course, there is always a happy ending!

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