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Earthly Vows [Kindle Edition]

Patricia Hickman
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The award-winning author of Fallen Angels, Nazareth's Song, and Whisper Town delivers the final novel in the acclaimed Millwood Hollow Series of role reversals, strange bedfellows, and ultimate redemption. Jeb Nubey and Fern Coulter are finally setting a wedding date, but their plans are derailed when a trip to Oklahoma to visit Fern's family catapults them into Fern's past'the past she would prefer remained buried. Additionally, the challenges and perks that come with the wealthy community church Jeb is called to lead give him food for growth; however, this new found enlightenment appears arrogant in light of Fern's insecurities. In the midst of their struggles, Jeb and Fern must also deal with the disappearance of Angel'Jeb' s adopted daughter. He must retrieve her from the dangerous young man who has played on her vulnerabilities and lured her away promising to fill the emptiness she feels. EARTHLY VOWS takes a look at how easily those we think we know so well can fall into behaviors and make decisions we would never expect. Through this, Hickman shows how broken circles can be redeemed and how we can find beauty in life's flaws.

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From Publishers Weekly

Hickman's final installment in the Millwood Hollow quartet delivers what fans have come to expect—a satisfying and well-told tale of family and survival during the Great Depression—while delving a bit deeper into the murkier places in the human heart. Rev. Jeb Nubey is engaged to the hard-won Fern Coulter, but in her distance and his blame-filled lack of understanding, Hickman shows readers just how much individuals can hurt one another even when they are in love. Jeb's foster daughter, Angel, also has an awakening of sorts when she finds that the long-awaited reunion with her biological family isn't all sweetness and light. Hickman skillfully weaves a dust bowl drought into the story, making its heat and apparently never-ending dryness an apt metaphor for her characters' spiritual and emotional isolation. She hits a strong note with the 1930s historical setting, which is well-researched and authentic but not obtrusive. Fans will enjoy and be subtly challenged by this conclusion to the series, though newcomers should be warned to start with the first novel (Fallen Angels) lest they be overwhelmed by the dizzying cast of characters. (Nov. 16)
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About the Author

Patricia Hickman is an award-winning novelist, a part-time speaker, a pastor's wife, and a mother. She currently resides in Huntersville, NC.

Product Details

  • File Size: 373 KB
  • Print Length: 321 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0446692352
  • Publisher: FaithWords (May 30, 2009)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00295XKL0
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #894,599 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic End to an Awesome Series! October 29, 2007
Jeb Nubey is the pastor of the Church in the Dell, in Nazareth, Arkansas, raising the 3 Welby children Angel, Willie and Ida May abandoned by their parents. Fern Coulter is Jeb's fiancée. Our story opens with Fern, Jeb and the Welby children are in Ardmore, Oklahoma for Jeb to meet Fern's family and to announce their engagement. While there Philemon Gracie who is the former pastor of Church in the Dell has arranged for Jeb to meet Jonathan Flauvent, the dean of the Bible College in Oklahoma City. He offers Jeb a pastorate at the First Community Church in Oklahoma City. Jeb is taken by surprise as he really hadn't taken Garcie's letter, setting up the meeting, seriously and hadn't even mentioned it to Fern. Jeb looks at this as an opportunity of a lifetime. Fern sees it as going back to the high society life she left behind when she moved to Nazareth.

In Ardmore the Welby children are reunited with their sister Claudia, who lives in Norman, Oklahoma. She has 2 small children and has been abandoned by her husband. Feeling pushed to leave the only family she has known, seventeen year old Angel goes with Claudia to take care of the children and to begin a life that is not of her choosing.

Jeb decides for Fern's sake not to take the position in Oklahoma but finds out Gracie worked this out so he could return to Church in the Dell. Realizing God's hand is involved Jeb and the Welby children move to Oklahoma City and Fern moves to her mother's in Ardmore till the wedding in December.

Back in Ardmore Fern must face the past she left behind. While with Claudia circumstances force Angel to run off with an older man with a questionable job.
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5.0 out of 5 stars P.S. Philadelphia, PA January 12, 2014
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I loved the Millwood Hollow series, sad to see it end! I hope that Patricia Hickman writes more to this series so that we can find out how the Welby Children turn out. This just seemed to end to soon. I'd recommend the Millwood Hollow series to anyone. Shows you that God can use any one who is willing for His service. Justice and truth win every time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Page turner! June 15, 2009
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As with the other Hickman books in this series, it is a page turner. I didn't want to see it end.
It wraps up the story of Jeb & the Welby's well, but I would love to see another book letting us know what happens to the Welby's as they mature, what happened to Claudia, and especially her children, and it would also be fun to see what else happens with Jeb and Fern (do they have children of their own, take in more children, etc.)
I guess all good things must come to an end. The entire series is written well, and Ms. Hickman has woven a beautiful story.

On a side note, this was a book I read on my Kindle. I must say the editing in this book, and the previous (Whisper Town) was much, much better than the first two.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A novel full of suspense January 22, 2007
Reviewed by Regan Windsor for Reader Views (1/07)

"Earthly Vows" is the fourth and final book of The Millwood Hollow Series. As with the other three books in the series ("Fallen Angels," "Nazareth's Song," and "Whisper Town") this is a novel you won't want to put down! Patricia Hickman has a wonderful way of capturing the reader, transforming you into the world of the Depression, and subtly showing you how worlds collide and lessons are learned.

"Earthly Vows" takes Jeb Nubey, the local con man turned preacher, to Oklahoma where an opportunity exists at a large wealthy community church. For Jeb the church represents a fresh start; a break from his rocky history and the struggles he has encountered at Church of the Dell. For Fern, his fiancé, it reawakens ghosts of the past and her discomfort begins to strain their relationship. Jeb is torn between a dream of wealth and new beginnings and the possibility of risking a relationship he has spent years nourishing.

Meanwhile, during their stay, Fern's mother has managed to locate Angel's sister in a town nearby. She is down on her luck, as was the way of the Depression, with two small kids to feed and a husband who abandoned all responsibility. It is determined that Angel will go and stay with her, help her get back on her feet, and then send for Willie and Ida May. While Jeb feels this may set things right by Fern, whom he doesn't want to burden with the responsibility of the three children he inherited in his days on the run, he can't help but feel this may not have been the best decision.

As Fern begins to face her past and Jeb is forced to take a hard look at the implications of his decisions, Angel too faces a situation she is struggling to deal with.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's over! Sob. April 10, 2012
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My heart is broken as we bid farewell to Jeb Nubey. It is only 1936 so I really think Ms. Hickman could have wrung out one or two more books on the Nubeys and Welbys, but I guess knowing the time to let go and make your exit is one of life's fine arts. However, I am glad that she didn't drag all these folks whom I have grown to know and love into the nightmare of WWII. I read one review that referred to this series as fluff--can you imagine! Lately, I have been noticing just how much the people of God see the world through a totally different set of eyes than the people of the world, and I guess the themes of this series just may not be of such great importance in the lives of the latter. This book also had a lot of pain, uncertainty, and darkness in it, but I didn't find it quite as unrelenting as Whisper Town. We find Fern is again going around with a bug up her butt and being a snot. How will patient Jeb's love and persistence find a way to salvage their relationship? And will snarky, critical Angel finally gets her comeuppance and learn to appreciate what family really means when her dreams turn into a nightmare? We end with gratitude, and I guess that can be as good a place as any to leave our beloved friends. Sniff, I'll miss you all--badly.
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PATRICIA HICKMAN is an award‐winning novelist whose works receive consistently good reviews from national reviewers like Publishers' Weekly. She first studied creative writing at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and then went on to receive her MFA in Creative Writing from Queens University of Charlotte. PATRICIA writes for major publishers and her sixteenth novel, The Pirate Queen, was on a SIBA bestseller list, the Pulpwood Queens. If upmarket fiction can be branded, her stories attempt to possess the dreams of southern culture-"our village secrets, our passion for idioms, our spiritual passages, and our companionable pilgrimages."

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