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Product Details

  • Series: Women of Hope
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: FaithWords (August 14, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0892968486
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892968480
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,892,707 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"[A]n engaging tale of duty, romance, family, and love....I'll be eager to see what character Ms. Aiken chooses next to feature in this exciting new series."
Serena Chase,

"I loved this story. A sweet historical romance about a woman determined to help her family. Ginny Aiken is a fabulous writer who creates characters and a setting that come alive and transport you to another time and place. The suspense writer in me loved the thread of mystery she skillfully wove into the plot. This book should come with a warning: Before you start to read, make sure you don't have anything else to do for the next several hours because you WON'T want to put this book down. Eagerly awaiting the sequel!"—Lynette Eason

"[Ginny] Aiken in FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS has created a well-crafted story with humor and characters you will care what happens to them."—Margaret Daley, author of Saving Hope in the Men of the Texas Rangers Series

"FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS is the kind of book I love to read. A marriage of convenience where the reason doesn't feel contrived. Strong characters. An interesting plot that kept me turning pages. A touch of mystery. A lot of romance. A strong biblical theme skillfully woven into the story. I want to read more books by this author."—Lena Nelson Dooley author of Maggie's Journey, Mary's Blessing, and the Will Rogers Medallion Award winner, Love Finds You in Golden, New Mexico

"The Biblical story of Queen Esther meets the West in an engaging historical romance. A hurting hero you'll root for. A steadfast heroine with a big heart who will steal yours. A poignant story of overcoming past betrayals through faith, forgiveness, and finding true love."—Vickie McDonough award-winning author of the Pioneer Promises series and co-author of the Texas Trails series

"Once again Ginny Aiken writes with both humor and deep emotional angst. FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS made me laugh, made me cry and made me want to keep reading until the very end. Olivia Moore is the reluctant Mary Poppins of Bountiful, Oregon and Eli Whitman is so adorable as the stoic widower/banker that I fell for him the first time he stepped onto the page. Another great book by one of my favorite writers. What a treat!"
Lenora Worth author of Sweetheart Reunion

"Travel to the town of Bountiful with Christian author Ginny Aiken, where romance, intrigue and even a few childish pranks converge. FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS offers readers all of the elements they love in one beautifully-written Esther-themed tale. Highly recommended!"—Janice Hanna Thompson, author of Love Finds You in Daisy, Oklahoma

About the Author

Ginny Aiken, a former newspaper reporter, lives in Pennsylvania with her engineer husband. Born in Havana, Cuba, raised in Valencia and Caracas, Venezuela, she discovered books early and wrote her first novel at age fifteen while she trained with the Venezuelan Classical Ballet Company. She burned that tome when she turned a "mature" sixteen. Ginny has taught novel-writing seminars and workshops at Harrisburg(PA) Area Community College and Penn State University.

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Customer Reviews

Humor, suspense, and romance all rolled into one.
Disposition wavering seems to be a factor in the plot as well as the personalities of this book's leading characters.
Harold Wolf
Ms. Aiken has also done a marvelous job of bringing the Biblical story of Esther to a Western community.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Katie Garvin on September 1, 2012
Format: Paperback
I've never read any of Ginny Aiken's books before (though I have seen them) so wasn't sure what to expect when I beganFor Such a Time as This. I like bible stories being retold in modern or historical times, but sadly I didn't like this retelling as much as I had hoped. Don't get me wrong, it was a nice read--just not the kind of retelling I was expecting.

The characters in For Such a Time as This were fun to get to know, though sometimes I felt their reactions or behavior was a bit unbelievable or exaggerated. I liked Olivia's spunk, daring nature. And watching the attraction grow between Olivia and Eli was sweet--especially as they kept trying to deny it even to themselves. Reading about their nightly chats after the children were tucked in bed was a really sweet bonding time, in my opinion. Those were my favorite scenes!

There was a (very) tiny bit of suspense/adventure. It was a nice surprise to see these scenes pop up, as I wasn't expecting it. The final action scene, especially with Olivia's `heroic' actions to save her husband, seemed a little unrealistic, but that's just me.

All in all, For Such a Time as This was a good one-time read. I would've liked to see more of a realistic resemblance between the book and the story of Esther, but that's just personal preference. I am sure fans of Ginny Aiken's writing will enjoy this new historical fiction by her!

I reviewed this book for Faith Words. Thanks to Sarah Reck for sending me my copy. It was not required that I give a positive review, but solely to express my own thoughts and opinions of this book, which I have done.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Harold Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWER on August 20, 2012
Format: Paperback
Expect a Pippins-good-time with Nanny Olivia as she takes on widower's kids, & Bank Pres Eli himself. Drought and insect famine has not lain to waste Livvy's ingenuity for child steering, nor her charges' their creativity toward mischief.

How could God force Livvy to make such a decision? Should the needs of dozens of others require such a personal sacrifice? Was it as the lamb on the sacrificial alter, or manna in the midst of arid Bountiful, Oregon? If Livvy thought she'd been tested in the fires before the special church service, how could she even imagine the confrontations ahead? Blessings or curses?
Economic turns in any decade can be both a boon and bust. And so it goes with Livvy's family. Just as readers get comfy with the late 1870s pace of life, the story explodes into all manner of mystery and adventure---gosh, even romance. I did find it more a story of pioneer business/life in small towns of the 19th century, than a full-fledged romance. But ladies will like the romantic thread stitched throughout, like a tatting around a bigger story.

Livvy and Banker Eli seem to share this book's protagonist position but at times get a bit off-keltered into more of an antagonist role. Disposition wavering seems to be a factor in the plot as well as the personalities of this book's leading characters. Perhaps we all trend that way in this 21st century, why not in the 19th? At least in the storybook end of "FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS" it all comes up Merry Christmas (a far cry from `Season's Compliments').

Not promoted as a Christmas book, but it could be. And Christmas book lovers will enjoy it. And it would make a good gift book for Christian Christmas celebrants.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jane Myers Perrine on August 17, 2012
Format: Paperback
Ginny Aiken has written more books than I can count. On top of that, she's written all kinds of books: short and long, humorous and wrenchingly moving as well as filled with suspense. She amazes me because at any length or any depth of emotion, whatever she writes is terrific.

Her first book in the THE WOMEN OF HOPE series, For Such a Time as This, was released Tuesday. In her books in this series, Ginny takes a story from the Bible and set it in more modern times. For Such a Time as This takes place in Oregon in the year 1879. My favorite books by Ginny have always been the short, humorous ones. so I approached this novel with some misgiving which turned out to be misplaced. This longer and deeply touching novel fascinated me and it also had Ginny's trademark humor sprinkled throughout.

The setting of the small town is beautifully described with historical details that made me feel as if I, too, were in Bountiful, experiencing the struggle of the farmers against drought and insects. The characters are artfully and clearly drawn. I loved Olivia's rambunctious family and the children she cares for as well. Elijah and Olivia come across as strong but flawed, often stubborn but loving people. They grow, both as people and together as husband and wife although they can't admit that-until the twist that tests them but not Olivia's faith.

I look forward to the next novels in this series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lois Lane on July 28, 2012
Format: Paperback
The plot of this book may seem very similar at first to many historical Christian romance novels as it incorporates familiar themes from the classic Sound of Music and the Biblical story of Esther. However, Aiken did a good job of keeping the mischievous pranks of the motherless youngsters unique and fresh as well as bringing in an element of mystery with the ongoing character development of Olivia's love interest, widower Eli Whitman. The protagonist, Olivia, much like the biblical heroine Esther is faced with the heart wrenching choice of choosing whether to "play it safe" with her new husband (i.e. bank owner instead of king), Eli, or to come forward and try to "save her people". It seems this part of the plot is a little bit of a stretch, but, Aiken makes it work through the ongoing back-story development of the difficulties in Eli's first marriage. Though there were some points in the story that did seem to drag, Aiken did a good job of mixing it up with different twists and turns in the relationship development between Eli and Olivia. As in many struggling romances, it seems everything is resolved when yet one more complication is thrown into the growing relationship between the newlyweds. This keeps the plot moving and is done in such a way that it comes across as very believable.
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