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"...light yet thought-provoking - humorous yet serious.... This story was a delightful read." -- Trudy Smith,

"Cathy Marie Hake paints characters so real they nearly walk off the page." -- Delia Latham,

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Like a dandelion in the wind, Hope Ladley blows from one farm to the next, helping cook for the field hands during the harvest. Illiterate and often twisting cliches and Bible verses into mind-boggling observations, Hope leaves widower Jakob Stauffer baffled by her unconventional ways. But her sunny disposition and unstinting love make changes of a different kind around the place. His little daughter and the pregnant sister he's shielding from an abusive husband adore Hope, and things are getting accomplished even if Hope's methods are unique.

Then Jakob's brother-in-law shows up and threatens the newfound peace and happiness of the farm. With Jakob's future uncertain and his heart tangled, can the farmer convince Hope to take root and remain as his wife?

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers; First Edition / First Printing edition (January 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764203185
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764203183
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #941,198 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By M. Rondeau VINE VOICE on March 22, 2008
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Like a breath of fresh air, Hope Ladley drifts in from one farm to the next landing wherever the good Lord leads her to offer help around harvest time. Arriving at the farm of widower Jakob Stauffer she finds him still grieving for his departed wife. Jakob hasn't relaxed in some time while trying to hold things together for his young daughter Emmy Lou and shield his heavily pregnant sister Annie from a violent husband. Hope's upbeat personality and loving quirky ways quickly win over Annie and Emmy Lou, but it's going to take much more to break through the hard overprotective shell Jakob has developed to trust anyone with his heart let alone what's left of his family.

*** Just as mentioned above, Ms. Hake's latest story depicting the cliché mangling, illiterate, itinerant wanderer Hope Ladley is indeed a breath of fresh air. What Hope lacks in book learning (due to dyslexia) she overflows with trust in the Lord, love, and human understanding. What a marvelous creation of a character this author has brought forth for all to admire and enjoy!

Likewise, Jakob was fashioned with a deep sense of honor and unfathomable pain after the loss of his wife and child, and not having been able to protect his sister from being beaten and abused by her lowlife of a husband. His trust did not come easy with constant worry over his daughter Emmy Lou coming to harm, or his sister's abusive husband discovering her condition. Hope was a complete puzzle to him, especially her odd way of getting things done while severely mangling well-known bible verses and clichés - which - when she explained her version, began to make sense.

Hake did a brilliant job of letting Jakob see the reasoning behind Hope's seemingly hap-hazard way of getting things done.
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31 of 37 people found the following review helpful By RKS27 on January 2, 2008
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(The previous reviewer gave an excellent synopsis so I will skip writing one) The first book of this genre that I ever picked up was Letter Perfect by this author. I loved that book and love this author. Her books (Forevermore included) are lighthearted and usually have a touch of intrigue- nothing that is too terrifying, but enough to brush the story with excitement. That said, let me now justify giving this just 3 stars.

The lead character, Hope Ladley, is flawless. She is so flawless she is next to Jesus in perfection. NOBODY is this perfect. I enjoy a good, moral character but for me they need to be relatable. Hope is thoughtful, whimsical and loving. Even her flaws are morphed into assets. SLightly unconventional but only because she is so considerate. Her slandering of the cliches was cute for awhile but after awhile they started to annoy me...meanwhile, her co-characters grew less annoyed and seemed to enjoy them toward the end. (I was under the impression that she slaughtered words because she was illiterate(because she was dyslexic)). I was thrilled when she finally showed a little gumption toward the end of the book instead of just taking it.

Jakob is, fortunately, a flawed character. He is what saved this book from being 2 stars. He is a loving father and a hard worker who is willing to sacrafice everything to protect his abused sister from her husband. I liked him.

As usual, Hake has wonderful secondary characters. THey are well developed. I also enjoyed the fact that this was a spin off from Fancy Pants (remember when Sydney saved the little girl from the well? Well this is that family).

All in all, a good story. It was fun to read and there was some excitment with the abusive husband aspect.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Born Again on August 5, 2008
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I picked up this book after I read Fancy Pants and really enjoyed it. This is the second book from this author I've read. I know I shouldn't compare books, but I didn't like this one quite as much as Fancy Pants.

It does mention characters we met in the previous book which was nice. I was happy to see what had become of Syd and Tim.

I really liked the character of Jakob in this novel. I think he made a great leading man. I enjoyed the storyline with Annie and her abusive husband, it gave the novel a little edge which I enjoy.

I think the weakest part of the book for me was thinking of Hope as a romantic lead. I found Hope funny and endearing. She reminded me right away of Amelia Bedelia, a character from children's books who is always mixing up what people say.

Unfortunately for me, once I got the image of Hope as Amelia Bedelia in my head, it made it hard for me to see her as a romantic lead. She is a zaney woman who fits a hat onto her mule and mixes up common sayings. The chemistry between her and Jakob just wasn't there for me. I couldn't see the two of them matched up very well.

I found this book to be entertaining, and certainly not a waste of time. The christian message was heartwarming. But as a romance, I found this book was slightly off it's mark.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By SC'sLola on July 17, 2010
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I found this book to have a good story diminished by gimmicky writing. Two things bothered me. The story was set in Texas, but the main character seemed modeled after Ruby in Cold Mountain, including the Appalachian dialect. It might have worked if the other characters in the area spoke the same dialect, but no one else did, so having just one character speaking a weird dialect struck me as odd. She also kept speaking in muddled cliches that really grated on my nerves, and even if you found them cutesy at first (personally, I didn't), the gimmick was vastly overdone to the point of being nauseating. That being said, the story, if not the heroine, had its charms, and overall it was a fast, entertaining read to fill a stormy night, but I would have enjoyed it much more and given it four stars if the protagonist came off as an authentic plainswoman instead of Ellie Mae Clampett channeling Archie Bunker--that totally ruined the romance for me.
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