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The Homesteader's Sweetheart (Love Inspired Historical) Mass Market Paperback – May 1, 2012


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Product Details

  • Series: Love Inspired Historical
  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Love Inspired (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373829175
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373829170
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #747,994 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Review

Generous heroes, an evil villain, and an odd collection of charmingly unschooled ragamuffins in need of a mother's love inhabit Williams's optimistic Wyoming Territory romance. ... Williams wraps pure sweetness in a very readable package, perfect for those who like their romance gentle, G-rated, and family-style.
--Publishers Weekly, 3.12.12

4.5 Stars. "Williams pens a delightful story with a hero who finds love in the least likely place -- with the rich girl next door."
--RT Book Reviews

"It's now official, I'm declaring Lacy Williams as one of my go-to authors in the inspirational market."
-Wendy the Super Librarian, wendythesuperlibrarian.blogspot.com

From the Back Cover

Sanctuary in Wyoming?
To escape a dreaded arranged marriage, Penny Castlerock will face anything--even life on her grandfather's farm. But it isn't the rustic lifestyle that's got the Philadelphia socialite tied in knots. It's the handsome homesteader and his eight adopted children next door....
With seven boys and a girl to raise, transplanted farmer Jonas White could sure use some help. He just didn't expect it to come from the high-spirited, copper-haired beauty he's always admired from afar. But surely working the land is no life for a woman like Penny. Yet a threat to Jonas's farm just might show him how perfect Penny is for him after all.

More About the Author

Lacy Williams grew up on a farm, which is where her love of cowboys was born. In reality, she's married to a right-brained banker (happily with three kiddos). She gets to express her love of western men by writing historical romance. Her books have finaled in the RT Book Reviews Reviewers' Choice Awards (2012 & 2013), the Golden Quill and the Booksellers Best Award.

Lacy also writes YA action romance under the pen name Lacy Yager. She has a soft spot for bad boy heroes and heroines with swords. Although her teen years are long behind her, she enjoys writing about the drama and first love that comes with this time in our lives.

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This was a fun and sweet story and enjoyed reading it.
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I think it is a book that is hard to put down once you've started to read it.
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to more from Lacy!
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Wendy Sparkes on May 8, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Penelope Castleton has had a fine upbringing, with finishing school training, & all the fine things that come with having wealthy parents. Her father is disappointed that she didn't come home from finishing school with a husband & so has arranged a match for her - a match that Penny is very uneasy about. To escape, Penny goes to her grandfather's farm to help him out, remembering that her best memories of her childhood were the times she spent here. Her grandparents didn't have a lot of material wealth, but they had a wealth of love. She knew they were happy, & she will settle for no less for herself. Even if it means that the silks & finery she is used to are no longer an option. Now if she can just convince that homesteader next door, whose care & compassion for his adopted family has captured her heart.

Jonas White can hardly believe that the socialite he had admired from afar a few years ago is his neighbour's granddaughter; much less that she would be interested in him. But as Penny helps out with caring for his daughter Breanna while he & his sons are out at work, she weaves her way into the hearts & lives of his family, making him wonder whether his dream for love is attainable after all.

I loved this historical romance from Lacy Williams. I enjoyed Penny, who while used to fine things was willing to learn how to work on a homestead, & her interactions with the children; I loved Jonas & his warm heartedness, compassion, & care for the children he has taken into his home determined to give them a home & security; & those children, full of mischief & fun were a delight to read about. The warmth of this story has stayed with me long after the book has been closed.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Regina Jennings on May 3, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
To watch Penny Castlerock and her fine ways you wouldn't think that some of the best years of her childhood were spent at her grandparents' farm. The life she lives as a prosperous banker's daughter has nearly erased those fond memories. But when an unwanted suitor makes a nuisance of himself, she sees a return to the Wyoming prairie as her only escape.

Jonas White could never forget the spoiled girl he watched while laying bricks next to her expensive school, and Penny can't forget the scandal between him and one of her classmates. When their paths cross again, Jonas is the father of a motley crew of seven boys and a girl whose seizures have forced them into financial ruin. Desperately trying every remedy, Jonas will spend his last dime to find a cure.

Lacy Williams' book is delightful. She gives us a quiet, humble hero in Jonas, and Penny charms in every scene. Add to that the raucous mischief eight meddling children can create and a creepy villain and you have a great story that remains with the reader long after the last page.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cara Putman VINE VOICE on May 22, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
The Homesteader's Sweetheart, the latest Love Inspired Historical novel from Lacy Williams, is a sweet story connecting an outsider homesteader with the beautiful banker's daughter. Unbeknownst to her, their lives had intersected years earlier in Philadelphia, but now Penny Castlerock's back in Wyoming and trying to make a life apart from the glass pedestal her father insists she occupy. Jonas White lives on the outskirts of life, yet has collected an assortment of abandoned children and teens. He's made a family for them, one he protects at all costs.

At the beginning Penny seems a wee bit shallow. She's focused on the limited life her father allows while trying to avoid the advances of an unwanted suitor. Then she intercepts a letter from her grandfather that suggests he needs help, and hijacks Jonas to take her to her grandfather. As the pages unfolded her character developed bringing me to a point of rooting for her. Soon her selfless nature completely pulled me in to her story. Jonas is a complicated character that took time to peel back all the layers. Boy, was it worth the time!

While this story is a well-told historical set in 1890 in Wyoming Territory, ultimately it is a store about choices. The choice to form a family. The choice to risk a heart. And the choice of people over things. A very well-done and satisfying read.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 7, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I am not normally someone who reads Love Inspired Historical books but I thought I would give this book a try and I was not disappointed. It was so sweet and wonderful. I loved the characters in this book and after finishing it, I wanted to read it again. I hope to read many more stories by Lacy Williams. I highly recommend this book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Shelske on May 7, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I truly enjoyed Lacy's first title so when I heard she had another book on the way, I couldn't wait for it to be out so I could read it. This title will not disappoint anyone who loves Inspirational, Historical, or Romance fiction. I am now going to have to wait for her next story & I know it will be another good one. Keep up the good work Lacy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. Croughan on July 30, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This is such a good book! The beginning of a wonderful series. Lacy Williams has become one of my favorite authors. The way she develops her characters with such depth. She weaves in beautiful word pictures describing their setting and life experiences with such skill that it is hard to put the book down. Don't miss her novella :Courted by a Cowboy" before going on to Book 2 "Roping the Wrangler". I'm now reading Book 3, "Return of the Cowboy Doctor" and have yet to be disappointed by any of them!
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