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A Life Restored (Prescott Pioneers Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Karen Baney
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Book Description

Prescott Pioneers Series #3 - sequel to A Heart Renewed

Christian Historical Romance set in the Arizona Territory in 1865.

Making mistakes is a part of life…

Social butterfly, Caroline Larson, longs for adventure. Since her best friend left Texas, she grows dissatisfied with her life. A little lie to her parents sends her on the journey of her life. Stranded in the Arizona desert, far from her final destination, she must rely on a stranger who gets under her skin.

Thomas Anderson has always struggled with making good decisions. A twist of fate, or Providence, leads him to Arizona to take a job as an express rider. Dealing with the ghosts of his past threatens to overshadow his future—until he meets a woman needing his help. Sparks fly as she grates on his nerves.

As they both struggle to move beyond their past mistakes, will they find their lives restored?

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Book 3 in the Prescott Pioneers Series continues the themes of faith and life change which began in the previous book. Not only does the story follow Caroline Larson and Thomas Anderson, but the author also delivers a surprise for two beloved characters from the previous books.

About the Author

KAREN BANEY, in addition to writing Christian historical fiction novels, works as a Software Engineer. Spending over twenty years as an avid fan of the genre, Karen loves writing about territorial Arizona. Her faith plays an important role both in her life and in her writing. She is active in various Bible studies throughout the year. Karen and her husband make their home in Gilbert, Arizona, with their two dogs. She also holds a Masters of Business Administration from Arizona State University.

Product Details

  • File Size: 518 KB
  • Print Length: 334 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 098354865X
  • Publisher: Author Services International, LLC; 2 edition (January 6, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,162 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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Ever since Karen Baney wrote her first novel in the Prescott Pioneer series, I've been hooked. I mean these characters that she writes about feel like they are part of my distant relatives from the mid 1800's living in and around Prescott, Arizona when the west was just beginning to get settled.

There are stagecoach robberies, wanted men trying to find a way to enact revenge on those they feel deserve their wrath, people attempting to make a new start out west, cattle rustling, Indian attacks and those just trying to find love on the frontier. Through each consecutive novel that Karen has added to this series, we find out what our previous characters have been up to since the last book as she incorporates the lives of them along with new characters we can only hope to come to love and those we hope the swift hand of justice will rain down upon their heads.

In this novel, A Life Restored, the third book in the series, we find ourselves partnered with Caroline Larson, whose brother Adam and her best friend Julia left the family ranch to head to a new life in Prescott. Now struggling with trying to find love like that of her parents, Caroline finds that kissing the men who are interested in her may be the best way to see if she loves them. She believes if she feels a spark when they kiss, that may mean love is present. However when the two men find out about Caroline's plan, they are left broken-hearted and alone.

Caroline believes that being back with her brother Adam and Julia may help her get back on track and trusting her faith in God once again instead of trying to take control of her own life.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Prescott Pioneers Series just keeps getting better!! September 7, 2011
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Karen Baney's writing continues to just get better and better with each book and I am thoroughly impressed and in love with her latest release "A Life Restored". I thought the last book was by far my favorite of hers, but I have to say that she outdid herself with A Life Restored because it has now become my new favorite!! What an amazing story!!

A Life Restored leaves off from where A Heart Renewed did except not only are we hearing about the previous characters and their new lives but we get to learn about some new and exciting characters. We meet Caroline Larson who is Adams's younger sister that he left behind when he suddenly whisked Julia off to Prescott to get away from her abusive brother. Caroline is having a hard time in Texas and decides that having a fresh start with her brother in Arizona is just what she needs. On her journey there she meets Thomas Anderson. Remember who Thomas is? He is Drew's brother from book 1 that caused all sorts of problems but recently moved to Prescott and found Drew's widow Hannah and her son. Now Thomas is trying to be a decent and respectable man.

Sparks are flying when Thomas and Caroline meet and not only in a romantic sense. They instantly push each other's buttons and get on each other's nerves but there also an instant attraction! This is my favorite type of romance - the love/hate kind!

One of my favorite things about Karen's writing is that she writes very realistic and genuine characters in her stories. They are not perfect and without faults, which makes them so easy to relate to them. My favorite character has to be Thomas! He is daily struggling with trying to make the right choices and trying to move forward past the sins in his life.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good January 2, 2012
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Book 3 in the Prescott Pioneer's series is just as good as #1 and #2. Again the characters were well written as was the story-line. Like so many of us Thomas keeps trying to live a better life in order to get past his bad mistakes in the past. It took him awhile before he finally learned, the only true way to change is to let Christ change you. Caroline, too had to learn to trust in God and not herself. Makes you realize that in Christ all things are possible. I think one of my favorite parts of the book though was reading about Betty and Ben. I love their story. This book is very good and I recommend reading this whole series. I don't think you'll be disappointed, if you do.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Life Restored April 9, 2012
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I have read all three of the books in the series and can't wait for the fourth book to come out this year. I know that A Hope Revealed will be just as wonderful and leaving us wanting more. Will Paul ever meet his soul mate? I know that even thou Rueben changed his looks and his speech he will be found out in this next book. I just don't know who will be the one to discover his disguise, will it be Julia, Mary, Will, Adam or Caroline if not one of his small children. My family had a hard time pulling me from my kindle while I read these past two weeks. I hope that everyone that enjoyed the first three novels will be waiting in antisipation for A Hope Revealed I am.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this series, this is #3 April 15, 2012
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Caroline Larson really missed her brother Adam and best friend Julia Colter after they ran off to Arizona, not by choice and not as a couple, but to save Julia from her brother Reuben. Not only did she miss them but she wanted to see herself married with a family of her own. Always one to come up with a plan, good or bad, her plan now was to chase down a suitor. She thought if she kissed both Jesse Shoemaker and Nathan Finley that would tell her who she should marry. Caroline didn't plan on her brother catching her kissing one of them. This plan didn't work very well, not only was she in trouble, but she couldn't see herself marrying either one of the young men. Now what?

She soon comes up with a plan to go to Arizona but knowing her Father would not let her travel alone, she advertises in the paper for a traveling companion and finds one. The problem is the companions are not going all the way to Prescott, AZ but she neglects to tell her parents this little fact. Caroline convinces her parents to let her brother Georgie accompany her part way then she would meet up with Reverend Pritchett and his daughter Millicent. They were going as far as Wickenburg to start a Presbyterian church and once they reached their destination they would escort her onto Prescott, AZ a couple of weeks later. That was the plan and it worked out fine until Caroline gets bored in Wickenburg within a few days and decides to sneak off on a stagecoach for Prescott by herself.

Wickenburg, as far as Caroline is concerned anyway, is a wretched town. There were two saloons, a mercantile, a hotel and a stage station. After deciding she can't take living in a tent, the dirty town, and rude miners she goes to the stage office and almost gets run over by the Pony Express Rider, Thomas Anderson.
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Karen Baney, in addition to writing Christian historical fiction and contemporary romance novels, works as a Software Engineer. Spending over twenty years as an avid fan of both genres, Karen loves writing stories set in Arizona.

Her faith plays an important role both in her life and in her writing. Karen and her husband make their home in Gilbert, Arizona, with their two dogs. She also holds a Masters of Business Administration from Arizona State University.

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