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A Place Called Bliss (Saskatchewan Saga Book #1) [Kindle Edition]

Ruth Glover
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Book Description

In A Place Called Bliss, Sophia Galloway, a rich and pampered lady of Scotland's renowned house of Heatherstone, and Mary Morrison, a simple servant, share a dream of traveling to a new land of freedom, promise, and opportunity: Canada. On the tumultuous journey overseas, Sophia and Mary both give birth. Neither mother knows how closely their destinies will be intertwined by a secret with the power to shatter their lives.

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About the Author

Ruth Glover is the wife of a minister and is a native of Saskatchewan. She has written several previous books, including The Wildrose Series. Glover lives in The Dalles, Oregon.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1486 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Revell (March 1, 2001)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0094GLUEG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,451 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blown away! December 27, 2013
By Joleen
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Sometimes a book is special because of the vocabulary and unique way in which an author puts thoughts to words. This book is that and more!
1878 Sophia and Hugh marry in Scotland. With Angus and Mary, Hugh's friend and employee, they all decide to immigrate to Canada; Hugh and Sophia to a city, Angus and Mary to "the bush", to a small community east of Prince Albert called Bliss.
On the ship both women give birth, but the unthinkable happens, and the lives of the two families are altered.
I have read so many fluffy mediocre romance, or Christian romance novels, that when a truly well written book comes along I'm blown away. Ms. Glover blew me away. Her writing is amazing. You can be reading along and all of a sudden you say to yourself, "Wait, what just happened?" Then re-reading it you think you MAY understand what was different about that, but still question your assumptions. Later in the story it comes together. Then of course, at the end, you have to go back to re-read those sections so you can see what really happened. I LOVE THAT! Things may not be as they seem.
The way in which Ms. Glover puts her story to paper is a true work of art. One not to be missed. This really shouldn't be considered a romance novel, if it is. This is a story of two very different families and what they mean to each other, bound together by one complicated, yet incredibly loving woman named Kezzie, eternal nursemaid to Hugh's family and mother to Mary.
More on this story would ruin it for you. Read this... You won't regret it.
I have no other books by Ms. Glover, but I certainly intend to research what else she's written.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars This one puts me to sleep February 24, 2007
Contrary to other reviews of this book I have to say that I was very disappointed in it. I was so excited when I first found it considering I have family in Saskatchewan and love the beautiful northen landscape, and had high hopes for the book. I've found it to be a very dull read, with poor dialogue and one dimensional characters. It reads more like a narrative and the author never delves deeply enough into each individual character to really get to know them. You feel more like a bystander instead of being swept into the story for the lack of beyond the surface visual descriptions concerning the rugged and beautiful landscape and the experiences that you never actually get to share with these people. After reading excellent series such as the Balled of the Emerald Isles by B. J. Hoff and T. Davis Bunns' Heirs of Acadia this book just doesn't measure up. I'm hoping that book 2 is significantly better. If you want a book that keeps you turning the pages in anticipation and touches you deeply with well developed characters, this one's not for you.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the first book I have read by Ruth Glover December 30, 2013
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I found this book to be easy to get into I read it in just a few days. I was very moved and loved each person she wrote about. I love to read and love it when a book brings the people to life and make them become a part got you. I hope to read more from Ruth Glover. I think a Tv movie would be nice. Thank you for sharing this Christian book. The families were different but easy to understand.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You will Enjoy May 5, 2013
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Ruth Glover's "Bliss" series is wonderful. She developes her characters, includes history and romance...I loved everyoe of these novels, I wish she were still here to write more! Try to read the series in sequence.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful writing! January 6, 2008
This is the first book I've read by Ruth Glover; I can't wait to see what else she has written. She doesn't just tell a story - she describes it in flowing language that made me feel like I was right there. Was the story predictable? Perhaps, but I enjoyed the ride as she brought me to the end.
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33 of 45 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I can't believe I even finished this book.... March 27, 2007
Let me start out by saying that I read quite a few books. I have one of those jobs where I can sit and read for five hours everyday and get paid for it. Someone gave me a huge bag of books and, since I'm a big fan of historical fiction, it was one of the first ones I read.

I can't believe I finished it. It was that boring. It was that predictable. Seriously.

I guessed early on what was going to happen and it happened almost exactly as I guessed it. No surprising plot twists at all. I actually went as far as to skip pages because everytime Glover would get into the whole Jesus saves talk she'd go on and on and on. Serious overkill. Also, the fact that you couldn't tell it was a Christian based novel until about 100 pages in really bugged me, too. The plot takes a turn into a "who's saved, who's gonna be saved, who's not saved" and becomes a central theme. There's probably a little forshadowing, but nothing major. I felt duped into reading a preachy book.

If you're looking for a book about Saskatchewan or a good historical fiction book, then definitely skip this one. If you're looking for a quick Christian read, I'd probably bump it up to 2 stars. The plot is really thin and transparent, but most Christian books are (I have read a few). The characters aren't believable and you really don't care what happens to them. I just wanted it to be over so I could see if I guessed the entire plot.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the greatest book I ever read May 7, 2014
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While the story was interesting as far as the voyage across the country went, it was really too preachy for me. I do enjoy reading Christian themed books, and have read a lot, but this one was just a little too preachy for me. I felt there were too many characters' stories to get any depth or insight into their individual stories.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A very interesting Christian romance. I really enjoyed it.
The story is well written with much historical detail, very likable main characters, a unique story and strong christian values.
Published 1 day ago by Nanna loves to read
3.0 out of 5 stars It's okay
I wanted to love this book before I read it for its historical setting. However, after the boat trip I skimmed over most of Sophia's side of the story. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Jessica T
5.0 out of 5 stars great!
It was a touching story of two families who's lives were intertwined. I really Didn't want the story to end. The characters came to life,to. Read more
Published 4 days ago by child of God
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Story!
I'm in the middle of this book now and I really like it. It's a bit slow reading because I don't want to miss anything and there is a lot of Canada's history plus Scotland's... Read more
Published 5 days ago by Penny
4.0 out of 5 stars lots of history of Canada
Lots of history but very I intriguing once into it. I liked the family dynamics and the humanness of Margo to jump to the wrong conclusion.
Published 5 days ago by Donnell G Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A GREAT book!!! I enjoyed it from beginning to end!
Published 5 days ago by Mrs. Renea A. Clifford
4.0 out of 5 stars Good and mediocre.
Pretty good. Too many secrets in the families that were frustrating for the reader. I enjoyed the basis of the families coming to faith. That part was very well written.
Published 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed the book
Book should be under Christian romance category. I enjoyed the book.
Published 7 days ago by melita
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Was not my kind of book,it wasn't what I thought it would be.
Published 9 days ago by Monie
5.0 out of 5 stars so enjoyed this book!
Unexpected ending to this great involved me in the characters lives and pulled me in. Highly recommend reading it.
Published 10 days ago by Steve Fox
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