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

Ruth Glover
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Book Description

One's blood stirs at the pounding thunder of buffalo hooves; the other's thrills to the sound of tinkling crystal and rustling taffeta.

Mary Morrison: Simple, devoted, and true, Mary dreams of leaving servitude in Scotland for equal footing in a land of freedom. She and her husband, Angus, set their hopes on a place called Bliss, a frontier town in the wilds of Saskatchewan.

Sophia Galloway: Born to nobility and married to affluence, Sophia wants for nothing, save an heir for the Galloway name. When she becomes pregnant, all her hopes and dreams rest on her baby's future. Sophia and her husband, Hugh, both restless for a new challenge, embark on a journey to Canada where they are sure to be scions of Toronto society.

To both the Morrisons and the Galloways, Canada beckons with the promise of opportunity. Once there, Mary and Sophia go their separate ways, one to conquer elite society and one to conquer the unrelenting wilds of the bush country. Yet they share an unknown secret, a commonality so compelling it will bind them together the rest of 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: 2199 KB
    • Print Length: 320 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: #373,157 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid 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
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    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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    19 of 22 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
    By JOJO
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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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    7 of 8 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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    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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    4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting look into settlement of Canada by immigrants
    I enjoyed the story and the characters with a glimpse of history added in. It was interesting to learn about immigrants coming from Scotland to Canada--they might be from different... Read more
    Published 1 month ago by S. Or J. Hancock
    5.0 out of 5 stars Place Called Bliss
    I gave the book 5stars ,because her characters was so real. It was a book I could not put down. The story was so good ,because you could understand how it could happen. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Pam Mattingly
    5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful story
    It was interesting from a historical point of view as well as a caring human story. Loved how it ended!
    Published 1 month ago by Love to read
    5.0 out of 5 stars blissful end to lovely book
    An aristocratic woman whose brother had spent all of his inheritance marries an aristocratic older second son who is wealthy pays a dowry to her brother in order to gain Sophie as... Read more
    Published 1 month ago by M. Hagberg
    3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best writing.
    A predictable outcome, but some twists and turns. Not the best writing.
    Published 2 months ago by Nanny
    4.0 out of 5 stars a good read
    I had some difficulty getting into this book but once I did it held my interest. The characters are well developed and the author created them to face and deal with real life... Read more
    Published 2 months ago by Dottie L
    5.0 out of 5 stars Engrossing
    A well written book that ends well, and makes you want more! Thankfully there are sequels which I intend to read.
    Published 2 months ago by Live 2 Read
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, didn't want to put it down.
    Miss Glover spins wonderful frontier tales. The past has woven our lives today.
    Published 2 months ago by Latham
    5.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed this book
    I really enjoyed this book. It kept me wanting to hurry up and finish whatever else that I had to do in order to get back to reading. I'd like to seea continuing sequel. Read more
    Published 2 months ago by Friend Indeed
    2.0 out of 5 stars hmmm
    I liked that this book was Christian based and was clean. However reading the synopsis I thought the main characters would have been Sophia and Mary. Read more
    Published 2 months ago by Luckemom
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