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Prairie RIver #1: A Journey of Faith [Kindle Edition]

Kristiana Gregory
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Book Description

It is the spring of 1865, and the end of the Civil War is near. As the nation is struggling to come to peace with itself, all Vanessa Clemens can think about is her birthday. She has been dreading it for weeks, for the day she turns fourteen she must leave the orphanage that has been her home for a decade. The headmaster has made arrangements for Nessa. Either she can become a servant or marry the pastor, an older dreary man. Those are her only options. Then, on her birthday morning, Nessa hears cries flooding the sleepy Missouri town: President Lincoln has been assassinated. This national tragedy spurs her to flee on the first stagecoach heading West, determined not to be a servant or unloved wife.

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Grade 4-6-Nessa Clemens has lived in an orphanage in Missouri for as long as she can remember, but Mr. Carey has a strict rule that children must leave at age 14. Nessa has been promised as a bride to the Reverend McDuff, and her 14th birthday is just days away. The reverend has told her that it is God's will that she become his wife, but she is not willing to enter a loveless marriage. She runs away by stagecoach to Prairie River, KS. Once there, she faces the constant fear that someone will send her back to Missouri, causing her to keep to herself and not share in the confidences of those who would be her friends. Through it all, her faith keeps her strong as she tries to make a new life for herself. In this first book in the series, Gregory has created strong, realistic Christian characters. Nessa's world, an 1865 prairie settlement town, is rich in description and historical detail. Nessa's faith, apparent throughout the book in the prayers she writes, scripture verses, and hymn lyrics, is not overwhelming, but rather flows with the narrative. An enjoyable story with a memorable protagonist.
Heather E. Miller, Homewood Public Library, AL
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • File Size: 2301 KB
  • Print Length: 227 pages
  • Publisher: KK Publishing Corporation (September 22, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Start to An Amazing New Series March 25, 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The year is 1865. The Civil War is just ending, President Abraham Lincoln has just been assassinated, and orphan Vanessa (Nessa) Clemens is just about to celebrate her 14th bithday. Meaning that she will be forced to leave the orphanage that has been her home for so many years, albeit, not the best home, and marry Reverend McDuff. Reverend McDuff is a kind enough man, but is so much older than Nessa, not to mention that he's extremely boring, and he has no desire for children, as Nessa does. So, as opposed to marrying Reverend McDuff, like she is supposed to, she plans to escape from Missouri, and head for Prairie River, Kansas, a fairly new town where Nessa is hoping to finally start over. Once there, Nessa is unsure of whether she made the right decision or not. She is broke, has nowhere to stay, has no friends or family, and is treated unkindly by many of the townspeople, as they don't trust a newcomer with no family. Nessa is now finding that she must rely on herself, her courage, and her faith, or she will never be able to survive in this new land.
Kristiana Gregory has done an amazing job with this new historical fiction series. Nessa is a spirited character, who is head-strong, brave, and kind to all, even those who are unkind to her. She gives the reader the strength and determination to achieve anything they set their mind too, whether a feat big or small. Her story is inspiring, and should be well-received by anyone who has enjoyed the LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE series by Laura Ingalls Wilder, and the MANDIE book series by Lois Gladys Leppard, as PRAIRIE RIVER features many Christian undertones. I look forward to reading A GRATEFUL HARVEST, which is the next installment in this wonderful new series. Don't miss this book, as it is sure to capture the hearts of all, young and old.
Erika Sorocco
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Book Is A Delight! January 10, 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
First of all I just want to say that I loved this book and so did my 11 year old daughter. Nessa the main character is absolutely loveable......this is a book everyone in your family can feel comfortable reading! The story is action never know whats around the next corner for Nessa. Its historically accurate and its actually a complex plot with intricate relationships. I can't wait for the next Prairie River book!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Miss The Sequel January 3, 2004
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This was a wonderful book about frontier and pioneer life. It kept me reading and I finished it in one day. But then again, Kristiana Gregory is a wonderful author and that's what I expected from this book. I noticed the other reviewer gave it 4 stars because it leaves you hanging. Well, there is a sequel so don't miss that. It's called A Greatful Harvest.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Book To Remember August 8, 2006
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
A Journey of Faith is, like my title, a book to remember. I just loved it. It's a very unique blend of a girl striving to survive and to seem older than her fourteen years, but also can't let go of her childhood. It's about a determined, but not headstrong orphan girl named Vanessa/Nessa, and she is running away from marrying a bland old preacher, Pastor McDuff. She settles in Prairie River, somewhere out west (this is 1865, ya know, after the Civil War and Lincoln's assasination) and meets rivals and friends, is blamed and rewarded, and the contrasting doesn't make you confused, mind you. You read this book. Promise?

(I sound like a grandma, but read it anyway. You'll be glad you listened to me if you do.)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Prairie River November 24, 2007
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I usually don't read these kinds of books, but once I started this one, I couldn't put it down. It is written for juveniles and thus it moves at a fast pace and doesn't really have a lot of low points. Some parts are rather difficult to believe, but the intent is to show young readers how their faith can be exemplified through fictional characters.

There are really no villains in this book. Some people don't like Nessa Clemens, but the author doesn't really develop an evil antiheroine. None of the situations Nessa finds herself in are life-threatening and things always seem to work out. as I said, it is a book about faith more than the historical setting it takes place in.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Prairie River June 22, 2014
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The book "A Journey of Faith" is amazing I absolutely lived it! It is one if the best books I ever read
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5.0 out of 5 stars a must read December 29, 2013
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my 13 y/o daughter loves this series of prairie river books. its so interesting to find out what happens to this orphan girl.
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5.0 out of 5 stars delightful July 2, 2013
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I enjoyed getting to know Nessa and reading about her life. I look forward to the rest of the books in this series.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good uplifting reading for kids and adults.
Good reading. I like Kristiana Gregory's writing style. She shows a knowledge of human weaknesses and strengths. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Holly Brazelton
5.0 out of 5 stars Prairie River 1; A Journey of Faith
Thought provoking and an easy read. Brought back many memeories of the early 50's and such racial tensions in our country. Didn't want to put it down.
Published on April 8, 2012 by Janet "Lady"
5.0 out of 5 stars loved this book!!!
A great book. This book held my attention until the end. I wish it had just went on and on.
Published on March 21, 2012 by Maggie's Mom
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for every young reader!
In a time when students are being challenged by outside influences, what a great gift this author gives to assure students that excitement, drama, and suspense can be found in... Read more
Published on March 21, 2012 by Diane B.
4.0 out of 5 stars written review
This story is a delite., I enjoyed it and admired the brave litle girl's journey. Set in times long past it showed us the difficulties of life in those early settlement days. Read more
Published on March 20, 2012 by Moira McMillan
5.0 out of 5 stars Prairie River 1 A Journey of Faith
Great book I had to find out what happen in story, so I have purchased all books in this series she has written.
Published on March 19, 2012 by msteresa
4.0 out of 5 stars Waiting.....
Very easy to read with a lot going on in this book. When I got to the end though, I was in shock! It left the reader hanging. Is Reverend McDuff coming after Nessa? Read more
Published on March 5, 2012 by kay1969
5.0 out of 5 stars Prairie River is a Gem.
This is a wonderful, historic, fast-paced story. The story's action gets you from the beginning and doesn't stop. Great for kids of all ages. Read more
Published on February 27, 2012 by Heather Spiva
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful!!
I thought this was a wonderful series, but i must say i thought this book was my favorite of the series. I couldn't put this book down, and i often stayed up late reading it. Read more
Published on July 22, 2008
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent
The book was a gift for my daughter who has read other books in this series and quite enjoys them. She is happy to have it and is busy reading it.
Published on January 4, 2008 by 93rocket
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More About the Author

Kristiana Gregory has published more than 30 children's book with Scholastic, Harcourt and Holiday House, and has now ventured into self-publishing with her memoir LONGHAND: ONE WRITER'S JOURNEY.

She grew up in Manhattan Beach, California, two blocks from the beach and she always loved to make up stories, telling her younger siblings whoppers that would leave them wide-eyed. Her first rejection letter at age eleven was for a poem she wrote in class when she was supposed to be doing a math assignment. She's had a myriad of odd jobs: telephone operator, lifeguard, camp counselor, reporter, book reviewer & columnist for the LA Times.

Kristiana's award-winning novels include JENNY OF THE TETONS, which earned the SCBWI Golden Kite Award. Set in 1876, it tells the story of the Shoshone Indian and her fur-trapper husband, Beaver Dick Leigh. Jenny Lake and Leigh Lake in Wyoming are named after this couple.

STALKED: DANGER AND FURY, ELLIS ISLAND 1912 won the 2012 Gold Medal for Young Adult Mystery from Literary Classics and is hailed as "historical fiction with a thrilling twist." KIRKUS says it "will thrill YA readers ... with insightful details about the immigration process and New York tenements in the early 1900s."

Her most recent title with Scholastic's Dear America series is CANNONS AT DAWN, a sequel to the best-selling THE WINTER OF RED SNOW, which was made into a movie for the HBO Family Channel. Her Royal Diary, CLEOPATRA VII: DAUGHTER OF THE NILE, was also an HBO movie. Several of her titles are now available on Kindle including "Curiously Odd Stories: Vol. 1 & Vol. 2" with the celebrated 'Paper Monument', a futuristic book-banning with horrific consequences.

New re-releases in e-books & paperback on Amazon:
*BRONTE'S BOOK CLUB. Set in a town by the sea, five girls read Scott O'Dell's ISLAND OF THE BLUE DOLPHINS, finding parallels in their lives and that of the main character, Karana, the Chumash Indian who lived alone on San Nicholas Island during the 1800s.
*NUGGET: THE WILDEST, MOST HEARTBREAKIN'EST MINING TOWN IN THE WEST (formerly titled "My Darlin' Clementine."). This riveting historical mystery set in an Idaho mining camp of 1866, was Idaho's choice for the 2010 National Book Festival in Washington, D.C., sponsored by the Library of Congress.

Kristiana and her husband have two adult sons, and live in Idaho with their two golden retrievers. In her spare time she loves to swim, hike, watch clouds, do yoga, read & hang out with friends.

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