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She Shall Be Praised: A Women of Hope Novel [Kindle Edition]

Ginny Aiken
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Book Description

When socialite Emma Crowell stops the carriage on the way to Portland to 'exercise' her new puppy, the last thing she expects is to be left behind in decidedly unsuitable attire, let alone kidnapped. Fortunately, she is soon found by local rancher Peter Lowery. Unfortunately, he has no intention of abandoning his livelihood to take her back to civilization until the fall. He will, however, provide food, shelter and safety, and in return he expects Emma to earn her keep.

Emma is surprised to find she enjoys the challenges of life at the cabin and feels drawn to Peter and his young son Robby. But though willing to learn, no matter how she tries, she never seems to live up to expectations. As Emma seeks God's guidance and aspires to the picture of womanhood shown in the 31st chapter of Proverbs, Peter comes to realize that he may be underestimating the strength and character behind this woman's beauty.



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"She Shall Be Praised is an incredible story of love, faith and hope....Be prepared for your heart to be engaged."—Lynette Eason, bestselling author of the Deadly Reunions series

"This beautifully written love story has a believable plot and characters who are charming. . .Vivid descriptions pull the reader into the setting. Aiken is an amazing writer."—RT Book Reviews, starred review

"Ginny Aiken takes readers on a delightful, heart-warming adventure in She Shall be Praised, the second book in her Women of Hope series. Historical fiction fans will be charmed by the story of a naïve young woman's journey into Christian womanhood in the Oregon wilds. Aiken is a master of 1800s fiction, and every word is pitch perfect."—Marta Perry, award-winning author of the Pleasant Valley Amish series

"Ginny Aiken captures the flavor of the late 1800s perfectly and brings her readers on a lively adventure."—Trish Perry, co-author of The Midwife's Legacy

"[A]n engaging tale of duty, romance, family, and love....I'll be eager to see what character Ms. Aiken chooses next to feature in this exciting new series."—Serena Chase, USAToday.com on For Such A Time As This

"In her second series outing, Aiken does a splendid job of painting life in 1880s Oregon while giving readers an inspiring, relatable female protagonist."—Library Journal on Remember Me When

"In this engrossing second installment of her Women of Hope historical series, Aiken delivers a beautiful, inspirational slice of life set in 1880s Oregon.... Rich with detail, the events unfold very naturally."—Publishers Weekly on Remember Me When

"Aiken's second Women of Hope novel connects nicely to the first.... The 1880 Oregon setting is accurately illustrated and the heroine's journey to renewed faith in God is nicely depicted."— RT Book Reviews on Remember Me When, ****

About the Author

Ginny Aiken, a former newspaper reporter, lives in Indiana and frequently travels to Pennsylvania with her engineer husband. Born in Havana, Cuba, raised in Valencia and Caracas, Venezuela, she discovered books early and wrote her first novel at age fifteen while she trained with the Venezuelan Classical Ballet Company. She burned that tome when she turned a "mature" sixteen. Ginny has taught novel-writing seminars and workshops at Harrisburg (PA) Area Community College and Penn State University.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1216 KB
  • Print Length: 397 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 089296846X
  • Publisher: FaithWords (January 7, 2014)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CO7GHF4
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,831 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Witty, Cute, but Predictable January 7, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
She Shall Be Praised was an entertaining novel. I have read several series of books by Ginny Aiken and knew what to expect. As always, her characters were witty—though they seemed to have differing opinions most of the time which kept the dialogue lively and interesting. Emma was a strong, likeable character. I could see how she changed throughout the story. Peter, though a stern and no-nonsense type of man, did have soft-side, though he rarely did show it.

Robby—Peter’s son—was one of my favorite characters. Rarely does an author in this genre focus on developing a child’s character. But this author did a marvelous job of defining the relationship between Peter and his son. Peter wanted Robby to be more like him. However, all Robby wanted to do was read about King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. It was interesting that Ginny chose to make Peter so stern. I rarely see that characteristic in fictional male characters in today’s Christian fiction.

The worst fault I can find with She Shall Be Praised was its predictability. Except for a stunning surprise in the beginning(which I was totally unprepared for. Read it yourself to find out what it is;) the rest of the novel was entirely too expected. Even when a crime was unexpectedly committed, I realized almost immediately exactly who had committed it. The one thing that I was disappointed in was that the author did not use much of her extensive vocabulary as she usually does. Almost always when I read one of her books, I need my dictionary handy in order to look up some long, interesting word. I’ve always enjoyed reading her works simply because of the anticipation of growing my vocabulary. She Shall Be Praised did not have one word I did not know.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fresh and unique plot; highly satisfying. Recommended! January 11, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I've enjoyed Ginny Aiken's books in the past but somehow I've missed the first two A Women of Hope books. I'm so glad I read this one, however, and now I'm eager to read the others. Aiken has created a fresh and unique plot twist to cause Emma and Peter to cross paths, and all I can say is, I'm glad I wasn't with Emma on that carriage! She is initially rather spoiled and a bit annoying, but then who wouldn't be if thrust into the same situation? Plenty of twists and turns keep this story moving and while the conflict and adjustment make the sparks fly, humorous moments balance the emotion. A thread of danger and suspense weaves in and out of the story, providing additional tension, and the pages almost turn themselves. Of course, little Robby is a heart-melter! All in all, this is a very satisfying novel and I'm happy to recommend it.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Faith Words as part of their Blogger Review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Didn't Hold My Interest May 13, 2014
Format:Paperback
I lost patience with this book halfway through the story. I think the author is attempting to tell a story of a young woman's journey from a spoiled girl to a responsible woman. Apparently, dumping her in the middle of a desolate backcountry after a stagecoach robbery and then rescued by a sheep rancher, Peter Lowrey, is supposed to do that. While this storyline may seem promising, the execution of the story completely failed.
Mr. Lowery decrees that Emma will have to stay at their summer rustic cabin until the fall. He challenges Emma to be a cook for him and his men. Emma has no household skills to speak of so she fails miserably. After the second attempt making dinner, I became annoyed by her incompetence and just had to stop. She just has NO common sense. In addition, Peter's son Robby has an obsession with King Arthur which was a little overdone.
What finally clinched it for me was the two times Peter was reading from the Bible to his son at bedtime. He read some passages that he hoped Emma could hear and teach her a lesson. She was even more humiliated. I thought that this action was cowardly and condescending. I had to cease and desist, because there are so many better books out there to spend my time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars wonderful 1880s Oregonian inspirational January 23, 2014
Format:Paperback
She Shall Be Praised
Ginny Aiken
FaithWords, Jan 7 2014, $15.00
ISBN: 9780892968466

In 1883, following a trip to London, upper crust Emma Crowell stops at the home of her aunt and uncle in Hope County, Oregon. Heeding her father's plea, Emma accepts Joshua Hamilton's proposal. About to leave on a business trip to Paris, Joshua gives his fiancée a poodle.

On the coach to Portland without a chaperone, Emma demands the driver stop because her dog Pippa needs a break. Once the socialite and the canine leave the coach; the driver leaves them behind in the wild. Two outlaws capture the deb and the dog until rancher Peter Lowery and his manager Colley, searching for sheep rustlers, rescue them. He takes the females to his home, but explains he cannot escort her to Portland due to his ranch obligations for a few months. Instead Peter offers her a place to stay if Emma becomes the housekeeper and his son Robby's caretaker. As Emma adapts to working guided by the Proverbs, she falls in love with her host and his child. Although she believes Peter reciprocates Emma must persuade him to let her stay with them instead of taking her to Portland.

The third Women of Hope Americana romance (see Remember Me When and For Such A Time As This) is a wonderful 1880s Oregonian inspirational. The key cast comes across fully developed; especially Emma who starts off as a debutante out of place in a rustic lifestyle after years in ballrooms (though I doubt she can change her spots, Ginny Aiken makes a compelling case). Ironically, Colley and Pippa bring freshness to She Shall Be Praised while the protagonists need to overcome their respective first impressions of each other.

Harriet Klausner
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