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She Shall Be Praised: A Women of Hope Novel Paperback – January 7, 2014
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"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, ****
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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.Read more ›
FaithWords, Jan 7 2014, $15.00
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.
But like all great novels, there is a twist of fate when Emma has to stop the coach to allow the dog she was gifted from Mr. Hamilton as an engagement present to do her constitutionals. Little did she imagine that the coach would be held up and the driver leave her behind in an effort to avoid being robbed. Now she is left in the care of two bumbling thieves who know they can't abandon her in the middle of the forest. One of the men, Ned, wants to be the true gentleman while Sawyer sees her like an object of desire and one that she can't trust. When she is taken back to their camp, she learns that they are more than just thieves, they have also stolen sheep from the local rancher and they are hoping to stay long enough to make some money off them.
Peter Lowery knows that the size of his sheep herd is dwindling and believes that someone is stealing from him. Instead of getting the sheriff involved since he lives so far from town, he opts to do the investigation on his own.Read more ›
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This is a wonderful story of redemption, God's grace and His loving care. The characters were easy to love and care about in this historical novel. Read morePublished 7 months ago by GJS
Ginny Aiken in her new book, "She Shall Be Praised" Book Three in the A Women of Hope series published by FaithWords brings us into the life of Emma Crowell. Read morePublished 14 months ago by VicG
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. Read morePublished 21 months ago by NinerFan
This book lacked so much. I read her first book and was in love!!!!
There should have been a better developing story between the main characters. Read more
It has been awhile since I have read Ginny's books, but this was such a awesome romance !! It was one of the cutest stories ever !!!Published 22 months ago by Arlene Achord