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The Shepherd's Voice: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Robin Lee Hatcher
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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Book Description

For ten years, Gabe Talmadge languished in prison, convicted of a horrible crime. Now, he is free once again but unable to find work in the midst of the Great Depression. In desperation, Gabe returns to Ransom, Idaho, hoping that his uncaring father will give him food and shelter, if not love. But the prodigal son is not welcomed home. Hungry and hopeless, Gabe is rescued by the owner of a sheep ranch south of Ransom. Incredibly, Akira Macauley gives him a place to live and work to do. More than that, she gives him hope. But just as Gabe comes to believe that happiness may be within his grasp, his life begins to unravel. Gabe must either sink again into an abyss of hopelessness or cling to a hope, faith, and love stronger than any he has ever known.


Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Gabe Talmadge is on his way home to Depression-era Ransom, Idaho, after a long spell in jail for a crime he did not commit. Hungry and exhausted, he collapses just 15 miles from his father's mansion. Beautiful, devout Akira Macauley takes him in, giving him a home-cooked meal and a clean bed for the night. The next day she drives him to town, where he asks his wealthy but cruel father, Hudson Talmadge, for a job. After Hudson turns him out, Akira rescues Gabe once again, offering him a job on her sheep farm. Akira's friends worry about her safety, but Akira believes God has sent Gabe to her farm so that he can recuperate, body and soul. Indeed, Gabe gains back his physical strength and rededicates his life to the Lord. Not surprisingly, he and Akira fall in love. Hatcher eschews subtlety here: Akira the Shepherdess recalls Psalm 23, and Gabe is part prodigal son, part heralding angel. And if readers do not figure out that Ransom is more than just the name of a townAit is also Jesus' roleAveteran romance novelist Hatcher liberally sprinkles clues in the form of biblical quotations . Still, the predictable plot is entertaining, and Gabe and Akira are appealing, albeit somewhat one-dimensional, characters. (June)
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Review

Capturing the essence of the early 1930s, author Robin Lee Hatcher crafts an endearing story about a young shepherdess who rescues a wayward soul in her latest work, THE SHEPHERD'S VOICE ... To Hatcher's credit, the reader not only gets a strong sense of the Depression era's severity, but in contrast, an impression of a woman of faith who persists in believing against all odds. This is a romance rooted more in earthly realities than fairy tale fantasies, as trials come to test the faith of both Akira and Gabriel, with injustices of the past beginning to arise and Gabriel facing possible imprisonment once again. Hatcher has a real warmth in her writing style and the relationship between the characters comes across as natural and honest, rather than contrived and superficial. There is an authentic luster to the story, which gives the reader a genuine feeling, together with a plot that is suspenseful enough to keep the pages turning until the very end. -- Christian Retailing

Hatcher did a remarkable job with this book. I was grabbed by the first word and left with a wonderful feeling inside when I read the last word. This book helped to remind me that with Christ all things are possible. -- Romance Reader's Connection

Robin Lee Hatcher weaves a wonderful, emotional tale, based on the Biblical truths found in the parable of the prodigal son. -- Healing Words Press

[THE SHEPHERD'S VOICE] is entertaining, and Gabe and Akira are appealing [characters]. -- Publisher's Weekly

Product Details

  • File Size: 1648 KB
  • Print Length: 386 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B002VECTNO
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Zondervan (November 15, 2011)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishing
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0053GB4YC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #204,951 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Keeps the pages turning until the very end." August 19, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
"Capturing the essence of the early 1930s, author Robin Lee Hatcher crafts an endearing story about a young shepherdess who rescues a wayward soul in her latest work, THE SHEPHERD'S VOICE. At first heroine Akira Macauley simply has pity on the penniless vagabond she finds collapsed on the road. Gabriel--a man accused and convicted of murder by his own father many years before--responds like a shriveled plant coming back to life under her care. As Gabriel is returned to his childhood faith and is healed from the scars of the past, Akira begins to realize the "diamond in the rough" she's found. To Hatcher's credit, the reader not only gets a strong sense of the Depression era's severity, but in contrast, an impression of a woman of faith who persists in believing against all odds. This is a romance rooted more in earthly realities than fairy tale fantasies, as trials come to test the faith of both Akira and Gabriel, with injustices of the past beginning to arise and Gabriel facing possible imprisonment once again. Hatcher has a real warmth in her writing style and the relationship between the characters comes across as natural and honest, rather than contrived and superficial. There is an authentic luster to the story, which gives the reader a genuine feeling, together with a plot that is suspenseful enough to keep the pages turning until the very end." --Christian Retailing (8/19/00)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great reading--Wonderful storyline! August 20, 2001
Format:Paperback
Robin Hatcher's THE SHEPHERD'S VOICE is a sober portrayal of Depression era realities with spiritual truths entwined through her well-developed characters.
Akira Macauley believes God answered her prayer for hired help on the sheep ranch her grandfather has left her in Ransom, Idaho, when she finds a penniless vagabond collapsed on the road. With trust in that belief, she hauls him back to the ranch and helps him to regain not only his health, but also his lost faith. The unfolding story of Gabe's tainted past, his life as a convicted murderer, and his struggle to regain his lost faith holds the reader captive. The plot twists and turns test the faith of both Akira and Gabriel and challenge their growing relationship while presenting, with brutal authenticity, a picture of life during Depression years.
Hatcher builds the romantic relationship between Akira and Gabe Talmadge's through worldly realities to a credible happily-ever-after ending in a way that every romance reader will find endearing. Some readers may be discomforted by Robin's strong presentation of Akira Macauley's faith or Gabe's struggle to regain a relationship with God, but her genuine warmth and distinctive writing style make that faith a believable, integral part of their story. Your heart cannot help but be touched by the romance, the spiritual truths, and historical setting. After reading The Shepherd's Voice, you'll understand why this author has received so many writing awards.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Spectacular Story! July 29, 2000
By CM
Format:Paperback
I've always loved Robin's work but this has got to be her best piece ever. Full of vivid, well defined characters that pop out from each page, The Shepherd's Voice is one of those books that draws the reader into the presence of the storyline and holds them there until the very end. Readers finds themselves experiencing the same emotions as the hero and the heroine all the while contemplating the stark realities of The Great Depression. Robin captures the essence of this era, as well as the harsh atmosphere our hero must endure to find happiness and a love he so desperately needs and desires. I've always thought Robin's storylines were so strong, her characters utterly vivid - but none more so than with this book. The Shepherd's Voice is a book that is worth reading again and again. For any woman who loves a great romance, an intriguing storyline, and well fleshed out characters - this is THE book to read!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful! Fabulous! Inspiring! December 10, 2004
Format:Paperback
Akira Macauly lives a simple life on a sheep ranch she inherited from her grandfather. Life is simple and uncomplicated until one day she discovers a hungry and exhausted hobo, whom she takes in and nurses back to health, despite the objections of many around her. Akira shows such Godly love to hobo and ex-con Gabe Talmadge that something happens to him that hasn't happened in years. He begins to feel gratitude and love, and finds grace and redemption, rather than anger and hate. Akira also finds out that Gabe is not the hobo she first thought he was. Lose yourself in life on a sheep ranch in the early forties, renew your spirit with the faith that Akira shows to all around her, and revel in the love that begins to grow between two totally different people. Settle in by the fire with a cup of hot cocoa and a warm comforter and enjoy until the end!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book can renew your faith in the Lord! October 22, 2002
Format:Paperback
Convicted for a crime he didn't commit, Gabe Talmadge returns to his hometown of Ransom, seeking the love denied to him by his father Hudson Talmadge. Instead of finding the love of his forsaken father, he finds the love of Akira Macauley, owner of the sheep farm, Dundreggan. Gabe also discovers the love of another father, his Heavenly Father. Akira teaches Gabe about love and faith, and he realizes his biggest mistake was forsaking the Lord, several years ago. When he's again mistakenly arrested for a crime he didn't commit, his faith in God is tested, and he learns that it's imperative to always lean on the Lord.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 Stars
Don't let the description of the book fool you, this is not a romance. The book is maybe 25% romance and the rest of it is about God. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Sally Balboa
5.0 out of 5 stars Restoration
This book was beautifully written to show the restoring power of Jesus Christ. There is nothing our God cannot do! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Love thus book
Excellent Story Robin Lee Hatcher always is the best.
Published 2 months ago by Shirley Robertson
5.0 out of 5 stars A GREAT CHOICE!
EXCELLENT PLOT TO STORY
ORIGINAL AND EXCITING CHARACTERS
LOADED WITH BEAUTIFUL BIBLE VERSES
INS[RING NOVEL ABOUT GOD'S UNCONDITIONAL LOVE AND FORGIVENESS
Published 3 months ago by JAZZY
4.0 out of 5 stars So Sweet
I loved this story. I'm a strong believer of second chances, the power behind them, and the love it takes to grant them.
Published 4 months ago by T23
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read!
Such an inspiring book. Thank you for touching so many lives with your words.. We all should live our lives so faithfully!
Published 4 months ago by jkohls
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the books I had a hard time putting down
The story gripped me right from the beginning. It was one I couldn't guess the whole story line. It has a little of everything in it.
Published 4 months ago by Katie Cross
5.0 out of 5 stars The Shepherds Voice
I think this novel is wonderful. It tells a powerful story and really sets your heart on fire for Jesus. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book!
I enjoyed this book very much! It was such an encouragement to me. Knowing that we all make mistakes and need God's forgiveness, but that we also need to forgive ourselves. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Kim Kay
5.0 out of 5 stars About more than one kind of love
Gabriel Talmadge has just returned to his hometown of Ransom after spending ten years in prison for murdering his older brother. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Mary Ann Anderson
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More About the Author

Best-selling novelist Robin Lee Hatcher is known for her heartwarming and emotionally charged stories of faith, courage, and love. Winner of the Christy, the RITA, the Carol, the Inspirational Reader's Choice, and many other industry awards, Robin is also a recipient of the prestigious RWA Lifetime Achievement Award. She is the author of 70+ novels and novellas with over five million copies in print.

Robin enjoys being with her family, spending time in the beautiful Idaho outdoors, reading books that make her cry, and watching romantic movies. Her main hobby (when time allows) is knitting, and she has a special love for making prayer shawls. A mother and grandmother, Robin and her husband make their home on the outskirts of Boise, sharing it with Poppet, the high-maintenance Papillon, and Princess Pinky, the DC (demon cat).

Robin is active on her Facebook Author Page where she loves to interact with readers. Please join her there: http://www.facebook.com/robinleehatcher

For more information, please visit her web site at http://www.robinleehatcher.com

Please note: Robin's faith-based fiction has been published from 1999 to present. She no longer recommends her older mass market fiction.


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