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Umpqua Valley Oregon and Its Pioneers 1967
Umpqua Valley Oregon and Its Pioneers 1967
by Harold Minter
Edition: Hardcover
25 used & new from $17.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent source for Douglas County history!, November 26, 2014
I discovered this book in 1979 when my English teacher required each student to do a research report on a subject of their own choosing, with a 10-page minimum. Knowing very little about Douglas County I made that my subject, and most of my information came from this book! The reason I didn't give it a 5 is that there were some towns I would have liked more information on, but I was able to find what I wanted in some thin paperback books my mother had that were printed by The Drain Enterprise long before this book was written.


3 Pc Luggage Set Travel Bag Rolling Wheel Carryon Expandable Upright Route 66
3 Pc Luggage Set Travel Bag Rolling Wheel Carryon Expandable Upright Route 66

5.0 out of 5 stars Great bargain to get all 3 of these at once, October 15, 2014
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Great bargain to get all 3 of these at once, my only complaint is that I really wanted just the biggest one, since my niece borrowed mine (which was bought by itself 3 years ago) promising to return it in a couple of weeks, and that was 7 months ago so I gave up ever getting it back. Figured it would be cheaper to just buy one than ask her to ship it back to me.


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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars, October 15, 2014
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Doesn't stick as well as I'd hoped and I ended up wasting some tape, but it serves its purpose.


To Everything a Season (Song of Blessing) (Volume 1)
To Everything a Season (Song of Blessing) (Volume 1)
by Lauraine Snelling
Edition: Paperback
Price: $12.33
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The preview information indicates that this is a love story between 2 people, October 15, 2014
The preview information indicates that this is a love story between 2 people. However, much of the story has already happened before either character gets introduced, and the book is 75% complete before Trygve even meets Miriam! As far as the rest of the characters, it's fun catching up on what they've been up to since the last book, my only real complaint is the cliffhanger ending, which I'm assuming means another book will be out soon.


Umpqua Valley Oregon & Its Pioneers
Umpqua Valley Oregon & Its Pioneers
by Harold A Minter
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars There are some communities mentioned that I'd like to have seen more information about, October 15, 2014
I used this book as a the main source for a term paper I wrote in 1979 - we were free to choose any subject and I chose Douglas County History. There are some communities mentioned that I'd like to have seen more information about, but still a very interesting read. The book I used for my research was a school library copy, but I was able to buy my own new copy in the early 90's.


The Widow's Choice (House of Winslow Book #39)
The Widow's Choice (House of Winslow Book #39)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not a typical house of Winslow book but still readable, January 6, 2014
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In most of the books in this series, if a Winslow character has trouble there's usually another family member in the story that gets involved and helps them in some way, but not in this book. In fact the name "Winslow" isn't mentioned at all, except in the first chapter where Alona tells her sons that Winslow is her maiden name, then never again. While the story is believable - a widow struggling with 3 children marries a man who promises the security she needs even though she doesn't love him - I find it hard to believe that Alona didn't contact her parents or other Winslow relatives for some kind of assistance. Not one of my favorites, but like most House of Winslow stories everything comes out right in the end.


The Jewel of Gresham Green (The Gresham Chronicles #4)
The Jewel of Gresham Green (The Gresham Chronicles #4)
by Lawana Blackwell
Edition: Paperback
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!!!, December 4, 2008
Jewel and her daughter Becky are forced to leave Birmingham because of an evil man who is stalking them and waiting for a chance to find Becky alone (her daytime babysitter does nothing to prevent this). With the help of Vicar Paul Treves and his wife Noelle (they were engaged at the end of Book 3), they are directed to the village of Gresham with instructions to contact Vicar Phelps upon arrival. Unfortunately Vicar Phelps is ill and in need of emergency surgery, but luckily they meet up with his stepdaughter Aleda, who has recently moved into her own cottage so she can be alone to write a novel, and she takes them in.

It was fun to read about what happened to the original Gresham Chronicles characters 12 years after "The Dowry of Miss Lydia Clark" took place. My only complaint is that they don't tell much about the residents of the Larkspur Inn (important in the 3 previous books), other than to mention Aleda's short-lived residence there and Mr. Jensen's marriage to Mrs. Dearing. Fiona and Ambrose Clay still have their apartment over the stables, but what happened to Mr. & Mrs. Durwin, Miss Rawlins, and the 2 archeologists? Squire Bartley is slowly dying and can no longer speak, and his nephew is waiting anxiously for him to die because he believes he will inherit all of the squire's property (guess again!) It's a shame Mrs. Kingston-Bartley has passed away, she would never have allowed the evil nephew to set foot on the squire's property in the first place, LOL!


Rebecca's Reward (Daughters of Blessing #4)
Rebecca's Reward (Daughters of Blessing #4)
by Lauraine Snelling
Edition: Paperback
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good for the most part, September 19, 2008
NOTE: The review on the Amazon webpage is clearly NOT about this book, there is no "Thomas Ollenburger" or any other Mennonite characters, nor does any part of the story take place in Kansas or Boston.

Now for the real plot: Rebecca Baard wants to start an ice cream/soda shop in the town of Blessing, but her brother thinks it's nothing but a foolish dream. She travels to Bismarck to visit her cousin Penny and has the chance to visit an ice cream parlor and learn how to run it, and meets a nice young man after a skating mishap - he encourages her to stay in Bismarck longer but she insists on returning to Blessing as planned. Upon her return to Blessing, she is shocked to learn that Mr. Jeffers, the despicable new owner of Penny's former store in Blessing, has been telling everyone that he and Rebecca are engaged because her brothers gave him permission to court her. The brothers refuse to take responsibility for their actions and force her to confront Mr. Jeffries to say she's not interested, but he turns on her (thankfully, a friend hears Rebecca scream and stops him in time). Most of her family and friends know it's not Rebecca's fault and are ready to defender her, but Mrs. Valders, the town gossip, tries to put all the blame on her.

My favorite parts of this story is are Mrs. Valders' adopted son Gerald, who dislikes confrontation, willingly stands up to his mother after she publicly declares falsehoods about Rebecca, and Gerald's brother Toby, previously the school bully, is instrumental in making everything work out right in the end.
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Love's Unending Legacy
Love's Unending Legacy
DVD ~ Erin Cottrell
Price: $4.97
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27 of 38 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Where did they get this awful script?, September 21, 2007
This review is from: Love's Unending Legacy (DVD)
The BOOK "Love's Unending Legacy" is about Clark and Marty Davis returning home from the west where they visited daughter Missie in the previous book (said visit having been badly botched in the corresponding movie for that book), and Marty then discovers she's pregnant with baby Melinda. I read the plot on the Hallmark Channel website, and it's TOTALLY messed up: Missy's husband Willie has died (he was still very much alive at the end of the original 8-book series, as were the 4 children who are non-existent in the movies), and she moves back home to her father's house with her one son and takes in an orphan girl named Belinda. They've ruined this story so badly, I can't imagine what they might do with the last 3 books (which are ABOUT Missy's BABY SISTER Belinda, not ADOPTED DAUGHTER Belinda)! And why do they persist in leaving Marty out of the later movies? 3 different people have played Missie so far, surely they could have found a replacement for Katherine Heigl if she's not available to play Marty! One star is too good a rating for this monstrosity.
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Love's Abiding Joy
Love's Abiding Joy
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars One star is too good for this movie, March 6, 2007
This review is from: Love's Abiding Joy (DVD)
I don't know WHERE Michael Landon Jr. (or whoever the actual writer is) got the plot for this movie; as someone who has read (and loved) the original book, the ONLY thing they had right from beginning to end was that Missy's father came to visit. The reason for the trip (according to the book) was AS A BIRTHDAY PRESENT FOR MISSY'S STEPMOTHER MARTY, and therefore it was WRONG to leave her totally out! There was NO baby named Cathy (there WAS a character named Cathy in Love's Long Journey but she was a grown woman), and no adopted son, just 2 little boys named Nathan and Josiah (NOT Matthew). Why the devil didn't they keep the main storyline of Clark losing his leg after rescuing 2 boys (1 dead) from a collapsed abandoned mine - maybe have adopted-grandson Jeff could have been the boy who died, since he didn't exist in the book anyway, so they could get back to the correct plots in the next movie!

Every one of these Janette Oke movies is worse than the last. I sincerely hope Mr. Landon does NOT plan to continue the series, unless he decides to return to plots that are actually in the book.


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