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Amelia by [Gracie, G.L.]
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About the Author

G.L. Gracie has been writing since she was thirteen years old, creating short stories, plays and poetry. Now she is developing novels. She is the mother of three and lives in southwestern lower Michigan. She likes to build her characters around the simple things of life, those things that form us and make us what we are.

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  • File Size: 5208 KB
  • Print Length: 150 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: April 13, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00JNZ8YIS
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #599,162 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Really? This book gets three stars because the author is a pretty good story teller. I have to give her that.

This is the most unrealistic, unbelievable book that I have ever read, I think. I liked all the characters. Really nice people. However, I could not begin to figure how a young girl with her infant baby could manage the trip across the Oregon Trail, caring for her animals, her wagon, her belongings, and her friends' illnesses and have everything go so well for her. She planted, hoed, laid fences, helped build her house ( with help, I acknowledge) baked, cooked, cleaned, hostessed the neighbors and friends, counseled, cared for her child, milked the cow, etc. etc. etc.

Two men cared for her, but that conveniently solved when one of them took himself our of the running, and simply left her life. Even the helper that was fleeing his own ghosts (he had killed a man) just happened to be in the right place at the right time, to find out that he was not a murderer. Everyone seemed to have a pretty charmed life.

One might get the idea that our forefathers....and "foremothers" just hopped a wagon train to a nicer, happier life with little hardship. There were some hard moments, but except for a couple of characters, it was a happy ending for all. Really? I doubt it. Never have I read a book with more lovely and polite folks.

After all this, I confess that I finished the book, and can recommend it to anyone who likes stories where there is little tension, and lots of happy endings.
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(spoiler) I love books about the pioneers going west and most of the book seemed in line with all I have ever read. However, the main character was unrealistic. A young woman with a nursing baby living alone in a covered wagon and chopping wood to build fences and chicken coops etc etc as well as cooking and washing etc. What was described would have been hard for a man to do let alone a woman and a woman who was trying to keep up her strength for nursing a baby . . and what about keeping up with a baby. Where was the baby when she and the friend went rolling down the hill? Where was he when she chopped wood until noon to build the fences. On her back? She sprained her ankle and was unconscious? Sorry, I just found it all to be a bit 'far fetched' since I have raised children and doubt she could have done all of that with a baby. Just the woman's work back then would have worked her from sun to sun but she was doing that and the man's work. I am only half way through the book but will finish it. Other than that, i do like the book.
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By C. Garcia on September 29, 2014
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Let me just say -- I do NOT read sappy love stories. Had I thought about it a bit, I would never have downloaded this book. Oh man, am I glad I didn't think about it! I absolutely fell in love with this book! It reminded me so much of the Little House series that I adored as a young girl! It was so nice to be transported back by a book that was free of cursing, sex, and gore -- a welcome change! I can't say enough about this book!
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By angelpeaches on October 31, 2014
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Amelia is a story you won't soon forget. Set in the pioneer days along the Oregon Trail, heading out West, Amelia shows determination, courage, and independence in an era when women were known basically for staying home and raising a family; let alone move across the country with a young child in tow, and made a home for herself, and got the happy ending for a young widow. Once you start reading this story, you won't want to put it down until you finish.
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First of all I am not much of a book reader. I would much rather watch a good movie. Certainly not a reader of western books. But this book was given to me as a birthday gift. So in the interest of our friendship I felt I had to read the book. First I fell in love with the cover. It showed the sadness Amelia must have felt as she started on her journey to the West. Leaving her home and family behind. Yet the excitement of building a new life and all the promise of her new home. The book itself was very believable, as were the characters. My favorite characters were Mark and Amelia herself. I liked the moral character they both had. There love was was tested and tried and they had more than a sexual love. Something we could and can learn from today. Yes this book gets five stars from me and I who is not a lover of reading books will look forward to the next one Gracie!
Eileen Wiggins
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It's been a long time since I've read a book this bad! I debated as to whether I should post a review, but discerning readers should have a fair warning. The plot, if you can call it that, is uneven, and the author undereducated. The book has not been edited and has errors on almost every page. It's unbelievably boring, not to mention Pollyanna-ish. The writer has evidently never read her history, and her English usage is appalling. Most juniors in high school could have done at least as well as this. She writes of a "super person" (yes, this is the 1800's), refers to quilts as comforters, but the quote that really floored me was: "honey attracts bees". Sheer perspicacity kept me reading, hoping against hope that somehow the book would redeem itself, if only a little. It never did.
If you are looking to read a well-written 1800's themed Western, try "Land of My Heart" by Tracie Peterson. Possibly Ms. Gracie herself might even gain some understanding of what makes a good novel if she were to read it.
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