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"A story of human friendship and triumph over diversity, First Dawn proved a most satisfying read.... Be sure to add this one to your library. You will want to read it again."

"As I read First Dawn, I was warped back in time to 1877 Kansas. Ms. Miller captured the dialect, culture, sights, smells, and sounds of the time period expertly. The plot rolled smoothly and characters became real. This is the first book by Judith Miller I have read, and definitely not my last."

"Juaith Miller has done a masterful job of capturing the mood, dialogue, and setting of this period of history on the plainns of Kansas. The rich characterizations and moving dialogue combine with a fascinating story of changed lives with a constant reliance on faith and trust in God. This combination provides the reader with a remarkable reading experience and something highly recommended."

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Judith Miller is an award-winning author whose avid research and love for history are reflected in her bestselling novels. When time permits, Judy enjoys traveling, visiting historical settings, and scrapbooking the photographs from her travel expeditions. She makes her home in Topeka, Kansas.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers; Reprinted edition (April 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764202766
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764202766
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 1 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (434 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #626,255 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
I love historical novels and was interested in this fresh setting and situation. But early on I had reservations. For one thing I couldn't envision how it would be possible for Charlotte, A high class English Lady to be able to have a dalliance with a man who visits her parents home. With servants and her parents about, how on earth did she find an opportunity for physical intimacy in the drawing room? The characters are well drawn and the research is wonderful with all the information about Pullman. But as one other reviewer alluded, the ending was a shock-- not because of a dramatic shift but because this isn't a complete novel but more like an ongoing soap opera where there is no ending. As long as you don't mind reading an episode or else waiting for the entire series to be published so you can find out what happens, this is a great story. On the cover it says Postcards from PUllman 1. But nothing hints that it isn't a stand alone story.
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This is not a complete novel and I wish I had known before I read the book. I wanted to know what would happen so I bought the second part and still the storry was unresolved. I decided not to buy the 3rd book because I feel this is a gimmick to make people buy 1 book for the price of three.
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For 75% of In the Company of Secrets, I really liked the story, the characters, and the historical charm of the era and Pullman, Illinois. Olivia is a strong heroine, with likeable and relatable qualities. She is a Christian but is struggling with what she truly believes. She always has quite a problem with honesty. In the beginning, Olivia and Lady Charlotte/Mrs. Hornsby concoct a story of lies to cover their backgrounds and the true identity of Mrs. Hornsby. They travelled together from Lanshire Hall in London. Olivia is hoping to get a position as assistant chef in a local hotel. "Mrs. Hornsby" is in search of a jilted lover.

My big complaint is the ending. Nothing is resolved, at all. It just ends. I should have had an inkling that this would be the case, since all throughout the book any impediment or plot twist was wrapped up too easily and abruptly.

I'm curious to read the second in the series, at least to find out how things were wrapped up but I don't think I'll be running out to buy it. Overall a bland and predictable story, and a disappointment.
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I love historical novels, but never before have I spent hour upon hour reading a book only to find that there was no ending and after just reading the reviews discovered it was just a way of selling 1 book three or more times. I've read books done in volumes before but each had it's own appropriate ending. This one doesn't and instead leaves you hanging onto thin air. Don't waste your time on this one.
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The overall story was good but the book ended quite abruptly. There was no resolution of the circumstances and the characters were just left in the middle of a delimma. It forced you to the purchase the second book in the series to find out how things were going to be resolved. However, the second book in the series did the same thing...I won't be purchasing the third.
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I am sorry. Reading this book was so uncomfortable, it was like watching the cringeworthy parts of " I love Lucy" one after another,only without any humor,or any positive resolve. I found nothing appealing about the main characters, and found myself skipping through to find some resolution. After returning to reviews and being reminded that this book resolves nothing,even in the end, I officially give up. Free or not, not worth the time.
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For the most part I enjoyed this book. The storyline kept my interest. That being said, I felt that the ending was without resolution. Is this the beginning of a series? If so, I can perhaps understand the abrupt ending, but if not then I have to say the book was a disappointment.
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Format: Paperback
In the 1880s in London, Olivia Mott works in the exclusive Spencer home, but when she rejects the sexual assaults of highly regarded Chef Mallard, she finds herself in jeopardy of losing her position. However, she gets lucky when pregnant single Lady Charlotte Spencer decides to go to America to find the father of her unborn child; she wants Olivia along as her companion.

They reach factory town Pullman, Illinois where the prime factory is and those who work for the company of the same name live. Under Charlotte's direction, Olivia hides her past and obtains work as an assistant chef at the Florence. One lie leads to another and soon Olivia feels engulfed in the well meaning Charlotte's web of deceit as she falls in love with sincere town manager Samuel Howard.

This is an interesting historical tale that brings to life a company town through the deep support cast and the reactions of the two female English newcomers to Pullman. Olivia is a delightful protagonist who detests the mendacious background that necessity being the mother of invention has forced her and Charlotte to create. Readers will appreciate this Postcards from Pullman tale as Judith Miller vividly brings to life late nineteenth century Americana.

Harriet Klausner
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