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Daughter of Joy (Brides of Culdee Creek, Book 1) Paperback – Bargain Price, August 1, 1999

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In this spectacular new series, Morgan, an acclaimed writer of historical and futuristic romances, turns her deft pen to the Christian market to reflect a personal change. Abigail Stanton, who recently lost her husband and child, moves to Culdee Creek to become a housekeeper for Conor MacKay, a man whose previous housekeepers warmed more than dinner. Abby makes it clear that she won't tolerate any disreputable advances on his part, but she feels God led her to this ranch and this family for a purpose. As she grows to love Conor and his daughter, her faith inspires Conor to believe that there might just be something to this idea of religion. This wonderful start is for all collections.
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Daughter of Joy is a beautiful story of redemptive love. Abby's walk of faith, sometimes followed by sheer force of will alone, resonated in my heart. And Conor's painful journey back to the safe harbor of a loving and forgiving God brought me to tears. Thank you, Ms. Morgan, for such a memorable read. -- Robin Lee Hatcher, author of The Forgiving Hour

A marvelous storyteller -- Romantic Times

A very talented, innovative author -- Affaire de Coeur

A wonderfully gifted author -- Anastasia Gazette

Kathleen Morgan brings history to life, peopling it with vivid characters and weaving it through with classic romance -- Linda Lang Bartell, author

Kathleen Morgan is a phenomenal writer! -- The Talisman

Kathleen Morgans introduction in Christian romance is awesome. Daughter of Joy is a beautifully written, poignant love story that will remain with the reader long after the book is closed. Bravo, Kathleen! -- Lori Copeland, author of Faith and June
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Revell; Later Printing edition (August 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800757181
  • ASIN: B002U0KQV6
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,311 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,559,441 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is book is excellent. The characters are complex and believable. The basic storyline may have been spun hundreds of times but this by far outshines all the ones I've read, and I've read a lot. When you get to a book like this you realize this is "Fine dining"! Ms Morgan obviously incorporated and instilled her own suffering into a beautiful book.
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DAUGHTER OF JOY is a beautiful story of redemptive love. Abby's walk of faith, sometimes followed by sheer force of will alone, resonated in my heart. And Conor's painful journey back to the safe harbor of a loving and forgiving God brought me to tears. Thank you, Ms. Morgan, for such a memorable read.
--Robin Lee Hatcher, author of THE FORGIVING HOUR and WHISPERS FROM YESTERDAY
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I haven't read any of Kathleen Morgan's previous books, but she has brought inspirational fiction a gift. The reference to intimacy (physical, emotional and spiritual) is realistic and powerful, although not graphic. Imagination has it's own rewards. The story line is great! The characters seem alive! Keep writing inspirational fiction, Kathleen!
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I enjoy reading Christian fiction, but this story doesn't read like Christian fiction, it reads like a sermon. Instead of the religion being a part of the character development and the plotting, the author seems to be hell bent, pardon the pun, on beating the reader over the head with heavy-handed sermonizing that drags down the story and makes it hard to wade through. Her ideas about Christianity are more suited to folks who would be shocked by all the fighting of urges that goes on in this book. Her conclusions and statements at times were insulting. It was the fault of the woman, who was told by her doctor she could die if she got pregnant, that her husband turned to a prostitute? Because she asks him to abstain from sex that could lead to a pregnancy that could kill her? The writer has her conclude it was her fault he strays. The heroine even asks her why she can't take female preventatives and the woman blames her Catholicism. Really? What female preventatives were available in the early to mid 1800's? I finished this from sheer stubbornness, but it wasn't an enjoyable book.

The book had the most laughable collection of plot elements I've ever seen. It was almost as if the writer wrote a list of all the possible elements of a prairie Christian fiction story and tried desperately to work them all in.
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I was thoroughly disappointed by this book! Yes, it is religious if by that you mean the author talks about going to church and talks generally about God. But the morals are totally unbiblical! The main character falls in love with a proclaimed atheist who visits the whorehouse. All through the book you hear her Christian friend encouraging her to marry the guy. The message I got out of the book is this: if it's love it can't be wrong!
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I usually love Christian fiction but I honestly cannot reccommend this as a good example of Christian fiction. Throughout the story, the main character is constantly battling her growing attraction for the man she works for who wants nothing to do with God. The HUGE irony is that she's not battling her attraction because he's not a believer; she's battling her growing love for him because she's never been able to discover her own "identity, self-worth, blah blah." Let me say that my identity is found in Christ...in Him we live and move and have our being!! I can understand we all struggle against sin but the heart of the issue is she shouldn't have chosen to embark on a relationship with an unsaved man. I've grown up in church and I cannot tell you how many times youth leaders warned us not to date non-Christians because the Bible warns so strongly against it! If you don't have the gospel to bind your marriage together, you have nothing. Not to mention the other woman in the story with her aduluterous husband and how it's her fault for not being able to sexually satisfy him because she refuses to use birth control...he isn't held accountable at all for visiting a brothel to get his needs met and she is legalistic and foolish for not considering the use of birth control when her doctor warned her not to get pregnant again. This book is most definitely not the God-glorifying Christian fiction I so appreciate reading from authors like Francine Rivers and I can't reccommend it.
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I've been a fan of Ms. Morgan's for many years. I loved all her futuristic and fantasy novels. It was a wonderful surprise to find out that she wrote Christian romance novels too and I didn't hesitate in buying this book.
I've never been more pleased. She writes with her heart and I believe its because she's been through the grief and is narrating from experience. I cried along with the heroine and cheered with her when she finally overcame her sorrow. I'd give this book to someone who has lost a loved one and is in need of inspiration and God's love.
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