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Rachel (Springwater Seasons) Mass Market Paperback – January 1, 1999

4.1 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews
Book 2 of 7 in the Springwater Series

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Springwater, a small settlement in Montana Territory, sets the stage for a historical series that will please readers seeking tenderness rather than raging passion. This installment focuses on Rachel English, who is coming from the East to serve as the town's schoolmarm. When the stagecoach runs into trouble, Trey Hargreaves comes to the rescue, never dreaming that the saucy lady who was more concerned about the safety of her precious books than anything else, would soon become very important to him. As the schoolmarm and the saloon keeper try to put aside their philosophical differences and get down to some sparkin', readers are given a dose of old time romance - 1800s style. Add some wholesome supporting characters, traditional small-town events and a little help from fate, and everyone in Springwater can sit back and watch the courtship. While Ms. Miller is certainly a good writer, she did a much better job making the pages sizzle in her other books. This wasn't a poorly written romance, just a bit boring. She is much more suited to those bodice rippers! Amy Wilson -- Copyright © 030199 Literary Times, Inc. All rights reserved -- From Literary Times
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Product Details

  • Series: Springwater Seasons
  • Mass Market Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket (January 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671026844
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671026844
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #865,288 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Linda Lael Miller NEVER disapoints! By the end of the second page you really like and know her characters, and you care what happens to them..Every book I have read is well worth second and third readings. (or more!) I like the series ones because you can stay 'in touch' with old friends.
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I had anticipated this book to be a bit of a challenge for me. I don’t often find myself captivated by anything remotely related to older western-style things, and it was plain to see that this book was of that nature. Surprisingly, I was immediately sucked right into the storyline! Only a few hours over the course of two days had me finished with this book and hoping to eventually get my hands on some more of Ms. Miller’s novels.
The novel begins with the main character, Rachel, moving out west to a small town in order to set up a school for the local children. She encounters many obstacles while attempting this task, mainly with the town’s lack of funding as well as some set-in-their-ways older folks who believe that schooling is simply a waste of time. Ultimately, Rachel accomplishes her goal, helping out each of the local children in one way or another and falling in love along the way.
A typical romance, yes, but a heartwarming story and a very quick read!
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This book puts you right in the middle of this busy little town. You feel as if you are there on the dirt streets. Once again Ms. Miller makes you feel as if you are a part of the story. I read this book and went out and got the next 3 the same day. Springwater is a town I would love to be a part of. Can't wait for the rest of them.
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By A Customer on February 12, 1999
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After reading Springwater, I eagerly anticipated Rachel. I was very disappointed. This second book in the series lacked the poignancy and depth of the first. Of course, there were great moments of laughter and warmth as Miller's books always provide. However, the romance between Trey and Rachel seemed flat and almost forced. It definitely did not carry on the tradition established in Springwater. A disappointment, overall.
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By A Customer on September 1, 2000
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I read the Springwater series and found it a bit shallow. The books are short and very easy to read, though. I find myself wanting more depth and character growth. The relationships were a bit sudden and flaky to me. My favorite characters were probably Jacob and June-Bug. If you want to read an exciting series try Debbie Maccomber's Promise, Texas series.
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"Rachel" is another of Linda Lael Miller's great book. The heroine, also named after the book, is a woman who travels to Springwater to teach. Rachel also comes at the request of her friend, Evangeline, whose story began in the book, "Springwater."
The characters in this book are people in the Springwater series. Ms. Miller has brought all the characters magically to life from the pages of the book. The readers can almost smell Miss June Bug's cooking and see her husband, Jacob McCaffrey shuffling his way to the barn. These are just a few of the other characters in the book. I will not mention all of them.
Rachel meets Trey Hargreaves, a widower, who has a young daughter, Emma, to raise. The attraction between Rachel and Trey began on their first meeting, although both do not admit it.
Rachel has her hands full with teaching the children, especially the unruly boys, some whose parents feel they do not need any schooling. However, that is what Rachel came to Springwater to do teach -- and teach she will.
Trey, who is part owner of the town's saloon, is a little shy about "courting" Rachel. Also, Rachel is not too fond of the saloon being in operation. However, when Trey realizes he has competition for Rachel's affection in the form of another widower, Landry Kildare (you will meet him again in Ms. Miller's book, "Miranda"), Trey set to work to win Rachel's love and hand in marriage.
Rachel and Trey eventually overcome everything and let love find its way into their heart and into their lives.
"Rachel" is the #2 book in the Springwater series, but "Rachel" is rated #1.
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By A Customer on February 21, 1999
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I loved this book. I thought the characters were truly unique. You were rooting for them the whole time. Ms. Miller is a gifted writer who captures the true romance of the old west.
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At one time, Trey worked as a gun for hire, but now he is a model citizen. He owns Springwater's saloon, which provides a comfortable living for Trey and his daughter.
The new school teacher thinks Trey might be a good father, but is clearly not an arbiter of moral behavior when he contributes to the drinking and gambling of the townsfolk and visitors. Over time, Rachel observes a sensitive side to Trey that enables her to become attracted to him. Trey has desired Rachel from the first time he saw her face, but feels that his past makes him inappropriate to pursue the woman of his dreams.
SPRINGWATER SEASONS: RACHEL is a short but entertaining work that typifies the novels that have made Linda Lael Miller a household name. The author fills her novel with wit, sensitivity, and historical accuracy. The children constantly upstage their elders and, in the process, add warmth to the tale. Over the next three months, there will be three more Springwater books and if this story is an indication of the others, sub-genre fans have a New Year's treat to look forward to reading.

Harriet Klausner
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