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Rachel (Springwater Seasons) Mass Market Paperback – January 1, 1999
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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!
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.
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.
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Loved this book and the series. The series LMiller writing takes you there. I love her books.Published 5 months ago by cara mar
It is just a little book that is short, sweet & a fast read. I had a quiet evening & it was perfect for just that opportunity.Published on April 25, 2012 by lololsn
Great story in the sequence of the three women in the series. In the condition I expected. ThanksPublished on June 13, 2011 by Eadie Hampson
This book can be summed up fairly quickly as within the first 3 chapters you learn that the hero, Trey Hargreaves, was once married to a Sioux woman, who was killed by some gunmen. Read morePublished on September 30, 2009 by CORTEGA
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