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For Such a Time as This: A Women of Hope Novel Paperback – August 14, 2012
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"I loved this story. A sweet historical romance about a woman determined to help her family. Ginny Aiken is a fabulous writer who creates characters and a setting that come alive and transport you to another time and place. The suspense writer in me loved the thread of mystery she skillfully wove into the plot. This book should come with a warning: Before you start to read, make sure you don't have anything else to do for the next several hours because you WON'T want to put this book down. Eagerly awaiting the sequel!"―Lynette Eason
"[Ginny] Aiken in FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS has created a well-crafted story with humor and characters you will care what happens to them."―Margaret Daley, author of Saving Hope in the Men of the Texas Rangers Series
"FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS is the kind of book I love to read. A marriage of convenience where the reason doesn't feel contrived. Strong characters. An interesting plot that kept me turning pages. A touch of mystery. A lot of romance. A strong biblical theme skillfully woven into the story. I want to read more books by this author."―Lena Nelson Dooley author of Maggie's Journey, Mary's Blessing, and the Will Rogers Medallion Award winner, Love Finds You in Golden, New Mexico
"The Biblical story of Queen Esther meets the West in an engaging historical romance. A hurting hero you'll root for. A steadfast heroine with a big heart who will steal yours. A poignant story of overcoming past betrayals through faith, forgiveness, and finding true love."―Vickie McDonough award-winning author of the Pioneer Promises series and co-author of the Texas Trails series
"Once again Ginny Aiken writes with both humor and deep emotional angst. FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS made me laugh, made me cry and made me want to keep reading until the very end. Olivia Moore is the reluctant Mary Poppins of Bountiful, Oregon and Eli Whitman is so adorable as the stoic widower/banker that I fell for him the first time he stepped onto the page. Another great book by one of my favorite writers. What a treat!"
―Lenora Worth author of Sweetheart Reunion
"Travel to the town of Bountiful with Christian author Ginny Aiken, where romance, intrigue and even a few childish pranks converge. FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS offers readers all of the elements they love in one beautifully-written Esther-themed tale. Highly recommended!"―Janice Hanna Thompson, author of Love Finds You in Daisy, Oklahoma
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The characters in For Such a Time as This were fun to get to know, though sometimes I felt their reactions or behavior was a bit unbelievable or exaggerated. I liked Olivia's spunk, daring nature. And watching the attraction grow between Olivia and Eli was sweet--especially as they kept trying to deny it even to themselves. Reading about their nightly chats after the children were tucked in bed was a really sweet bonding time, in my opinion. Those were my favorite scenes!
There was a (very) tiny bit of suspense/adventure. It was a nice surprise to see these scenes pop up, as I wasn't expecting it. The final action scene, especially with Olivia's `heroic' actions to save her husband, seemed a little unrealistic, but that's just me.
All in all, For Such a Time as This was a good one-time read. I would've liked to see more of a realistic resemblance between the book and the story of Esther, but that's just personal preference. I am sure fans of Ginny Aiken's writing will enjoy this new historical fiction by her!
I reviewed this book for Faith Words. Thanks to Sarah Reck for sending me my copy. It was not required that I give a positive review, but solely to express my own thoughts and opinions of this book, which I have done.
How could God force Livvy to make such a decision? Should the needs of dozens of others require such a personal sacrifice? Was it as the lamb on the sacrificial alter, or manna in the midst of arid Bountiful, Oregon? If Livvy thought she'd been tested in the fires before the special church service, how could she even imagine the confrontations ahead? Blessings or curses?
Economic turns in any decade can be both a boon and bust. And so it goes with Livvy's family. Just as readers get comfy with the late 1870s pace of life, the story explodes into all manner of mystery and adventure---gosh, even romance. I did find it more a story of pioneer business/life in small towns of the 19th century, than a full-fledged romance. But ladies will like the romantic thread stitched throughout, like a tatting around a bigger story.
Livvy and Banker Eli seem to share this book's protagonist position but at times get a bit off-keltered into more of an antagonist role. Disposition wavering seems to be a factor in the plot as well as the personalities of this book's leading characters. Perhaps we all trend that way in this 21st century, why not in the 19th? At least in the storybook end of "FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS" it all comes up Merry Christmas (a far cry from `Season's Compliments').
Not promoted as a Christmas book, but it could be. And Christmas book lovers will enjoy it. And it would make a good gift book for Christian Christmas celebrants.
Her first book in the THE WOMEN OF HOPE series, For Such a Time as This, was released Tuesday. In her books in this series, Ginny takes a story from the Bible and set it in more modern times. For Such a Time as This takes place in Oregon in the year 1879. My favorite books by Ginny have always been the short, humorous ones. so I approached this novel with some misgiving which turned out to be misplaced. This longer and deeply touching novel fascinated me and it also had Ginny's trademark humor sprinkled throughout.
The setting of the small town is beautifully described with historical details that made me feel as if I, too, were in Bountiful, experiencing the struggle of the farmers against drought and insects. The characters are artfully and clearly drawn. I loved Olivia's rambunctious family and the children she cares for as well. Elijah and Olivia come across as strong but flawed, often stubborn but loving people. They grow, both as people and together as husband and wife although they can't admit that-until the twist that tests them but not Olivia's faith.
I look forward to the next novels in this series.
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This was such a GREAT book! I've been disappointed in some of Ginny Aiken's books, but this one was very well written, engaged me with very... Read more
We are reminded life us not perfect and there will always be hard times but God always has a plan. This is more than a love story it stirred a new passion for the Lord in me and... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Shannon Daniels
That is inspiring to read how a young lady trusts God to guide her as she strives to help her parents through a rough time and finds love along the way.Published 19 months ago by Nanasews
Wonderful read. I read the second in the series first and loved it as well. ive just ordered the third. i 'm a fan for sure of Ms Aiken's historical fiction. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Hardt2
I liked this book very much. I have never read a book by this author and I will be looking for more books by her. Nice love story and a little suspense. Read morePublished on July 3, 2014 by Amazon Customer