Item description for Valley of Promises (The Matanuska Series #1) by Bonnie Leon...
Overview Brought to their knees by the Great Drought of the 1930s, Will Hasper and his family join a federal government project starting a colony of transplanted farmers in the Matanuska Valley of Alaska. Laurel, Will's daughter, finds herself torn between two men vying for her love: Adam, a reporter writing a story on the colony's, experiences, and Robert, a colonist who can offer Laurel the stability she needs.
Publishers Description Brought to their knees by the Great Drought of the 1930s, Will Hasper and his family give up their farm in Wisconsin to join a federal government project starting a colony of transplanted farmers in the Matanuska Valley of Alaska. However, the colonists meet resistance from earlier homesteaders in the Valley and their leader, Ray Townsend. Laurel, Will's daughter, who put aside her own desires and dreams to follow her family to Alaska, finds herself torn between two men vying for her love--Adam, a reporter writing a story on the colony's experiences, and Robert, a colonist who can offer Laurel the stability she needs. For the colony to survive, they must all learn to trust God's promises.
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Studio: B&H Fiction
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.28" Width: 5.3" Height: 0.81" Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Release Date Jul 1, 2001
Publisher B&H Publishing Group
Series Number 1
ISBN 080542153X ISBN13 9780805421538
Availability 0 units.
More About Bonnie Leon
Bonnie Leon is the bestselling author of more than ten historical fiction novels, including Touching the Clouds. She stays busy teaching women's Bible studies and speaking at writing seminars and conventions. She and her husband, Greg, live in Oregon.
Bonnie Leon currently resides in Glide, in the state of Oregon.
Reviews - What do customers think about Valley of Promises (The Matanuska Series #1)?
I enjoyed this book Jan 30, 2007
It's been a few years since I have read this book. I probably enjoyed it more because I live in Palmer. We celebrate colony day once a year with a parade here & there is a colony museum. It is nice to learn more. Ruth is correct, People do not fish off the matanuska river & you would never ice skate or swim in the river.
A fascinating read May 19, 2006
I throughly enjoyed this book (and the other two in the series). I know very little about people's lives in the 1930's beyond what's taught in school. The author's information about how the family traveled to Alaska, and the conditions they faced once they arrived were informative and interesting. The characters came to life for me. I was sorry when the story ended. I've visited the part of Alaska she wrote about, and could picture the events and settings.
Little known history May 16, 2006
This book fascinated me because I knew very little about this Depression Era program to help farmers by relocating them to another place. Ms. Leon makes history coem alive as she describes the geographical and historical background for this romantic tale of overcoming hardship.
She means FICTION! Apr 22, 2006
Usually when a person writes historical fiction, she does some homework, but this cute story has nothing to do with the physical scene in the Matanuska Valley nor the actual people or attitudes of the people who settled the area. I know this because I was born and raised in Palmer. My mother was one of the "settlers" and my friend's parents were the Colonists.
There was no wish to keep the Colonists out. (There were some frustrations that the Colony would not allow non-Colonists to purchase goods or rent machinery from the Co-op Store.)
Ms Leon did not seem to understand that Anchorage was not a place that you could easily get to from the Valley. Train tickets were expensive and there was no other way to get there except by small plane, which was more expensive. Fish do not go up the Matanuska River, which cannot be used for swimming or ice skating.
The mistakes are too numerous to count. It is obvious that this book was created in her mind without any checking of facts. It would have been a book of light entertainment if she had been honest enough to make up the name of the setting like she made up the tensions, the scenery and the lifestyle.
A Woman's Perogative Aug 22, 2001
Laurel Hasper has made up her mind what she wants to do with her life and who she doesn't want to do it with. But God has a way of revealing his plans for her life. Will Laurel leave Alaska to go to college and then build a career? Or will she stay and marry? And if she marries, will it be Robert? Or Adam? I liked this book, not only for the unfolding of romance, but also for the insight about the people who settled Matanuska Valley and the perils they had to overcome, including Ray Townsend who doesn't want anyone moving into his valley who doesn't suffer as much as he did when he first came. This story is a must read.