Item description for Forevermore (Only in Gooding! Series #2) by Cathy Marie Hake & Brooke Sanford Heldman...
Overview Like a dandelion in the wind, Hope Ladley blows from one farm to the next, helping cook for the field hands during the harvest. Illiterate and often twisting cliches and Bible verses into mind-boggling observations, Hope leaves widower Jakob Stauffer baffled by her unconventional ways. But her sunny disposition and unstinting love make changes of a different kind around the place. His little daughter and the pregnant sister he's shielding from an abusive husband adore Hope, and things are getting accomplished even if Hope's methods are unique. Then Jakob's brother-in-law shows up and threatens the newfound peace and happiness of the farm. With Jakob's future uncertain and his heart tangled, can the farmer convince Hope to take root and remain as his wife?
Publishers Description There's no one quite like Hope Ladley. A veritable dandelion in the wind, she blows from one farm to the next, roaming the Texas countryside as an itinerant cook. When she rides her mule, Hattie, onto the Stauffer farm, Hope knows this is the place the Lord wants her to be. Jakob Stauffer, though grateful for a cook to assist his pregnant sister and young daughter through harvest, is baffled by Hope's unconventional methods as she gets things done around the farm. Yet he can't deny the way her sunny disposition and unstinting love make changes of a different kind...even within his own heart. When harvest is over, will Hope return to her wandering ways or embrace the dream of forevermore?
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Studio: Oasis Audio
Running Time: 360.00 minutes
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 5.75" Width: 6.51" Height: 0.68" Weight: 0.38 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 2008
Publisher OASIS AUDIO #514
Series Only in Gooding!
ISBN 1598593188 ISBN13 9781598593181
Availability 0 units.
More About Cathy Marie Hake & Brooke Sanford Heldman
Cathy Marie Hake is the author of over twenty novels, though past endeavors have included making Bible covers and cutting out convertible car tops! She is also a licensed nurse who worked for many years in an Oncology Unit before shifting her focus to perinatal care. She and her husband live in Anaheim, California.
Cathy Marie Hake currently resides in the state of California.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Forevermore (Only in Gooding! Series #2)?
Surprisingly Good! Nov 9, 2008
"Forevermore" was a wonderful story that really surprised me by how much I like it. I had read Hake's first book, "Letter Perfect" Letter Perfect (California Historical Series #1) and it was a wonderful book, but I wasn't expecting this one to be just as good. The characters are believeable and there is a lot that you can take out of this book and learn from. Hope, the female lead character is a funny girl who goes from farm to farm lending a hand wherever she can. But when she comes to Jakob's farm and finds that there is more to do than ever before she most decide how long she will stay!
Entertaining...but not as a romance Aug 6, 2008
I picked up this book after I read Fancy Pants and really enjoyed it. This is the second book from this author I've read. I know I shouldn't compare books, but I didn't like this one quite as much as Fancy Pants.
It does mention characters we met in the previous book which was nice. I was happy to see what had become of Syd and Tim.
I really liked the character of Jakob in this novel. I think he made a great leading man. I enjoyed the storyline with Annie and her abusive husband, it gave the novel a little edge which I enjoy.
I think the weakest part of the book for me was thinking of Hope as a romantic lead. I found Hope funny and endearing. She reminded me right away of Amelia Bedelia, a character from children's books who is always mixing up what people say.
Unfortunately for me, once I got the image of Hope as Amelia Bedelia in my head, it made it hard for me to see her as a romantic lead. She is a zaney woman who fits a hat onto her mule and mixes up common sayings. The chemistry between her and Jakob just wasn't there for me. I couldn't see the two of them matched up very well.
I found this book to be entertaining, and certainly not a waste of time. The christian message was heartwarming. But as a romance, I found this book was slightly off it's mark.
Excellent book May 25, 2008
I enjoy Cathy Marie Hake books. This is a really good book with a few twists.
Hake's story is inspiring Apr 14, 2008
Hope Ladley never stays in one place too long. Hope and her donkey, Hattie, flit from one place to the next as the Lord directs her, and for this harvest season, God seems to be directing her to Jakob Stauffer's farm. The aloof and grieving farmer has a young daughter and a timid, hurting and pregnant sister. Can Hope live up to her name and bring healing and happiness to the family through her faith in God?
Jakob Stauffer has enough things to worry about. He has to raise his daughter alone, now that his precious wife is gone. His sister Annie is back home trying to get away from an abusive husband. And his home has been in chaos since his wife died. He hires Hope to relieve his sister during her pregnancy and to bring some semblance of order to their lives. But since hiring Hope, the chaos in his home has seems to have increased. She launders only few articles of clothing, cans only few jars of pickle and only does things half way. Did he do the right thing in hiring her?
Forevermore is a great story of hope and faith triumphing over sorrow and evil. Even though it delves into serious topics such as abuse and grief, it is also a hilarious book. I laughed page after page as I followed Hope's antics. The greatest laughs came from the way Hope, who cannot read or write, butchered many common clichés.
Throughout the book Hope is portrayed as sunny, thoughtful and full of life, a person who always sees the glass as half full. However, Hake also portrays her as a person who occasionally battles fear and confusion, making her very real and somebody who readers can identify with. Annie's recovery from abuse is often depicted as one step forward and two steps backwards, something that is extremely reasonable.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking for an entertaining and uplifting story. Hake, an author I have never read before, is now on my "Favorite Author" list. I am eagerly looking forward to her other books.
Armchair Interviews says: Hake is an award-winning romance writer who inspires her readers.
great read Apr 7, 2008
Firstly let me just say that this is my favourite Hake novel. Unfortunately I have not yet read Fancy Pants and little did I realise that Forevermore is almost like a sequel - only in that it uses characters from the other book. That is perhaps the thing I found most annoying. They kept refering to events that happens in Fancy Pants and of course I knew nothing about it. I do wish the publisher and author would maybe think about numbering their books and just making them part of a series or something: it would help be less confusing. Otherwise, I thought that this book was better than her first two. The story did not seem to drag and I enjoyed the dialogue and events that happened. I recommend reading this book if you are interested in historical romance. However I also commend it because Hake wrote in such a way that you are not bombarded by sentimental ramblings or uncomfortably romantic scenes. I think perhaps that is one of the main reasons why I recommend this book. It's something I could give both my grandmother and a teenager and not feel embarrassed.