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Chasing Charity (Texas Fortunes V2) [Paperback]

By Marcia Gruver (Author)
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Charity Bloom is left stranded at the altar after her best friend takes off with her fiance. How will she ever show her face in town again? After a tall, handsome stranger, Buddy Pierce discovers oil on the Bloom property, he realizes the real treasure may be above ground-in the form of Charity Bloom. Can he strike it rich in Charity? When her ex-fiance decides he wants her back, whom will Charity choose the handsome roughneck or the deceitful rogue?

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Fuel your love of romance in this mesmerizing sequel to Marcia Gruver's Diamond Duo. In this second book of the Texas Fortunes series, Charity Bloom is left stranded at the altar after her best friend takes off with her fiance. How will she ever show her face in town again? After Buddy Pierce discovers oil on the Bloom property, he realizes the real treasure may be above ground-in the form of Charity Bloom. Can he strike it rich in Charity? When her ex-fiance decides he wants her back, whom will Charity choose the handsome roughneck or the deceitful rogue?

Charity Bloom's heart is torn between two men-a handsome roughneck and a deceitful rogue. Who will win her treasured heart?

Chasing Charity is a story of love as "Charity-from-the Bible" will touch your heart and stir your thoughts. It's a story of sacrifice and forgiveness and we're reminded that none of us deserves forgiveness. Charity and Buddy will remind you that God will if you ask. Marcia Gruver's second story has taken the next step in the series. The characters have depth and Ms Gruver keeps them human. There is just enough detail to the story that allows this book to stand alone. I recommend reading Diamond Duo (the first book in the series) first to give you some background. Will Emmy be our next heroine to come into a "Texas Fortune"?

Charity Bloom is left stranded at the altar after her best friend takes off with her fiance. How will she ever recover? After discovering oil on the Bloom's property, Buddy Pierce finds an even more priceless treasure lies in Charity. But when her ex-fiance wants her back, Buddy really begins to speculate. Whom will Charity choose?

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Barbour Publishing, Inc
Pages   288
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.8" Width: 5.1" Height: 0.9"
Weight:   0.55 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 2009
Publisher   Barbour Books
Series  Texas Fortunes  
Series Number  2  
ISBN  1602602069  
ISBN13  9781602602069  

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More About Marcia Gruver

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Marcia Gruver's southern roots lend touches of humor and threads of faith to her writing. Look for both in her Texas Fortunes and Backwoods Brides series. When she's not perched behind a keyboard, you'll find her clutching a game system controller or riding shotgun on long drives in the Texas Hill Country. Lifelong Texans, Marcia and her husband Lee have five children. Collectively, this motley crew has graced them with a dozen grandchildren and one great-granddaughter--so far.

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A refreshing Book to inspire and uplift you  Jul 15, 2009
Chasing Charity seems a fitting title for this book. There is Daniel and Buddy Pierce both chasing Charity for her love. Charity is downhearted because Daniel left her at the altar on her wedding day. Then Buddy comes to their house and finds oil on their property.
That turns everything upside down as a best friend tries to steal their land. They have to leave their land while Buddy directs those who are looking for the oil. As they are about to give up and return to their house, oil falls everywhere including on them as they are returning to their home.
Charity is in love with Buddy but feels she has to marry Daniel to save their home. But she is about to make a mistake. Only God can change things for her.
Her best friend who ran off with her groom is hurt and destroyed and used by Daniel. So Emmy and Charity don't speak to each other and a friendship is separated. Yet they love each other enough that in the end Emmy does everything in her power to save Charity from marrying the wrong man.
There is humour, joy, sadness, and above all faith. Lifes are affected in so many ways by those who come in contact with each other. So much to learn about life itself. When the books ends, you wish to just keep on reading.
Sweet old fashioned romance  May 18, 2009
Reviewed by Olivera Baumgartner-Jackson for Reader Views (5/09)

Charity Bloom's life turned into a nightmare overnight. Her fiancé, Daniel Clark, left her standing at the altar and took off - if only for a moment, with her best friend, Emily. Charity feels betrayed, humiliated and utterly alone. It was bad enough losing her fiancé, but losing him to her best friend meant she lost her best friend in the process as well. In spite of all of that she has to brave the scrutiny of people in Humble, Texas, when she ventures into town for errands. While picking up her family's mail, a chance encounter with a dashing, tall and handsome stranger by the name of Buddy Pierce takes her for a whirlwind spin.

Buddy has been told that Charity's mother sometimes takes on boarders, so he accompanies Charity back to the house. The meeting with Bertha Bloom takes an unexpected turn when Buddy declares that there's oil on the Bloom's land. Not only is he tall, handsome and dashing, but he is also honest and unlike other guys chasing the black gold, he's willing to negotiate a fair deal for the Blooms. Things start to look positively rosy - maybe Bertha and Charity will finally be no longer poor! Then the fickle human nature intervenes. Daniel wants Charity back. An old friend of the family turns out not to be a friend after all. Emily does not cease to sneak out of the house. And Buddy's and Charity's budding romance all of a sudden seems utterly doomed.

Set in Humble, Texas in 1905, during the oil boom, "Chasing Charity" by Marcia Gruver is an old-fashioned and very sweet Christian romance. What I've enjoyed most were the very spirited and not so run-of-the-mill characters, particularly mama Bertha; great interactions between them and lots of local color. If you are looking for a romance, and not a bodice-ripper, you can not go wrong by picking "Chasing Charity." Well crafted characters, suspenseful storyline and sparkling dialogue will entertain and delight you.
A Fun-filed Historical Romance  May 15, 2009
Review of Chasing Charity by Marcia Gruver
By Keli Gwyn

It's the year 1905 in Humble, Texas, one Charity Bloom will never forget. Being left at the altar when her fiancé, Daniel Clark, flees in full view of the town is bad enough, but seeing her life-long best friend, Emily Dane, dashing after him is almost more than she can bear.

Humble is overrun with fortune seekers eager to cash in on the oil boom, and Charity vows to have nothing to do with them. However, when oilman Buddy Pierce arrives and hits a gusher on Charity's mother's land, she can't deny her attraction. But Daniel, who's quickly tired of Emmy, regrets leaving Charity and refuses to lose her to Buddy. Which man will convince independent Charity he's the one for her-repentant and rich Daniel or handsome and honorable Buddy?

Chasing Charity, book two in Gruver's Texas Fortunes Series, is every bit as delightful as her debut novel, Diamond Duo. I enjoyed spending time with a couple of characters we'd met before as well as being introduced to a wonderful new cast. Gruver brings every one to life with consummate skill. Not only are Charity and Buddy delightful, but the secondary characters shine, too, from traitorous Emmy to the devoted hound dog that befriends Charity. I loved seeing both Charity and Emmy learn to surrender their situations to the Lord.

The story takes off from page one and builds with each scene, providing for a fast, fun read. Gruver tosses in wonderful twists that keep things interesting. I blasted through this book. I was so eager to see how the story ended that I stayed up late to finish it. Those yawns in church the next day were Gruver's fault.

I heartily recommend Chasing Charity to any reader who enjoys an inspirational historical romance. If you haven't read Diamond Duo, it's another great book. And the third in the series, Emmy's Equal, is coming this fall. It's on my must-read list, that's for sure.
demonstrate Christian values without being preachy  May 4, 2009
Chasing Charity is the second book in the Texas Fortunes series. Diamond Duo's (book 1) lead characters were Bertha and Magda. Chasing Charity continues the story through the lives of their daughters, Charity and Emmy.

On their wedding day, Daniel leaves Charity standing at the altar. He and her best friend, Emmy, runs off together. Charity is heartbroken. Handsome Buddy Pierce is in town looking for black gold, oil. Buddy suspects there is oil deep under their property. Charity and her mother have to move out of their home while the oilmen drill. Daniel returns to town begging forgiveness and ready to pick up with they left off. Suddenly, Charity has two men vying for her affections.

Chasing Charity is a delightful read. This is one of those books you don't want to lay down. Marcia Gruver is a skillful author. She manages to demonstrate Christian values without being preachy. Gruver takes Christian Romance to the next step. She is not satisfied with typical style; she is original! I love the way she shares different perspectives. Marcia Gruver is at the top of my Christian author list.
enjoyable early twentieth century Texas romance  May 2, 2009
In 1905 Humble, Texas, Daniel Clark could not go through with the vows. Instead he left his fiancee Charity Bloom at the altar of the Free Grace Church and walked out. Almost immediately Charity's best friend Emmy Dane chased after him. All the townsfolk offer sympathy to the jilted woman, but she holds her head high and insists she is fine though she feels a bit humbled by their betrayal; her only pain however is the hours her widow mama put in to make a dress for her as the impoverish Blooms could not afford to buy one.

When Buddy Pierce finds oil on the Bloom property, Charity and mama are excited. He is attracted to Charity, but is reluctant to act on it as he assumes she loves another man and he rejects the notion of a rebound romance. Meanwhile Daniel has come home filled with remorse and regret having blundered by choosing high maintenance Emmy over caring Charity; he wants a second chance. However, her mama rejects him as a fool preferring Buddy for her daughter and Emmy stalks him, but the worst interference in his effort to redeem himself is the stranger who seems to be CHASING CHARITY too.

This is an enjoyable early twentieth century Texas romance starring a wonderful lead character who readers will admire for her attitude. Charity lives up to her name as she is forgiving, loyal and loving. Fans will enjoy this fine Texas oil historical romance as the heroine is pursued by the man who jilted her and by a stranger who avoids her as much as he chases after her.

Harriet Klausner


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