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Dakota Printer [Paperback]

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"Papa" Joseph Levine and his granddaughter, Mary Jane, run a small weekly newspaper in newly settled Fargo, Dakota Territories. Following Papa's bout with illness, he puts an ad in the Minneapolis Tribune for an assistant. At the most opportune time, handsome, meticulous Johathan Bohner appears. Jonathan and Mary Jane get off on the wrong foot from the start, but before long their sparks turn to kindling, and love begins to heat up. Jonathan soon lets it slip that he has an ulterior motive, which he calls his "crusade," and he challenges Mary Jane to seek for her crusade as well. With the appearance of a minister from Chicago and a schoolteacher from Rochester, MN, life in Fargo blossoms. Even Libbie and Col. George Custer put in an unexpected appearance. When Jonathan goes to help the Indians out on the prairie, fate steps in and Mary Jane fears she has lost her true love. Can they possibly find a future together on the prairie in the 1870s?

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Pages   176
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 13.3" Width: 12.7" Height: 1.1"
Weight:   0.55 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 16, 2007
Publisher   Star Publish
ISBN  1932993762  
ISBN13  9781932993769  

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Loads of fun to read!  Oct 8, 2007
Mary Jane Levine came to Fargo, North Dakota not long ago, but that nevertheless makes her a "pioneer" because the business she and her grandfather run is one of the only three in a not yet organized town. There's a general mercantile, the Wells Fargo office from which the settlement takes its unofficial name, and the Prairie Pioneer weekly newspaper. The Levines have lived in many other, less remote, places over the years; and in each location Joseph Levine has found his firm stand against the sale of alcohol so unpopular that he's eventually been forced to move on. That doesn't stop him from taking the same stand in Fargo, though. The Pioneer will accept no advertising from anyone who sells alcohol, and that means no advertising. Not just none for the product that "Papa" Levine holds responsible for much of the white man's evil effects on Native Americans.

Papa's health has been worn down, and Mary Jane has found herself pressed into service for tasks she finds physically challenging, since the rest of the family - Papa's son and daughter-in-law (Mary Jane's parents), and his beloved wife - died on the trail to Fargo. Papa has been praying for someone to help them now, and when a young man named Jonathan Bohner arrives unannounced Papa declares that he's the answer to those prayers. Mary Jane, though, isn't so sure. She's not eager to have her close partnership with Papa intruded upon, and something about Jonathan - well - annoys her.

I've wondered how inspirational fiction by Janet Elaine Smith would read, since she has such a sure touch when writing mainstream and genre fiction aimed at a general audience. In those works her characters rely upon their Christian faith without flaunting it or preaching about it, and the result is always a book anyone might enjoy. Dakota Printer's overtly Christian message works beautifully because Smith has given Papa Levine a cause that fits the novel's time and place. The Temperance Movement of the 19th Century, and the evangelizing of Native Americans (the book's other plot driver), are both part of the Dakota Territory's history. Dakota Printer is the sort of sweet inspirational romance my older sister would love, but it also worked for me - a far more hard boiled sort of reader! - because that solid grounding kept it from reading like a sermon instead of a story. It also boasts some of Smith's best show-stealing secondary characters, with Beulah Hegdahl ("Mary Yane! Mary Yane!") leading the pack. Loads of fun!
Dakota Printer is worth it's weight in Gold. Twenty Karet, that is.  Oct 3, 2007
Aw...How good does it get? Not much better than Dakota Printer. The characters are genuine, honest-to-goodness folks. You'll love them all, especially Papa Joseph Levine and Beulah and Mary Yane. That's what Beulah calls Mary Jane. Beulah is Scandinavian and a trip to behold. She is one of those secondary characters that takes the stage and steals the show. The romance between Mary Jane and Jonathan Bohner is tempered yet hot in the heart. It's one of those affairs you'd be happy for your daughter to encounter. The beginning, middle and end flows together like milk and honey. I could go on forever about this unique story, but you'll just have to purchase a copy to get the full benefit of it. One more word to the wise. Don't be surprised if Janet Elaine Smith doesn't grace us with a sequel starring crazy Beulah right up front.

S.K. Hamilton-- author of The Kahills of Willow Walk. Or as Beulah would say, The Kahills of Villow Valk.

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A Very Warm & Touching Story  Sep 20, 2004
Dakota Printer takes place in the 1800's in Fargo. It is a wonderfully touching story. The characters are warm and make you want to go back in time and live there. There is a delightful sense of community amongst the characters.
I enjoyed reading it very much.
A Delightful Read!  Jul 11, 2004
Janet Elaine Smith has done it again. This not-so-keen-on- historicals reader positively craves to see history as written by the funny and talented multi-published author. God, romance, and an old west pioneer spirit wrap their arms around this part western, part historical romance novel set in the Dakotas in the late 1800's. Scandinavians will appreciate a look back into the roots of their American past. Native Americans will appreciate the beautiful way their culture is shown-with respect for life and customs. There are passages that make you laugh, and passages that constrict your throat so much that your eyes water with real emotion. There were a number of times that I wasn't sure that I could keep reading. But I did, and my reward was a well rounded story of characters so real that I wished it wasn't a novel, but a blueprint for churches, schools, and communities everywhere. The theme of "Dakota Printer" is unity and love-a man for a woman, business to business, the white man for the native Americans and (vice versa), a child for his parent, and society for each of its citizens. This is an exquisite book with a superb message, and I adored it!

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