Item description for Twice Loved (Belles of Timber Creek, Book 1) by Lori Copeland...
Overview Schoolteacher Willow Madison confronts the possibility of entering a loveless marriage in order to rebuild her Civil War-torn home and protect her loved ones, a situation that is complicated by her feelings for a handsome sawmill owner.
Willow Madison and her friends Copper and Audrey taught school in neighboring Texas towns until the Yankees rode in and burned them out. In the midst of fear and chaos, survivors banded together to fight for what remained of their homes. Then word reached the people that the terrible war was over.
Now penniless but still hopeful, Willow vows she will take care of her friends, and her ailing uncle, in Thunder Ridge, Texas, even if it means having to marry wealthy Silas Sterling, a man thirty years her senior. But standing in her way is sawmill owner Tucker Gray, with his enticing eyes and infuriating headstrong manner--the man Willow cannot get out of her head . . . or her heart. Even though her friends beg her not to give up her dream of happiness, Willow is determined to do the right thing for those who are dearest to her. But which path does God want Willow to take: a life of duty and commitment . . . or a life of everlasting love?
Citations And Professional Reviews Twice Loved (Belles of Timber Creek, Book 1) by Lori Copeland has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Romantic Times - 07/01/2008 page 72
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Studio: Avon Inspire
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.98" Width: 5.34" Height: 0.7" Weight: 0.5 lbs.
Release Date Aug 1, 2008
Publisher Harper Collins Publishers
Series Belles Of Timber Creek
Series Number 1
ISBN 0061364916 ISBN13 9780061364914
Availability 0 units.
More About Lori Copeland
Lori Copeland had a relatively late start in writing, breaking into publishing in 1982 when she was already forty years old. Over the next dozen years, Copeland's romance novels achieved much success, as was evidenced by her winning the Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award, The Holt Medallion, and Waldenbooks' Best Seller award. Despite her success in more mainstream romantic fiction, in 1995, Copeland decided to switch focus. Her subsequent books have been in the relatively new subgenre of Christian romance. She has also collaborated with author Angela Elwell Hunt on a series of Christian romance novels.
Copeland has been inducted into the Missouri Writers Hall of Fame. She and her husband of over forty years, Lance, live in Springfield, Missouri. They have three grown sons. Copeland and her husband are active supporters of mission work in Mali, West Africa.
Lori Copeland currently resides in Springfield, in the state of Missouri.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Twice Loved (Belles of Timber Creek, Book 1)?
Lori's books Nov 17, 2009
I have just started to read Lori Copeland's books. She is a terrific author. Her stories hold your attention, and she is a Christian author. I will continue to read her books, and I can't wait until the next book comes out on the "Belles of Timber Creek".
maybe not my type of book... Sep 5, 2009
I like Jane Kirkpatrick books which is why this one was recommended to me. I tend to like true life stories or good historical novels. This one seemed a little too predictable and too much fluff added in.
just my honest opinion...
A Pleasurable Read Feb 27, 2009
"Twice Loved" is my introduction to Lori Copeland. I was delighted with the meeting. Set post civil war in a little town fighting it's way back to existence, the story buds with fiery romance, troubles, trials, and the answer to all, God. Though somewhat predictable, I felt happy to be peeking at the love triangle that is Willow, Tyler and Silas. I laughed, smiled, and totally immersed myself in the joyous tones.
I often read much heavier reads so when I can just go along with the fun and leave the book wanting to read the next installment then I am grateful. I would proffer read this book if you want a light, cozy, comforting read.
My condolences Ms. Copeland on your recent losses. It must be so hard and I pray God holds you in His healing arms.
A fun story Nov 24, 2008
I always look forward to reading Copelands books because she never fails to deliver an amusing and entertaining story. This story, true to history, delighted me.
When Willow literally explodes into town, cap hesitantly set for the wealthy (if old) bachelor, she never anticipates her heart will catch fire for another man (and I'm not spoiling anything with this...it's not a mystery but a predictable romance!). And while the plot is predictable and the storyline well-used, this book is a fun read with many elements all its own.
One thing that sets this book apart from so many with similar plotlines is that the wealthy man, her "intended" of sorts, is a wonderful person. Not some mean villain with plans to take over the country. Not some selfish oaf who womanizes and abuses-- a good and decent man who is looking for companionship. It makes it easy to see why Willow would have such a difficult time making her decision.
Tucker, of course, is dreamy. They have passion, whether for or against each other, it doesn't matter. The chemistry is hilarious.
And if I just might add my own little note: I absolutely LOVED the scene in the church with the music practice-- I don't know if it was super funny or the fact that it was 4:30am, but I could not stop laughing. THanks for that, Lori!!
Fiesty Fun Oct 29, 2008
Determined to take care of her aging uncle and to offer stability for her friends after the Civil War, Willow Madison sets out to Thunder Ridge to be the new school marm but mostly to catch the fancy of the wealthy and much older Silas Sterling.
But what she catches is the wrath of the ruggedly handsome Tucker Gray for careening into the newly rebuilt saw mill, catching it on fire.
To add fuel to the fire, (sorry, I couldn't resist) Tucker couldn't abide any woman willing to marry for money instead of love.
I laughed at the verbal sparring between Willow and Tucker. Both were quick-witted and never lost for words. The chemistry between the equally stubborn characters rivaled the thunder that constantly rumbled overhead. And what happened in that creek just was downright comical. Willow's never-back-down attitude was put on physical display.
Lori Copeland didn't leave just a smile on my face after reading Twice Loved; I was reminded that God will carry our burdens if we lean and trust on him. Great reminder for our present economic situation.