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Monday, May 6, 2013

Grandma's Guest Review: A Place to Belong

Grandma weighs in on A Place to Belong is the third and final book in the Wild West Wind series by Lauraine Snelling:

The story drew me in immediately as Cassie Lockwood prepares to testify at a trial for the men accused of arson and shooting her in the midst of a raid on the Engstrom ranch. The story opens in the winter of 1906 in Argus, South Dakota. Cassie, a sharpshooter and trick rider, is an independent young woman trying to plan for her future now that her life has changed so drastically. All her life, Cassie had performed in a Wild West show where her father was a partner. As she begins her life with the Engstrom family after her father's death and the loss of her belongings, Cassie demonstrates the power of prayer and faith.  

The Engstrom family and Cassie always turn to God for reassurance and pray frequently. This is a beautiful love story and an example of how special it is to be part of a loving, faith-abiding family.  Mavis became a wonderful Mother figure and taught Cassie many things about life and homemaking. The events in the lives of Lucas and Cassie and the acceptance of choices made by Lucas display the fact that when one door closes in our life another opens. Cassie and Ransom have some thinking to do and ask for help from God who always provides an answer. Will people from Cassie's past return? She has a natural talent to perform and is offered a new opportunity. What will her choice be? I loved the decision she makes, and I found this a hard-to-put-down book. A Place to Belong kept me up way past by bedtime until I finished it.

This book was easy to get into, and it was difficult to put it down -- a real page-turner. The characters are interesting and multifaceted, and the story line is compelling. Anyone who is a fan of historical fiction, especially set at the turn of the century, will find this an enjoyable read, even if it is read as a stand-alone book (I have not read the first two books of the series).

{The publisher provided a review copy for our honest opinions.}