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Love Finds You in Sundance, Wyoming by Miralee Ferrell December 9, 2011

Summary: Angel Ramirez is tired of living a lie. But can she live like a lady? On the run from a dangerous outlaw, Angel works her way across several states disguised as a boy and working as a varmint tracker and horse wrangler. After taking a job on a Wyoming ranch owned by a bachelor and his widowed sister, she finally reveals her true identity and must fight to prove her worth as a ranch hand while somehow discovering her role as woman. Hiring a woman doesn’t sit well with Travis Morgan, and the dark-haired beauty is causing a ruckus among his cowboys. Just as Angel decides she’ll never be able to please her boss, an unexpected surprise arrives from across the ocean and makes trouble on the ranch. Will Angel leave with the person who’s come so far to claim her?

Author Bio:  Miralee Ferrell is the acclaimed author of The Other Daughteer; Love Finds You in Last Chance, California; and Love Finds You in Bridal Veil, Oregon. She lives in Washington with Allen, her husband of more than 37 years, and has two grown children. She serves on staff at her local church and is actively involved in ministry to women. Read more at www.MiraleeFerrell.com.

My Review: Angel is a woman living in a man’s world, as she wears men’s clothing and pretends to be a man to fit into the life of being a horse wrangler. Angel grows weary of all this lying and wants to reveal her true identity as she begins a new job. Little did she know that doing so would bring changes she had not planned upon. I found myself feeling like I was right there with Angel and wondering what it would be like to be her, trying to prove she was just as capable at her job as the men around her yet also knowing that even proving her skills would still leave men doubting her just because she’s a woman. The author drew such a portrait of the scenery and characters that I felt like her experience was real to me.I would definitely recommend this book to anyone. It was such a great storyline and I truly enjoyed it.I think this is the best one of Miralee’s books that I have read, and I love every one of her books.

 

Finding Jeena by Miralee Ferrell July 8, 2010

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Summary: Jeena Gregory thought she’d made it. She has everything a woman could ask for and a budding career promises more. But when rumors around town cast her boss in a shady light, Jeena starts to question her employer’s integrity. Was she wrong to trust this man and this job?

When the boss disappears, salaries go upaid, and Jeena overhears several hush-hush phone calls, she realizes her carefully crafted world is crumbling. Shaken to the core at the threat of losign everything, Jeena is suddenly confronted with her prejudices–and with a God she had long forgotten.

Author Bio: Miralee Ferrell is the acclaimed author of The Other Daughteer; Love Finds You in Last Chance, California; and Love Finds You in Bridal Veil, Oregon. She lives in Washington with Allen, her husband of more than 37 years, and has two grown children. She serves on staff at her local church and is actively involved in ministry to women. Read more at www.MiraleeFerrell.com.

My Review: I absolutely loved this novel, though I am begrudgingly writing this review, not for lack of good storyline but for fear of what I may reveal of my own not so pretty character. This novel came too close to home on so many levels and reached into my heart to make me take a look at myself that I didn’t really want to see or even believe was there. Jeena is a lot like me and we have a similar story. Jeena grew up not having much and therefore strived to achieve the best for herself. In doing so, she tried to forget what and who she was before and put herself higher than she was. What was most important to her was herself. When Jeena found herself in a situation she could never have imagined, she found out about her own true character and did not like what she saw. As I said before, this is what “Finding Jeena” has done for me. I see a lot of the attitudes that Jeena had reflected in myself. I think when you see certain things in another person you may not always see them in yourself until they are pointed out to you. This novel has become one of my favorites because I do believe that it has impacted my life. I hope to make some changes in my life with the help of God guiding me to be a better person and look at people the way he sees them. I would highly recommend this book to anyone because I believe it can speak to just about any person who reads it. The storyline was heartfelt and engaging. It drew me into the story and gave me a dose of reality that was much needed. Funny how God works sometimes isn’t it?

I received a copy of this book to read and review from the author. My review is not biased by the fact that I was given this book. I HONESTLY read and review any book whether bought or given to me. If I did not like the book I would definitely not give a rave review or recommend it.

 

Love Finds You in Bridal Veil Oregon by Miralee Ferrell July 1, 2010

Summary: Against the backdrop of the breathtaking Bridal Veil Falls in a historic Oregon logging community, a schoolteacher finds herself torn between a past love and the man who could be her future. Sixteen-year-old Margaret Garvey had promised her heart to Nathaniel Cooper the night he disappeared from town. Four years later, just as she’s giving love a second chance with Andrew, a handsome logger, nathaniel suddenly returns to town with a devastating secret. While grappling with the betrayal of those she trusted most, Margaret risks her reputation and position by harboring two troubled runaways who might be involved in the murder of a local man. And as disaster strikes the town and threatens the welfare of its citizens, Margaret will be faced with the most important choice of her life.

Author Bio: Miralee Ferrell is the author of three novels. She lives in Washington with Allen, her husband of more than 37 years, and has two grown children. She serves on staff at her local church and is actively involved in ministry to women. Read more at www.MiraleeFerrell.com.

My Review: I found this to be a very fast-paced book that I just couldn’t put down. There were elements of suspense that kept me on pins and needles wanting to know what would happen next. Historicals are one of my favorites and I have come to enjoy the Love Finds You books as well. There was also the romance aspect thrown in, which continues to be one of my favorites. The characters were very real and believable. My favorite character was Sammie, the orphan who Margaret brought into her home to care for. Sammie was full of spunk and had such strong character in the face of the events that transpired in her life and still continued to trust in the Lord for strength to get her through any situation. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone. It was a very relaxing read that I think anyone would find pleasurable.

I received a copy of this book to read and review from the author. My review is not biased by the fact that I was given this book. I HONESTLY read and review any book whether bought or given to me. If I did not like the book I would definitely not give a rave review or recommend it.

 

Book club with Miralee Ferrell March 31, 2009

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March 27th my book club got together to discuss Love Finds you in Last Chance, California by Miralee Ferrell. I arranged for her to come to our book club since she lives in Washington state. I also arranged a book signing for her at Borders. She stayed with me and we had a wonderful visit. Our book club had so much fun and were very excited to have her there. The book signing was good as well.

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Miralee sharing with our book club

Miralee sharing with our book club

Me, Miralee, and my best friend Cheryl

Me, Miralee, and my best friend Cheryl

 

MY BOOK CLUB BOOKS March 28, 2009

I just thought I would share the books that we have read through my book club. We are fairly new, but we have read some excellent books and met some wonderful authors.
Our first book was Ruby Among Us by Tina Ann Forkner. This was a very good start to our first book club. 
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Our second book was The Outsider by Ann H. Gabhart.  Ann spoke to us at our book club via phone.
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Our third book was an Irishwoman’s Tale.  Patti also called during our book club even though she was out of town. She was very fun to talk with and brought to light more aspects of the story that we were not aware of and gave a whole new spin on it. That time we met at Borders and thought it would be too loud to have speaker phone while sitting in the coffee shop so we talked to her while sitting in my car. It was very cozy.
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Our fourth book was Last Light by Terri Blackstock. This was the first book we read that wasn’t a fairly new release. One of the gals in our club had it and recommended it so we tried it. We were definitely not disappointed. This book has made me look at my life in a whole new light and consider making changes to my everyday tasks. Every one of us read the rest of the series as well because we were so into the story.
Our fifth book was Voice in the Wind by Francine Rivers. Of course, after reading the first we all read through the rest of the series because you couldn’t go without doing that. Oh man, if you haven’t read these books you should put them on your list.
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Our sixth and current book is Love Finds you in Last Chance, California by Miralee Ferrell. We will be having our meeting with her on March 27th and we’re meeting at my church because she is coming in person and it was advertised in the newspaper, as well as her book signing for the following day at Borders. We are so excited to have her coming and have been inviting friends like crazy.
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