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Penelope's Pursuit : (Westward Home and Hearts Mail-Order Brides Book… (edição: 2021)

de Chautona Havig (Autor)

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Título:Penelope's Pursuit : (Westward Home and Hearts Mail-Order Brides Book 19)
Autores:Chautona Havig (Autor)
Informação:Havilah Press Publications (2021), 240 pages
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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

I’ve always loved mail order bride stories so I was excited about reading Penelope’s Pursuit. But this story has a different take on any mail order bride story I’ve ever read. There are some difficult issues to deal with here in this book, and it is sad to know that a lot of this is actual real life facts. I had no idea this was happening with mail order brides.

Thanks to Chautona Havig for a well written story and I appreciate the way she handles the tough issues in such a sensitive way. There are twists and turns in the story that keep you guessing, and I had a difficult time putting the book down. I wanted to find out what finally happens in the end. Of course a lot of the story is fiction, but a lot if it is real issues that happened. I like that faith was written in the lives of some of the characters. And I found that all of the characters developed well as the story unfolds. Penelope’s Pursuit is an awesome read, and it’s a Five Star for me. I encourage you to check this one out, especially if you enjoy mail order bride stories.

A special thanks to the author/publisher for a copy of this book. I am not required to write a positive review, the opinions here are mine alone. I am disclosing this with my review in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. ( )
  JoyChattinHannabass | Oct 22, 2021 |
Having read other books in the Westward Homes and Hearts Mail-Order Bride series, I looked forward to reading Penelope’s Pursuit by Chautona Havig. She has a way of writing stories where the characters come to life, and the reader discovers she can not put the book down. I found myself in this situation with this book. In this historical Christian fiction book, Penelope comes west as a mail-order bride. On the train, a couple befriends her who seem harmless, but appearances can be deceiving. Upon leaving the train, she finds herself taken by a man.

He had sent for a mail-order bride from the same agency, but his bride never arrived. He attempts to discover what happened to her. Penelope and Henry work together to discover what happened to his bride-to-be as well as Penelope’s sister. This book took twists and turns that kept my interest. If you enjoy stories that cannot live up to a simple happily ever after, check out this book. I am sure it will not disappoint. The way Ms. Havig keeps the story moving along and creates characters that draw the reader in lives up to my expectations. So check out this book for yourself.

I received a complimentary copy of this book, but this in no way influenced my review. All opinions are my own. ( )
  PattiPeanut1992 | Oct 17, 2021 |
“Penny will always be pretty because she does some of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen.” I love this line in Penelope’s Pursuit by Chautona Havig. So many people today base their self-image on how they look. But one point Havig makes clear is that beauty comes from within and spreads outward.

There’s just something about mail-order bride stories that appeal to a great audience. The western factor. The unknown. The strangers-to lovers trope.

Chautona Havig sets out to satisfy that reading itch, but also has another purpose in mind: showing that alongside all the romance we assign this genre and period, there was a dark side. Sometimes mail-order brides were used as another way to further nefarious activities that we think of as modern-day issues. Solomon says, “There’s nothing new under the sun.”

I loved the tone that Havig sets for this book. I found Penelope very easy to identify with, and Reuben is a gem! Both are stubborn, but with good hearts. Their care for others drives them to do unusual things that they wouldn’t otherwise dream of doing. How many of us can say we love others that well?

Havig carefully weaves her faith message into the story in snippets, and it doesn’t feel preachy, but natural.

I was so thankful to see that there are two more mail-order bride books by Havig to come, as she set the bait quite nicely.

If you enjoy westerns, mail-order bride stories, realistic historical romances, and tales with faith interwoven, you might enjoy Penelope’s Pursuit as much as I did.

I received a copy of the book from Celebrate Lit. All opinions are my own, voluntarily given. ( )
  Becky_L | Oct 15, 2021 |
I enjoy mail order bride stories because it fascinates me that young women would travel for days to meet a man they don’t know. They meet and agree to wed and start their lives together as strangers. I think for some of these women it would be exciting and a feeling of hope. But what if there was another side to the mail order brides?

The author takes us into the dark secrets that people don’t talk about. Young women would be contacted when they were matched with a single man. Traveling for days they were to be met at the station by their intended. But things don’t always go as plan. There is evil in the world and this story shows us the seedy side of mail order brides.

I couldn’t help but like Penelope. She is a smart young woman who sets out to find out where her sister disappeared to. She remembers being ten years old and her sister telling her she was going off to be a mail order bride. Penelope is now twenty and no one ever heard from her sister the moment she left for a supposedly happy life. I thought she was brave to pretend to be a mail order bride and travel to the town her sister was to be at ten years ago. Penelope’s heart beats a bit faster as she gets closer to the town.

Rueben to me is a hero. If he didn’t listen to his instincts that day he saw Penelope, she could well be the next victim that disappears. How he convinces Penelope that she is danger was only by the grace of God. Why would a stranger grab her off the street saying that he was there to save her? I loved how he protects her from harm and partners with her to find her sister.

Welcome to the dark side of human trafficking in the Wild West. It is hardly talked about, but it happened. Young women were kidnapped and forced to do things that were degrading. In order to keep them under control they provided drugs so they wouldn’t leave. The author lets us inside the ugly world of greed, power and money in a time period where women were afraid to speak up.

I like how Chautona allows readers to see a side of mail order brides that isn’t all happy and safe. The faith element is strong in the story and fits right in to how the two main characters depend on their faith to help find Penelope’s sister. I won’t tell you if they find Penelope’s sister because it is a very important part of this journey into a dark secret.

This not a happy feel good romance, but it is a story that opens our eyes to the evils of the world that began many years ago. People were afraid to speak up, and looked the other way. It is a good reminder for us today to speak up if you see something that isn’t right. I pt reminds us to trust God and follow His directions. Thank you Chautona for a story that looks at the other side of the coin and exposes the tricks the enemy uses to do harm.

I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion. ( )
  Harley0326 | Oct 10, 2021 |
I wasn’t prepared for the amount of depth in this book. Havig dealt with some very weighty history in here—not the part that we normally like to conjure up when we think of this time, but some that is very plausibly accurate, all the same. One of the characters in here finds herself in a very difficult situation. How do you show love to someone who doesn’t know how to receive true love anymore? How do you help someone who is struggling with something far deeper than you could ever understand? As someone who’s wrestled with the same questions, this story resonated with me.

Even though portions of this story were difficult to read, I’m thankful I took the time for this book. Its depth and well-formed characters took me to a place I wouldn’t have visited before. Havig ripped my heart out, and then skillfully put it back together within these pages. I cried, I laughed, and I fell in love. A great story, overall.

I was given a review copy of this book, and this is my honest opinion of it. ( )
  EstherFilbrun | Aug 27, 2021 |
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