Book Reviews of Forgiving

Forgiving
Forgiving
Author: LaVyrle Spencer
ISBN-13: 9780399135996
ISBN-10: 0399135995
Publication Date: 2/14/1991
Pages: 382
Rating:
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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3.7 stars, based on 30 ratings
Publisher: Putnam Pub Group
Book Type: Hardcover
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Helpful Score: 2
One of the best romances I've read in a long time. Not filled with erotica like some romances, but more of a story of a woman and her sister in Deadwood, SD in it's infancy. I couldn't put the book down. A great read.
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Helpful Score: 1
This author has a wonderful imagination; her plots are always interesting and unusual. This story is about 2 sisters - Sarah and Addie Merritt. Their father, a distinguished newspaper publisher, raised his two girls alone after their mother ran away with a newspaper employee - never to be heard from again.

Addie ran away at 15 without a word to anyone; a recent letter to Sarah says that she is working as a maid in a boardinghouse in the Dakota Territory. Sarah comes to share with her younger sister the news that their only parent has died; Sarah sold off everything and pulled up stakes to live with her sister - if she can find her.

This story shows the reader that part of the human condition is the necessity to forgive others. Some forms of forgiving are easier than others - as various people in this story find. Those unable to forgive reach a stalemate and cannot move along their learning path (that we call life).

Sarah's love interest (Noah Campbell) is one of the most stubborn men ever to grace Spencer's pages. This is alright because he is perfectly matched with one of the most bullheaded women ever born - Sarah. I think Spencer did a wonderful job of gradually getting the two combatants to soften their stance. It seemed very realistic because it did not happen overnight.

I thought the ending was a bit abrupt; yes, the ending was expected but it took 375 pages to get there. The main event, however, was covered in less than 5 pages. Still, the book is very, very good - enjoy!
4 stars
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When Sarah Merritt arrives in Dakota territory in 1876, she steps off the dusty Cheyenne stagecoach determined to start this ramshackle gold-rush town's first newspaper. In Deadwood her runaway younger sister, Addie, is living and working as domestic help at Mrs. Hossiter's boardinghouse, according to her letters.
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A historical book of an independent woman. A little sad but turns out o.k. in the end.
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GREAT BOOK
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Great read, great author
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** Good story. Warm and loving.
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A good story.
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Very sweet story!

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Sarah Merritt arrives in Deadwood, Dakota territory, in 1876 with her father's printing press and two ambitions--to find her sister Addie and to establish a local newspaper. In a town of mining bachelors, Sarah quickly becomes the center of attention in more ways than one, particularly when she knocks heads with marshal Noah Campbell, her soon-to-be romantic interest. Sarah finds Addie working in a local brothel and commences a long struggle to win back her affection and her soul. She writes to Addie's former fiance, who comes to Deadwood and joins her in pursuing Addie's salvation, an endeavor which will force them all to confront an ugly secret from the past.
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I loved it!
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A romance set in the developing days of the old west.
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Sarah moves to a rough and tumble western town to start a newspaper--and find her missing sister. After discovering her sister working in the local bordello, Sarah determines to make her paper a success, earning lawman Noah Campbell's grudging respect--and love. But Sarah can't return his affections until she first learns to forgive.
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Chapter 1. Dakota Territory, September 1876

The Cheyenne stage was six hours late, putting Sarah Merritt into Deadwood at ten P.M. rather than in the late afternoon. The rig rumbled away and left her standing in the dark on a muddy street before a crude saloon. Several crude saloons. aA entire streetful of them! The noise was appalling--a mixture of shouts, laughter, banjo music and brawling. And the smell--ye gods! Did nobody pick up the animal dung?.....
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Sarah comes to Deadwood to start a newspaper and to find the sister that ran away from her home years ago.
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A story about a woman trying to locate her sister & finds her working as a prostitute. Takes place during the year 1876 in the old west.
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This is a wonderful love story. I love all of this author's books. Highly recommend her!
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Sarah came o Deadwood, a rough and tumble western town, with an ambitious dream of starting a newspaper. But her journey had another purpose--to find her sister and mend the family tie that was severed years ago, when Addie left home with a hardened heart--and without an explanation. The thought of this headstrong woman turning his town upside down riled marshal Campbell to no end. But there was something about Sarah athat the lawman found irresistible. Insie, he longed to treat her like a lady. But outside, he'd keep up his ornery image--and giv e her a rocky welcome to town...Two strong-willed souls, Sarah and Noah would discover the timeless beauty of love--when the heart learns to take back the past and start again...
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I found this book very interesting it takes place about the time my great grandfather and my grandfather followed the railroad (My great grandfather was a blacksmith.) and came through Wisconsin and then Minnesota and settled in Dakota Territory before South Dakota became a State. How different life was back then. My great grandparents had 11 children and to imagine how they traveled in those days is something. I have seen a number of wagons from those days. I don't know how they packed all those children in, much less, any furniture or clothing and food. Do you realize how far we have gone since then!
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Sarah came o Deadwood, a rough and tumble western town, with an ambitious dream of starting a newspaper. But her journey had another purpose--to find her sister and mend the family tie that was severed years ago, when Addie left home with a hardened heart--and without an explanation. The thought of this headstrong woman turning his town upside down riled marshal Campbell to no end. But there was something about Sarah athat the lawman found irresistible. Insie, he longed to treat her like a lady. But outside, he'd keep up his ornery image--and giv e her a rocky welcome to town...Two strong-willed souls, Sarah and Noah would discover the timeless beauty of love--when the heart learns to take back the past and start again...
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Sarah came to Deadwood, a rough and tumble western town, with an ambitious dream of starting a newspaper. But her journey had another purpose -- to find her sister and mend the family ties that was severed years ago, when Addie left home with a hardened heart -- and without an explanation. The thought of this headstrong woman turning his town upside down riled marshal Campbell to no end. But there was something about Sarah that the lawman found irresistible. Inside, he longed to treat her like a lady. But outside, he'd keep up his ornery image -- and give her a rocky welcome to town ... Two strong-willed souls, Sarah and Noah would discover the timeless beauty of love -- when the heart learns to take back the past and start again...