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The Quakers of New Garden (Romancing America)

The Quakers of New Garden (Romancing America) [Kindle Edition]

Claire Sanders , Ann E. Schrock , Jennifer Hudson Taylor , Susette Williams

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Join four Quaker women on a journey through the trials of faith and love. Ruth Payne’s bridegroom has cold feet. . .for the second time. Will their third try be the charm? Things get complicated for Underground Railroad worker Deborah Wall when she meets a bounty hunter head-on. Will love have them seeing eye-to-eye? Leah hopes to turn a marriage of convenience into a marriage of love. But will letters be a firm enough foundation? Christian Jaidon Taylor wants to win the heart of Quaker Catherine Wall. But will religion make them as incompatible as night and day?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 911 KB
  • Print Length: 354 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B0084CZMWW
  • Publisher: Barbour Books (1 April 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007746RTK
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Will They Withstand the Test of Love 14 May 2012
By Cornelia Amiri and Maeve Alpin - Published on
These three historical and one modern inspirational romances involve several generations of a Quaker family, the Walls, in Indiana. Four Quaker women face trails of faith and the heart. Will they withstand the test of love?

In New Garden's Hope set in the early 1800's, will the love and faith of this this Quaker couple prove strong enough to overcome their differences.
New Garden's Crossroads take place during the days of the Undergrourd railroad, the Quakers ran. Will the hero, Nathaniel give up his worldly ways?
New Garden's Inspiration take place during the civil war. Will a way be made for Leah to find love?
New Garden's Conversion takes place in modern times. Are Catherine and Jaidon's spiritual beliefs really that different?

This is a heartwarming, sweet, inspirational romance of four novellas from four different authors. I fell in love with the characters and cried tears of joy while reading it.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quaker `Friends'-ly Persuasion to LOVE 1 April 2012
By Harold Wolf - Published on
Delightful, cozy, quietly romantic, idylls of a Friends family through 4 generations. The Walls, Quakers by birth, make Indiana their home, specifically New Garden. Each of 4 stories takes a new young woman of the Wall linage through an experience of romance, and other issues beyond and contrary to their control. So you'll read some action, find some historical moments, link a bit to the Quaker dread of violence, and find true depictions of how this religious form molded young girls into wonderful wives and lovers. Granted, I'm a sucker for historical Indiana, Quaker, and Christian fiction, so this "tripped my trigger."

Stories in order of appearance in the book:
Stated 1808, Josiah Wall bends on a knee saying "Wiltest thou be my bride--only later--again?" Not a perfect "post-pon-prosal." Shalt she be violent? Meet a famous cousin. Is Josiah destined to put an Indiana Territory border between him and lost love? Will Ruth cross a river of regret?
Also recommended is this author's book, Highland Sanctuary.

NEW GARDEN'S CROSSROADS by ANN E. SCHROCK (Indiana author), 93 pages
Deborah Wall works for Quaker & cousin Levi Coffin, believed engineer on the Indiana Underground Railroad. A slave bounty hunt goes badly and Deborah finds herself ministering to physical and spiritual troubles of a man who earns money recapturing slaves. A tough choice for an 1841 `Friend' when romance gets involved.

An arranged nuptial, partners unmet, till Leah Wall's wedding day. Handsome, widower Caleb, father of 2, marries a housemaid, and immediately leaves in 1861 to fight in the Civil War. How does a wife deal with a Captain who bartered for a work `Friend', not a bed chamber mate. Who says a Quaker woman can't get `fired up?'
At any time of year, read Sanders story in the book, A Quaker Christmas (Romancing America).

Contemporary, dated by HIPAA rule reference, Catherine Wall meets Jaidon while nursing a gun shot patient. Both volunteer at a youth center in a bad part of town. Affection blooms, frequently happening to `Friends' in New Garden, and church affiliation is an issue if a romantic relationship can endure. But life-death gang violence also plays a role.

Romancing America, Indiana, 4 good authors in one lovely book.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Quakers of New Garden 4 Jun 2012
By Tammy Cook - Published on
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New Garden's Hope by Jennifer Hudson Taylor
After Josiah Wall postpones their wedding a second time, Ruth Payne refuses to reset their wedding date. But everything Josiah has worked for means nothing without Ruth. He sets out to win her back, but it seems that each attempt is thwarted by disaster. Will their love and faith overcome their differences, or could this be the end he's always feared?

New Garden's Crossroads by Ann E. Schrock
Deborah Wall is thrilled to work for the Coffins in their home, a hub of the Underground Railroad. Nathaniel Fox has been dismissed from the Society of Friends and becomes a bounty hunter for runaway slaves. When an injury takes him to the Coffins' house, he tries Deborah's patience and challenges her beliefs. But, after accepting Christ and revealing his love for Deborah, will Nathaniel give up his worldly ways to join her?

New Garden's Inspiration by Claire Sanders
As an unwanted, poor relation, Leah Wall is surprised to discover that her Quaker uncle has arranged a marriage between her and widowed Caleb Whitaker. With little choice, Leah agrees to the marriage and finds herself a wife in name only, caring for Caleb's children while he serves in the Union Army. When the two begin to exchange letters, will it be enough to make a marriage of convenience flourish into a marriage of love?

New Garden's Conversion by Susette Williams
Christian Jaidon Taylor is determined to plead his case with Quaker Catherine Wall and convince her that they are not as different as she thinks. Catherine promised her father that she would uphold the family tradition of marrying within their faith. As Jaidon begins to rethink his own spiritual walk in his endeavor to find love, Catherine tries to show him why their relationship would never work. But are they really that different?

My Review

This book spans generations of the Wall family, rooted in their Quaker beliefs. The four short stories begin near the early 1800's and end with the present day. It was interesting to learn about the ways of the Quakers, since I knew nothing about them. I enjoyed reading about their involvement in the Underground Railroad, although it plays a minor role in the most of the stories.

All four stories are about romantic relationships and how the characters deal with them. The main characters are grounded in their religious beliefs. My favorite story was New Garden's Inspiration. Leah Wall thought she would always be single because she felt so plain. She was elated to marry, even if it was one of convenience.

At first it was hard to get adjust to "thee" that was used for "you" in the first three stories. I found myself wishing the authors let the reader know how the characters in the 3rd and 4th story were related to the previous stories' characters. We only know they are related by their last name of Wall. The publisher's description for New Garden's Inspiration is not quite correct. While I did wonder if the marriage of convenience would flourish into a marriage of love, it was not because of letters. Caleb wrote to Leah but she never returned a letter to him. Overall, this set of inspirational short stories was enjoyable to read. I would recommend this book for those whose enjoy romance novels.

I received a free copy of this ebook from NetGalley and Barbour Publishing for my honest opinion.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars up lifting stories 9 July 2012
By rhonda - Published on
4 Stars
Hope by Jennifer Hudson Taylor
In the first story Ruth Payne fiance Josiah want to postpone their wedding for the second time. Ruth is hurt that Josiah does not want to marry her.
Josiah is a Federalist and wants to put off the wedding till the election.
Ruth thinks that Josiah really doesn't love her she is just a habit. Josiah can't believe Ruth won't marry him.
Ruth's father cousin comes to visit with her husband. Molly Madison and James Madison.
Crossroads by Ann E Schrock
Slavers are chasing some runaway slaves. It was storming most turned back but one slaver wanted to check and make sure the slaves were not dying in the stream but he got washed over the bridge and hurt himself.
He was brought into the house saying all are welcome.
Nathaniel does not know if he can rejoin the society again and turn the other cheek.
He does not want to join for the wrong reason.
Deborah has changed her opinion of Nathaniel but she does want to marry in her faith.
Inspiration by Claire Sanders
Leah is about to be married to Caleb and minutes before the wedding meets him for the first time. Leah is hopeful to be finally wed and to have a family.
Caleb is going to fight in the civil war and needs someone to care for his two kids his aunt has been helping with that but her health is slowing down. Caleb was not planning on getting married but Leah's Uncle says that if he marries her she would be a good mother for his kids.
Leah is shocked to find out that it is to be a name only marriage right before her wedding night. After crying herself to sleep she wakes to find her groom already gone.
Conversion by Susette williams
Conversion by Susette Williams
Jaidon Taylor is a lawyer but he gives a lot of time to a youth group in a bad part of town. He comes to the hospital when a young man is shot that he is trying to help and meets nurse Catherine Wall.
Catherine decide to go help at the youth center after hearing about it from a young man she is nursing. Jaidon asks her out right away even when she tells him that she won't date marry out of her church. Jaidon invites her to his church and agrees to go to hers to see what each other belives.
Shows good amd some not so good points about both as they try and help the youth.
I liked all four stories but they were too short for me. I was given this ebook to read in exchange for honest review from Netgalley.
At the back of the ebook is a survey questions that I thought I would answer here for me.
1, Did you enjoy reading the Quakers of New Garden? yes I did and would read more books like this.
What influence me to buy this book. I did not buy but got it free because It looked good to read. and it was.
3. which is favorite book? I guess Inspiration was my favorite.
4 age 49
5 hours read each week? I can't count that high. I read between 7-14 books a week usually. Some of them I do listen to them on my kindle too.
rhonda I am disabled and cant do a lot and reading helps me to cope with pain and uplifts me. Fairview UT
04/01/2012 PUB Barbour Publishing, Inc.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Quakers of New Garden 20 Jun 2012
By Lollipops - Published on
Love--plain and simple--finds a home in Indiana

New Garden's Hope by Jennifer Hudson Taylor--Josiah Wall has postponed his wedding to Ruth Payne one too many times. Now, Ruth has called off their engagement and Josiah is crushed, especially when he learns she's blabbing it around town that they broke up. Josiah fully intends to marry Ruth, he just wanted to wait until after the election. But now, he sets out to win her back, but each attempt is thwarted by disaster. Could this broken engagement really be the end?

New Garden's Crossroads by Ann E. Schrock--Deborah Wall is thrilled when she lands a position working for a hub of the Underground Railroad. Nathaniel Fox has left the Society of Friends and now works as a bounty hunter. When an injury takes him to the Coffin's house where Deborah works, he and Deborah are on each other's last nerve. Will Nathaniel be able to give up his ways to join Deborah in hers?

New Garden's Inspiration by Claire Sanders--Leah Wall is an unwanted, poor relation, and she's stunned and horrified to discover her uncle has arranged a marriage between her and widowed Caleb Whitaker. Leah finds herself a wife in name only, caring for Caleb's children while he fights for the Union Army. If he comes home from the war, can she hope for more?

New Garden's Conversion by Susette Williams--Jaidon Taylor is instantly attracted to beautiful Catherine Wall, but she thwarts all his attempts to get close because she is a Quaker and he is not. Jaidon is determined to show Catherine they aren't as different as she believes. As they work together with inner city kids, will Jaidon succeed in his mission? Or are they really as different as Catherine believes?

THE QUAKERS OF NEW GARDEN is a collection of four romances, three set in historical time periods, and one in contemporary times. I enjoyed reading all four stories, but did stumble over the "thee's" used in the first three for awhile. The fourth story, being a contemporary had the Quakers dressed in modern clothes and using modern language, making the characters easy for reader to identify with. All four stories are very well developed and interesting and readers interested in learning about the Quakers while devouring a well-told romance (or four) will want to read this book. All four of the stories are well written with realistic characters and an interesting story line. Recommended. 4.5 stars.
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