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After years traveling in Europe with her musician husband all that widow Mara Hoffman wants is security for her son A half share in her father's Maine farmhouse is the only refuge she has left even if her resentfu. Monday January 28 2013Hometown Cinderella by Ruth Axtell Morren ©2012By page 33 before finishing Chapter 2 I was ready for Mara to shake off those mourning clothes and marry her neighbor What a delightful daughter he has So sweet and earnest Then having to go home to crabby Mrs Blackstone Ugh Mara Keller's father and husband have passed away and she has been given half ownership in her father's home Only it includes his widow who is far from congenialMara Keller has a young son who is eager to be doted on by Mr Jakeman Oh I haven't introduced everyone to you It is autumn of 1884 in the countryside of Eagle's Bay Maine a small coastal community Mara meets the neighbors on her first Sunday at church Gideon Jakeman and his fourteen year old daughter Lizzie Lizzie's mother died when she was young and she and her father farm near Mrs Blackstone and Mara's property Mara's little son Dietrich is six He was sitting between Gideon and Mara and was a little wiggly than Mrs Blackstone liked Gideon makes a paper bird for him and after church tells Mara that Dietrich is welcome to his farm anytime to spread his legs and energy Upon returning home Mrs Blackstone reminds Mara that she is newly widowed and doesn't need gossip to upset her Mrs B's lifeOn Monday walking back from town after looking for employment Mara is met by the Jakemans returning from town and they invite her to ride with them in their wagon Mrs Blackstone is not agreeable to Mara taking her buggy without taking Mrs Blackstone as well To his befuddlement Mara asks to be dropped off before arriving at her home Socially acceptable behavior for Mrs Blackstone's prying that would beSo here we are not yet out of Chapter 2 and I am wanting her life to change immediately This is the first story I have read by Ruth Axtell and it is like being right there with them So well written and clear I am anxious to get back to the story to discover their journey I hope it doesn't take too long to find each other I want to meld these two families together So much to give each other in hope acceptance and loveSeasons change as they go from cider pressing putting up cranberries to surviving winter storms This is a beautiful story I have missed author Leisha Kelly who passed away two years ago in January Her last published work was The House on Malcolm Street Reading Hometown Cinderella reminded me of her writings So genuine as families grow together parent with child and those near them I would love to read a seuel to Hometown Cinderella as their lives continue to unfold As I mentioned I really liked Lizzie Jakeman Gideon's daughter He has loved her well His concern for others gives lifeAlso so apparent is criticism Are we aware of our words Crushing or uplifting Mrs Blackstone is drowning in her bitterness Thankfully Mara Keller looks to the Lord for direction for herself and her sonI give this story a five plus rating Highly recommendBACK COVER Love Inspired Historical Hometown CinderellaSmall Town Big Dreams After years traveling in Europe with her musician husband all that widow Mara Keller wants is security for her son A half share in her father’s Maine farmhouse is the only refuge she has left even if her resentful stepmother treats Mara as little than a servant But there is one bright spot the unexpected kindness of neighbor Gideon Jakeman A widowed farmer with a teenage daughter Gideon hardly pictures himself as anyone’s Prince Charming Especially a woman of Mara’s refinement Yet his uiet rugged strength makes her feel as though she’s found her rightful place by his side if they can find faith enough to forge their own happy endingEXCERPTExcerpt © Reprinted by permission All rights reservedBefore Carina could reprimand him for scuffing it Dietrich suddenly leaned forward reaching for his mug of milk Mr Jakeman rose a fraction from his seat as if to grab the boy’s plate from his knee Instead his own cup fell from its saucer and hit the edge of the tableMara watched in horror extending a hand as if she could stop the fall but instead hearing the shatter of porcelainShe rose and rushed to the sofa seeing the puddle of tea against the floorboards and three large pieces of porcelain scattered aboutNot hearing the sounds of voices around her—“I’m sorry” “Mama Mr Jakeman broke your cup—” “I’ll get a rag—” Mara knelt down crowded between Dietrich’s legs and the edge of the table She picked up the largest piece of broken cup It was true what Lizzie had said it was like an eggshellThe next moment she felt the table being moved away from the sofa and Mr Jakeman crouched down opposite her “I’m awfully sorry ma’am”Before she could think what to say Carina stood behind him craning to see what had broken She broke out into a cackle “One of the crown jewels Serves you right” She addressed Mr Jakeman “She was so proud of that set carting it around everywhere packing it up so carefully” She sniffed “Pride goeth before a fall”“Carina” She shot her stepmother a look of mortification“That’s a shame” Mr Jakeman said softly “I was clumsy”“Please think nothing of it It wasn’t your fault” She focused on the pieces on the floor Mr Jakeman’s large hands began to pick up the remaining pieces making evident how fragile they were“That’s all right I can do that”“It didn’t break in too many pieces Maybe you can glue it back together”She met his sorrow filled eyes not having the heart to disagree Instead she smiled trying to put a good face on things “Yes I can do that and use it as an ornament on my shelf”He nodded “That’s a good idea” He looked so hopeful her irritation and disappointment meltedABOUT THE AUTHORRuth has loved regencies ever since she read Pride and Prejudice and discovered Georgette Heyer in her high school years Everything from the wit of the dialogue the formality of the courtship and the variety of hero types draws her to this genre of romance She will have a single title regency out in March 2013 for BakerRevell Books and an Americana historical for Moody Publishers Her books have been translated into Dutch Italian Polish Czech and Afrikaans She was a Golden Heart finalist in 1994 Her second published book Wild Rose was a Booklist “Top Ten Christian Fiction” selection in 2005 She is a member of ACFW American Christian Fiction Writers RWA Romance Writers of America HisWriters and Maine RWA Ruth studied comparative literature at Smith College with a concentration in French and English literature and spent her junior year in Paris Since then she has lived in the Netherlands and the Canary Islands Shortly after college she committed her life to Christ Fourteen years later she committed her writing to Him Currently Ruth lives on the down east coast of Maine with her three

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Hometown CinderellaL stepmother treats Mara as little than a servant But there is one bright spot the unexpected kindness of neighbor Gideon Jakeman A widowed farmer with a teenage daughter Gideon hardly pictures himself as anyone's. This story was a nice light read Is it my favorite story by Ruth No that would still be Winter is Past which is a series of four wonderful stories But I DID enjoy this book as well as I have everything I have read by Ruth MorrenSlight revealMost of the romances I've read end up with all relationships 'cleaned up' so to speak so I was surprised to feel the relationship with Corina was left unfinished I kept waiting to find out the reason she was such a witch I thought maybe I would find out the reason at the end Then I realized that was the message she was trying to send the fact that some people just don'twon't change no matter what I like that her stories give me a different take on things Not too different but different enough to make me think That's a good thingIf you enjoyed this story then please read Winter Is Past It's one of the best Christian Romance Novels I've ever read An incredible story of conversion Loved it

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