My Review: Three Times Blessed (Brides of Timber Creek, Bk 2) by Lori Copeland

Three Times Blessed
(Brides of Timber Creek, Bk 2)
by Lori Copeland
Avon Inspire
(an Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers)
Copyright 2009
Pages: 278
ISBN: 9780061364938

Back Cover:

How will Audrey and her fellow schoolmarms stay afloat when a flood threatens their small Texas town?

Typically, Thunder Ridge, Texas, is dry as a bone. But Audrey Pride has arrived under a storm cloud, one that is deluging the shocked community with weeks of relentless, drenching rain. With travel in and out of town rendered impossible, there is much important work for her to do - especially when an epidemic of violent illness, originating from a stranded wagon train, spreads rapidly throughout Thunder Ridge. Caring for the sick is consuming Audrey's every waking hour...yet her thoughts keep returning to the attractive widower Eli Gray.

Eli has long been haunted by the fact that he was away at war when his beloved wife died in childbirth. Little by little, however, he is opening his heart again. Now, as their town sags under the crushing weight of water and disease, Audrey and Eli will need to depend on each other in ways they never imagined possible.

My Review:

We catch up with Audrey as she and Copper Wilson, her close friend and fellow schoolmarm, arrive in Thunder Ridge, Texas, in the midst of the biggest rainstorm the town has ever seen. Their arrival is a catastrophe in and of itself! It sets the pace for the rest of the book. Audrey and Copper are coming to stay with their best friend, Willow Madison, who is also a schoolmarm, until they leave in the fall to start teaching at their very own schools, in the surrounding cities. Audrey receives some very disappointing, heart-breaking news before she even has a chance to get out of the rain; now she has no idea what to do, or where to turn.

Eli Gray lives with his Ma and his young son, Tate. He runs the timber mill with his cousins, Tucker and Caleb. Ever since his wife passed away, he doesn't feel worthy of a woman's love. He slowly allows Audrey into his heart, but it takes a lot of prayer, as well as, patience from Audrey to finally get Eli to see that he is indeed worthy of her love.

In my opinion, you will enjoy this book a lot more if you read, Twice Loved, first, as this book begins pretty much where book one leaves off. Once you've done that, you're ready to enjoy this fast-paced, very "wet" historical romance! I thoroughly enjoyed Three Times Blessed, but I think Twice Loved is still my favorite. I can't wait to read Copper's story, One True Love...I have a feeling it's going to be a real firecracker! You'll understand why as you get to know Copper. :)

To find out more about Lori Copeland and/or her books, please visit her at: www.loricopeland.com

*I purchased this book myself, to add to my growing collection.*



Renee said...

I sooo have to pick up this series! It looks so good and if you are enjoying it I know I will!

xoxo~ Renee

Lori (sugarandgrits) said...

I'm loving this series! There was so much I wanted to say in my review, but couldn't w/o giving away some great parts! *wink*

Lee Smith said...

That's the worst part of trying to review some of my fav books ~ I don't want to give away any of the good parts and so I feel as if I haven't done the book justice. I KNOW authors get upset at people giving away certain key surprises they wanted to hold back... but it's hard to know what just the right balance is.

I know there are surprises in my book I don't want people to know about. Some authors have a certain page number, for some it is a certain event... It can be hard to determine what would be most important to the author.

You always do a terrific job and I love reading your reviews. :o)

Renee said...

Oh I know Lori! I feel the same way about reviews...I'm always afraid to give too much away!

xoxo~ renee

Blanche said...

I need to look into this series....it sounds great!!

I'm currently trying to collect her "Men of the Saddle" series and since it is no longer in print it is proving to be difficult! I have the The Peacemaker and The Drifter but I'm on the WL at PBS The Maverick and The Plainsmen.

Lori (sugarandgrits) said...

Thank you, Lee! I just feel like I could give better reviews if I could do more in-depth detailing of the story, you know?

I don't want to ruin it for others, but I also want to give such a good review that it just draws them to the book. :)

I'm still waiting to read your book!
~ Lori

Lori (sugarandgrits) said...

Renee ~ *giggle* we're exactly the same!

Blanche ~ I finally got the entire "Men of the Saddle" series for my sister on eBay...have you checked there? Sometimes you can get the entire set cheaper than separately. You can always post the extras on a swap site. :) Be sure to check out this series when you get a chance.

~ Lori

Katy F. said...

:) This book sounds good. And I really like the cover--I love a good rainstorm.

Lori (sugarandgrits) said...

Hey Katy ~ this series is wonderful! However, I'm not a fan of rain...I don't think I could have survived the weeks of rain in this book! LOL

~ Lori

Allison said...

Great review..I love historical romances, but had not seen this one or the first one. Thanks for adding to my TBR wishlist!!

Lori (sugarandgrits) said...

Thanks, Allison! I'm glad I could help! LOL

Cym Lowell said...

This sounds like a great series. Thanks for linking-up!