Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Season of Forgiveness by Templa Melnick - Cladach Fall Fling!

It is time! Fall Book Fling time! So the first book is Season of Forgiveness. This book was not at all what I was expecting. It started out easy going. Soon, it was shocking and a bit scary! Then, about the time I wasn't sure if I should just by pass some major trauma, it all started changing.  I'm normally very bold with my reading, but what Daisy was going through, oh my goodness. I just almost wasn't able to read. You will not want to miss a page! God is moving in the lives of these vividly shared people in the Old West. Everything that makes "The Old West" be what movies make it out to be, it is all in this book with nothing left out. What is in this book that isn't in many of the movies is following one Christian family as they make a difference in the lives of those around them. Emma and her husband, and their large group of children impact lives, while their lives are impacted as well. That is what makes this book real. This is a historically placed book, that focuses on Forgiveness while dealing with real life situations. This is a very good book to read, but I would not recommended it for under 16-18 with out some guidance with a few situations. If your interested in a real life take of how a Christian family could have lived (and probably did!) in this time frame, this book is for you! 

Carol :) 

Thank you Cladach for my e-copy of this book in exchange for my honest review! 
It was well worth my time reading it! 

by Templa Melnick
Templa Melnick lives in Grand Junction, Colorado. She is married to her high school sweetheart, Chris. They have raised three sons and a menagerie of animals. Templa loves history, out of the way museums, and dusty attics filled with forgotten treasures. She's always ready to listen as old timers talk about how things were back in their day. Raised in the mountains of Colorado and influenced by colorful family memories, these elements naturally weave their way into her stories, creating rich, realistic details. Templa also draws from her varied experience as a business owner, a sales and marketing executive, and most recently, serving in Wake Up Ministries. Find her online ~ and enjoy her blog, "Templa's Trivia" ~ at

The Story
Emma is a little woman with a big heart, who can to ride, shoot, love, and pray!
Emma Johnson juggles family, friends, and pioneer chores, all the while dealing with threats to her own life, those she loves, and the safety of the ranch on the western slope of Colorado's Rocky Mountains in the early 1900s. The challenges of living in the shadow of gold fever bring opportunities to use the skills learned from her Indian stepmother while praying as if everything depends on the Lord. Families, schools, and churches are moving into Riverbend, where gold assessors, saloons, and brothels have prevailed. Conflicts arise between miners, ranchers, bankers, railroad tycoons, Indians, and lawmen. Emma finds herself involved in the rescue and restoration of three abandoned or abused women. As hope, beauty, and new life blossom, the four women help uncover an evil plot and learn the meaning of forgiveness.

This Historical/Western/Romance novel shows us what women encountered in the West, especially in gold-rush boom towns. And it demonstrates the difference that faith, prayer, resourcefulness, and self-sacrifice can make in any hard situation.

Season of Forgiveness offers a colorful cast of characters, pacing that lets you experience family life on a Western ranch and the flavor of life in those days, peppered with suspense, danger, and a little mystery. The drama and pathos in the stories of the three women ~ Sally, Daisy, and Dee ~ are eloquent and will touch your heart. Each of them begins to come into her own and each develops love interests by the end of this book that will form the bases of the plots in books 2 and 3 of the series. By the time you read to the end of Season of Forgiveness, these characters will be real to you and you will want to read about the next seasons of their lives.

Get to know Emma Johnson, her cowboy husband, their seven rambunctious sons (the oldest ones becoming men), and Emma's young, rescued-women friends in Season of Forgiveness, first novel of the new series, Seasons in Riverbend.
The Praise

"Season of Forgiveness is written with depth, insight, passion, intrigue, suspense, and well formed characters & story line.... [Reading this book] was time well spent." ~ Pam Caylor" I highly recommend this Christian, historical romance. Easy to read, easy to love the characters, with a wonderful message and strong example of beautifully lived Christian lifestyle. I enjoyed the historical context and I can't wait for the next book in the series!" ~ Ileen White 

"Dramatic situations and historical accuracy make this story interesting and enjoyable. This is the kind of book that I like to read in front of a roaring fire in the winter. If you enjoy stimulating novels, the old west, and a good Christian story, this is a book for you." ~ Susan Bulanda

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Anonymous said...

Thank you for this honest review! It helps us. And you said things that no other reviewer has. I think you're right. In some ways it is light, fun reading. Then it's hard-hitting PG. Dealing with real issues and showing just how pivotal forgiveness is. And how possible. And how worth experiencing.

Carol E. Keen said...
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Carol E. Keen said...

Dear Cathlawton,
You are most welcome. :) I always have, and alway will give my honest review. Wow! I'm surprise I'm the only one who said these things, thank you for letting me know. :) I'm looking forward to the next book in this series.