05 October 2013

Noela Nancarrow reviews 'THE LEGACY OF DEER RUN' by Elaine Marie Cooper

The Legacy of Deer Run

(The Deer Run Saga – Book 3)

Reviewed by Noela Nancarrow
~5 Stars~ *****

An Outstanding Finale to an Exemplary Series

In The Legacy of Deer Run, we read the final story of the Deer Run Saga, written in Elaine Cooper’s indomitably exquisite style that I’ve come to love immensely throughout this series.  This third book doesn’t lack any of the charm from the first two and is just as compelling from the very beginning to the crowning end.

The story takes up again in the year 1800. Daniel and Mary Lowe’s twins James and Danny are now 21 years old, but already are facing the devastating hurt of the loss of a loved one. James’ young wife, Anne has only just passed away while giving birth to his daughter. While standing at the gravesite for the burial, Danny’s heart breaks for his twin brother’s overwhelming loss. Unfortunately Danny has to leave shortly after the funeral to return to Springfield to his job at the Armory. As he gallops toward Springfield upon his rented mare, he feels a rage surging through him while contemplating the losses felt so keenly with himself with his first love four years ago, and now with his brother. He wonders if there might be any truth in the gossiping woman’s remarks at the funeral. Could there really be a curse on the Lowe family because of his father’s past as an enemy soldier? Not wanting to take any more chances, Danny makes the tragic decision never to marry.

Susannah Dobbins grief-stricken father has brought her along with him to Springfield from their home of Boston, after his wife had passed away. Susannah is angry about the move and having to leave her friends and life behind. She looks down upon the workers of the Armory, regarding them as of a lower station than herself. So how will she handle the attraction that she feels when she meets Danny, especially when circumstances paint him as a drunkard and a rogue?

At the armory where Danny works, there are enemy spies that bring much danger and destruction. Can Danny come through this unscathed? Who will survive and who were the traitors that attacked right where America’s defenses were being forged?

This wonderful saga covers the whole of the endearing Lowe family we’ve come to love, therefore we also read about James and Danny’s sister, Polly, and a painful situation concerning her parents and the man she’s fallen in love with. Surrounding these circumstances are some of the most heart-rending scenes played out in this story. Polly’s father Daniel is shaken to the core, so is he going to be able to find the forgiveness and the trust needed in this situation?

I’m saddened that this series has drawn to a close, but I have to applaud the author for bringing such a historically rich, spiritually inspiring, and hugely entertaining story and series to her readers. ‘The Legacy of Deer Run’ embraces important issues such as the need for forgiveness and reconciliation, prejudices and judging, deception and bad choices. And in conclusion, let me just say, Elaine Marie Cooper knows how to write romance! You’ll be powerless to prevent yourself smiling from the enjoyable and playful banter between the couples nor stop your heart from fluttering as you lose yourself in the deep love shared betwixt with these warm and loving characters.
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This book may be purchased through AmazonCBD, Deeper Shopping, Barnes & Noble, and your local bookshop.
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GIVEAWAY: This week, Elaine will be giving away one each of the Deer Run Saga books to three winning recipients from the reviews featured this week. (Limited to USA winners)
Overcoming With God will also be giving away a copy of winner's choice of Elaine's books in e-book format. (Open to International winners)

Question: Have you gone through a challenging experience that you’ve been able to turn into something positive?




33 comments:

  1. Life is definitely full of challenges. I lost my dear husband 4 years ago. That is still a challenge, and will always be - just to make it through each day without him by my side. So thankful for my memories, though. Then, last year I was on medical leave the whole school year (teacher) after having 2 very serious surgeries. Thank God I am back at school this year and loving every minute of it. (30th year) Without God, I would not have been able to get through these challenges. God is good! I don't understand the "whys" of this, but I know the "who," and that's my Lord and Savior. I'm thankful for him and count my blessings daily.
    susanlulu@yahoo.com

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    1. Thank you so much for coming by to read about this book SUSAN, and for sharing also! So very sorry to hear of your loss Susan. Special memories are a wonderful thing to be thankful for. I'm so glad to hear of your recovery from those surgeries too, and are back teaching at school doing what you love and blessing others with your love and gifts. Thankful for you Susan! :)

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  2. My marriage for the last 12 years has been the biggest challange in my lifetime. I feel I am still working on it and with time I am praying it will become a good example of Christ and the church, one of love and care. We are all human and been through some tough times and it is allowing God to work through us that lets his grace and mercy powerful ! Would love to win this book !
    Blessings
    Linda

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    1. DH suffers with scitso-affective disorder. scitsophrenia with bipolar manic depression. we believe was caused by an accident while he was in the armed services. Thus the challange in keeping him stable, doing all he should do. The tramatic brain injury sustained in the accident also we believe is what is causing him to loose his memory slowly. It is a challenge.

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    2. Oh wow LINDA, I'm sure that's an enormous challenge for you! Praise God for His grace, love, and strength, to help us through these things. I'll be keeping you in my prayers Linda. All the best in the contest - I hope you get to read these amazing and encouraging stories! God bless!

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  3. Fabulous review, NOELA! You and TERESA have done such a jam up job this week introducing our viewers to Elaine's books! Lots of luck to everyone in the drawing! :)

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    1. Thank you dear DIANA! I have thoroughly enjoyed sharing reviews of Elaine's incredible stories this week... they're the sort of stories you just wish everybody could read - so as to be as blessed as I was while reading them!!

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  4. I have a handicapped son, now an adult. With all those challenges I have learned patience and endurance. Although sometimes patience can wear very thin. It is a daily trial with seizures on a regular basis and meds and other hardships. It's hard to plan a vacation with your spouse, so we have to take turns so that someone can always take care of our son's needs at home. It's a trial that needs God's ever presence to help cope with the day to day experiences.

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    1. Dear Sonja, Besides being an author, I am also a Registered Nurse and I've word with special needs children in the past. I also experienced almost two years of caring for my daughter who suffered from a brain tumor prior to her death. My heart goes out to you in this difficult situation and I pray that the Lord will provide some respite care for your son, either through friends, family or community respite organizations. Usually there is help; perhaps you can speak to your son's doctor or nurse for help in finding resources. I can identify with the difficulty you face and I pray that you can get the assistance you need. ((HUGS)) and blessings. Elaine

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    2. I pray you find that extra support that you need also SONJA. I'll be keeping you in my prayers as well for the Lord's continued strength and grace to also support and help you to cope well day by day. Hugs and blessings to you Sonja!

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  5. Learning to live without your husband is a huge challenge I have done that and learned that my Lord can be my husband, my friend And I can learn from what he teaches me
    God bless you
    chris Granville
    granvilleAT frontiernetDOTnet

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    1. CHRIS, I imagine it would be an enormous challenge and I'm so glad to hear that the Lord is able to help you with that great loss in your life. The Lord makes for the best friend, doesn't He?! God bless you too Chris!

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  6. I'd love to read her books! They all sounded like great reads!
    makeighleekyleigh at yahoo dot com

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    1. They sure are MEGAN, so I really hope you get the opportunity to do so as you'll just love them!

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  7. I had a very series horseback riding accident that I've been able to use to talk of God's miracles. The accident should have killed me.
    cindialtman(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Praise the Lord that you are okay CINDI, and are able to share God's miracle with others!! That's a great testimony, thanks for sharing Cindi. Blessings to you!

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  8. Thank you for such a wonderful review and for this contest. I would love to win. I have come out a better person through many difficult experiences. My wonderful dad, now deceased, had schizophrenia all his life and it was hard for me and my mom. My mom died of cancer and later in life , my dad died of sepsis. Through this, as well as being in a sub-acute hospital for my own depression has made me a better person. Thanks for reading this. Sincerely, '
    flowersmarylou85(at)gmail(dot)com.

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    1. Thank you MARYLOU, and thank you so much for sharing your story here too. You have gone through so much and I applaud you that through it all, you've come out a stronger and better person. I pray the Lord uses your story and experiences to help and encourage others! God bless you, and all the very best in the draw!!

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  9. My son was born with a profound hearing loss. I actually think this has brought us very close together. He had to be taught everything. Nothing is incidental.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. You're so right MARY, nothing is incidental, and for everything a purpose too. God will use everything in our lives also to help us to grow! I'm so sorry for your son's hearing loss but thankful it has brought you so close. My son has Asperger's Syndrome and it has had the same impact, we are very close, and I love him completely just as he is.

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  10. Another wonderful review NOELA!! What a week this has been on OWG reviewing Elaine's magnificent books!

    I have had reflux since I was very young and couldn't find much relief with any medication. My Pastor's wife was praying for me a few months ago and she told me God said if I would start praying for others that are sick He would heal me. Not long after that I was praying for someone and while I was praying I felt a burning in my stomach, and it wasn't heartburn this time! lol Since then I have gone from taking four 150mg of Zantac a day down to one!! PTL!!! Sometimes God asks us to do things that might seem out of the ordinary but if we trust Him and do what He asks we will be rewarded. :)

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    1. Thank you TERESA! I agee wholeheartedly Teresa, it has been a wonderful week having ELAINE here on OWG - it has been a real pleasure sharing my love for her stories with everybody, as I'm sure it was for you too! :) I loved sharing this week with you too Sissy! :)

      Praise the Lord for His miracles and your healing!! I know what a challenge that was for you in dealing with that awful reflux for so long! Praying for your complete and whole healing, too! You're right, it often comes down to obedience, trust, and faith in Him! Hugs!!!

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  11. Still gonna try again. I want this series so bad. Please put my name in the drawing. Very good Noela. Yu are very good at this. MAXIE mac262(at)me(dot)com

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    1. MAXIE, I do hope you are a winner, but if not, I really hope you can get the Deer Run series or Elaine's new book when it's released, because I know you would just LOVE it! :) And thank you for the compliment, that's very sweet!! God bless!

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    2. Maxie, you were one of the winners, so congrats!

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  12. Would love to win one of these books, thank you for good clean books to read in a world where God's love is pushed into the background. I have given away Christian books to my non-Christian with the hope they will see God's love in the book. Blessings......

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    1. Thank you BECKY for dropping by! I love that you've been sowing seeds by giving away some of your Christian books - they're a wonderful tool for sharing and ministering to others, which is why we love to promote great Christian books on OWG! God bless you! I hope you come back to leave your email in case your name is drawn as one of the winners!

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  13. Since 2008 we have lost our sister Linda age 47,Aunt Linda age 61 and our mom age 78. After mom died I was put in charge of my dad at the nursing home which is an hour away from my home. If not for my brother and sister working together with me I could not have done it. God has blessed us.

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    1. BONNIE, thank you so much for sharing! What a heartbreaking time over the last few years you have had... but I praise God too that you have had your siblings to help you! He gives us what we need at the time doesn't He?! Hugs & blessings!

      Bonnie, if you come back please leave your E-MAIL so that we can contact you if you are one of the winners! Thanks!

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  14. Many years ago my mother was bemoaning all the abuse that all of us kids had suffered from my stepmother when we lived with my dad. We were now living with her but she still felt guilty because of what we had suffered. I had moved out but was able to tell her that what we had suffered then had made us who we are now. That we were more compassionate because of the way we were treated. So, something good came from something horrible.

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    1. Oh I'm so sorry for what you have gone through JAN, and from my own similar experiences, I know that it is because of them that it has made me who I am today also. Isn't it great that good can come out of the bad things in life if we allow it to, especially with God's grace and help?!

      Thanks for sharing JAN, and please leave your E-MAIL addy if you come back so that we may contact you if you are the blessed winner of one of Elaine's books! :)

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  15. This is one beautiful blog! I love the template! Keep up the good work!

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    1. Glad you like it VICTORIA! :) Did you want to be entered into the competition? If so, just need your e-mail! :) Blessings!

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