16 April 2015

Bonnie Roof reviews 'THE LUMBERJACKS' BALL' by Carrie Fancett Pagels

The Lumberjacks' Ball
The Lumberjacks' Ball
by Carrie Fancett Pagels
Hearts Overcoming Press (April 4, 2015)

Reviewed by Bonnie Roof
5 Stars *****

"The Lumberjacks' Ball", book 2 in The Christy Lumber Camp series by Carrie Fancett Pagels, is a beautiful story of forgiveness, hope, and inspiration - wrought through faith in a loving God.

In this continuation of the 1891 story of Garrett "Ox" Christy from book 1, "The Fruitcake Challenge" - readers also have the pleasure of revisiting his sister Jo and fiance' Tom Jeffries, and brother Richard "Moose" Christy. When Garrett ventures from working in his father's lumber camp - into the town of St. Ignace, Michigan - in favor of work focusing on his woodworking talents, he is reconnected with a friend from his past, when he applies for a job at her fathers' newly opened mercantile store, at which she is the proprietress. He is later surprised to find his friend is also a new boarder of the same hotel - owned by Tom's mother, Cordelia - as he.

Rebecca Jane "Janie" Daggenhart, now using the name, Rebecca Hart, was rescued 10 years prior, from a brutal assault, by Garrett and Richard. Garrett is a reminder of the past she is unwilling to face, bringing up unwelcome memories, and discouraging the opening of her heart to a friendship with any male. Hiding behind drab clothing and a severe hairstyle, since her attack, she has recently relocated to Michigan's Upper Peninsula to escape the hold of her money-hungry, controlling father. Garrett has been attracted to Janie since he was a child, tagging along with his brother and father to shop at her fathers' other mercantile store. As Janie slowly starts to warm to Garrett's protective, gentle nature - ominous events point to the possibility of the re-emergence of Janie's attacker.

"The Lumberjacks' Ball" has enjoyable elements for every reader: romance, suspense, humor, lovable characters, inspiration, and an engaging plot. You'll fall in love with kind, sensitive Garrett, lumber camp driver - Frenchie Brevort - will put a smile on your face and young Amy will steal your heart. So much to love about "The Lumberjacks' Ball", I'm looking forward to book 3 in the series - "Lilacs For the Lumber Camp"!!


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You can pick up a copy of this fabulous story from Amazon!

GIVEAWAY: A ebook copy of 'The Lumberjacks' Ball' (from Bonnie) to one blessed commenter!



23 comments:

  1. Thanks so much Bonnie! What a surprise to wake up to this!!!

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    1. My pleasure, Carrie - I so appreciate your leaving comments, in the midst of your pain, and happy you like my review. I pray I did "The Lumberjacks' Ball" justice - I loved it's characters, story line, and themes of hope, forgiveness, and inspiration. I would also love for you to be home, free of pain, and on your way to a rapid recovery with complete healing - praying towards that end, dear Carrie - but want you to be free from any danger before leaving that hospital!! I know He hears our prayers for you and is working things to your good. Love and hugs!!

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  2. Bonnie, you have captured the essence of Carrie's story so perfectly!! This is a wonderful review of a very special story, thank you. And as you said, The Lumberjacks' Ball truly has something for everyone and is one of my favorite's for the year! :)

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    1. I'm grateful for your sweet comments, Noela - they are so meaningful to me, as your reviews are always so beautiful!! I agree that "The Lumberjacks' Ball" is a special story - I think it is Carrie's best, and can't wait to see what other wonderful stories God is inspiring her to write!!

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  3. Thank you for your delightful review of The Lumberjacks' Ball, BONNIE! Carrie can pack a lot of story in a novella for sure!

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  4. Happy to do it, Diana!! Yes, she can, lol!! Thanks for your comments!!

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  5. Ty. This is a short novel now! Am home from
    Hosp

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    1. Glad you are home Carrie. Rest and take it easy. Continuing to pray for you.
      Blessings, Tina

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  6. Great review Bonnie! Loved the book too.
    Blessings,Tina

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    1. Thank you for your kind words, Tina!! Blessings to you, as well!!

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  7. So glad you're home and now able to recover there, Carrie!! Continued prayers for rapid recovery and complete healing!! Hope your pain is better!! Please don't overdo - we don't want you to have a setback!! Love you!!

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    1. It is taking a while but seeing some progress! TY!

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  8. Bonnie, I always enjoy your posts wether they are the excellent reviews you are doing or the inspirational posts you make. You always inspire me with your inspirational posts. Whenever I have a rough day and at the end of it when I get a chance to read your lovely posts it just picks me right up ! You have done such a wonderful job of reviewing Carrie's book. I read the first book in the series and enjoyed it so much that I am ready to read this one now.Bonnie you are so generous to gift someone a copy of this, I know they will very much enjoy it. I know it's a winner ! Carrie, I am so glad to see you are home now. I wish you rest, relaxation, speedy healing and to be pain free. Prayers being sent your way ! (((Hugs))) Cnnamongirl(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Deanne, I always love and appreciate your sweet comments- thank you, so much!! It appears God may have given you the gift of encouragement - knowing my posts speak to you, certainly encourage and uplift me.

      If you enjoyed Carrie's, "The Fruitcake Challenge" - I think you will love "The Lumberjacks' Ball"!! I know I did, it's longer also - so there will be more for you to read and enjoy.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment, and express your concern for Carrie, also - I know she will appreciate your prayers for her, as do we at OWG!!

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    1. You're welcome, Mary!! Thanks for stopping by and commenting!! You'll love "The Lumberjacks' Ball"!!

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  10. Coming over from the party... Great review! It's fun to have cameos of prior characters from the series.

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    1. Thank you, Tressa!! I agree that it adds to a reader's enjoyment when reading series in which we are re-acquainted with prior characters. It's a wonderful party, isn't it?? I love meeting new authors via the online parties. Thanks for stopping by - please come back to see us!!

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  11. Thank you for the wonderful review!

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    1. My pleasure Terri - thank you for stopping by, good luck, and visit us again soon!! We have giveaways every week - each entry, on any of the weekly posts, is an added opportunity for a win. Blessings!!

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  12. Hello Bonnie. Loved your great review. Our Carrie does know how to tell a story. I have started reading this book and know the rest will be good. Love reading all of the reviews on this blog. Sorry had so much pain with this surgery. And, so happy to know she is home. But always so busy. Do hope she will slow down and give her body to heal.
    GOD bless, Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

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    1. TY Maxie and congrats on being Grand Prize winner on the Party from April 17th!

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  13. Hi, Maxie!! So glad you enjoyed my review, and all the others here on OWG. Yes, Carrie is becoming quite a storyteller- I enjoyed "The Lumberjacks' Ball" even more than "The Fruitcake Challenge". She is continually busy, just as you said- we are all glad she is home, and are praying for a rapid recovery with complete healing - she's one lady who is hard yo keep in bed, even when she's sick. Thanks for your wonderful comments, Maxie, and congrats on winning the grand prize at the authors' party today.

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