This is a fantastic read! It's funny, but it brings an important message. Gossip is BAD! Just don't do it! Why do people gossip? Why is what everyone else does your business? Sigh...I don't understand! Anyway, back to the book. So, Claire is a twin sister who is also a teacher. Her fiance leaves her for her sister. Once again she's playing 2nd to her sister, once again she's the forgotten one. So she moves to start a new life. She is going to be the best teacher EVER in Pine Creek, WA. Too bad she has competition in the form of Barrett. He, too, is vying for the position of Town Teacher. Barrett is forced out of his job as a professor and his uncle, on the school board, tells him he can have ranchland in exchange for a year's worth of teaching. Claire is trying to redeem herself respect and self esteem. Both desperately want and need this position, but who will win? I guess you'll just have to read to find out! The characters are meaningful and believable with strong characteristics. The storyline includes the moral lesson of how gossip truly hurts all those involved. It is well written, and well organized. I high recommend it!
About the Book
Humiliated after her broken engagement, Claire Montgomery flees her comfortable life in San Francisco for a teaching position in Pine Creek, Washington, a dot of a town nestled in the rugged Cascade Mountains. She’s determined to succeed—for once in her life—only to discover, upon her arrival, that success will have to be won. Thanks to a school board error, two teachers have been hired.
When scandal forces professor Barrett Clarke from his position, he returns to Pine Creek where his uncle, chairman of the school board, sets forth an irresistible offer: teach one year in return for ranchland. For this would-be rancher, nothing is more tempting than resurrecting his childhood dream, and nothing can deter him from earning that land.
Except perhaps Claire Montgomery. Losing the battle for the classroom means losing the ranchland, but winning may mean losing Claire’s heart.
About the Author
A native of Washington State, Sondra Kraak grew up playing in the rain, hammering out Chopin at the piano, and running up and down the basketball court. Now settled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, she enjoys spending time with her husband and children, blogging about spiritual truths, and writing historical romance set in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. She delights in sharing stories that not only entertain, but nourish the soul. Her debut novel, One Plus One Equals Trouble, was an ACFW Genesis semi-finalist (2015) and the winner of the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference Unpublished Women’s Fiction Award (2015).
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