Sep 26, 2011

A Life Restored by Karen Baney (Prescott Pioneers #3)

Making mistakes is a part of life…

Social butterfly, Caroline Larson, longs for adventure. Since her best friend left Texas, she grows dissatisfied with her life. A little lie to her parents sends her on the journey of her life. Stranded in the Arizona desert, far from her final destination, she must rely on a stranger who gets under her skin.

Thomas Anderson has always struggled with making good decisions. A twist of fate, or Providence, leads him to Arizona to take a job as an express rider. Dealing with the ghosts of his past threatens to overshadow his future—until he meets a woman needing his help. Sparks fly as she grates on his nerves.

As they both struggle to move beyond their past mistakes, will they find their lives restored?

Karen Baney, in addition to writing Christian historical fiction novels, works as a Software Engineer. Spending over twenty years as an avid fan of the genre, Karen loves writing about territorial Arizona. Her faith plays an important role both in her life and in her writing. She is active in various Bible studies throughout the year. Karen and her husband make their home in Gilbert, Arizona, with their two dogs. She also holds a Masters of Business Administration from Arizona State University. Visit Karen's website at

I read and review a lot of Christian fiction titles, and I especially love the historical western theme. Karen Baney writes the type of stories that I love the most.

Caroline and Thomas first meet after a tragic stage coach robbery, and Caroline is the only survivor. Thomas has a very colorful past, and many don't believe that he will ever make anything of his life.  When their lives cross, their immediate reaction is a love/hate relationship that will take them through some very interesting times.

I loved the first two books in this series, A Dream Unfolding and A Heart Renewed.  But after reading A Life Restored, I don't know which is my favourite.  Most of the characters that I loved from the first books are in this newest title, along with introductions to some more new and fascinating characters.

A story full of suspense, young love, danger, the wild Arizona frontier, cattle rustlers, genuine compassion for others, and a deep faith in God, are just a few of the elements that kept me up way past my bedtime. I can't wait for book #4, A Hope Revealed, and I highly recommend the entire Prescott Pioneers series.

Disclosure: Copy of this book received courtesy of Karen Baney. I was not compensated for my thoughts.

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