Saturday, May 4, 2013

A Place to Belong

In “A Place to Belong” by Lauraine Snelling, we are once again taken to the Engstrom ranch in South Dakota. Cassie Lockwood has found her father’s dream valley and has learned that she is half owner of a ranch. Mavis and Gretchen Engstrom welcomed her with open arms and Lucas is determined to marry Cassie, but Ransom still keeps his distance and does not fully trust her. Cassie feels pushed into making a decision to marry Lucas and finally decides that she will and hopes that love will come. But as they plan the wedding and a new life together she still has her doubts. Then Lucas suddenly disappears. He has realized that he is in love with another and cannot marry Cassie. Though hurt and angry, Cassie is also relieved. But other problems worry her. She knows the ranch needs money and feels like she should contribute. So she starts entering shooting matches in hopes of winning money needed for the ranch. She was once a sharpshooter and knows that she could sign on with another Wild West show in order to have a steady income again. The other problem she faces is Ransom. She has fallen in love with him but is sure that he hates her. She starts to wonder if it would be best if she left for good. Will Cassie trust that God has brought her to a place to belong? Will Cassie and Ransom live happily ever after?

This is the third book in the Wild West Wind trilogy and it brings the story all together for a lovely ending. This book is not a standalone and you will want to read "Valley of Dreams" and "Whispers in the Wind" first. This book is a wonderful example of how we should trust that God will bring us through the problems that we face. You will feel like you are there with Cassie as she goes through the ups and downs in her life. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Bethany House Publishers.

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