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Trade Paperback
320 pages
Oct 2005
Bethany House Publishers


by Lauraine Snelling

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In Lauraine Snelling’s, Amethyst, Amethyst Colleen O’Shaunasy journeys across the heartland in search of her missing nephew, Joel. When Amethyst uncovers a shocking family secret, her life is changed forever. Despite the emotional blow, God provides a new life for her in the close-knit town, Medora, in the Dakotah Territory.

As Amethyst bravely makes the journey to her nephew’s home, she encounters many obstacles, ranging from bouts of homesickness to frontier epidemics and diseases. By the grace of God, each of her needs and most of her wants are taken care of through the kindness of fellow Christians. The antagonistic relationship between Amethyst and her father sets the tone for the book, and by it we can see Amethyst struggle with her new relationships and her faith in humanity grow.

Amethyst is a single woman from Pennsylvania, who reintroduces us to many of the unforgettable characters in the Dakotah Treasures series, including Ruby and Rand Harrison, Opal Torvald, Jeremiah McHenry, and Jacob Chandler. Amethyst longs for a family of her own, as does Jeremiah McHenry and Jacob Chandler. But when love disappoints one of them, will their relationship be salvageable?

Amethyst is a romantic book that leaves you with a smile on your face and warm feeling in your heart. Snelling’s description of the ranchers’ lives and the Dakotah landscape is detailed, vivid, and thoroughly enjoyable. She knows how to capture the beauty and color of the forests and mountains, alongside the desolation and isolation of the vast prairies and deserts. This book is recommended for women who enjoy historical romance. – Tabitha Spacht, Christian Book

Book Jacket:

Amethyst Colleen O'Shaunasy travels west to find her father's heir. But when she discovers Joel in Dakotah Territory, she uncovers shocking news. How will she tell her overbearing father? And how will he react when he learns she's not coming home?

Major Jeremiah McHenry has retired from the army and returns to Dakotah Territory to make a new life. Amethyst is touched by his kind and gentlemanly manner, and soon he's captured her heart. But does he see her as merely a servant rather than a prospective bride?

Jacob Chandler is counting the days until he is able to court Opal Torvald. Can he prove to her that she will make a fine preacher's wife?

Will Amethyst choose to leave the western frontier if the major does not return her love?