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Trade Paperback
320 pages
Jan 2005
Bethany House

Opal (Dakota Treasures #3)

by Lauraine Snelling

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Review:

Once again, Lauraine Snelling delights readers with tales from the Dakotah Territory during the late 1800s. This time, we follow Rubyís young sister, Opal, as she becomes a young woman who would rather be a young ranch hand. Living on a ranch with Ruby and her brother-in-law Rand, Opal Torvald finds she is quite gifted in training horses, and so aspires to become a first-rate woman trainer. Her nature is to be spontaneous, which ends up causing unintended trouble for those she loves most, including Atticus, her closest friend. From there, readers watch as she struggles with guilt and grace, self-blame and forgiveness.

Another soul laboring with remorse is Jacob Chandler, a pastor from Pennsylvania whose past has caught up with him, forcing him to face his old sins. Jacob allows his history to dominate his present, twisting himself into someone he is not in order to hide his shame. Throughout his journey to ease his burdens, Snelling reminds the reader of Godís mighty, all-encompassing mercy, using scripture to beautifully reveal Him.

The author has an enjoyable talent for giving her characters flesh and bone, allowing the reader to befriend and cheer them on. The undemanding dialog and landscapes make Opal a breath of fresh air. Ė Anne Walker, Christian Book Previews.com

Book Jacket:

A Treasured and Delightful Series Continues!

When Ruby Torvald marries rancher Rand Harrison, her sister, Opal, takes to ranch life like a hummingbird to sugar water. She can outshoot, outride, and outwork any cowboy on the place. Ranching has clearly captured her heart. But when Opal makes a foolish though innocent decision, her dear friend Atticus is taken away from her, and she is consumed with feelings of guilt and self-recrimination. Will she ever see Atticus again?

Jacob Chandler, hiding secrets from the past, arrives from the East to begin a new life with his son. The young minister discovers grace and acceptance among the people of Dakotah Territory and soon finds himself falling in love with the enchanting Opal Torvald.

Will the tragedy that has broken Opal's heart keep her from love forever?