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As Opal begins, it's 1886 in the wild and untamed Dakota Territory. To avoid a drifter's murderous clutches, tomboy Opal Torvald is forced to leave the ranch she loves. But when she returns - older and more lady-like - she meets Jacob, a new ranch hand from back East. Now Opal must choose between an old friendship and a new romance.

Alexandra O'Karma's dramatic voice energizes the lively characters and moral underpinnings of this uplifting historical novel.

©2005 Lauraine Snelling (P)2005 Recorded Books

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  • there^se
  • 18-05-19

Opal s Conscience Guilt Ridden or Is It

This books story showed how Opals coming of age,
view of what she wants and what her Sister Ruby,
thinks it quite different .When Opal ,is forced to
go East to for her safety, because of a drifter
that acosted her .Finally safe for a return ,to home,
But at the same time while she was away from a preacher ran from home ,because his conscience ridden guilt, Thus he finally sees that God has called
him to reveal that he is a pastor .He is set free as the
truth does .
Eventually he expresses his love for Opal ,but; he is
told ,he must wait till she is 17 ,
He is willing to do so,.On Christmas ,he receives, a wonderful gift ,his estranged son Joel ,acknowledges him as His pa. Ruby gives birth to her seconfd child with her husband s help .
Than Jacob ,the pastor marries a couple one ,who is Indian other Afroame AmRican .
Main theme is God is always there, especially when
your faith is sorely being tested .Especially when one
is called to submit to God's will

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  • Margie
  • 03-12-16


This is very interesting, but it was too much of a false beginning. But as all in all a very good read.