Friday, March 25, 2016

The Christy Lumber Camp Series By Carrie Fancett Pagels

The Christy Lumber Camp Series By Carrie Fancett Pagels

When new lumberjack, Tom Jeffries, tells the camp cook, Jo Christy, that he’ll marry her if she can make a fruitcake, “as good as the one my mother makes,” she rises to the occasion. After all, he’s the handsomest, smartest, and strongest axman her camp-boss father has ever had in his camp—and the cockiest. And she intends to bring this lumberjack down a notch or three by refusing his proposal. The fruitcake wars are on! All the shanty boys and Jo’s cooking helpers chip in with their recipes but Jo finds she’ll have to enlist more help—and begins corresponding with Tom’s mother. Step back in time to 1890, in beautiful Northern Michigan, near the sapphire straits of Mackinac, when the white pines were “white gold” and lumber camps were a way of life. Jo is ready to find another life outside of the camps and plans that don’t include any shanty boys. But will a lumberjack keep her in the very place she’s sworn to leave?

A decade after surviving a brutal attack, a mercantile owner’s daughter begins her life anew in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. A gifted craftsman wishes to leave the lumber camp and seeks employment at her new store. When his presence dredges up memories she wishes to suppress, the proprietress must learn to face her past and open her heart. When complications arise, will they overcome adversity in time for The Lumberjack's Ball?

Petite Juliana Beauchamps possesses a vivid imagination, which comes in handy as a librarian. When a handsome giant of a lumberjack comes to town and rescues her from possible tragedy, she’s shaken by the event. A dashing beer baron, from Milwaukee, also pursues Juliana’s attention. Meanwhile, a library trustee determines to push out the female librarians. 

Set in 1891, in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Book Three in The Christy Lumber Camp Series focuses on Richard “Moose” Christy, the youngest of the sons, as he prepares to manage his first lumber camp. When Yost hires Juliana to organize his personal library, and her letters from Wisconsin suggest foul play, will Richard need to save her once again? And will his secret need to be revealed to win her heart?

My Thoughts:

The Fruitcake Challenge is the first book in this series and it is a Novella, while the next two books are not. They are shorter books. Personally, I like Novella's and shorter books, especially when it involves a series. Sometimes it is easy to get lost in characters or forget story lines. Make no mistake; Carrie Fancett Pagels does an excellent job at telling a storyline that will make you want to stay, despite how short these stories are. You will love the opportunity to have a chance to look at three stories, rather than just reading one and drooling for the next book in the series.  

These books can be read as a stand alone, but why miss the opportunity on great characters, Mackinaw History and some romance when you can read these in order? The Fruitcake Challenge is the first title in the Christy Lumber Camp Series, while, The Lumberjack's Ball is the second title, and the final title is Lilacs for Juliana in the series. 
Did I have a favorite? No! I loved them all! Now, as a Michigander myself, I enjoyed the rich history that Author, Carrie Fancett Pagels spent into utilizing as she pours out her heart and knowledge about the lumber camps in The Fruitcake Challenge. The second book, The LumberJack's Ball, has so many reasons to love it, but mainly I enjoyed the characters conquests to overcome hardships, while seeking a new life adventure. Finally, in Lilacs for Juliana, you'll love the romance and the mystery at stake while someone doesn't want the librarians around anymore. This is the longest book of the three, while still being considered a short novel, but a good length.

All three of these books have adventure, romance, rich history and are just lovely. I enjoyed reading them, especially being from Michigan. This was my first time reading her books, and I am glad to have had the opportunity. She is a former "Yooper" herself and her grandfather was a lumberjack who ran a camp. All the more reason to read these books. The author writes about her own heritage and history. You'll love them! I give the whole series a 5-star rating. This isn't my typical read, but I loved them so much, I can't wait for more in this series and I hope to read books in the future by Carrie Fancett Pagels as these were so enjoyable. 

About the Author:
 Carrie Fancett Pagels is a multi-published award-winning author of Christian historical romance.  Twenty-five years as a psychologist didn't "cure" her overactive imagination! She resides with her family in the Historic Triangle of Virginia, which is perfect for her love of history. Carrie loves to read, bake, bead, and travel – but not all at the same time. She blogs over here and here. Come give it a read! 

1 comment:

Carrie Fancett Pagels said...

Thanks so much Sarah!!! What a delightful review!!!