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Trade Paperback
320 pages
Apr 2004
Bethany House

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“Second in the Dakota Treasures series by Lauraine Snelling, the pages of Pearl envelope the reader in a cozy blanket as it follows the story of a young woman traveling out west to become a teacher. Set in the Dakota territory during the 1800s, Pearl is one of many women who have made Dove House their home. Ruby, the owner of the hotel, has struggled during the past year to make a former ‘house of ill-repute’ into a respectable business, complete with worship services on Sunday. Pearl has escaped from an unwanted arranged engagement to this rough land, and must adjust her lifestyle from a comfortable life to hard working. Surrounded by a make-shift, but thoroughly loving, family Pearl herself finds friendship as she’s never experienced it before. And possibly, even love.

“Ms. Snelling is an effortless writer, whose books are like a friendly cup of tea on a cold day. Her characters are rounded, and we truly want to know them more, even after the last page is read. The overriding spiritual theme is of trusting God, and becoming like Him in our daily actions, which we find Ruby struggling with in her thoughts. This book is very enjoyable and I highly recommend it.” – Anne Walker, Christian Book

Book Jacket:

The Newspaper Ad Offered an Escape From Her Father's Matchmaking Schemes....

Ruby Torvald has turned Dove House, the scandalous inheritance her father left to her and her sister, into a respectable establishment. Her newest boarder is Pearl Hossfuss, a twenty-two-year-old schoolteacher from Chicago. Hiding scars within and without, Pearl has given up hope that any man would want to marry her. Her father has his own ideas, insisting she marry his clerk, a widower with five children.

So Pearl flees to Dakotah Territory in response to an ad requesting a teacher for the town of Little Missouri. She finds teaching in this rural setting rewarding and interesting--even more so when she makes the acquaintance of an intriguing young carpenter, Carl Hegland. But just as her future begins to look brighter, news arrives that her father is coming to take her back to Chicago.

When disaster threatens, will these lovely jewels of the West be forced to abandon their dreams?