ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Lori lives in the beautiful Ozarks with her husband Lance. Lance and Lori have three sons, two daughter-in-laws, and five wonderful grandchildren. They are very involved in their church, and active in supporting mission work in Mali, West Africa.
Lori began her writing career in 1982, writing for the secular book market. In 1995 after many years of writing, Lori sensed that God was calling her to use her gift of writing to honor Him. It was at that time that Lori began writing for the Christian book market. To date, she has more than 95 books published including Now And Always
and Bluebonnet Belle.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Texas, 1865 Willow Madison and her friends, Copper and Audrey taught school in neighboring Texas communities until the Yankees rode into the area and burned them out. In the midst of fear and chaos, survivors banded together to fight for what remained of their homes. Then word reached the people that the terrible war was over.
Now penniless but still hopeful, Willow vows she will take care of her friends, Copper and Audrey, and her ailing uncle, in Thunder Ridge, Texas, even if it means having to marry wealthy Silas Sterling, a man thirty years her senior. But standing in her way is handsome sawmill owner Tucker Gray, with his enticing eyes and infuriating headstrong manner—the man Willow cannot get out of her head . . . or her heart. Even though her friends beg her not to give up her dream of happiness, Willow is determined to do the right thing for those who are dearest to her. But which path does God want Willow to take: a life of duty and commitment . . . or a life of everlasting love?
If you would like to read the first chapter of Twice Loved, go HERE
I found this book to be a great start to a new series of books by Lori Copeland. Three young schoolteachers end up defending their home at the end of the Civil War and now they have nothing left but each other. Willow is offered the opportunity by her uncle to be able to support her friends Copper and Audrey if she goes to start teaching school in Thunder Ridge and marries the wealthy bachelor there. Of course her uncle didn't tell the bachelor... and then of course there is the handsome mill owner who makes her crazy (in a bad way)... and then the schoolhouse is really a hen house... and the story is only beginning...
I really enjoyed the well written characters, the unique setting and time period (did I mention that it thunders all the time, but never rains?) and the fun plot. I look forward to following Copper and Audrey in the next installment of the Belles of Timber Creek series.