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Hunter's Prize

Title:  Hunter’s Prize
Author:  Marcia Gruver
Pages:  320
Year:  2012
Publisher:  Barbour Books
Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book.  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.  Other reviews can be read at  Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988
                Addie longed to be independent and free from her parents; her answer to that longing may lie in her pocket.  It is a letter wanting the services of another for a governess, but since that woman was becoming a bride, the local doctor passed the notice to Addie.  Would this finally be the time her parents would allow her to spread her wings and fly at the tender age of twenty-two?
                Pearson and Theo have been friends all their lives, and have grown closer as Pearson has suffered the tragic loss of his whole family when a hurricane came through their area.  Now all that consumes Pearson is to locate Lafayette’s treasure.  Theo always loved Pearson and wonders how long Pearson will run from God or quit being angry at God.
                An elderly sailor tells the tale of a shipwreck in another state many years ago.  It seems that ship had special cargo that no one has been able to locate.  Since Pearson keeps suffering defeat in locating Lafayette’s treasure, why not try to locate this downed steamer ship laden with cargo of great wealth? 
                Ceddy has to leave South Africa since his parents were recently killed in an accident.  His aunt comes from America to pack his stuff up and bring him to Priscilla’s to live, but she isn’t too keen on a single woman raising a special child.  All Ceddy seems to do is scream, run and dig for rocks.  He never talks.  Denny and Charlie are hired to get the aunt and her charge to the train on time, but all they want is to strike it rich.  When Ceddy pockets a special rock, Denny plans on following them to America to steal this rock with hopes of living life on the high side.
                Does Addie get the freedom she longs for with her faith intact or is she too uncertain to accept the position she is offered?  Will Pearson ever locate the steamer and her precious cargo and come back to his faith in God?  When Ceddy proves to be a handful, will Ms. Priscilla finally send the boy to another aunt or family members?  There is adventure and intrigue in this wonderful work of fiction, the first of three in the series Backwoods Brides by Marcia Gruver.  Many characters in this story look for various treasures or prizes, and you will be engrossed as you read to see who locates their prize and where they find it!
                Enjoy the book!  My rating is 5 stars.
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