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From bestselling author Lori Wick comes the moving second book in the Big Sky Dreams series. Sabrina Matthews, a young prostitute in the rough frontier city of Denver, is befriended by a police officer and his wife. Because of their kindness, she listens to what they have to say about Jesus and believes in Him. Sabrina stays with Danny and Callie until she's ready to makeFrom bestselling author Lori Wick comes the moving second book in the Big Sky Dreams series. Sabrina Matthews, a young prostitute in the rough frontier city of Denver, is befriended by a police officer and his wife. Because of their kindness, she listens to what they have to say about Jesus and believes in Him. Sabrina stays with Danny and Callie until she's ready to make a fresh start in a new town. She boards the train for the long trip to Token Creek in Montana Territory, where she meets Jeanette Fulbright and is befriended by the church family and many of the townsfolk there. All is well until she finds herself falling for Pastor Rylan Jarvik, who has begun to care for her as well. Will she be able to tell him about her past? How will Rylan respond? A moving novel about past mistakes and forgiveness—both from God and people....

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ISBN : 9780736920780
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Number of Pages : 302 Pages
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Sabrina Reviews

  • Sara ♥
    2019-04-14 10:45

    All right, so if you read the book summary and you're anything like me, you chuckled and went "REALLY? That's a bit cheesy, don't you think?" (But I wanted to read the other two in the series, so I had to read this one...) And it could have been the cheesiest book ever, but it was VERY well written, with very intriguing and believable characters. I mean, the book wasn't perfect by any means. There were a couple of things that sorta bugged me, but overall, it was downright moving.After Sabrina's parents died, she followed her sister into the prostitution business in Denver, but she was "rescued" by a very kind police officer (they were both at a crime scene—he wasn't arresting her or anything) and his wife (who used to be a prostitute as well!) They share their home and food and beliefs with her, and she comes to believe in Jesus Christ and repents of her sins. She was attempting to start over again, working in a factory, but men who knew her from before kept approaching her... AWKWARD! So the cop and his wife send her to Token Creek, where they know a "good church family"... but Sabrina declines a letter of introduction. So she's just flying blind. The first day there, she lands a part-time job at Cassidy's old store (which Jeanette now owns and runs) AND a part-time job at Jessie's general store! AND Jeanette gives her a place to stay until she can find a place to rent.Okay, so she's most concerned about getting established, getting to know the church family, and learning more about the Bible, but she keeps running into Pastor Rylan (their first(?) encounter at the livery was HILARIOUS!). And pretty soon, she can tell he's got a "crush" on her, and she's thinking, "WHOA... I'm the LAST PERSON IN THE UNIVERSE you should be looking at! If you had ANY IDEA, you would run far far away and never look back!" BUT they end up falling in love with each other... and she's still seriously concerned about things!I don't want to give everything away, but I just really loved the underlying message that no matter how badly you have sinned, you can always be forgiven. You can truly become a totally different person—a "new creature" (2 Corinthians 5:17, Mosiah 27:26)—through Christ's Atonement, and that is beautiful! And while Sabrina is a fictional character, that message is anything BUT! And I'm really happy that Bri found a man whose belief in Christ was strong enough to overcome any "concerns" he may have had concerning her past. Not everyone has that kind of faith. :)

  • Jerry
    2019-04-01 10:30

    Another good one from Christian writer Lori Wick.

  • Barbara
    2019-03-28 13:27

    The second entry in the Big Sky Dreams trilogy by author Lori Wick is everything the first one ("Cassidy") wasn't: itt's respectful and honest. It shows character growth. The story is there for you to read and enjoy--and learn from.In the bustling town of Denver, Colorado, a policeman and his wife, Danny and Callie, befriend a young prostitute named Sabrina (Bri) Matthews. She begins to learn about God and salvation from them and becomes a believer. Worried that she will slide back into her former way of life, they put her on a train bound for Montana territory and the town of Token Creek. There, she gets a job at the mercantile as a seamstress and lives in a seedy apartment near the "night district" where the saloons and other prostitutes live. Sabrina attempts to befriend one of them, her downstairs neighbor Crystal, but is rebuffed.Sabrina attends the local church and attracts the attention of Jeannette Fulbright, who offers her a safe haven away from the night district. She also attracts the attention of the local pastor, Rylan Jarvik, one of the kindest men in romance fiction that I've ever come across. When their feelings become more pronounced, Sabrina warns him: "Don't fall in love with me, Rylan." Sabrina is worried about her past and how it will affect her present life as a churchgoing woman. God's compassion towards those in less fortunate situations is shown clearly through events in Sabrina's life, and we are reminded of one of Christ's followers, Mary Magdalene, who came from the world's oldest profession to Christianity. Rylan and Sabrina's romance is one of the sweetest I've ever read and his proposal is both unusual and funny. As with some of Wick's other books, the story suffers from having too many characters. The characters from the other books in the trilogy all make appearances and this proves distracting when we're meant to primarily care about Rylan and Sabrina.

  • Kristy
    2019-04-21 17:32

    Rating: 6/10Very enjoyable listening experience. I think I preferred Sabrina to Cassidy. It was lovely to see Sabrina's transformation from prostitute to a respectable woman. Rylan makes for a good romantic interest and I loved the way he pursued Sabrina. I loved watching their relationship blossom. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series.The Questions:Entertaining/Addictive?: Sabrina's backstory gave the second book in this series a little more depth which made me feel more engaged. I felt more invested than I did with Cassidy. It was also a very easy and enjoyable audio book to listen to.Writing Style?: Because the characters constantly go to church, there are lots of scenes dedicated to the sermon which I really enjoy. Nothing like reading some fun fiction with the added bonus of reflecting on your christian walk. The author also flicks around constantly to check in on other characters so the focus is not just on Sabrina. At times the writing can be a little cheesy but I didn't think it was a cheesy as Cassidy.Impacting/Thought Provoking?: It made me wonder if I could put aside a guy's past if they had confessed it and changed their life. Would it bother me? The points raised made me more open to it.Clean?: It mildly touches on violence against womenRead it again?: YesWould I Recommend it: To those who like Christian historical fiction

  • Nicky Macaskill
    2019-03-28 17:30

    A pastor and a former prostitute. Quite a complex combination, but it was a wonderful example of God's grace at work in our lives. I could see Rylan and Sabrina, the main characters, were perfect for each other (just like all the other characters in the book did). A Pastor's heart is to reach out to the lost and care for the unlovely, and as a former prostitute, seeing herself as the lowest of the low, Sabrina would not consider anyone above her compassion. They would serve together well. I loved how Rylan wooed Sabrina. It was so honest and caring. The characters had real chemistry and were not too sickly sweet.The only thing I think the story could do without is the interruptions of the continuing stories of characters from previous books. I found myself scanning the pages to look which names were coming up in a section before I read it. If it didn't have Sabrina's name on it then I didn't feel it was relevant to the story. As much as I loved the other characters in their own books, they come across as boring and one-dimensional in the sequels.I also think that the author explained too much, even though at times it was disguised in dialogue. I think there should be room for the reader to make their own conclusions--they shouldn't be treated like a child who can't understand.

  • Paz Field
    2019-03-23 15:46

    Amazingggg. I thought it would be an airy fairy christian romance, but it delves heaps deeper and deals with the reasons woman became/become prostitutes, how hard it is for them to get out and the healing power of Jesus :)Even though its set in the 1880's its still relevant with its themes of men objectifying women, and women feeling that they have to conform to men's worldly expectations?? Instead of realizing theyre a cherished daughter of God :) Also makes a point of the fact that if God can forgive someone for the most sinful of pasts, who are we to continue holding it against them? Points out that if we dont step outside our 'comfortable' Christian circle, how will we witness to those who need the word of God in a really real way? Awesome. Read it. Read it now. ;)

  • Julie Graves
    2019-04-11 14:53

    Is it possible for a prostitutes sins to be forgiven and to be made clean? Sabrina finds that the answer is a resounding YES! Sabrina is brought into the home of a couple who help women like her to find a new life. Through the blood on the cross that Christ shed for her Sabrina finds forgiveness from her sins. But her old life is still close by and so the couple suggests that Sabrina move to Token Creek. There Sabrina finds a job working as a seamstress in Jeanette Fulbright's shop and also working part time for Jessie at the mercantile. Her next step is to find a place to live because Sabrina is used to being independent and refuses to take advantage of Jeanette's hospitality. Unfortunately the only apartment available is in a part of town that Sabrina is all too familiar with. Having a heart for the women in that profession Sabrina soon makes an impression on some of these women. She also has made a few enemies in the men. Sabrina never dreamed that with her background any man would ever want her as a wife. But with Christ's cleansing power and Pastor Rylan Jarvick's love, Sabrina's battered heart begins to heal and she learns that with Christ all things are made new.Such a sweet story! Lori Wick's characters experience deep sin, yet they come out with a refreshing innocence and newness that only Christ can bring to someone's life. Yes, she does tend towards the preachy, but I like that about her books. They leave me knowing exactly what the Bible teaches on a subject, they don't leave me hanging and wondering, "How did this person get saved when there was no talk of the persons need for salvation?" Once again, a sweet romance blossoms between two unlikely characters. A pastor and a former prostitute! Wow! I like that the romance was slow and that it built rather than being thrust upon the reader out of the blue. I also enjoyed the setting of Token Creek, and am looking forward to reading Jessie's story next.

  • Debbie
    2019-04-18 12:25

    Enjoyed this heartwarming, moving book. I loved the first one -Cassidy - in the series. But I think I liked this one even more.

  • Mary
    2019-03-29 17:27

    I enjoyed this book. Lori Wick is an excellent author. I highly recommend this book

  • Phylisha Stone
    2019-03-28 16:23

    4.5 stars A wonderful christian book that highlights the power of God in using others to affect change in lost lives. I will be reading others in the Big Sky Dreams series.

  • Rachel
    2019-03-27 12:34

    Beautifully written! I love the way Wick takes a unique storyline and makes it something I can't put down. The characters are believable, and the drama is realistic.

  • Donna Bagby
    2019-04-04 09:52

    Sabrina is the story of a young lady prostitute given the chance of a new life-life in Christ. Unfortunately, her past follows her making it necessary to leave Denver. She travels to Token Creek where she makes it her mission to help others in dire situations without regard to her own safety. there is plenty of excitement in this story because of the different situations Sabrina gets herself into. Also there is a “knight” who seems to always be there to rescue her (romance).

  • Eva Lounsbury
    2019-04-08 11:45

    I was intrigued by the story after reading the back of the book because it reminded me of one of my all time favorite books - Reddeming Love, by Francine Rivers. Sabrina is set in the late 1800s and is a story of a prostitute who left that life, moved to another town, and tried to start life again - a totally new life. I must admit, as I started reading, it didn't have the same heart wrenching hold on me as Redeeming Love did. Francine truly has a gift in her writing, and this book didn't flow quite as perfectly. Yet, it was still good. And got better as the story drew you in.In the story, not only does Sabrina find a man that can love her gently and truly despite her past, but she also attempts to befriend and be kind to women in this new town that are living the life that she once lived. It made me think of a lot of things. It made me think again on the kind of person I want to be. She befriended the "low" and the broken without condition. It wasn't only if they would let her tell them about God. It wasn't only if they changed their ways. It was with genuine love and compassion for the person who was within them - regardless of their current actions on the outside. It made me think of Shelley Lubben and not only her amazing testimony, but her dedication to keep going back into the places where she was once bound to help others find freedom for the lifestyle that once held her captive. It made me think of many friends and people I've met in various Exodus ministries and the love and compassion and understanding they display - reaching back into their old lifestyles, and loving people whether they choose to seek the same kind of freedom that they found or not. It made me think of the book I have yet to LJ about, and which as not a "Christian" story yet help a powerful message - "Three Cups of Tea" - where the author lived and loved those of a completely foreign culture and religion and respected them for who they were, in whatever situation they were in - with no conditions. I want to be that kind of person who always loves without condition and isn't afraid to get my hands "dirty." I want to be the kind of person who will love the "unloveable" and touch the "untouchable" and reach out in love with no expectations. Just to love. Not to be someone's Holy Spirit. But to simply live a life that's an example in all I do.

  • Melissa
    2019-03-24 09:43

    Let me preface my review with the fact that I have never read a Lori Wick book before this. I have never had any real interest in Western Romances, but my Mom gave me this book to read. I also know that Lori Wick has been writing books for years and is very popular.That is why I was very surprised and felt awful when I absolutely disliked this book from the first page. The writing style felt very stiff in places and at times felt the book had two authors and a very poor editor. At points in the book, the writing felt very formal (like the author used grammer check with Word set on Formal/Business), but at others it actually flowed well and was more casual.The story concept of Sabrina was good: A prostitute that is reformed and finds love and trys to help other prostitutes out of their desperation. However, the storyline seemed forced...like the author didn't have much to write about and had to put side stories into the book, that really didn't add anything except "filler" that didn't make sense to the actual story line. I think she would have been better served to focus the book entirely on the title character and build the story around her only then try to fill in with other characters...especially since it didn't flow with the story.Finally, I just really didn't like the characters. Because of the writing style, I felt at times they were 10 year olds in adult bodies. Almost as if people in the old west Montana somehow less in IQ then the rest of Americans. I'm not sure if this is Ms. Wick's normal writing style, but unless my mom passes on another one of her books, I'm not likely to spend the money to find out.

  • Rina
    2019-04-11 10:44

    Last week I read Cassidy and liked it so much I immediately went and got the rest of the books in the series from the library. Book two was even better than the first and am looking forward to book three.The story starts out in Denver, CO and at first I was saddened because I had hoped the stories would continue to take place in Token Creek. Well, I just had to be patient.Raven is a prostitute. Danny Barshaw is a police officer investigating a murder on the street when he notices the young woman with sad eyes amongst the spectators. After finishing his investigation he takes Sabrina Matthews, known on the street as Raven, by the arm and leads her home to meet his wife Callie.Danny and Callie are completely unlike anyone Sabrina has ever met. They are kind, loving, are not judging, and they are offering her a chance at a new life - through the love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ. Leaving her old life behind she lives with the Barshaws for a while before having to move to Token Creek where she meets several wonderful people - including Pastor Rylan.I really, really enjoyed this book. A clean read (yep! it’s possible to write a clean story about a prostitute!) with a couple of hugs and sweet kisses. Read more of my review: http://rinasreading.blogspot.com/2012...

  • Margaret Chind
    2019-04-07 15:47

    Forgiving oneself of their past sins is a difficult issue no matter what it is that you are guilty of. The story of a prostitute coming to Christ has been told. It was told in the Bible, it was told by Francine Rivers, it was told by Tamera Alexander, and now I've read it again from Lori Wick. But that is not saying oh, read it move on. Definitely not. The fact of hearing over and over again that no matter how bad you think your past actions have been, God loves you is incredible. The story of Sabrina is a wonderful one that did a great deal of good for my heart to read. I was less impressed with Cassidy (book #1), but Sabrina could very easily be read as a stand alone. Once upon a time, I had told a friend that I just could not forgive myself for something, even though I knew that Christ had forgiven me, his response was, so basically you're saying God's forgiveness is not enough? It was a shocking moment, and this book is equally as powerful to learning a little more about myself as well as enjoying a great story with romance, life lessons in scripture, with a little western action mixed in as well. I recommend it.

  • Deborah
    2019-03-26 11:27

    In the frontier town of Denver, Colorado, Sabrina Matthews is given a second chance to escape the perilous life of a prostitute by a policeman and his wife. Danny and Callie give her everything she needs to start a new life, sharing their home and their faith in Jesus Christ.Cleaning up after working the night district isn't the hard part - it's the past that nips her heels at every turn. Danny and Callie send her to Montana Territory to give her a chance for a fresh start. But will her willingness to help others in Token Creek drive away the first chance she's ever had to fall in love? Or was it a dream that was out a reach for a woman with her checkered past?When I initially began the story about a prostitute, I was wasn't sure I was going to really get into and enjoy the book. Sabrina surprised and entertained me with it's characters, their relationships with God and each other, but most of all, their love. Without truly knowing about Sabrina's past, the town accepts and embraces her as their own without questions or reservations.The story was romantic and a page turner, and her past did not dictate who she became. A recommended read, and a book I will read again.

  • Kim Dennis
    2019-03-31 09:35

    With a few exceptions, I enjoyed this book much more than I enjoyed Cassidy. It's entirely possible that I enjoyed it more because I had such low expectations. There was A LOT of sermonizing in this...much more than I remembered in Cassidy, and it was a little much for me. I fast-forwarded through some of it, and tuned out a lot more of the rest. I also found myself getting a bit annoyed that everyone was so perfect. I don't read books for realism (otherwise I wouldn't enjoy fantasy so much), but I do like to have characters that I can relate with a little. No one ever got angry -- if they got upset, it was really mild and never lasted long. However, the love story was pretty sweet, and I will read the next book in the series. If I had felt the way about this one that I felt about Cassidy, I would not have finished the series.

  • Karen & Gerard
    2019-03-31 17:23

    This is a Christian historical romance book that is fairly predictable and contains a lot of scripture, including the plan of salvation. Sabrina, the main character, was a prostitute who is befriended by the sheriff and his wife who share God's plan of salvation with her and help her get out of prostitution. She leaves town and starts a new life, supporting herself by being a seamstress and working in a mercantile. She tries to help other prostitutes and finds love in her new town. It's a book that promotes compassion and forgiveness, but pretty predictable although it leaves some loose ends. The author did not go into a lot of detail when handling the prostitution aspect of this story. I enjoyed reading it.

  • Dani
    2019-03-27 17:50

    This book wasn't great, but it was a step up from the first book in the series. Again, there's no secret who the heroine will marry at the end, but at least this time there seems to be some real obstacles in the couple's way. The short scenes made a little more sense because I was familiar with the characters. I plan to read the third book in the series, mainly because it is easy and light. If I were to recommend it, I would say that the series is a good choice for adults who are learning English as a second language because of the simplicity of the vocabulary.

  • Jessie
    2019-04-18 12:41

    I give it a three, because I loved the premise: The pastor and the prostitute. But again, as is traditional for Lori Wick, she has this unbelievably fantastic story idea, and proceeds to destroy it with preachy Christian messages, (and I'm a Christian, so that's saying something) corny love and really awkward phrases:"Will you walk me home?""On one condition.""What's that?""I get to hold your hand."corny..... and really painful to read :p The only one of her books that I've ever truly LOVED is the Hawk and the Jewel. That book is FANTASTIC. Go read it! Not this one :p

  • Sonya
    2019-04-20 11:40

    I normally enjoy Lori Wick's writing. I think Sabrina is a series, but couldn't tell. I had trouble following the main plot as there were a lot of side plots and side characters which I couldn't place. The action seemed to stop with a lot of discussions about sermons and Bible readings. It was distracting. Several times I thought that I wouldn't finish it, but I did. I wouldn't read it again.

  • Laura
    2019-04-05 12:46

    Wick's later series (including this one) are not nearly as strong as her earlier work. My theories: she is lightening her schedule as she approaches a well-earned retirement, or she's already retired and the last few series have a ghost writer. My recommendation: skip this series and check-out her early work from the library.

  • Carrie
    2019-03-27 10:23

    This was the second in the Big Sky Dreams series. I ejoyed this one the best. Sabrina, who lives a life of a prostitute in Denver, when a Policman and his wife take and interest in her and help get her out of that life, but it is hard to get away from her past in Denver, so she moves to Montana. I thought this character was really engaging and I enjoyed reading this story.

  • Laura
    2019-04-11 14:53

    I feel like the story moves extremely slowly, which could be due, in part, to the fact I'm listening to the book on CD. The storyline is nice and I like the reminder that God's grace covers all sin. But some frustrations with the way the author writes weigh on me, such as "that woman" and "get wet" in reference to wading in the creek. Who talks like that all the time?

  • joyce lynn
    2019-03-27 15:42

    a bit unbelievable how the story first unfolds, BUT ... then again, maybe during that time, when people weren't as afraid of "getting involved", it very well COULD have happened!again, i loved the down to earth characters, and the realism. looking forward to the next book in the series, providing i can get my hands on it!

  • Alice
    2019-03-27 15:36

    Another Lori Wick romance for those who love Christian "gentle reads". Very gentle; the story is completely about a man and a woman coming to realize that they are falling in love. As usual, Wick's dialogs are filled with ridiculous anachronisms that disqualify the story from being serious historical fiction.

  • L
    2019-04-21 13:46

    Set in Denver, CO in 1880, Lori Wick writes about a young prostitute that saves another one from a beating, and it turn, is saved by the sheriff and his wife, a wife who had once been in the same profession. Lots of Scripture support the story, and the men's fellowship who meet regularly to pray and try and clean up the town painted a great picture for solutions in our time.

  • Highland-dreamer
    2019-04-21 09:39

    I liked this book better than the first book in the series, Cassidy. This one had more basisi in reality, and wasn't so sugary sweet. Still, a bit more conflict would make this series more interesting.

  • Patsy
    2019-04-20 17:50

    I really wanted to give this book a five star because I love Lori Wick's writings. However, although it was a great book I didn't like the story line nor the beginning of the book. Beyond that it was really good.