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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 theA 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?...

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The Lumberjacks' Ball Reviews

  • Regina
    2019-01-29 18:06

    This is the second book of the Christy's Lumberjack Camp Series. As with the first book, The Fruitcake Challenge, Carrie will draw you into the story with her captivating writing. From the first chapter to the very last page, you'll find yourself so immersed, you'll find yourself wondering where the time went!Rebecca has opened a mercantile so she can be away from her father's business. Garrett aka Ox is trying to leave the lumberjack camp, so he starts his own carpentry business. He goes to Rebecca's store to acquire about a job. As the story unfolds, you will see the sparks fly between Rebecca and Garrett. Their romance will sweep you away.I really enjoyed this book. I cannot wait to read Moose's story. You will not go wrong in purchasing this book! You'll fall in love with the characters, as I did.

  • Ann
    2019-02-18 23:14

    I loved the first book in this series and I loved this one every bit as much. It is a wonderful combination of faith and romance combined with some suspense that makes for a very enjoyable read.. I was caught up in the lives of Rebecca and Garrett from the first pages as they tried to overcome the tragic events of the past to find their future together. I certainly recommend this to anyone who enjoys good Christian historical fiction. I am definitely looking forward to the next book in the series.

  • Sandra
    2019-02-14 22:05

    I really enjoyed this book. It had romance and suspense as well as a great description of the lumberjack lifestyle. I also appreciated the element of characters learning to listen to "that still small voice". I did not read book one in this series yet I had no problem relating to the characters. I have already downloaded book three in the Christy Lumber Camp Series, Lilacs for Juliana. Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in a Goodreads Giveaway. However, all views and opinions expressed are my own.

  • Chris
    2019-02-07 17:26

    What a neat story. Rebecca had to get past a horrible experience, as she set up a store. Garrett had to trust God to take care of people he cared for. God worked some wonderful miracles. This book is a wonderful storyRead it Enjoy it God bless you Chris Granville

  • Kathleen E.
    2019-02-14 23:21

    Tuesday, May 26, 2015The Lumberjacks' Ball by Carrie Fancett Pagels, © 2015The Christy Lumber Camp Series, Book TwoMy Review:I have been waiting to open this interesting cover and begin reading the story. I can just see our protagonist stride walking right off the cover! Doesn't she look determined?Upper Peninsula ~ St. Ignace, Michigan, April 1891Rebecca Hart dons her drab clothes so as not to stand out. She is in need of a cabinetmaker to design and build furniture and shelving to display her incoming inventory shipments for her new mercantile. Finally, she will be able to support herself and have a fresh independent beginning from her parents' disapproving influence. A brand-new store, a brand-new life.Garrett Christy is seeking side jobs after their family's lumber camp and is quite skilled in working with wood. Answering a cabinetry ad, he goes to the new general store promptly at the start of day. After bringing a requested sample of his woodworking, Rebecca hires him for the work she needs done to ready her merchandise. He is certain he has seen her before; those eyes somewhere in his memory. Being startled that Rebecca's father is not available to speak with about business matters, as she is a single young woman, he looks back to the safety he and his brother provided for their sister before her marriage engagement. Concern about Rebecca not having someone watching over her, he determines to talk to his sister, Josephine, and her fiancé, Thomas Jefferies.Jo Christy cooks meals for Tom's mother's new inn until tourist season begins and Jo's new bakery flourishes. With new railroad tracks and businesses cropping up, St. Ignace will be booming. Fortunate that "Cordelia's Hotel" is available to house the dozen or so visitors during the declining snow and arriving springtime. Preparation, good food, and a meeting place welcoming boarders.Coming to secure fundraising for the orphanage and a credit account for much needed supplies, a nun, Sister Mary Lou, enters the new mercantile to introduce herself and a young child who has come with her to place a placard for this year's Lumberjack Ball where they sell crafts made by the orphans. With the desire to help right away, Rebecca offers to have young Amelia help her unpack the crates of merchandise as they arrive. In exchange, fresh fruit and extra canned goods are requested.What I like best about this story is their reliance on God and trust to take the next step. I like how each of the characters are reintroduced from the first book in the series, The Fruitcake Challenge. Like walking into their every day lives, unfolding each day with decisions they must make and their opening hearts revealing hope.I like the part Amelia plays in the story, being precocious and outspoken, yet loving and accepting; she moves the story along with inner wonderings of the others, she speaks outright. I love the provision for her!A secondary character I enjoyed was ~ of course ~ the librarian. Dressed in dark clothing befitting a professional manner, and not to engage in personal conversation with the patrons, Juliana Beauchamps follows library rules in her duties in the direction of self-culture and relations to readers.Amelia touched the librarian's tightly coiled bun. "I bet your hair is as pretty as my mother's if you'd let it down and curl it."--The Lumberjacks' Ball, 38Wait until you find out what she chooses as the fabric for her gown ~ with silent hopes of being invited. Along with Rebecca's assistance, Juliana enjoys reading to the orphanage children, as does Amelia as she gathers books at the library to share. Juliana unknowingly brings to the surface hidden feelings Rebecca is unaware are blossoming within her own heart.One highlight to the story is traveling to Mackinac Island and over to Mackinaw City. So many new adventures and opportunities afforded, not by coincidence but design.For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back from captivity.”--Jeremiah 29:11-14aAs the story unfolds, you will be inspired by the direction they take. Such a fun read, and prepare to read it in one sitting, or two!Warming up for the Lumberjacks' Ball, an impromptu dance amid the lumber camp sky and campfires bursts forth. Now, could your feet stay still for this fiddle tune ~ or your shoulders?*Thank you to author Carrie Fancett Pagels for inviting me to review Book 2 in The Christy Lumber Camp Series ~ The Lumberjacks' Ball. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***

  • Joleen
    2019-02-01 23:31

    Well, this was just plain fun! Our story starts out serious as we are introduced to a young woman who's sent to a new location to get a new mercantile opened for her father. Rebecca's had a very hard 10 years after an awful ordeal when she was 17. She's been a recluse for all that time, only working in her father's store, donning drab clothing, and wearing a severe hairstyle pulled back, in order to make herself look as unappealing as possible.Here, in this new location Rebecca's hoping to set up this business and become independent, making the store successful.A person from her past comes into her life causing her to relive the awful incident. Garrett Christy is a kind, sensitive, soon to be ex-lumberjack, who wants to get a woodworking business going.As we see Rebecca learn to trust Garrett, she very slowly comes out of her shell. Then we see the fun begin as all sorts of relationships blossom and true community happens around her. God uses all of this, and the people around her to change her from the inside out.This doesn't mean there aren't perilous times ahead, but there are lots of opportunities to learn trust in people and trust in God as He shows His faithfulness to her over and over.This is book two in the Christy Lumber Camp series, and my favorite so far.

  • Deborha Mitchell
    2019-02-22 17:07

    Truly blessed meThis is the second book in The Christy Lumber Camp Series and it doesn't disappoint. After reading the first book in this series, The Fruitcake Challenge, I was ready to dive right into book 2. The Lumberjack's Ball caught me from the start. I was totally taken in by the compassion that flows throughout this story. I caught myself holding my breath a few times....a tale that truly touches your heart. Garrett and Rebecca's story is one that will have you glued to the pages. I applaud Carrie for writing a story that not only entertains, but blesses. I highly recommend this book....highly!I was given a copy of this book in return for an honest review. I was under no obligation to give a positive review.

  • Noela
    2019-02-21 18:13

    Review to come!

  • Amber Schamel
    2019-02-17 17:23

    An enjoyable story with lovable characters. It was nice to catch up with my favorite characters from the Fruitcake Challenge too.There's quite a bit of hugging and kissing before the couple is married, which is pretty much the only thing I did not like about the book.

  • Julia Wilson
    2019-02-11 16:28

    The Lumberjack's Ball by Carrie Fancett Pagels is the second book in the Christy Lumber Camp series but can be read as a stand-alone. I love Carrie Fancett Pagels books as I don't just read them page by page, I live through them.Ten years before the novel begins seventeen year old Janie suffered a horrendous attack. Since then she has hidden away from the world. As the novel opens, Janie has changed her name to Rebecca and her father has set her up to manage a new store in St Ignace, Michigan. Rebecca wants a new beginning but is still fearful. She hides herself behind drab clothes and a severe hairstyle. The reader is reminded that in God we can have new names and new beginnings. However Rebecca will need to let go of her past in order to move forward into the future that God has planned for her.Garrett Christy and his brother Richard also had their lives changed ten years earlier when they rescued Janie. They too have new names. Garrett began to exclude God from his life ten years earlier, as well as trying to take on God's job as protector of the females in his life. Garrett needs to "forgive himself and let God back in his life." Too often we take on roles that only God can fill. We need to let go and let God.The theme of forgiveness is a major one within the novel. When one withholds forgiveness it is impossible to ever move forwards. Unforgiveness keeps one trapped in the past and powerless.God's wish that we "take care of the widows and orphans" is a theme that runs throughout the novel. There is an orphanage run by Sister Mary Lou who often takes her charges into town. Rebecca is particularly struck with Amelia and a beautiful relationship develops.Faith and trusting in God are of vital importance. God always has ones best interests at heart and has the power to transform situations. The reader learns that it is vital to listen to and obey the voice of God when one hears it.There is the theme of fathers in The Lumberjack's Ball. Earthly fathers may be missing or uncaring but God our Father will never let us down. Garrett, though unmarried has a father's heart. He feels protective to those less fortunate than himself.The Lumberjack's Ball is a gentle romance. As the reader, it is delightful to see how feelings develop and to watch how situations progress.Carrie Fancett Pagels writes 'living' novels. One cannot read her novels as merely an observer, the reader is most definitely an active participant. I am totally loving the Christy Lumber Camp series and an picking up book number three Lilacs For Juliana next. If you have never picked up one of Carrie Fancett Pagels novels, you are missing out. Rectify the situation today - invest in one of her novels, you will be in for a treat.

  • Nancee
    2019-01-31 23:08

    The second in The Lumber Camp Series, "The Lumberjacks' Ball is a charming tale of new beginnings. This sequel to "The Fruitcake Challenge" is a refreshing story of two young people looking for happiness in a new setting. St. Ignace is a growing community where the wealthy from the Lower Peninsula of Michigan come to spend summers. Mackinac Island is as close as a ferry boat crossing and the site of the world famous Mackinac Island Grand Hotel. In light of their faltering business in Lower Michigan Rebecca Hart's father has left her alone in St. Ignace to start up another mercantile in order to attract new business. Garrett Christy has moved to St. Ignace to distance himself from the lumber camp and personal tragedy, and to seek a career as a wood craftsman. As their paths cross recognition surfaces, and each reacts in a very different way. Rebecca wants to forget the past, but Garrett is interested in renewing his childhood friendship with her. Any hopes for a future together are sketchy.I found this novella to be creative and refreshing, some sinister activities surfacing, adding an air of mystery. A story based on a lumber camp family who share strong bonds and love for one another crosses paths with a young woman who has literally been left to fend for herself. The characters throughout this story are likeable and have strong convictions, which adds flavor to their relationships with one another. Circumstances bring the characters in this story together for a mutual objective, and the blending of characters becomes very entertaining. A short book, this can easily be read in an evening. I found myself wanting more of the story, a deeper, longer version to fill in the gaps. Carrie Fancett Pagels has a passion and gift for creating a great story from the ground up. I would love to see her create a full-length novel of depth and substance as she has begun with her novellas. I thoroughly enjoyed this sweet story of family, faith and fortitude! I'm looking forward to the next in this series!Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. All expressed opinions are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.

  • Bonnie Roof
    2019-02-14 15:29

    "The Lumberjacks' Ball", book 2 in The Christy Lumber Camp series by Carrie Fancett Pagels, is a beautiful story of forgiveness, hope, and inspiration - wrought through faith in a loving God.In this continuation of the 1891 story of Garrett "Ox" Christy from book 1, "The Fruitcake Challenge" - readers also have the pleasure of revisiting his sister Jo and fiancé Tom Jeffries, and brother Richard "Moose" Christy. When Garrett ventures from working in his father's lumber camp - into the town of St. Ignace, Michigan - in favor of work focusing on his woodworking talents, he is reconnected with a friend from his past, when he applies for a job at her fathers' newly opened mercantile store, at which she is the proprietress. He is later surprised to find his friend is also a new boarder of the same hotel - owned by Tom's mother, Cordelia, as he.Rebecca Jane "Janie" Daggenhart, now using the name, Rebecca Hart, was rescued 10 years prior, from a brutal assault, by Garrett and Richard. Garrett is a reminder of the past she is unwilling to face, bringing up unwelcome memories, and discouraging the opening of her heart to a friendship with any male. Hiding behind drab clothing and a severe hairstyle, since her attack, she has recently relocated to Michigan's Upper Peninsula to escape the hold of her money-hungry, controlling father. Garrett has been attracted to Janie since he was a child, tagging along with his brother and father to shop at her fathers' other mercantile store. As Janie slowly starts to warm to Garrett's protective, gentle nature - ominous events point to the possibility of the re-emergence of Janie's attacker."The Lumberjacks' Ball" has enjoyable elements for every reader: romance, suspense, humor, lovable characters, inspiration, and an engaging plot. You'll fall in love with kind, sensitive Garrett, lumber camp driver - Frenchie Brevort - will put a smile on your face, and young Amy will steal your heart. So much to love about "The Lumberjacks' Ball", I'm looking forward to book 3 in the series, "Lilacs For the Lumber Camp"!!

  • Kay M
    2019-02-08 16:15

    I like this book a lot. As I was finishing the last page, I noticed I had a huge smile on my face. Needless to say, I was happy with the way the book ended. I love a satisfying read, and I thought The Lumberjacks’ Ball was indeed that!It was a lot of fun getting to know Garrett, the elder Christy brother. He was a secondary character in the first book of the series, The Fruitcake Challenge, where he was known for his size and strength. In this story, we get to see a sweet and gentle side of this giant hero. Rebecca Hart is a reluctant heroine, with a secret past. She prefers to blend into the background, but that is difficult to do, as the proprietress of the mercantile. It is interesting to see how these two work through their problems and the expectations of their parents, as they hesitantly follow God’s leading. I especially like the way that Rebecca was helped to recognize her God-given talents and strengths, which is such an important part of life, and a gift that is sometimes overlooked.The Lumberjacks’ Ball has much to offer the reader—intrigue, mystery and suspense, along with romance and a beautiful setting in St. Ignace and Mackinac, Island, Michigan in 1891--the heyday of lumbering the white pines. Characters of French and Scandinavian origins add color and interest to the story. I recommend this book to readers who enjoy historical fiction in 19th century North America. It will especially appeal to those who like interesting and well-researched settings. The Lumberjacks’ Ball can be read as a standalone novel, but I recommend reading the books in order, for the most enjoyment.

  • Diana
    2019-02-09 20:15

    From the massive pines of the Michigan lumber camps to the seagulls gathering crumbs near the docks in Mackinaw City, comes another endearing romance from the pen of author Carrie Fancett Pagels.Rebecca Hart has taken on a new identity and a dowdy appearance as she endeavors to run her father's mercantile in St. Ignace, Michigan, vowing never to marry or even get close to any man - ever. However, the devastating trauma that occurred to her many years prior, draws her to the handsome lumberjack turned cabinet maker when they surprisingly realize the incident connects them. Garrett aka Ox, feels the need to protect Rebecca and rightfully so, as a sinister force seeks to wind its way around her once again. Can Rebecca ever learn to trust Garrett and God's plans for her life in time for the Lumberjacks' Ball?In this wonderful sequel to The Fruitcake Challenge, Ms. Pagels has artfully written a lovely story of overcoming tragedy and learning to trust again. With an utterly charming cast of characters, a bit of suspense, and a whole lot of romantic tension, readers everywhere will be enchanted by The Lumberjacks' Ball! In my mind's eye I could hear the squawking of the seagulls, and see the majestic beauty of the pine forests and the quaint town of St. Ignace, as the author's research permeated my senses. With a lump in my throat and tears beginning to form at the satisfying conclusion, I sighed...and knew once again I had read a powerfully anointed story by Carrie Fancett Pagels.

  • Anne
    2019-02-01 23:17

    Carrie Fancett Pagels’ writing is one of the reasons I read historical books. I have enjoyed learning about the history of logging in the upper peninsula of Michigan. It’s fascinating! Plus, there is always a strong spiritual thread woven seamlessly throughout the story.Garrett Christy has been my favorite character in this series. He’s trying to break away from lumberjacking and follow his own calling as a craftsman. Sometimes that’s difficult in a family business. He’s a great guy with integrity and honor who loves the Lord and Rebecca knows from past experience just how magnanimous of a man he is. Speaking of Rebecca, she’s had some tough life experiences to face and learn to overcome, but with God’s grace, she is well on her way to becoming the Daughter of the King she is called to be. Another great thing I enjoyed about this book is that the story didn’t end when the villain made his final appearance. There is more story. Yes!!! I’m glad it wasn’t rushed to an end. I was left with a sense of contentment in the future of Garrett and Rebecca, and a foretaste of what’s to come for Richard ‘Moose’ Christy and Juliana. Pagels knows how to finish and finish well! I’m eagerly anticipating Lilacs for Juliana, the next book in The Christy Lumber Camp Series. I was provided a copy of this book for review purposes. No monetary compensation has been received.

  • Tina
    2019-02-06 16:08

    The Lumberjack's Ball***** book 2 the Christy Lumber Camp Series by Carrie Fancett PagelsRebecca Hart has recently moved to St. Ignace, Michigan 1891 to run her father's mercantile—a new beginning. Even here, the shadow of a traumatic incident from her past follow her. Garrett “Ox” Christy has left the lumber camp and hopes to make a living as a cabinet maker instead of following the family lumber business—a new beginning. Rebecca and Garrett soon realize they have a connection to the past, a connection Rebecca would rather forget, but Garrett wants to renew their friendship from years past. I love that many of the characters from the first story are included in this one as well and we revisit the Upper Peninsula. This is a story of new beginnings for both Rebecca and Garrett but with ties from their past. There is mystery and suspense with some evil intentions that kept me on the edge of my seat. Another tragic incident occurs which leaves Rebecca even more traumatized. Learning to let go of the past and trust again is a daunting prospect, one that Rebecca faces. Miss-matched tea cups and saucers play an important part of the story—not telling. This is a sweet, heartwarming story that will capture your heart.~I received a PDF copy of this book from the author for my honest review~

  • Donna Porter
    2019-02-08 20:27

    This is a sweet historical, so there is no sex and only mild steam. Despite that, the book starts off good and pulled me in. There was a bit of a mystery with the characters which unfolds nicely. However, near the center, the story becomes a bit muddled and drags, and at times I was bored. But, I have to be honest, I did have a lot going on at the same time I was reading, so I cannot totally blame all my boredom on the plot.The biggest problem is that I am not a fan of “sweet,” so this is more my issue than the plotting, which is well done. I also prefer longer books, and this one, while not a novella, is not long enough to really get deep into the characters nor to have a lot of plot elements going on. The story though, moves forward from one event to the next. The characters are well-done, if a little too sweet for my tastes, and Janie seems to find her faith without any real hardship on her part. It was also a little heavy on the Christian ejaculations, so do not read unless you are specifically looking for Christian content or if such does not bother you.Nonetheless, this is a well-done sweet historical for Christians, and would be very appropriate for older teens needing to branch into adult fiction.

  • Sherry
    2019-02-15 18:16

    I truly enjoy this book which is the second in the Christy Lumber Camp series. They are a quick easy read. I love that they are romantic stories with a bit of suspense. These are a nice Christian Fiction books and take place in a location and time period I like. I eagerly look forward to the next book in this series.I read this book immediately following the first book. I love how the book picks up and continues from the last book in the series. Yet, there are a couple of inconsistencies that really bugged me. It's just the way I am when reading series. There has to be consistency. At the end of the first book, The Fruitcake Challenge, Jo & Mrs. Jeffries would begin their businesses in Mackinaw City. Jo's plan was to open a bakery on Nicolet St. that her father gave her the title to. Mrs. Jeffries was to open a restaurant, the Grand Northern that she had just purchased. This book, The Lumberjacks' Ball takes place in St. Ignace. Jo has her bakery and Cordelia Jeffries has a hotel, Cordelia's Hotel, in St. Ignace. When reading both books as I did these inconsistencies really jump out at you. :(

  • Karen
    2019-02-19 16:26

    A well-written clean historical romance, book 2 continues on with the Christy lumber family. Who can resist a kind hearted burly lumberjack who loves his family and puts his faith into action helping others? And even shaves his beard off for the girl he loves. A cabinet maker on top of that. Be still my beating heart! Garrett is an all around good guy, but could use help with his communication skills. Poor Rebecca has to keep reading between the lines. She has a lot of fear to overcome--for good reason--and to learn to trust again, especially in her heavenly Father. It was fun to get reacquainted with the characters from book one, The Fruitcake Challenge, and meet others too. The pace was steady, and quick in spots--felt like the romance went from 0 to 60 in a blink--kept my interest throughout. Loved the beautiful setting in U.P. Michigan and Mackinac Island in 1891 when the Grand Hotel was being built. It made me want to visit! Looking forward to reading Juliana's story. Recommend! 4.5 stars(Book given to me via a blog giveaway; this is my honest, unsolicited review.)

  • Sunnie
    2019-02-07 15:05

    This is the second book of the Christy Lumber Camp Series. Carrie Fancett Pagels is quite the writer and she has created another hit!Rebecca, at age 17, had experienced a life-threatening encounter with a very despicable sort. This harrowing experience has left her a different woman, I suspect trying to get past the experience has left emotional scars that are hard to overcome causing her to withdraw from others.As Garrett comes to look for work, her past experience resurfaces as realization of the fact that the event that changed her life 10 years earlier was shared by the two of them. Garrett wants to court her, ask her to the upcoming Lumberjacks' Ball, but she seems not open to this or at least not ready to accept his attentions, despite inner feelings telling her otherwise.This is a sweet romance and a most interesting read. I know you will enjoy it as I did! I hope to see a third book for this series!An ebook copy was given to me from the author for my honest review, which I have given.

  • Wendy
    2019-02-23 16:04

    BACK OF THE BOOK BLURBA decade after surviving a brutal attack, a mercantile owner's daughter seeks to begin her life anew in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. A gifted craftsman wishes to leave his lumberjack life and seeks employment at her new store. When his presence dredges up memories she wishes to suppress, the new proprietress must learn to face her past. Can affection grow between the cabinetmaker and the proprietress of St. Ignace's newest business: And when danger threatens, will they survive to attend The Lumberjacks' Ball?MY REVIEWI was so glad to be able to read more about 'Janie', who now calls herself Rebecca. Carrie has told a story about one strong woman, yes she still fears her attacker, but that only makes her moving on with her life show just how strong she is. I'm really impressed with Carrie's writing and will be watching for another book in this series, hint, hint!The first book in this series, "The Fruitcake Challenge" (a very fun read) was one of the short stories in the Christmas Traditions Series that came out in 2014

  • Amy Fields
    2019-02-08 16:10

    This is book two of The Christy Lumber Camp Series. I hadn't read book one, but didn't have any problems diving right into this story. I enjoy "visiting" the past in well written stories. The book took me to a time of lumberjacks and balls in an area of the country that I happen to really enjoy, the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Her descriptions of the area were vivid and I could smell the lumber!Rebecca Hart want to make a new and safe life for herself. Due to a tragic incident in her past she finds it difficult to trust. Garrett works hard to chip away at her resistance but what happens when the past comes back and threatens the present? I enjoyed watching romance bloom between Rebecca and Garrett. The characters in this story were so well done and moved at a really good pace. Both characters had to place their trust in God and follow His leading. I plan on picking up the other books in the series to fill in some of the blanks. So pick up your copy today and enjoy a trip to The Lumberjacks' Ball. Happy reading!

  • Kav
    2019-02-16 23:14

    Though this second book in The Christy Lumber Camp series reads well as a standalone, I felt more connected with all the characters having met them first in The Fruitcake Challenge, so I would recommend reading the books in order. Pagels combines romance and faith in a captivating tale set in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. And bonus -- this time she takes us to Mackinac Island -- a place I'm utterly intrigued by. Sweet romance is in store for Garrett and Rebecca -- as long as they are willing to let go of the past in order to embrace a new beginning. This is especially difficult for Rebecca and I loved watching her gradually lose her reserve under Garrett's tender wooing. There's a gentle faith message about following the promptings of the Spirit even when we don't understand why. Rebecca in particular learns to trust that still small voice in the midst of adversity and confusion. A heartwarming story brimming with hope.

  • Kathleen Friesen
    2019-02-03 16:24

    This book is the second in the author’s Christy Lumber Camp series, and after reading it, I want to read the first, The Fruitcake Challenge.Rebecca hides her beauty and vulnerability behind severe fashion and an abrupt manner, but when a sweet orphan, Amelia, enters her new store on the Upper Peninsula of Lake Michigan, Rebecca’s frosty exterior begins to thaw.Then when she is recognized by one of the brothers who’d saved her life, Garrett Christy, life becomes an adventure.I thoroughly enjoyed this gentle romance and its message of love overcoming past hurts. However, this story is not quite a stand-alone, and I’m not sure it was meant to be. The various characters left me feeling a little lost, but that’s likely because I’d not yet read the first book of the series.Carrie Fancett Pagels writes from her heart, and she paints portraits of realistic people in an intriguing place. I plan to read more from her. The Lumberjack’s Ball earns four and a half stars.

  • Becky
    2019-02-05 22:33

    Great Lumberjack Romance Set in St. Ignace...I loved this sweet romance set in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Carrie Fancett Pagels has taken a tragic 19th century lumberjack song and turned it into a work of faith and triumph in the Lumberjacks' Ball,#2 of the Christy Lumber Camp series.While the series is set in yesteryear, I was surprised to discover how real the characters were. The human heart can be a very wicked thing, but as Rebecca and Garrett discover, God can circumvent that evil or use it as part of His plan. While it would never be part of His plan to have orphans thrown out, for example, this leads to better things down the line.I especially loved how Rebecca learned to listen to and obey God. How wise our Father is, even in the absence of the love and care of an earthly father!This book can stand alone, but now I am off to find books one and three. I gratefully received this book from Goodreads Giveaway and the publisher.

  • Rebecca
    2019-02-03 17:32

    Thank goodness for second chances! Ten years after a brutal attack, a beautiful young woman struggles to operate her father's mercantile in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. When a handsome young lumberjack-turned-craftsman unexpectedly enters Rebecca's Hart's new establishment seeking a cabinetry contract, the coincidental meeting births feelings of both fear and amazement; Mr. Christy is one of the brothers who pulled her battered body from the river and saved her life a decade ago.Garrett Christy cannot believe that Miss Hart is actually his "Janie"! Still very attractive, but considerably more reserved, he gets the impression that she is reticent about whether or not to accept his attempts at friendship. Between the love and admiration of an orphaned girl and a sincere invitation to the Lumberjack's Ball, Garrett and Rebecca must discover for themselves whether or not life together might just have been God's plan all along. A delightful historical filled with life lessons and love!

  • Caryl
    2019-02-14 17:12

    From the back cover: A decade after surviving a brutal attack, a mercantile owner's daughter seeks to begin her life anew in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. A gifted craftsman wishes to leave his lumberjack life and seeks employment at her new store. When his presence dredges up memories she wishes to suppress, the new proprietress must learn to face her past. Can affection grow between the cabinetmaker and the proprietress of St. Ignace's newest business? And when danger threatens, will they survive to attend The Lumberjacks' Ball?I was captivated with this story. Carrie Fancett Pagels attention to detail is so extraordinary. You are drawn into the story as if you are there yourself. I highly recommend this book.I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.

  • Deidre
    2019-02-07 21:04

    I received this book through the goodreads giveaway for review: First of all I have to say I really enjoyed this book - but I really wish I had read book 1 first! I felt a little lost and found myself wondering a lot about what happened before between them and about the relationship she had with her parents. As it hints at what happened before often. Other than that this book was easy to "fall in too" once I started reading I didn't want to put down till it was finished and really not then. The characters are vividly written in a way that allows your mind transport you back in time and imagine yourself there. I would recommend this book to those who enjoy a "clean" Historical / Christian romance but would strongly suggest starting with book 1.

  • Britney
    2019-02-13 19:07

    The Lumberjacks’ Ball is a wonderful novella! Carrie Fancett Pagels is a terrific wordsmith, evoking imagery and emotion from the first words until the last. She skillfully brings her beautiful setting, Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, to life, as well as her endearing characters. Brimming with drama, intrigue, and romance, Rebecca and Garrett’s story is captivating! The Lumberjacks’ Ball is the second book in the Christy Lumber Camp Series, following The Fruitcake Challenge. I loved both of these historical novellas and look forward to more!My thanks to the author for the complimentary copy of this book. I appreciate the opportunity read The Lumberjacks’ Ball and offer my honest opinion.

  • Linda Husvar
    2019-02-09 21:26

    This novel focuses on "Ox" aka "Garrett" from "The Fruitcake Challenge"as he changes from a rugged lumberjack to a skilled carpenter. I loved the character development in Garrett and Rebecca aka "Janie" as they recognise each other from a past trauma. The change in setting also adds depth in the story line as several characters from the previous book join the cast. I loved the addition of an orphan child, her siblings, grandparents, and other community members. Rebecca's stalker created constant tension, danger, and suspense. Attending "The Lumberjack's Ball" was almost as difficult as making it to a wedding ceremony! Highly recommended as drama at its best. I received a copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.