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The shepherd's voice
Hatcher, Robin Lee.
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Colorado Springs, CO : Waterbrook Press, 2000.
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367 pages ; 21 cm
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Shunned by his father after he returns to his home in Ransom, Idaho, during the Great Depression, ex-convict Gabe finds work and hope at a sheep ranch, until tragedy strikes once again.

Author Notes

Best-selling author Robin Lee Hatcher was born in 1951 and has written over 45 contemporary and historical novels. She has received numerous awards including the Christy Award for Excellence in Christian Fiction, the RITA Award for Best Inspirational Romance, and RWA's Lifetime Achievement Award. Her novel Catching Katie was named one of the Best Books of 2004 by the Library Journal. She is also the past President of Romance Writers of America, Inc. She currently lives in Boise, Idaho.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Gabe Talmadge is on his way home to Depression-era Ransom, Idaho, after a long spell in jail for a crime he did not commit. Hungry and exhausted, he collapses just 15 miles from his father's mansion. Beautiful, devout Akira Macauley takes him in, giving him a home-cooked meal and a clean bed for the night. The next day she drives him to town, where he asks his wealthy but cruel father, Hudson Talmadge, for a job. After Hudson turns him out, Akira rescues Gabe once again, offering him a job on her sheep farm. Akira's friends worry about her safety, but Akira believes God has sent Gabe to her farm so that he can recuperate, body and soul. Indeed, Gabe gains back his physical strength and rededicates his life to the Lord. Not surprisingly, he and Akira fall in love. Hatcher eschews subtlety here: Akira the Shepherdess recalls Psalm 23, and Gabe is part prodigal son, part heralding angel. And if readers do not figure out that Ransom is more than just the name of a townÄit is also Jesus' roleÄveteran romance novelist Hatcher liberally sprinkles clues in the form of biblical quotations . Still, the predictable plot is entertaining, and Gabe and Akira are appealing, albeit somewhat one-dimensional, characters. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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