Three Words and a Kiss

Three Words and a Kiss

When a big-hearted debutante collides with a small-town blacksmith set in his ways, it can mean only one thing—a war of hearts has come to Pine Creek. Washington, 1892 Cameron Wallace thrives as both the blacksmith and the minister in his community of Pine Creek. Out of the fires of a chaotic childhood, he’s forged a peaceful life filled with safe relationships and predict...

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Title:Three Words and a Kiss
Author:Sondra Kraak
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Three Words and a Kiss Reviews

  • Sarah Monzon

    Another fun trip to Pine Creek. Love this series!

  • Fiction Aficionado

    Mercy me, I think Cameron Wallace may just be one of my new favourite heroes! The poor guy. He has no idea how a ‘nonconformist socialite with a tender spot for injured ducks and compassionate girls with tattered dresses’ is about to upend his world! But to be fair, that isn’t Samantha Klein’s intention when she arrives in Pine Creek. It’s just that she tackles everything with an earnest optimism (and some giddiness thrown in for good measure) that bewilders Cam’s staid, emotionally reserved per

    Mercy me, I think Cameron Wallace may just be one of my new favourite heroes! The poor guy. He has no idea how a ‘nonconformist socialite with a tender spot for injured ducks and compassionate girls with tattered dresses’ is about to upend his world! But to be fair, that isn’t Samantha Klein’s intention when she arrives in Pine Creek. It’s just that she tackles everything with an earnest optimism (and some giddiness thrown in for good measure) that bewilders Cam’s staid, emotionally reserved personality. They might not have the same kind of banter the previous two couples in this series share, but the contrast between their personalities provides its own form of humour!

    I seriously loved these characters. Sam’s enthusiasm and compassion is infectious—not to mention completely sincere—which makes her naïvety endearing rather than annoying. (Although I can also sympathise with poor Cameron’s exasperation at times!) And Cameron... *sigh* I’ve had a soft spot for Cameron since the first book in this series, but now that Sam’s shaking up his world, we’re getting to see beneath the surface, and that man has himself tied up in all kinds of knots! It doesn’t help that some of the families in town are beginning to object to his preaching which, together with Sam’s arrival, is causing Cam to question pretty much everything about his life in Pine Creek. God’s got a bit of work to do to get those knots untangled! And Sam only makes Cam want to pull those knots tighter. But when she begins to crack through his reserve... Hoo boy! Swoon time! And the swoons just keep getting swoonier!

    If you like historical romance that combines light-heartedness with great character growth, small-town community, and a whole lot of heart, then you should definitely pick up this series!

    I received a copy of this novel from the author. This has not influenced the content of my review, which is my honest and unbiased opinion.

  • Trisha Robertson (Joy of Reading)

    Sparks fly and hearts ignite in this emotionally charged, arresting story of two unlikely characters that will take captive of your attention and have you eagerly turning pages to find out what happens next.

    Samantha is the youngest daughter of a highly successful businessman and has often felt overlooked and underappreciated. Samantha has a large compassionate heart for those hurting and for the underprivileged, she often makes snap decisions based on her emotions and sometimes that leads her in

    Sparks fly and hearts ignite in this emotionally charged, arresting story of two unlikely characters that will take captive of your attention and have you eagerly turning pages to find out what happens next.

    Samantha is the youngest daughter of a highly successful businessman and has often felt overlooked and underappreciated. Samantha has a large compassionate heart for those hurting and for the underprivileged, she often makes snap decisions based on her emotions and sometimes that leads her into trouble.

    Cameron has learned to stuff his emotions and lock them away deep inside. He's satisfied with the way his life is going, and he doesn't appreciate change. Cameron sees's emotions as a weakness, and he doesn't have time for drama.

    Both Samantha and Cameron can learn from each other if they will only set aside preconceived ideas and open their hearts to the possibility of change and of putting one's trust in another person.

    I give this fantastic story 5 stars, and would encourage you to pick up a copy to enjoy for yourself!

    (I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)

  • Rebecca

    The headlines had read, "Klein Heiress Aids Immigrants", "one of Seattle's most ineligible heiresses", prompting Samantha's prominent family to strongly suggest that she take an extended "vacation" from her misguided sense of philanthropy.

    Investing in a small Pine Creek, Washington smithy, Samantha determines to earn enough income to support her ethnically diverse friends back home. Her unique spontaneity brings her face-to-face with Cameron Wallace, whose own dreams include owning the blacksmi

    The headlines had read, "Klein Heiress Aids Immigrants", "one of Seattle's most ineligible heiresses", prompting Samantha's prominent family to strongly suggest that she take an extended "vacation" from her misguided sense of philanthropy.

    Investing in a small Pine Creek, Washington smithy, Samantha determines to earn enough income to support her ethnically diverse friends back home. Her unique spontaneity brings her face-to-face with Cameron Wallace, whose own dreams include owning the blacksmith shop, where he serves the close-knit community as a talented metal worker, and part-time pastor.

    Never in his wildest dreams did Cam think that a woman like Samantha Klein, "emotionally erratic, also kind, though naïve", could be part of a divine plan for his life. Her determination to watch his every move undoes all the tight seams that Cam has carefully sewn around his self-control. "He didn't do well with complicated", and yet the giddy blacksmith wannabe had successfully wormed her way into his every thought.

    As you laugh, and possibly cry, over Samantha's journey to the cross, and Cam's misguided sense of an abundant life, enjoy page after page of deep, inspirational truth displayed within two individuals whose writer completely understands the height, breadth, and depth of God's intimate love for his creation, for sometimes He "surprises us with his whispers".

    I received a copy of this book from the author. The opinions expressed are entirely my own.

  • Kathleen Denly

    Well, I am a serious fan of Sondra’s writing. If she wrote it, I’m there. Plus, this is the third installment in her Love That Counts series and I have basically been holding my breath since reading the second book,

    . I cannot tell you how excited I am to get to read this book!

    Well, I am a serious fan of Sondra’s writing. If she wrote it, I’m there. Plus, this is the third installment in her Love That Counts series and I have basically been holding my breath since reading the second book,

    . I cannot tell you how excited I am to get to read this book!

    The book opens with a high-stakes scene where Samantha is placing herself at risk to visit a group of women (and a young boy) in Seattle’s Chinatown. I so want to tell you what happens next, but of course, I won’t spoil it. Let’s just say, you won’t want to stop reading.

    Samantha “Sam” Klein – She is undeniably a misfit in her world but in all the right ways. As intelligent as she is beautiful, her impulsiveness combines with her hugely compassionate heart to get her into many delightfully troubling situations. Her character is richly drawn, with a past that colors her present in ways she doesn’t even recognize at first. Watching her develop and grow as the story progresses is something I think readers will particularly enjoy.

    Cameron “Cam” Wallace – Yes, their nicknames rhyme and that is mentioned in the story, but it is neither overdone nor the focus of the story by any means. It is just one more stick in the fire of their relationship. Similar to Sam, Cameron doesn’t realize how much his past affects his behavior. He thinks he has things nicely handled and planned out. Until Samantha arrives. She is exactly what he needs to show him the cracks in his “perfect” life. I enjoyed watching his real struggle to come to grips with certain revelations and learn to move forward.

    David Brown – He’s the nearly-grown son of the interfering, love-to-hate-him Mayor of Pine Creek, Johnston Brown, and he is struggling with the typical issues that go with his age and an overbearing father.

    Fa Feiyan – Mother of seven-year-old Wang Yong and self-appointed guardian of sixteen-year-old Ya Wen, she struggles with not letting her legitimate fears for the safety of those she cares about rule her life.

    Barrett “Bear” Clarke – The hero from book one in this series is back as Cameron’s best friend and local rancher. It’s great to see his and Claire’s story progress, as well as to see more of his relationship with Cameron.

    Luke Thomas – The hero from book two in this series, he’s the local sheriff now, and happily married to Mary. It is interesting to see how he’s adjusting to a more sedentary life and to see him placed in a position somewhat at odds with Samantha.

    Okay, I just have to tell you: there are so many more fantastic characters in this book – characters I would LOVE to see featured in their own books – but if I bring them up here it will spoil some surprises, so I am resisting. But only just.

    I admit to a slight bias here as I had already fallen for Cameron in the first two books of this series and I have a particular interest in Chinese characters of this era. However, I think even without this, the first chapter alone would be enough to draw a reader into the story and the second would secure their emotional interest in seeing what becomes of Miss Samantha Klein, her big heart, and her vulnerable friends. By the third chapter if you aren’t dying to see how Samantha and Cameron get along . . . well, I just won’t understand it.

    I could not put this book down. I fell in love with the characters, the town and the heart of God reflected in this story.

    I loved that Cameron and Samantha both made real mistakes with real consequences, and I loved that they were forced to make difficult decisions as a result of those mistakes.

    As I mentioned before, I especially enjoy reading about Chinese characters from this era. I also enjoy …. grrr. I SOOOO want to tell you something right now but I can’t. Not without spoiling a big surprise. So I will have to keep it to this: Somehow Sondra Kraak managed to include several of my personal favorite elements in this story, making it my number one favorite of all her books. In fact, this book is one of the best that I have read in the past twelve months.

    One last note: Due to the nature of these two characters, this book gets a little more sizzly (I’m making this a word) than her previous two books in the Love That Counts series (while staying within the bounds, of course) and I have to admit, I enjoyed that also.

    Overcoming past hurts.

    Overcoming fear.

    The role God plays in our emotions (vs intellect).

    How God uses people to show His love.

    *Sigh* I cannot tell you how much I love and adore this ending. No, really, I can’t. Because if I told you all the reasons I loved it, I’d give away those surprises I keep mentioning. You’re just going to have to trust me on this one. You won’t be disappointed.

    5 out of 5 stars

    Disclosure of Materials: I was provided a free Advance Review Copy for the purposes of an HONEST review. All opinions expressed above are 100% my own and 100% sincere.

  • Jennifer Rodewald

    Sondra just doesn't fail to suck me into a story. Cam is complicated and endearing. Sam is whimsical and a little unpredictable. Together they make a perfect romantic storm.

  • A.M. Heath

    What I Loved: I’ve been following this series since book one and was greatly anticipating a new novel. So when I picked up Three Words and a Kiss, I was looking for the kind of read that would suck me in and amaze me. This one fit the bill! I loved it. All of it. Every last minute of it.

    It picks up with a gripping scene and the story unfolds at a smooth pace. I loved the chemistry between Sam and Cam … and Sam, Cam, and the duck. The themes of loving and accepting people who are different from y

    What I Loved: I’ve been following this series since book one and was greatly anticipating a new novel. So when I picked up Three Words and a Kiss, I was looking for the kind of read that would suck me in and amaze me. This one fit the bill! I loved it. All of it. Every last minute of it.

    It picks up with a gripping scene and the story unfolds at a smooth pace. I loved the chemistry between Sam and Cam … and Sam, Cam, and the duck. The themes of loving and accepting people who are different from you and how to live a benevolent life were beautiful additions, making this novel more than mere entertainment.

    I hear there’s one more book in the works and I can’t wait to see what Sondra has in store for us.

    Rating and Recommendation: I give it 5 stars and recommend it to those who enjoy Christian Historical Fiction or those looking for a series based in a small western town.

  • Susan Snodgrass

    'Mountain-sized conviction pressed on him, but for the first time in years, he couldn't surrender. The Lord asked too much.'

    When a big-hearted debutante collides with a small-town blacksmith set in his ways, it can mean only one thing—a war of hearts has come to Pine Creek.

    Cameron Wallace's childhood was anything but peaceful, but here in Pine Creek, as the town's blacksmith, he has made a life for himself that brings him a great measure of peace. Cam is not only the town blacksmith, but the pr

    'Mountain-sized conviction pressed on him, but for the first time in years, he couldn't surrender. The Lord asked too much.'

    When a big-hearted debutante collides with a small-town blacksmith set in his ways, it can mean only one thing—a war of hearts has come to Pine Creek.

    Cameron Wallace's childhood was anything but peaceful, but here in Pine Creek, as the town's blacksmith, he has made a life for himself that brings him a great measure of peace. Cam is not only the town blacksmith, but the preacher. Cam, however, still battles childhood memories that torment him from time to time.

    Samantha Klein, an heiress, is always looking for a cause to support. She has great intentions and truly wants to help, but just doesn't seem to know the best way to go about getting involved. Her family sends her off to cool off after a certain situation threatens to harm their stellar reputation. She arrives in Pine Creek, the new owner of the smithy, now as Cam's boss.

    These two butt heads seemingly at every turn. Samantha knows who Jesus is, but Cam is afraid she doesn't know Jesus at all. This novel was wonderful to read as Sam comes to view her life from another angle, realizing that God loves her with an unconditional love and He accepts her the way she is. She doesn't have to measure up. She doesn't have to carry her burdens around anymore. Watching her come to this knowledge is a precious thing to read. And Cam, well, he's just the best hero!

    Kraak has crafted a book full of characters that steal the reader's heart away as they grow in the pages. Blessed to read it!

    *My thanks to the author for a copy of this book. I was not pressured to leave a review and the opinions stated here are entirely my own.

  • Denise Hershberger

    I wasn't sure what to expect from Sam at the beginning of this novel. I found her to be quite impulsive, but with a huge heart. I really loved her desire to help immigrants. It was such a timely parallel to some of the plights of immigrants and refugees today. I loved that even though by all accounts she grew up privileged that she knew how to give generously! But I have to admit I found it pretty absurd that she really thought she could learn to Smith!!!

    I liked Cam and his mini sermons a lot. I

    I wasn't sure what to expect from Sam at the beginning of this novel. I found her to be quite impulsive, but with a huge heart. I really loved her desire to help immigrants. It was such a timely parallel to some of the plights of immigrants and refugees today. I loved that even though by all accounts she grew up privileged that she knew how to give generously! But I have to admit I found it pretty absurd that she really thought she could learn to Smith!!!

    I liked Cam and his mini sermons a lot. I also really admired his work ethic and generosity too.

    There were a lot of characters to keep up with in this book, but overall I enjoyed my return to the series.

  • Amy

    I freely admit to my bias as one of Sondra's critique partners who has seen this story develop over time, but you guys are really in for a treat with this one! ❤

    I freely admit to my bias as one of Sondra's critique partners who has seen this story develop over time, but you guys are really in for a treat with this one! ❤️

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