The Civil War has ended, but in Katie Calloway s Georgia home conflict still rages To protect herself and her young brother from her violent and unstable husband, she flees north, finding anonymity and sanctuary as the cook in a Northwoods lumber camp The camp owner, Robert Foster, wonders if the lovely woman he s hired has the grit to survive the never ending work and harsh conditions of a remote pine forest in winter Katie wonders if she can keep her past a secret from a man she is slowly growing to loveWith grace and skill, Serena Miller brings to life a bygone era From the ethereal, snowy forest and the warm cookstove to the rowdy shanty boys and the jagged edges of the saw, every detail is perfectly rendered, transporting the reader back to the time when pine was king, men were made of iron, and rivers were choked with logs on the way to the sawmills Readers will have a hard time leaving the Northwoods when they turn the last page


10 thoughts on “The Measure of Katie Calloway

  1. Janelle Janelle says:

    I ve done things backwards with this book, having read the third book in the series last month However doing so didn t spoil my enjoyment of this at all It s not often that I rate a historical romance novel with five stars, but I loved this book I was hooked by both the story and characters from the first page and the book didn t let me go until the final satisfying sentences The numerous descriptions of Katie s wonderful cooking were an extra pleasure for me It s not often that a novel inc I ve done things backwards with this book, having read the third book in the series last month However doing so didn t spoil my enjoyment of this at all It s not often that I rate a historical romance novel with five stars, but I loved this book I was hooked by both the story and characters from the first page and the book didn t let me go until the final satisfying sentences The numerous descriptions of Katie s wonderful cooking were an extra pleasure for me It s not often that a novel includes so much yummy food


  2. Christy Christy says:

    I never knew spending time with a ornery old cook, a group of dirty loggers, and a frightened Indian who could barely speak would make for one of the best historical books I ve read all year Serena Miller successfully transported me to the cold forests of Michigan with this charming tale, and I absolutely hated to leave While I enjoyed the ebb and flow of camp life, as well as the subtle romance that steadily built between Katie and Robert, what I really loved to read about was the food Oh, t I never knew spending time with a ornery old cook, a group of dirty loggers, and a frightened Indian who could barely speak would make for one of the best historical books I ve read all year Serena Miller successfully transported me to the cold forests of Michigan with this charming tale, and I absolutely hated to leave While I enjoyed the ebb and flow of camp life, as well as the subtle romance that steadily built between Katie and Robert, what I really loved to read about was the food Oh, the food Juicy apple pie, warm peach cobbler, and mouth watering flapjacks had me itching to jump into the kitchen to cook up a mess of yummy food The one thing that would have made the book complete would ve been some recipes at the end o Oh, well It was still a delightful book Serena Miller s realistic tale of life after the Civil War was one that deserves a permanent place on the keeper shelf I m anxious to recommend it to my friends and family, and as far as I m concerned, her next book can t get here soon enough


  3. Beth Beth says:

    The Measure of Katie Calloway is an engaging story that offers a little bit of everything romance, history, adventure, as well as touches on some heavy subjects, particularly spousal abuse and post traumatic stress disorder, or soldier s heart as it was called during that time.In order to make a living for herself her younger brother, after escaping an abusive husband, Katie takes a position as a cook in a lumber camp The historical details about cooking, the lumber camp and its inhabitan The Measure of Katie Calloway is an engaging story that offers a little bit of everything romance, history, adventure, as well as touches on some heavy subjects, particularly spousal abuse and post traumatic stress disorder, or soldier s heart as it was called during that time.In order to make a living for herself her younger brother, after escaping an abusive husband, Katie takes a position as a cook in a lumber camp The historical details about cooking, the lumber camp and its inhabitants really grabbed my attention I loved the rivalry between Katie the crotchety old camp cook His childish behavior had me both laughing and exasperated at the same time The descriptions of the camp the kitchen, especially the food, were really well done I loved how the story didn t depend on romance to keep the plot going, but rather had a compelling pull on its own to continue reading.With that said, I never felt like I got to really know the characters, especially Katie Robert They had many endearing qualities, but I felt like they were held at arm s length throughout the story I wantedemotion,tension,true conflict between them andstory in general Despite touching on heavy topics like I mentioned above, some aspects of the story were very on the surface I also felt that the ending was a bit of a letdown After a couple of tension filled scenes between Katie and her estranged husband, the conclusion felt somewhat anti climactic.I still enjoyed the story overall and would recommend it if you re in the mood for a sweet, historical story


  4. Shari Larsen Shari Larsen says:

    The Civil War has ended, but there is still conflict raging in Katie Calloway s home in Georgia When she finds out that her abusive husband plans to kill her so that he can marry a wealthy war widow to rebuild his ruined plantation, Katie and her little brother Ned flee as far north as the train can take them, which is Bay City, Michigan There she meets Robert Foster, who is looking for a cook for his logging camp.Katie takes the job, and she and Ned find sanctuary in the camp Robert wonders The Civil War has ended, but there is still conflict raging in Katie Calloway s home in Georgia When she finds out that her abusive husband plans to kill her so that he can marry a wealthy war widow to rebuild his ruined plantation, Katie and her little brother Ned flee as far north as the train can take them, which is Bay City, Michigan There she meets Robert Foster, who is looking for a cook for his logging camp.Katie takes the job, and she and Ned find sanctuary in the camp Robert wonders if the young woman has the grit to survive the harsh conditions and never ending work, and Katie wonders if she can keep her past a secret from the man she slowly growing to love.I really enjoyed this story, it was so muchin depth than I had expected I felt like I was experiencing life in a logging camp right along with Katie The characters were richly drawn I enjoyed getting to know all of the logging men and their different personalities.I have lived in Michigan my whole life, and I knew the state had a rich logging history, but I had not read much about it until I picked up this book The author did very well with her research, and it gave me a new appreciation for all the work, and the danger involved in what it takes to get wood to the consumers who will use it, something I think a lot of take for granted.I don t know if there is a sequel planned for this book, but I would love to read one, not only to find out what happens next to main characters, but all the other characters as well


  5. Noreen Kellner Noreen Kellner says:

    This was such an enjoyable read I love historical romances Serena B Miller did an exceptional job on the time period and kept true to how people lived then The lumber camp was fascinating and the characters were well fleshed out and believable Loved getting to know them and feeling as though I knew what they would do in a situationthat is the mark of a great author This was the first book I have read by Serena B Miller, but it will definitely not be the last ReminderAdd Serana B M This was such an enjoyable read I love historical romances Serena B Miller did an exceptional job on the time period and kept true to how people lived then The lumber camp was fascinating and the characters were well fleshed out and believable Loved getting to know them and feeling as though I knew what they would do in a situationthat is the mark of a great author This was the first book I have read by Serena B Miller, but it will definitely not be the last ReminderAdd Serana B Miller to my Favorite Authors list


  6. Hannah Hannah says:

    An enjoyable read by a new to me author Katie runs from her wrecked Southern home when her abusive husband attempts to kill her in cold blood, taking her young brother with her She goes as far to the end of the rail line as her money will take her and ends up with a job as camp cook for a lumber camp I enjoyed the tales of life in the north woods and look forward toof this series.


  7. Loraine Loraine says:

    SUMMARY The Civil War has ended, but in Katie Calloway s Georgia home conflict still rages To protect herself and her young brother from her violent and unstable husband, she flees north, finding anonymity and sanctuary as the cook in a Northwoods lumber camp The camp owner, Robert Foster, wonders if the lovely woman he s hired has the grit to survive the never ending work and harsh conditions of a remote pine forest in winter Katie wonders if she can keep her past a secret from a man she is SUMMARY The Civil War has ended, but in Katie Calloway s Georgia home conflict still rages To protect herself and her young brother from her violent and unstable husband, she flees north, finding anonymity and sanctuary as the cook in a Northwoods lumber camp The camp owner, Robert Foster, wonders if the lovely woman he s hired has the grit to survive the never ending work and harsh conditions of a remote pine forest in winter Katie wonders if she can keep her past a secret from a man she is slowly growing to love.With grace and skill, Serena Miller brings to life a bygone era From the ethereal, snowy forest and the warm cookstove to the rowdy shanty boys and the jagged edges of the saw, every detail is perfectly rendered, transporting the reader back to the time when pine was king, men were made of iron, and rivers were choked with logs on the way to the sawmills Readers will have a hard time leaving the Northwoods when they turn the last page.REVIEW This was a great historical fiction novel and I found the storyline based on the logging in Michigan very interesting Miller s research into the logging industry during the time after the Civil War was well done The characters were well developed and very realistic They each had their own strengths and weaknesses The interaction between the loggers, Katie, and the camp owner Robert Foster all had depth and realism My favorite part was the Christmas Eve gathering and how each character contributed in some way to make it special for the children and the whole group FAVORITE QUOTES It was the root of his greatest spiritual battle trying to reconcile a loving God, the Creator of such an intricately crafted world with all the suffering he had seen Marriage, her father had advised her, wasn t like choosing a dress pattern that could be discarded when she tired of it Marriage was forever Marriage was for life


  8. Faye Faye says:

    From the very first page I was hooked And it just kept getting better and better as I read on I couldn t ask for , this book had me utterly charmed And I will most certainly be readingbooks from Ms Miller as soon as I possibly can Katie Calloway and her younger brother Ned, run from her husband s Georgia Plantation, up North to the lumber camps of Michigan Will Katie s faith and determination keep them safe from their past And what about the honorable owner of the lumber camp who From the very first page I was hooked And it just kept getting better and better as I read on I couldn t ask for , this book had me utterly charmed And I will most certainly be readingbooks from Ms Miller as soon as I possibly can Katie Calloway and her younger brother Ned, run from her husband s Georgia Plantation, up North to the lumber camps of Michigan Will Katie s faith and determination keep them safe from their past And what about the honorable owner of the lumber camp whose kind words give Katie reason to hope again The characters were charming and believable, each having their own special charm about them The lumber men were each distinct and wonderful, I think my favorites were Skypilot the ex preacher , and Jigger the cook There were so many memorable characters, and non of them particularly stood out for me as better, even with the secondary characters lined up next to the main characters And I mean that as a good thing The story and the characters were well rounded I could tell that this book was also well researched, and I enjoyed learning little facts about lumber camps as I read This is now one of my favorites that I ve read this year Ms Miller is a wonderful writer and she has a huge future in writing I will most definitely be reading her next book Overall, this is a historical love story that will charm your heart away I have already highly recommended this book many times, just by word of mouth In my opinion, this is exactly how Christian Historical Fiction is done The Measure of Katie Calloway was a pleasure to read an absolute delight That will be enjoyed Thank you Available October 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group


  9. MAP MAP says:

    This was a nice little book It s fairly formulaic you know from the first 50 pages the basics of what will happen by the end but it s well written with compelling characters And it s a step above other Christian fiction novels in that it doesn t slam you in the face with THE CHRISTIAN LESSON.There are a couple of serious continuity issues that drove me crazy, but I blame thaton the editor than on the author it s the JOB of the editor to pick up on this stuff My plan in high sc This was a nice little book It s fairly formulaic you know from the first 50 pages the basics of what will happen by the end but it s well written with compelling characters And it s a step above other Christian fiction novels in that it doesn t slam you in the face with THE CHRISTIAN LESSON.There are a couple of serious continuity issues that drove me crazy, but I blame thaton the editor than on the author it s the JOB of the editor to pick up on this stuff My plan in high school was to become a book editor who fantasizes about that in high school Anyway, I ll go ahead and read the next ones in the series


  10. Maria Maria says:

    To save her life and protect her young brother from her violent husband, Katie Calloway leaves her house in Georgia, arrives to Michigan with little money and a few clothes and accepts a job as a cook in the lumber camp owned by Robert Foster To protect herself she lies to him by saying she is a widow, but the most important challenge she has to face is a demanding job in a pine forest away from everything, surrounded only by men Will she be able to survive And, most of all, will she understa To save her life and protect her young brother from her violent husband, Katie Calloway leaves her house in Georgia, arrives to Michigan with little money and a few clothes and accepts a job as a cook in the lumber camp owned by Robert Foster To protect herself she lies to him by saying she is a widow, but the most important challenge she has to face is a demanding job in a pine forest away from everything, surrounded only by men Will she be able to survive And, most of all, will she understand that there are other kinds of men, aside from that vile man she is still married to After reading this book I definitely see things in a different way about lumbering Cutting trees is not a thing I am in favour of, but these men deserve my respect They had a difficult life and death was a highly probable option If they survived the falling of majestic trees, they had good chances to die because of the cold winters or dangerous fires in the woods All of this, just to support their families and have some money in their pockets for their needs I came to like all of these men whom Ms Miller talked about, they were all very endearing to me Cletus, with his beautiful wood carvings, Ernie and his love for his scarred brother, Skypilot and his courage and beliefs oh my What a man , Henri with his fiddle always ready to play music, and all the others Everyone gave me something I really liked.Besides the minor characters, I loved the protagonists, Katie and Robert How a woman can endure years of suffering, both physical and emotional, and have the strength to survive and live again is one of the things I appreciated a lot Katie does everything both for her own happiness and for his little brother s Her fears which slowly turn into courage and determination are very interesting to witness, and her joy and faith even in the most dreadful situations are reassuring Thanks to God, she understands that not all the men are despicable as her husband Harlan, and she learns to trust them One in particular, Robert Foster, who trusts her at first He is loyal, kind, affectionate, all that Harlan never was Therefore, she is particularly drawn to him who can blame her.If you want to spend some days in a lumber camp with tough, dirty men with a big heart and a well defined ethical code, you will surely enjoy The measure of Katie Calloway A touching and interesting story that will bring you right at the centre of a pine forest where you can smell the trees and witness the bad and good days of a special group of people