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Weary of the saloon girl life—and tired of being slapped around—Darla North decides to start over and let her new-found faith lead her. A friend sends her to Downs House, a place for ‘unfortunate women.’ Darla is offered a home—if she can behave herself. Old habits are hard to break, but Darla is desperate to prove to everyone that she's changed, especially Ethan Downs, th Weary of the saloon girl life—and tired of being slapped around—Darla North decides to start over and let her new-found faith lead her. A friend sends her to Downs House, a place for ‘unfortunate women.’ Darla is offered a home—if she can behave herself. Old habits are hard to break, but Darla is desperate to prove to everyone that she's changed, especially Ethan Downs, the owner's sensitive and sweet son. But when Darla's past threatens to catch up with her, she must decide to face the truth . . . or run away again. A clean, Christian read.


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Weary of the saloon girl life—and tired of being slapped around—Darla North decides to start over and let her new-found faith lead her. A friend sends her to Downs House, a place for ‘unfortunate women.’ Darla is offered a home—if she can behave herself. Old habits are hard to break, but Darla is desperate to prove to everyone that she's changed, especially Ethan Downs, th Weary of the saloon girl life—and tired of being slapped around—Darla North decides to start over and let her new-found faith lead her. A friend sends her to Downs House, a place for ‘unfortunate women.’ Darla is offered a home—if she can behave herself. Old habits are hard to break, but Darla is desperate to prove to everyone that she's changed, especially Ethan Downs, the owner's sensitive and sweet son. But when Darla's past threatens to catch up with her, she must decide to face the truth . . . or run away again. A clean, Christian read.

30 review for The Saloon Girl's Journey

  1. 4 out of 5

    Dawn

    ++SPOILERS++ 3.5 stars Sweet low angst confort read. I lowered a few stars for a variety of reasons. I felt there was not enough time between the H & h and too much time was spent on their separation and the h's time with the traveling medicine show. I also am not a fan of dead ex troupe's. The hero was engaged before but she died. He has gotten over her, but I personally prefer romance where the h is the H's first love. Tagged this as both MC's virgins but in truth it is not said. This is a Christi ++SPOILERS++ 3.5 stars Sweet low angst confort read. I lowered a few stars for a variety of reasons. I felt there was not enough time between the H & h and too much time was spent on their separation and the h's time with the traveling medicine show. I also am not a fan of dead ex troupe's. The hero was engaged before but she died. He has gotten over her, but I personally prefer romance where the h is the H's first love. Tagged this as both MC's virgins but in truth it is not said. This is a Christian read, So I figure sex before marriage is something frowned upon, therefore both characters were probably meant to be portrayed as virgins. It is funny to me that the h is portrayed as being a "bad" person just for being a saloon girl..even though she was not a prostitute merely served drinks and danced. But I guess at the time that was pretty bad. The story is typical, one I've seen a hundred times before, where the heroine doesn't think she's good enough for the hero, is hiding her past, and of course he doesn't care about her past yadda yadda...but I did enjoy the scenes where the h left to travel with the medicine show. I thought that was interesting and fun, even though it took up most of the book. It wasn't bad for a freebie, I enjoyed it overall and would recommend it. Safety - nothing unsafe. this is a clean read, only chaste kisses and hand holding.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Katy

    4.5 stars for a lovely journey. I loved the characters in this story, and the details kept it firmly rooted in the historical period. The plot has several unexpected twists and turns, which kept this reader guessing until almost the last page. There were a couple of places where the plot seemed "forced" but they weren't distracting enough to harm the overall story. Recommended for anyone who likes inspirational romance and Texas history. It's not necessary to read the first two books of this ser 4.5 stars for a lovely journey. I loved the characters in this story, and the details kept it firmly rooted in the historical period. The plot has several unexpected twists and turns, which kept this reader guessing until almost the last page. There were a couple of places where the plot seemed "forced" but they weren't distracting enough to harm the overall story. Recommended for anyone who likes inspirational romance and Texas history. It's not necessary to read the first two books of this series before this third installment, but you'll want to read them so you can meet many more wonderful characters!

  3. 5 out of 5

    ✨ Gramy ✨

    . Darla's life was full of trials and struggles while working in a saloon. A preacher shared his faith with her and she accepted redemption. Then he found her a safe place to live. Darla's optimistic outlook on life affected those around her in a positive manner. However, her past haunted her with a face-to-face meeting with a nefarious man. Rather than hurting those she cared about, she joined a traveling medicine show. There she continued to learn more lessons in her life before a HEA enveloped h . Darla's life was full of trials and struggles while working in a saloon. A preacher shared his faith with her and she accepted redemption. Then he found her a safe place to live. Darla's optimistic outlook on life affected those around her in a positive manner. However, her past haunted her with a face-to-face meeting with a nefarious man. Rather than hurting those she cared about, she joined a traveling medicine show. There she continued to learn more lessons in her life before a HEA enveloped her.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ellen White

    Darla tired of the life she was living, goes and now finds herself in a house of women of the night. She is determined and how she makes changes. A favorite of how her new faith guiding her.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Leia Rose

    A nice quick read that fits in well with the rest of the series. I thought the romance sprang up awfully quick. By the first day there was some clear interest on at least Darla's part. I thought considering the number of women that have probably come through that house that Ethan probably wouldn't have gone down so hard so quickly for one. I also thought that since it's a house for "unfortunate women" that Darla's thinking that she has the "worst" history or an unacceptable history was a bit muc A nice quick read that fits in well with the rest of the series. I thought the romance sprang up awfully quick. By the first day there was some clear interest on at least Darla's part. I thought considering the number of women that have probably come through that house that Ethan probably wouldn't have gone down so hard so quickly for one. I also thought that since it's a house for "unfortunate women" that Darla's thinking that she has the "worst" history or an unacceptable history was a bit much. She really thinks that a house catering to women in need has NEVER had a soiled dove or a saloon girl or anything close to that? It's not even like she was a prostitute(what might be considered the bottom of the unfortunate ladder). So for her to think dancing at a saloon was something to hide from a place that reaches out to women who need a fresh start took a suspension of disbelief on my part. I liked that the medical show was different from most of its time. I like the idea of what they were doing and why they had to do it with the same presentation as any snake oil salesman. I honestly kept waiting for a twist since everything seemed above board with it and then the twist was (view spoiler)[ that there WAS no twist. Everything was exactly as it seemed. (hide spoiler)] There's no real surprises here. It's a novella that breezes through a romance and Darla's path from saloon girl to where she wants to be. I liked how she tries to brighten up the world around her and make everyone a little bit happier.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jane

    I purchased The Saloon Girl's Journey as part of the Texas Women of Spirit anthology by Angela C. Castillo. Darla North is a saloon girl that is hit once too often and escapes to an illegal Native American camp that starts her journey to becoming a better person and overcoming her background. She starts this part of the story when she is accepted into the home of Ma Downs on a trail basis. Darla has a way of looking at people as if they are all equal and is willing to help each one she can and ma I purchased The Saloon Girl's Journey as part of the Texas Women of Spirit anthology by Angela C. Castillo. Darla North is a saloon girl that is hit once too often and escapes to an illegal Native American camp that starts her journey to becoming a better person and overcoming her background. She starts this part of the story when she is accepted into the home of Ma Downs on a trail basis. Darla has a way of looking at people as if they are all equal and is willing to help each one she can and make their lives happier. Ethan Downs can't resist her positive personality and romance starts slowly. A man from her time as a saloon girl finds her and she runs away in the night being ashamed of her past and this starts her journey and Ethan's chase to find her in the traveling Medicine Show. This is a delightful book full of unusual characters and many set backs for both Darla and Ethan as they find their way across Texas on an adventure. Plus you have to love a book with a trained pig and a snake lady.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    Even a saloon girl can find love Darla North never expected the twists and turns her life would take. She thought that she was destined to be used and abused in the saloon she worked in. That is until she met Soonie, a half Comanche girl who came to her town her one day. Soonie treated her like she was a real person. When she escaped from the saloon, Soonie encouraged her to join her and her settlement. When the camp was forced to leave for a safer place Darla was encouraged to come to Dallas to Even a saloon girl can find love Darla North never expected the twists and turns her life would take. She thought that she was destined to be used and abused in the saloon she worked in. That is until she met Soonie, a half Comanche girl who came to her town her one day. Soonie treated her like she was a real person. When she escaped from the saloon, Soonie encouraged her to join her and her settlement. When the camp was forced to leave for a safer place Darla was encouraged to come to Dallas to a home for "unfortunates" as she would think of them. She had no idea that she would lose her heart to Ma Down's son, Ethan. But as always something happens to make her run away from happiness. But God had better plans.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Carol Mcgrath

    A good Christian story Darla was a saloon girl who had been saved and taken to Ma Downs house. She didn't know if she's be allowed to stay but she obeyed the rules. Just when she knew she would be staying someone from her past showed up. Darla was falling in love with Ethan, Ma Downs son. He saw her talking to the stranger and asked who he was. Darla knew that if everyone in the house knew she used to be a saloon girl she would be asked to leave, so she ran away and joined a traveling medicine sh A good Christian story Darla was a saloon girl who had been saved and taken to Ma Downs house. She didn't know if she's be allowed to stay but she obeyed the rules. Just when she knew she would be staying someone from her past showed up. Darla was falling in love with Ethan, Ma Downs son. He saw her talking to the stranger and asked who he was. Darla knew that if everyone in the house knew she used to be a saloon girl she would be asked to leave, so she ran away and joined a traveling medicine show. Ethan couldn't believe she left without telling him so he went looking for her. When he found her he told her he loved her. Did she return with him or did she leave him and stay with the medicine show?

  9. 5 out of 5

    Dana Redding

    The Saloon Girls Journey Darla was an orphan. She was struggling to live and found a job as a saloon girl. She only serves drinks, sings and dances. Keeps the customers happy, she doesn’t sell anything else to the men. She gives her life to God and moves into a home filled with women, she works hard and has made friends. She is ashamed of her past job. She hasn’t told anyone. The house mother has a son who repairs the house. Ethan loves to carve things out of wood. He does repairs on the old hom The Saloon Girls Journey Darla was an orphan. She was struggling to live and found a job as a saloon girl. She only serves drinks, sings and dances. Keeps the customers happy, she doesn’t sell anything else to the men. She gives her life to God and moves into a home filled with women, she works hard and has made friends. She is ashamed of her past job. She hasn’t told anyone. The house mother has a son who repairs the house. Ethan loves to carve things out of wood. He does repairs on the old home for his mother. He once loved a woman who left and has just opened his heart to a new member of the house. He finds out she has left and takes off after her because he must know why. Good story. I enjoyed reading this book.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sep

    A charming short novel, maybe a novella, about Darla, a saloon girl who is a new baby Christian, trying to make a go of it at the House for Unfortunate Women. The home isn't as negative as it sounds as it is running a soup kitchen, a farm, and organizes Christmas dinner to the local orphanage. Darla who has made her living being flirtatious and encouraging cowboys to dance and order drinks, needs to be a little more circumspect. Still, she is a spirited woman and now that she is on the road to A charming short novel, maybe a novella, about Darla, a saloon girl who is a new baby Christian, trying to make a go of it at the House for Unfortunate Women. The home isn't as negative as it sounds as it is running a soup kitchen, a farm, and organizes Christmas dinner to the local orphanage. Darla who has made her living being flirtatious and encouraging cowboys to dance and order drinks, needs to be a little more circumspect. Still, she is a spirited woman and now that she is on the road to charitable works there's really no stopping her. Plus there is Ethan, the director's son, cuter than a bug's ear. Unfortunately, Darla's past catches up with her. Will her new faith give her the courage to continue on with her new life?

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ingrid Rose

    When we worry about the past Darla tries to leave per past as a saloon girl behind, moving into a home for women where the future is what counts. The problems is that she can't leave the thoughts of her past behind or that she would be accepted if anyone found out. Ethan, the handsome, hardworking son of the directress of the home sees into the inner beauty that is in Darla. When she becomes so terrified that he will reject her should find out about her past life that she runs away. But will Etha When we worry about the past Darla tries to leave per past as a saloon girl behind, moving into a home for women where the future is what counts. The problems is that she can't leave the thoughts of her past behind or that she would be accepted if anyone found out. Ethan, the handsome, hardworking son of the directress of the home sees into the inner beauty that is in Darla. When she becomes so terrified that he will reject her should find out about her past life that she runs away. But will Ethan decide to go after her? There's a big surprise that makes an interesting ending.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Joe-Anna Taylor

    Fantastic Slice of History! Darla has escaped the rough life as a Saloon Girl tp a home of “lost women” run by a strict religious lady dependent on the charity of some proud, rich thoughtless family. Darla finds solace in God and helping others, is a good worker but feels she has to hide her past or be turned out. She is very attracted to the son, but runs away feeling she is not good enough, and he will hate her if he finds out about her past. Great characters, a most interesting book and a grea Fantastic Slice of History! Darla has escaped the rough life as a Saloon Girl tp a home of “lost women” run by a strict religious lady dependent on the charity of some proud, rich thoughtless family. Darla finds solace in God and helping others, is a good worker but feels she has to hide her past or be turned out. She is very attracted to the son, but runs away feeling she is not good enough, and he will hate her if he finds out about her past. Great characters, a most interesting book and a great history lesson. Stayed up late to finish As I was so engrossed in the story!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Rose

    Heartwarming Story This is a story of redemption and forgiveness. When Darla is brought to Downs House after her decision to follow Jesus rather than follow the life of a saloon girl, she finds a true family for the first time since her father died when she was just a child. While her gentle giving spirit made her easily accepted, especially by the head mistress' son Ethan, she has a hard time forgiving herself for her past. After an adventure with a medicine show, Darla discovers the true meanin Heartwarming Story This is a story of redemption and forgiveness. When Darla is brought to Downs House after her decision to follow Jesus rather than follow the life of a saloon girl, she finds a true family for the first time since her father died when she was just a child. While her gentle giving spirit made her easily accepted, especially by the head mistress' son Ethan, she has a hard time forgiving herself for her past. After an adventure with a medicine show, Darla discovers the true meaning of redemption. Easy read. I would recommend this book.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sandy

    The Saloon Girl's Journey Christian romance proving that a storyline can be entertaining without sexual content. A saloon girl gives her heart to God and tries to move forward with her life but has trouble believing that people will accept her in spite of her past even though she knows God has. As true love finds her she has to decide if she is worthy and if she can be honest with her new friends about her past. Redemption and grace in abundance.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Cherie

    A lovely story of redemption and second chances! The writer described God's amazing grace beautifully. The lives of Darla and the other characters were completely changed by God's love and mercy. And once touched and changed they were free to live and love peacefully. This book is not just a nice story, but it was encouraging and uplifting to read. I will read everything I can find from this author.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jill

    I thought this one might feel too different than the previous books in the series and I wouldn't like it as much, but I loved it! All the characters were unique, believable, and mostly lovable. It was a great story of becoming a new creation in Christ, of accepting our acceptance, love and forgiveness, all without being preachy. I enjoy that the author includes the struggles of life in that time, but the story still ends the way you hope it will.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    I loved the characters and the story. I found the heirone's past a non issue. She was a dancer/singer in a saloon. The American west wasn't nearly as classiest as Europe at the time. I doubt too many people would have had an issue with that. It would have been better if she was a prostitute since that was so prevalent during that time.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Patricia

    Goodbook This is the kind. of book that is hard to put down. The characters are interesting and the story is appropriate for the time period. I would recommend this book to anyone that likes a good book. One plus to me was you don't have to skip over bad language and sex.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Michele

    Sweet story A nice Christian based book. Good storyline, great faith and an example of how Jesus can make you totally new, if you believe, your past is just that and He washes you clean, thank you

  20. 5 out of 5

    Alice

    included in Texas Women of Spirit series (I read this as a stand-alone) enough conflict between older woman and heroine to create tension religious references -- hymns, Biblical passages value of charity -- when reason is to provide status

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jenark

    Interesting Compared to the last two books this one was lacking... adventure? No... danger. Yes, this novel doesn't carry the same level of danger as the first two in the series. Never once did I hold my breath in fear for Darla`s life. However this book isn't lacking in the practical application department so for that I give it two thumbs up. Interesting Compared to the last two books this one was lacking... adventure? No... danger. Yes, this novel doesn't carry the same level of danger as the first two in the series. Never once did I hold my breath in fear for Darla`s life. However this book isn't lacking in the practical application department so for that I give it two thumbs up.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Carol Plemmons

    Interesting From saloons to snake oil shows to hypocritical Christians....lots to enjoy, some of it predictable, but enough plot changes and unusual characters to keep things going. Clean and wholesome with humor interspersed..

  23. 4 out of 5

    Anne-Marie Webster

    A quick, clean tale. A sweet story of discovering who you are and your true worth. Darla finds that she can truly be new when she accepts that she is loved by God and can be loved by others as well.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Marsha W. Ronquist

    Interesting characters The characters have personalities that are appealing. Each different and clearly defining their different personalities. The story takes unexpected twists. God is in the story, through the persons who follow Him.

  25. 5 out of 5

    TheresaK

    Amazing story I loved the story, God does forgive, God does talk to you and if you listen you can hear. Everyone around could see her worth, but she couldn’t. I am definitely one who was saved. This story was a wonderful reminder.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth McDaniel

    Good read! I enjoyed reading this book. The characters were fun and very entertaining. I would recommend this book and would like to read more from this author.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Deb Shank

    Easyread Characters were fun to get to know. How things change .with the faith they held on to. Predicted the outcome,l, learn forgiveness.b

  28. 5 out of 5

    Pamela

    Enjoyed the book Once again Angela Castillo wrote a good book. Not as strong a book as the first two but still enjoyed it.

  29. 5 out of 5

    larry brashear

    Wonderful! This is an inspirational book that I truly loved. It was a interesting and exciting story and is well written and edited.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Trudy Gleason

    I liked Darla and Ethan together. It always how decent communication would solve so many issues. I really liked Darla's perspective on people.

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