North Star Stories


            Mysterious Ways

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Please enjoy my Reader Reviews and Comments and invite your friends and family to North Star Stories. 


White As Snow


"A novel for all ages about the power of miracles and the bonds of trust...A transformational and heartwarming story." ~ Midwest Book Review


"The whole Mysterious Ways series looks really interesting.  I may just have to add those to my wish list." ~


"A touching story that demonstrates the many ways that love of fellow man can be given and the humanity of the Son of God.  This is an exciting adventure story while carrying a message of value.  We rated it 4 hearts." ~ Bob Spear, Heartland Reviews


"I was captured by the first chapter...a great read. ~ Kristina Harding


"I loved the book!...Definitely a page turner." ~ Deb Rouse


"Many times I pictured myself in the scene.  I can feel the wounds on my leg from the bear attack." ~ Paul Worley, Pastor


"A beautiful story!  I was mesmerized." ~ Peggy Carr, Fayetteville, N.C.


"[The] writing flows gracefully...Simple and emotional.  I highly recommend this moving story." ~ Manuela Pop for


"[The author] describes the setting for this story in great and glorious detail.  I could identify well with Charlie's sense of lonliness and the transformation that took place as he accepted faith into his heart." ~ Marc Shkolnick, alumni executive director, CSU


"The author has the capacity to lure the reader into a scene, experiencing the emotion of the cast and feeling empathy for those characters.  I definitely recommend this book to anyone who needs a spiritual pick-me-up or reassurance that they are not alone." ~ Michaelle Hobler


"I found myself living in a ten-year-old boy's shoes; seeing what he was seeing and feeling what he was feeling.  I was laughing one chapter and wiping tears from my eyes in the next...A beautiful story, well written." ~ Joseph Johnson, Pastor, Plainview, TX


"The plot is well defined and very realistic...I fully recommend this book for older elementary age and above." ~ Nancy Wagner, The Old Schoolhouse Magazine


"A well-written story that holds your attention to the end.  It has an appeal to both children and adults." ~ Bill Dowell, Dean of Academics, Baptist Bible College, Springfield, MO


"This is a really special book...A great stocking stuffer." ~ Paige Lovitt,


"The story...moves briskly to its uplifting conclusion...A beautiful Christmas read for young and old alike." ~ Northern Colorado Women Newspaper

"This story was delightful! It kept my interest so much that I read the whole story without putting it down. The characters were believable and well thought out. The descriptions were so well written I felt like I was there myself. The end was wonderful even though predictable. I would recommend to everyone." ~ Bev

"I'm not sure what I expected initially but as the story unfolded, I realized just how meaningful and beautiful this story became. A story of courage and believing in yourself and God. A wonderful read for everyone." ~ L. Crusing "USN Hsg Ret"



Rock Of Refuge


"A deftly-written and excellently researched novel that readers are sure to love, it's highly recommended to western fans everywhere and deserves a place on community library fiction shelves." ~ Midwest Book Review


"A good choice for high school students and adults...Male readers will especially enjoy Charlie's adventures." ~ Cari Young, The Old Schoolhouse Magazine


"I thoroughly enjoyed this book...This is a faith-strengthening novel for the entire family to enjoy together!" ~ Kris Price, Sr. Editor,


"Mixes Colorado history and the thrill of a Western with a deeper story of faith, love and community." ~ Erin Frustaci, Fort Collins Now


"A story of faith, love, and community prevailing in the tumultous Colorado Territory.  This is a beautifully-written and sensitive story of intergenerational love, respect, and surrender." ~ Dr. Marc Johnson, Dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences, Colorado State University


"Exciting, thought provoking, emotion stirring, historically and spiritually enlightening read...The author set such a convincing tone and mood that I found myself right beside Charlie as he washed the dishes and struggled with the desire to be on his own yet not wanting to leave the security and company of his grandfather who raised him.  I felt as if I were there on the cattle drive and sharing the campfire at the day's end.  I was transported to the big city of Denver and felt [Charlie's] awe and wonder and uncertainty.  I laughed and I cried as I traveled with Charlie on his journey towards adulthood both physically, emotionally and spiritually.  Wonderful story." ~ Maurica C. Johnson, Texas


"Wonderful books.  I couldn't put them down.  Your witness is extraordinary.  May God bless you." ~ Marilyn Musgrave, U.S. Congresswoman from Colorado (comments written to the author about both books



In Green Pastures


"Thank you for publishing such wholesome books.  They are very well-written and are a wonderful blend of history, adventure, entertainment, and inspiration!...We are wondering when book #4, The Crimson River, will be published.  Please let us know when it will be available." ~ Colleen Beckett


"In Green Pastures is a top pick for fans of historical fiction set in the old western era." ~ Midwest Book Review


"A good choice for high school students and adults...Male readers will especially enjoy Charlie's adventures." ~ Cari Young, The Old Schoolhouse Magazine


"Wholesome and inspirational...Donna Westover Gallup is a master storyteller." ~ Jimmie Kepler


"I love the underlying theme of hope...written for all ages." ~ Paige Lovitt for Reader Views


"Mixes Colorado history and the thrill of a Western with a deeper story of faith, love and community." ~ Erin Frustaci, Fort Collins Now


"A story of secrets, betrayal, friendship and redemption.  A continuation of Charlie's story that builds on the first two books.  While the plot of this books stands on its own, knowing the story from the first two books gives depth to the story. ...I really like the size of this series.  The books are larger than a mass media book, but smaller and easier to handle than a traditional trade paper size.  Very comfortable." ~ Author's Choice Reviews

The Crimson River

"I hope Donna Westover Gallup has her next book in the works. I love the way she tells her story, how it includes the Almighty's activity in everyday life and hope she has more stories to tell." ~ Jimmie Kepler

"I loved the history in this novel and the back and forth between ancestor Charlie and current events. Gallup intertwines the two stories with perfect balance coming to a perfect end. There is a little bit of a cliffhanger in anticipation of the next of the series but I loved that it doesn't come until the very end." ~ Lindsey

"Donna's books are so inspiring. You feel you know the characters when you are finished reading. You want to know what happens next." ~ An Amazon Customer

"I enjoyed all books in this series. Very uplifting!" ~ Gloria Hoyt
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