No Dark Valley (The Derby Series #5)
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No Dark Valley (Derby #5)

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"Award-winning author Jamie Langston Turner has developed a loyal following of readers with her well-developed characters who realistically struggle with matters of life and faith. When Celia Coleman's grandmother dies, she must return to the small town she hoped never to see again. Her memories of her grandmother's home and church--and of her own behavior there--are not h...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published August 1st 2004 by Bethany House Publishers (first published January 1st 2004)
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Debra Torgerson
An okay read

A story of two people who made choices in their lives that caused them regrets and how that affected their lives and how God brought them to himself and each other. I felt it to be somewhat drawn out. I found myself wondering when a chapter would end. I didn't feel that the Grace of God was presented as well as it could have been. I did like how the author showed what they where thinking and felt I believe we can relate with our own regrets, and that God is our answer. The Lord's Gra...more
Rather mediocre

Rather mediocre

The book kind of started out as annoying, like when the character decides to put what she just into a book. That annoyance fades only to be brought in the third part of the book. Another thing that was irritating was the incessant "I am getting too old not to be married/ maybe I am too old too find anyone to marry". Also in the third part the main characters were switched and the new character did not seem to be as developed as he should have been. As for the first...more
I have liked every single one of her books. She's a great author
Rachel Crooks
I'm inclined to give this book 2.5 stars. It kept me reading, which makes me lean toward a 3, but it also had some corny and unbelievable elements, which makes me slide backward to a 2. She might have been attempting to be coy with all of the "if Celia were a character in a book, how would she describe this moment"s...but they got on my nerves. And then, at the end, when two characters discuss the plot "as if it were a novel" and talk about how cliche it would be if they tried to write it all do...more
First read when the book came out, so 2004 or 2005. 3rd person narration, but tells the first half of the story from her POV, and the second half of the story from his. Very clever, as we discover slowly what we didn't know. I liked these characters very much.
Re-reading now (2014) on my Nook.
6/17 Just finished. I still found it a pleasurable read. I get the feeling that the author decided in advance to stick strictly to the narrative and POV choices she made early on, no matter how clumsy. The...more
Andrea Stoeckel
Celia, a single woman with a fundementalist church past, has left both the church and her smalltown Georgia upbringing to start over.

Bruce, a single man, has left his devil-may-care lifestyle to live in the basement apartment of the house his sister has just purchased.

This book is unabashidly and unapoligetically riddled with cliche. It's also very long, possibly 2 books worth long. A bit Biblical parable, a bit Jane Austin and a lot of forgiveness and searching later.....

It's a sweet book I wo...more
Barbara J. Harbison
I really liked this one

If you are looking for a great read of a Christian love story, this is it. Not a typical story about a man and woman who meet and fall in love with at least one glitch in the falling part. This time you wait until almost the end of the book until they come together. The book spends most of its story on these broken people finding their way to God then realizing they can love each other. Different approach, great story.
I loved this book. I enjoyed Garden to Keep, Winterbirds and Suncatchers a little more, but this was excellent. I love how the author educates you on many different topics as a part of the story. In this book, you learn about poetry, clarinet, tennis, art, life science, and Shakespeare.

I felt the characters were very real and the story is much more about Bruce and Celia's journey to God and believing God could forgive their past than it is about them getting together, so definitely not a cheesy...more
I don't like to give up on books but I only made it about a third of the way through before I threw in the towel. I tried skimming in hopes I could power through but I just became more confused. It was incredibly slow and the characters were not very easy to relate to. There was nothing to grab my attention to want to come back and pick up where I left off.
This book was good, but long. Both of the main characters would tell their story in a stream of consciousness type of way--so that it could take half an hour of listening to get through a simple dinner scene because they would stop to comment on the family eating at the next table and make up a story about them. For the patient listener the story is wonderful though, about a girl named Cecilia who after her grandmother's death fulfills her promise to go back home for her funeral. In the process...more
I love this authors books. It is always interesting to see how a person can see a situation differently after many years. I liked both Bruce and Celia and how the author developed them.
Rosemary Willis
A "graceful" change-up to the usual Christian romance. Well worth the read.
My second time through this book. A story about a young woman who has turned her back on God, blaming Him for her parents' death and despising her grandmother's simplistic, practical faith. In God's sovereignty, He puts people in her life who show her what a real relationship with Christ looks like, and she 'enters into the joy of the Lord.' Turner writes well, and I particularly enjoy the characters she creates. My appreciation for hymns continues to grow, and I liked the way the characters thi...more
great read
I enjoyed the hymn lines, not first lines, as chapter titles and the issues of the book. I really like Jamie Langston Turner's novels but the ending of this one was a little trite and sappy.
So far I am not liking this book so much. Not keeping my interest like the others do. But I am going to finish it. Could get better as I go along.
woman raised by her Christian grandmother and the guilt she's having in her life now because of an abortion she had years ago.
Lots of time spent giving background but skipped right over how the changes came about and why.
This book was way to slow for my taste. I read half of it and was really bored.
Slow but worth reading.
Aunt Sue
Could not get into it.
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