Hannah and CJ have been through a traumatic experience. Smoke jumpers, they’ve almost lost their lives and since CJ is still recovering, he doesn’t feHannah and CJ have been through a traumatic experience. Smoke jumpers, they’ve almost lost their lives and since CJ is still recovering, he doesn’t feel ready for a relationship. He takes prescription drugs to deaden the physical pain that still haunts him from the incident. He speaks to his buddy Hannah online via the game that they play. How can he find the courage to tell Hannah his true feelings? Hannah is determined to set things right. Scared, she’s haunted by a past experience. She doesn’t trust herself NOT to make a mistake as a nurse. Can she learn to overcome her fears? An invitation to a mutual friend’s wedding put Hannah and CJ into direct contact with one another. A big snowstorm and a stranded stranger are just two of many elements that make this book a satisfying Christmas read. If you like short, snowbound, holiday stories then you should give this one a try. It’s a slightly suspenseful and quick read....more
Traci Hightower is still paying the bills for her wedding - a wedding that never happened. When she meets Marc Roberts, she's deeply attracted to him. Traci Hightower is still paying the bills for her wedding - a wedding that never happened. When she meets Marc Roberts, she's deeply attracted to him. When Marc spots Traci in a restaurant, he's smitten with her good looks. He hesitates about asking her out - after all, he leads a busy life, helping to take care of his widowed sister's children takes a lot of his time and energy. He's not sure if he's ready and able to give love another chance. But Traci has a secret and she's afraid to tell Marc. How will he react? Marc has been burned by women in the past. How can he move past his negative experiences and learn to give Traci a chance? A Second Chance is a light, sweet entertaining novella. If you like clean and wholesome stories, then you should give this one a try. ...more
Jason Manning is content with his life as a bachelor veterinarian. He is also the owner/superintendent of an apartment complex. Charlotte Weston livesJason Manning is content with his life as a bachelor veterinarian. He is also the owner/superintendent of an apartment complex. Charlotte Weston lives in one of the apartments with her nosy daughter, Carrie. Carrie is determined to set her mom up with Jason - her mom has been single for a long time and it's time for her to date again. Jason is reluctant to pursue Charlotte. However, as he gets to know shy, pretty Charlotte, he finds himself intrigued. Charlotte is attracted to Jason, but, knows that there can be no romance between them. She harbors a deep secret - a secret which she believes may have contributed to her bitter divorce years ago. I liked the characters in this book. Jason was a great guy and he really stuck by Charlotte and he was a perfect gentleman. Charlotte was a sweet lady who'd had her heart broken - and her soul had been broken too, that's why she never dated after her divorce. So, have you ever found it hard to date after a bitter divorce? What happened? Were you able to start dating and find true love again? 2. Same Time, Next Year When James Wilkens literally runs into Summer Lawton in Vegas on New Year's Eve, she's in tears. Eager to help her, they share dinner. She tells of her fiancé's recent betrayal and James predicts that she will be over her pain in one year. They make a deal to meet in one year at the same place - just so that James can prove his point about getting over a lost love. James and Summer keep in touch during their year apart. When they meet again, their attraction kindles, but, would they make a good couple? Summer is much younger than James, and James is trying to get a political position. Would his potential voters accept his marriage to a much younger, attractive woman who is an actress at Disneyland? I loved this sweet, endearing story. It's not too deep, just simple and fun. So, have you ever fallen in love with someone via letters or via the internet? What happened when you met in person?...more
When Beth Prudhomme and Sam Carney initially meet, there is NO chemistry between them. Beth is a gently bred, upper-class woman. No way does she haveWhen Beth Prudhomme and Sam Carney initially meet, there is NO chemistry between them. Beth is a gently bred, upper-class woman. No way does she have the time or desire to date an uneducated mechanic. Sam is not interested in Beth. After all, they have nothing in common and they have to struggle to have a decent conversation. But, due to a traumatic event, Beth’s life drastically changes. Sam was there for her when she initially gets hurt – and her opinion of him changes a lot. Sam is used to dating beer-drinking gals he meets at The Dog House, the local pub. But, Beth is refreshingly different than his past girlfriends. But how can a relationship between them work? Beth has never dated seriously and all of her former beaus were chosen for her by her uppity, over-protective mom. I loved how both Sam and Beth are musicians, and they found a common bond in their music. Both Sam and Beth are dealing with past pains, which make them hesitant to love again. This story shows that opposites really do attract. It’s a simple, sweet romance that’s highly enjoyable.
I enjoyed this novella collection. A group of puppies are abandoned at a park during the holidays. Each story focuses the puppies finding new owners.I enjoyed this novella collection. A group of puppies are abandoned at a park during the holidays. Each story focuses the puppies finding new owners. The last story has the remaining puppy finding his way back to his original house. The stories were good, fast reads. I really loved the cover! Just seeing this amazing cover made me want to buy the book!...more
This was a nice change from my usual Christian fiction reading. These are short stories. It’s been a long time since I’ve read a collection of short sThis was a nice change from my usual Christian fiction reading. These are short stories. It’s been a long time since I’ve read a collection of short stories. These tales take Biblical stories and re-tell them in a modern day setting. Out of all of the stories, these were my favorites:
Traveling Mercies by Maurice Gray – this story is a modern day rendition of the Good Samaritan. When Matt is attacked near a group of onlookers, the only person who helps him turns out to be a prostitute named Samaria. Samaria is dealing with a lot of issues, including her lack of faith. I loved this story – it shows that even Christians sometimes turn their backs on those in need, and that non-believers are sometimes the only ones who will offer assistance.
Baby Blues by Patricia Haley – this story is based upon Sarah and Abraham
When Sarah has trouble conceiving, she convinces her friend Gayle to have a baby with her (Sarah’s) husband. Sarah’s demands causes a strange love triangle and leaves a lot of hurt feelings between the threesome. This story proves that we need to wait on God’s timing for everything.
The Best of Everything by Victoria Christopher Murray – this story is based upon Hannah
When Hannah and her husband Brandon have trouble conceiving, Hannah is stunned that there is no medical reason as to why she can’t conceive. Her desire to conceive dominates her life and causes problems in her marriage. Her husband’s ex-wife’s attitude towards her makes her angry – after all, Brandon has had several children with his ex. This story shows us that we need to be patient and trust in God for all that we want. We need to trust that God knows what’s best for us.
Jacquelin Thomas’s A Change Is Gonna Come is based upon Tamar. Dinanna’s life takes a drastic turn when her half brother rapes her. Her father does little to help her with her plight. This story show how we need to lean on God during the darkest of times. At times, even our family members abandon us during our darkest times. ...more
Jerry is on vacation in Treasure Island Florida with his elderly parents. He's been attracted to pretty Amanda for the last few years. He comes each yJerry is on vacation in Treasure Island Florida with his elderly parents. He's been attracted to pretty Amanda for the last few years. He comes each year with his parents for vacation - he rents a tandem for the older couple from Amanda's bike shop.
Amanda is attracted to Jerry too, and when he comes in this year to rent the tandem, they end up doing a lot more than just saying "hello" to each other.
However, Amanda is a mother-figure to her irresponsible younger sister Lacey. Plus, she doesn't consider herself a good candidate as a girlfriend since she's had a troubled past with her mom. She's also never gotten over being stood up at the altar by her ex-fiancé.
Jerry has his own set of problems. He's only in the beach town of treasure island because he's vacationing with his folks. After awhile, he'll be returning with his parents back to Atlanta. His folks are getting older and they have health problems, too. If Jerry doesn't take care of his parents then, who will? How can he even consider a relationship when he has so many responsibilities?
This book was a light, gentle, heartwarming read. It'd be a nice book to take with you to the beach....more
Molly relocates from California to Montana to help her ill grandfather run his ranch. She's angry and sad about the demise of her ex-husband. Her ex i Molly relocates from California to Montana to help her ill grandfather run his ranch. She's angry and sad about the demise of her ex-husband. Her ex is in prison for swindling old folks out of their funds. When she arrives, she meets Sam Dakota (her grandfather's foreman). Sam has a few secrets of his own. Molly is at odds about the way she feels about Sam. He's nice to her kids, especially her wayward son, so, he has a few good attributes.
But, trouble appears. Mysterious acts of vandalism and a mysterious disappearance make this story so intriguing. This was a great book. There was an unexpected slightly suspenseful twist that added a layer of danger to the story. This book was also about how to learn to trust after being hurt by someone that you love.
When Clare is sent on a mission to find a missing woman (Shayna), she's forced to take a hard look at her own life. Clare becomes enmeshed within theWhen Clare is sent on a mission to find a missing woman (Shayna), she's forced to take a hard look at her own life. Clare becomes enmeshed within the lives of the inhabitants of Shayna's town. There's Charlie, the local drug dealer, and his girlfriend Sara. Clare and Sara share a camaraderie while Clare finds herself taking drugs, drinking alcohol, things that she really need so avoid. There's also Derek, the town's doctor as well as Jared, Shayna's ex-husband. There's also Wilfred and Louise, Shayna's mentally-unbalanced parents. Who is responsible for Shayna's disappearance and why was Clare hired to find her?
While Clare searches for Shayna, she's reminded of the abusive life she's left behind. She's forced to face her own fears while the mystery in the town of Blackmoore unravels.
I found this to be a very dark read. It was very suspenseful. I also found the ending to be a bit abrupt and unfinished. I'm a bit curious to know if there will be a second book in this series? I'd recommend this book if you like dark, suspenseful novels. ...more
What does an old wedding dress, a man dressed in purple and two engaged women have in common? Those elements have a lot in common in this book! EngageWhat does an old wedding dress, a man dressed in purple and two engaged women have in common? Those elements have a lot in common in this book! Engaged, Charlotte has yet to find the perfect wedding dress for her upcoming nuptials. She and her fiancé, Tim, have not even mailed out their wedding invites. When Charlotte purchases an old wedding dress at auction, her whole world changes as she goes on a quest to find out the former owners. Emily’s story (one of the former wedding dress owners) is set in 1912. She’s engaged to Phillip Saltonstall, but, why can’t she shake the romantic feelings she has for her former beau (Daniel Ludlow) when he returns from his baseball season? He abandoned her, and since she has never heard from him, she figured he didn’t want to continue their relationship. Emily is floored when she finds out the truth about Daniel’s lack of communication. This book will take you back in time. The stories of the former owners include thought-provoking subjects, such as racial tension. Overall, a good read....more
This book was such a sweet treat to read! I mean that literally. The pastries, cakes and cookies, so decadent and divine! This novel also has some tasThis book was such a sweet treat to read! I mean that literally. The pastries, cakes and cookies, so decadent and divine! This novel also has some tasty recipes at the end! After a traumatic experience, young Rosalia is separated from her family. Mentally and physically broken, she’s unable to forgive herself for her horrible experience and she’s rescued by a group of nuns. The nuns run a famous pastry shop. Rosalia finds joy, comfort and love by working with the nuns, learning to bake sweets. This book is about overcoming unwarranted guilt, learning to love ourselves in spite of life’s traumatic experiences. In spite of all that happened to her, Rosalia tried hard to keep her faith in God, even when her questions remained unanswered. Her pastries become well-known in Italy – her unique sweets are so delicious that people think she must add a secret ingredient. I highly recommend this book if you like stories about food and faith. - See more at: http://ceceliadowdy.com/blog/#sthash.......more
**spoiler alert** A FEW SPOILERS IN THIS REVIEW! It’s the Great Depression and the Merritt family, as well as the rest of the inhabitants of Rosey Corn**spoiler alert** A FEW SPOILERS IN THIS REVIEW! It’s the Great Depression and the Merritt family, as well as the rest of the inhabitants of Rosey Corner, struggle to survive. Kate’s father, Victor, struggles with alcoholism as he runs his horseshoe business. He’s trying to forget the tragedies he’s witnessed while fighting the war. Nadine, Victor’s wife, doesn’t think she can handle her husband’s addiction any longer, and is unable to provide the emotional support that Victor needs, so Kate steps in to shoulder the load. Both Victor and Nadine have extremely strained relationships with their fathers, and these relationships are tested as traumatic events happen in Rosey Corner. When I saw the description of this book, I thought that Lorena Birdsong would show up at the beginning of the story, abandoned at the Merritt’s house. I was surprised that Lorena’s character was not introduced until about 100 pages into the book. She’s found abandoned on the church steps because her parents were too poor to feed her. Skinny, malnourished, and scared, she believes that Kate is an angel who’s come to rescue her. There were a lot of flashbacks, going back to the days of Victor and Nadine’s courtship, then back to the present, that I was not expecting. I think the problems that this couple faced with their parents and their siblings were realistic and emotional. I also found it a bit strange that two people – Kate’s father (a preacher) and Victor’s father (the owner of the largest store in the town – plus he’s one of the wealthiest men in town) had the power to decide the fate of Lorena Birdsong. It appeared that back in the thirties, the law didn’t have much power over the town, people just kind of did what they wanted and allowed the richest and most powerful people in town to dictate what would happen to others. The tragic death of Victor’s brother, which happened several years ago, is also a bone of contention between father and son. Also, there’s an unusual twist in the story involving a brother (Graham) and a sister (Fern) who live out in the woods, separated from the town. Fern’s mind has not functioned properly since she had a serious illness and she roams the woods, cutting down trees and building her palaces. This book was an interesting and emotional read. If you like historical stories that paint a vivid picture of the way of live during the Great Depression, then you’ll probably enjoy this book. Many thanks to Baker/Revell for providing me with a free review copy. - See more at: http://ceceliadowdy.com/blog/2011/02/......more