Radford has wounds from the Battle of Gettysburg that goes beyond the piece of shrapnel healed beneath flesh. He's promisedTop Quality Sweet Romance--
Radford has wounds from the Battle of Gettysburg that goes beyond the piece of shrapnel healed beneath flesh. He's promised Evelyn's father (whom he went into battle beside)that he would be a man to rise above the terror from the flashbacks he endures while raising his daughter after the war. His brothers aren't exactly welcoming, either. Especially the brother who took his place as elder and is running their family's lumber mill.
Evelyn has promised her heart to one brother, but when Radford is assigned by her father to man the livery that has been bestowed to her care, it's an insult she has trouble recovering from.
While Radford has to choose to honor his brother or betray his own heart, Evelyn is stuck with knowing the man she must marry is not the one whose kisses set her soul on fire. The heated "monkeyshine" kisses come from the tortured brother who is more dangerous tamping his desire in the orchard than on the battlefield.
This was a very sweet romance and had the standard "back and forth" internal and external struggle concerning the two lead characters. Many things keep them apart, but I was happy to see the story end in a way that all the loose ends were tied. Not too pretty, but just enough for a happy ending. You'll love this book if you enjoy historical romance with a touch of family angst and a rustic, tortured hero.
I've been following the When Time Forgets series for a while now and each book has had the unique aspect of being inExcellent Ending To A Great Series
I've been following the When Time Forgets series for a while now and each book has had the unique aspect of being inspirational without having religious overtones. This aspect has kept me reading the series, but also, I have enjoyed reading what Jerusalem and the depictions of people from the Bible, from Mr. Sullivan's point of view. In The Greatest Gift, I found myself connected with some characters more than others, but essentially the story was of the same excellent quality of the books before. It included mystery, action, inspiration, and was vividly drawn with words, as the story became increasingly more interesting.
What made The Greatest Gift stand out, to me, was finding out more about Hewitt Paul--a minor character from the series. Though he was not one of my favorite characters, I liked how his vulnerability showed toward the end. My favorite characters, aside from Michael and Elizabeth, would have to be Connie and Susan. I loved Connie's no-filter approach toward Hewitt...and well, anyone. Susan was lovable in a practical way and was a good friend. Dennis was another great character.
There are two endings to this book. The author lets the reader choose. I've never been one to discriminate happy endings, so I chose them both! Great ending to the When Time Forgets series.
The Twists and Suspense In This Story Had Me Consistently Intrigued
I was blown away by this wonderfully written story where Emily escapes her fate ofThe Twists and Suspense In This Story Had Me Consistently Intrigued
I was blown away by this wonderfully written story where Emily escapes her fate of banishment dictated by her Aunt in Regency England to a convent for her unacceptable behavior. Liam, the hero who is in modern day Tennessee and is a musician, is the yin to Emily’s yang as they are an entertaining couple to read. The conversation between both of them had me turning pages because the dialogue was written appropriately for both time periods, giving the story that extra kick it needed to really pull someone into the scenes and become connected with the characters.
I also loved the humor because Emily was very proper. It gave her an edge of wittiness without coming off as too naive in a modern time (because she had time-traveled to the future.) Liam had a Southern vibe about him that made him sexy and insecure without seeming inadequate to truly be the man for Emily.
The twists and suspense in this story had me consistently intrigued. I could tell Bella enjoys suspense by the way she writes it. I am normally not a big fan of suspense, but this book did it for me because of the romantic elements and fantasy weaved throughout. It’s like nothing I’ve ever read, and I’m looking forward to reading more of Bella’s books! I highly recommend this book to people who love fantasy, time-travel, a sweet romance, and/or suspense…it’s really hard to pin this book down into one category, except to say it’s a must read for anyone who loves any or all of those elements in the stories they read. It’s exceptionally well written.
Enjoyed The Great Characters And Twists In This Story
This book was an excellent continuance of the series – the suspense, characters, and twists becamEnjoyed The Great Characters And Twists In This Story
This book was an excellent continuance of the series – the suspense, characters, and twists became increasingly intriguing as the story went along.
It is a time travel story, so Michael goes back and forth – from past to present either physically or mentally several times throughout the story – from Northport to Jerusalem and also with childhood memories to his life as a single Dad. He has another potential romantic interest revealed in this story that added spice to an already terrific novel. I was pleasantly surprised at how the minor characters stood out in this novel and I’m looking forward to knowing more about them in the next book of the series.
This story captured the humanness and compassion inside Michael by revealing more about his relationships in childhood and the love of family under any circumstance. It also magnified humanity as a powerful force of goodness in the world, which I think is a unique theme not found in many spiritual books. This is a wonderful series with great characters. Looking forward to the next book!
I had given up on Christian fiction, but Necessary Heartbreak changed my mind by speaking to my heart. I'm a dUniquely Inspiring, Adventurous Thriller
I had given up on Christian fiction, but Necessary Heartbreak changed my mind by speaking to my heart. I'm a die-hard romantic and had deducted from the few Christian fiction books I have read that most of them seemed to cut the passion off in a human aspect and become a great bore while over-emphasizing religion. Not this book!
Necessary Heartbreak is transcendent because the story is primarily an adventure, discovery, and heart-wrenching tale emphasizing Michael Stewart's faith journey as he travels back in time. It is faith based and love driven. A courageous single Father who finds strength through love despite his wavering faith in God and humanity. With the vivid setting taking a reader back to Jerusalem, beautiful relationships, and suspense, this page-turner is a must read for someone looking for an original and inspiring story.
I was intrigued with the Father/Daughter relationship. Michael struggled with, but willingly carried the heavy burden of juggling work, family, and faith as a single Dad. Like many single parents, he didn't have much of a choice but to work and shove all other matters aside for survivals sake. At times he felt guilty for doing so. He somehow managed to keep a close bond with his Daughter through their hardship. The love is apparent, had me smiling, and was very endearing.
It is when Michael is torn from his Daughter Elizabeth by a brutal Roman soldier that my heart squeezed with trepidation. In that moment, there is a realization that he is forced to trust a complete stranger with the safe keeping of his most precious treasure: His daughter.
The book smoothly and comfortably alternates scenes from Michael's experiences in Long Island to the adventure in Jerusalem. The reader is introduced to Michael while he is homeless on the E train, a look into the raw emotion of hopelessness that will have them rooting for justice for him in that situation. There are memories of his late Wife and the time they shared that will entrance and romance the heart. His childhood is another reminder of the extent of loss and grief he had to bear.It accentuates his great love for family and a crossroads in his faith.
I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants to read a page-turning tale of faith, love, and adventure. It will not disappoint!
When you read this book be prepared to smile, be intrigued, and have a tissue handy. It will make you thankful for each day, each breath, and each moment. A realization that can only be reached on a higher level of understanding that a relationship with God begins in the heart and from the heart. In addition to his unending mercy, grace, and love, the greatest gift God has given us is time.