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Sunday, April 25, 2010

BECOMING LUCY – Martha Rogers
Book One of the Winds Across The Prairie series
ISBN 978-1-59979-912-4
Realms Publishing, an imprint of Strang Book Group

Seventeen year old heiress Lucinda Bishop of Boston is mourning the death of her parents. Amid her grief, she finds love, protection, acceptance, and security in the home of an aunt and uncle--her mother’s sister and brother-in-law—on a ranch in Oklahoma Territory. Because she is due to inherit a sizable estate when she becomes of age, another uncle--her father’s brother from Boston--pursues her with the evil intention of preventing her from seeing her eighteenth birthday. During the months preceding the date of her inheritance, Lucinda learns what it means to fully and contentedly trust in a heavenly Father.

Jake Starnes is a drifter who is running from a troubled past. Even though he is working as a lowly ranch hand for Lucinda’s aunt and uncle, Jake can’t stop his heart from falling for Miss Lucinda. As he learns more about God’s love, he realizes he must face the consequences of his past.

Martha Rogers's debut novel is a delightful story of two young people who find a home and family within the circle of God’s love, and God is faithful to forgive when one places their trust in Him. The reader will care about Lucinda and Jake because the author has made the characters real.

This book is an easy, relaxing read. When you turn the last page, the characters and the satisfying ending will make a smile linger on your face. Treat yourself to this book. You won't be disappointed. The sequel, MORNING FOR DOVE, is out now.

Friday, April 16, 2010

My Heart Remembers – Kim Vogel Sawyer

From Bethany House Publishers
Crossings Book Club Main Selection; Top Pick for 2008
CBD Bestseller; CBA Bestseller; ECPA Bestseller; CBD Best of 2008
Recipient Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence '09;
Recipient CO Romance Writers Award of Excellence '09;
Recipient Inspirational Readers Choice Award '09;
Winner ACFW Book of the Year '09

MY HEART REMEMBERS -- When their mother and father die in a tenement fire, three Irish-immigrant children are sent to Missouri aboard an orphan train to be adopted. Despite 8-year-old Maelle’s desperate attempts to keep her siblings together, each child is taken by a different family. But Maelle vows that she will never stop searching for them—determined that they will be together again one day, a family once more.

Eighteen years later, Maelle is still searching…but the years have washed away Maelle’s hope and her memories. What are Mattie and Molly doing now? Where has life taken them? Are they well and living happy lives? Do they wonder at all about the family they once knew and loved? United by blood, divided by time, will they ever be a family again? Only time…and God…can tell.

The above impressive list of awards indicates I’m not the only person who loved this book. Admittedly, one of the reasons I’m posting this review of a book that came out in 2008 is because I know the sequel is coming out later this year (September 2010).

MY HEART REMEMBERS is a story that taps a reader’s deepest memories of family, even the ones buried and blurred by time and pain. Kim takes three distinct story lines and weaves them so seamlessly, not only does the reader transition from one to another naturally, they are transported into the scene by the author’s gentle tugging at one’s heart. You will cheer for Maelle as she doggedly clings to her hope of finding her siblings. Mattie’s circumstances take him in multiple directions, making it unlikely his path will ever cross Maelle’s again. Since Molly was hardly more than a baby at the time of their separation, she has no memory of the big sister who loved her fiercely or the older brother who wanted to protect her. MY HEART REMEMBERS will make you cry, laugh, gasp, ache, and lose sleep as you sit up till the wee hours reading because you can’t put it down. MY HEART REMEMBERS will make your heart remember long-forgotten people and places, circumstances and events from your own past. This is one of those books that pulls you in.

Being a critique partner with Kim Sawyer affords me a unique opportunity to read her work before the general public does. If you haven’t read MY HEART REMEMBERS yet, I encourage you to do so before September when the sequel, IN EVERY HEARTBEAT, hits the bookstore shelves. You won’t want to miss that one either.