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We Believe February 14, 2014

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1701-1252700996xOIkI know I shared a song with you last week but I just heard this song and LOVE it!!!! I want this to be my anthem. I believe. The message is simple but so powerful. Will this be your anthem?

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Love’s Sweet Beginning by Ann Shorey February 13, 2014

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Love’s Sweet Beginning

by

Ann Shorey

From the back cover:

What will it take for a once-privileged young woman to make her way in the world?

It isn’t Cassie Haddon’s fault that she has reached the age of twenty-five without possessing any useful skills. Until the War Between the States, she always had servants. Since then, she and her mother have been forced to rely on family to care for them. But now the well of human kindness has run dry–and Cassie must find work to support them.

Unfortunately, leaving the past behind is easier said than done, and Cassie must summon all of her courage and wits to convince local restaurateur and grocer Jacob West that she’s exactly what his business needs.

With her signature sweet romance, Ann Shorey weaves a tale of two people from different backgrounds finding common ground and the hope of a bright future together.

My thoughts:

From the very beginning you are thrown into Cassie’s life, which isn’t going very well. She’s immediately kicked out of her uncle’s house and in pursuit of another uncle. Cassie’s mother is sure they will find him but…they don’t.

They have no choice but to stay with a friend but Cassie feels the pressure to find their own place. None of this seems to bother her mother, who comes across a bit selfish.

Cassie gets a job, but not after trying to prove herself over and over to Mr. West. I could feel her anxiety as she tried to learn her job. As someone who worked in the restaurant biz for a very long time I could really see the work she was doing and remember those moments of stress as you try to get everything done for the customers.

Jacob (Mr. West) is a bit harder to get to know. It took me awhile to really feel like I connected with him. He has a secret and that kept me reading and wanting to better understand this man who obviously cares for Cassie.

This is a sweet romance and the author does a good job of keeping the plot moving and engaging the reader. I loved Cassie’s determination and her unwillingness to settle for what others have spoke into her life.

If you enjoy sweet historical romances you will enjoy this book.

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Christianbook.com, Deeper Shopping or Books-A-Million.

Visit Ann’s website here.

A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

 

Write to the Point with Linda Rondeau February 12, 2014

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Linda Rondeau smallest picToday we get Write to the Point with Linda Rondeau. She is sharing a short devotional with us today. I hope you will be blessed by it. She has a giveaway for you too, so read until the end 🙂

Winner of the 2012 Selah Award for best first novel The Other Side of Darkness/Harbourlight,  LINDA WOOD RONDEAU, writes stories of God’s mercies. Walk with her unforgettable characters as they journey paths not unlike our own. After a long career in human services, Linda now resides in Jacksonville, Florida.

Linda’s best-selling Adirondack Romance, It Really IS a Wonderful Life, is published by Lighthouse of the Carolinas and is available wherever books are sold.  Her next releases were her devotional book, I Prayed for Patience God Gave Me Children and Days of Vines and Roses

Joy Comes to Dinsmore Street and A Christmas Prayer have been released in time for the Christmas  as well as her mini novel, Jolly Angel.  Songs in the Valley/ Helping Hands Press. Will be released in late 2013 or early A Father's Prayer2014.

Readers may visit her web site at www.lindarondeau.com or email her at lindarondeau@gmail.com  or find her on Facebook, Twitter, PInterest, LinkedIn, Google Plus and Goodreads. 

SOUR GRAPES OR BLESSED FRUIT? IT’S YOUR CHOICE

“Faith chooses hope, declines despair. The stirred soul, like the river’s peaceful flow, is restored after the storm…” from the poem HARD FAITH by Linda Wood Rondeau

Many believers, have the misconception that if we are true believers, God will not allow anything to happen beyond our ability to cope. When overwhelming disappointment comes, our faith is tested. Where were you God? Why did you let this happen?

Disappointment is part of the human condition. Who among us has not felt its sting to some degree? Even Jesus experienced the pain of rejection by those he loved.

Many cases of disappointment are caused by what psychologist call cognitive dissonance. This occurs when expectation is incongruent with reality. When our desire or object of pursuit exceeds the bounds of reality, defeat is likely and it can lead to disappointment. Ultimately it is not the disappointment itself that truly matters but how we process it.

grapesWhen life does not curve the way we want or if we don’t receive what we feel we deserve, we give up and become enslaved in Disappointment’s domino effect: I expect what I think I deserve, I don’t get it, I feel disappointment. As A result, I feel less capable or confident or strong, and then I feel discouraged or even depressed. This cycle has no good outcome and can lead to severe mental or physical health issues such as chronic depression or high blood pressure.

Does that mean we shouldn’t try?

No. That’s sour grapes.

Like Aesop’s fox who couldn’t reach the grapes, we leave the situation feeling defeated. We rationalize the perceived failure with the thought, “Wasn’t meant to be.” Or we go look for that proverbial window when the door closes. We fail to realize that it may not be the goal that’s out of God’s will, but our problem solving to get to the goal. When we think every detailFox of our life’s story should unfold a certain way, we can fall into the disappointment spiral.

God has created us as unique individuals with different characteristics. We often make the mistake of expecting the same outcome as someone else who may have traveled a similar path, and we fail to take into account our different makeups, the peculiar God-made construction.

His way may not match our pre-conceived design, but, if we choose to look for them, God obliterates the disappointment with grapes of blessings.

Thanks so much for sharing with my readers, Linda. I pray God will continue to bless your writing journey.

Readers, Linda is giving away a copy of her book but we must have 10 comments for the giveaway to happen. So get commenting and share this post with your friends 🙂 Deadline to enter is  February 18th at 5:00 pm.

 

Once Upon a Winter’s Heart by Melody Carlson February 11, 2014

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This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Once Upon a Winter’s Heart
Center Street (January 7, 2014)
by
Melody Carlson

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Over the years, Melody Carlson has worn many hats, from pre-school teacher to youth counselor to political activist to senior editor. But most of all, she loves to write! Currently she freelances from her home. In the past eight years, she has published over ninety books for children, teens, and adults–with sales totaling more than two million and many titles appearing on the ECPA Bestsellers List. Several of her books have been finalists for, and winners of, various writing awards.

She has two grown sons and lives in Central Oregon with her husband and chocolate lab retriever. They enjoy skiing, hiking, gardening, camping and biking in the beautiful Cascade Mountains.
ABOUT THE BOOK

Emma Burcelli has suffered over a decade of dating disasters. But she concludes that love is officially dead when her grandfather Poppi suddenly passes, leaving her grandmother Nona devastated. To help out, Emma works in the family bookstore, which Nona insists must be decked out in sweetheart décor as Poppi would have done for Valentine’s Day. Although she feels like a V-Day Scrooge, Emma quickly learns to enjoy the task with the help of a handsome family friend, Lane Forester, who shows her that hanging hearts is much more fun when done to the tune of Dean Martin. As Emma and Lane share time and memories of Poppi, she reconsiders the notion that romance is alive.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Once Upon a Winter’s Heart, go HERE.

My thoughts:

Ah…Melody Carlson. I haven’t read a book by her I haven’t liked yet and this short little number is no exception.

If you are looking for a quick Valentine’s read this is the books for you. It reads super quick, yet it’s super good.

Melody does a great job of creating tension without being so obvious about it. You know there’s going to be trouble when Emma’s (the heroine) perfect sister, Anne, comes along with Lane. Anne stakes her claim over Lane in not so subtle ways and Emma knows her place.

But does Lane want to be claimed by Anne? It’s not so obvious in the beginning and you will want to keep reading to see if that is the case.

There’s also the trouble brewing between Emma’s parents. Where has love gone? It is even attainable? Aren’t these questions we have all pondered at one time or another? If we look around the world we might be tempted to think true love is dead but thankfully those of us who know Christ know there is hope and God has a better plan. Yes, true love does exist, sometimes we just have to look harder or in places we have never looked before.

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Christianbook.com, Deeper Shopping or Books-A-Million.

A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher through the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance in exchange for an honest review.

 

Review and Giveaway: Rachel by Jill Eileen Smith February 10, 2014

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Rachel

by

Jill Eileen Smith

From the back cover:

Can true love overcome a legacy of betrayal?

Rachel wants nothing more than for her older half sister Leah to wed and move out of their household. Leah wishes her father would find a good man who would love her alone. Unbeknownst to either of them, Jacob is making his way to their home, trying to escape a past laced with deceit and find the future God has promised him.
But the past comes back to haunt Jacob when he finds himself on the receiving end of treachery. The man who wanted only one woman ends up with sisters who have never gotten along and now must spend the rest of their lives sharing a husband. In the power struggles that follow, only one woman will triumph . . . or will she?
Combining meticulous research with her own imaginings, bestselling author Jill Eileen Smith not only tells one of the most famous love stories of all time but will manage to surprise even those who think they know the story inside and out.

My thoughts and giveaway:

I. Loved. This. Book.

Oh my, this book is a mess and I mean that in the best, dysfunctional way possible.

I don’t know about you, but I have read the story of Jacob, Rachel, and Leah many, many times and thought how horrible for them. I never liked Leah much because she went along with this plan to replace Rachel and then she had all these babies while Rachel couldn’t.

The way Jill writes this book had me completely torn. I still didn’t like Leah most of the time yet my heart hurt for her because she really did just want to be loved. Rachel is depicted at times as being a bit selfish and I didn’t even like her all of the time but then again, my heart was torn for her because she had her love stolen from her. She dreamed of her wedding night with Jacob and being his first love and she didn’t get to have that. Although Jacob clearly favored her and didn’t care if she had children or not. He loved her so much.

I never thought about how Jacob was really used as a pawn between these two women. When they couldn’t have children they made him sleep with their maids. The way Jill writes about it Jacob didn’t want to do that but it is the wife’s choice in which case he can’t refuse.

As I was reading about all these babies Leah had I went to the Bible and re-read the story because I knew Rachel had Joseph but I couldn’t remember where in the line-up. And…hello….Joseph is pretty dear to my heart since he was the one who said Genesis 5020!!!! Yay Joseph. It’s pretty amazing to think that as I am reading this story (which is fiction but based on true events) that Rachel’s child would have such a profound impact on my life and be the foundation of my blog. So cool. Isn’t God awesome how He can use things from so long ago to reach us now. The Bible is timeless.

I could go on and on but you just really need to read this one for yourself. It is so good and so messed up and isn’t that they way life is? We are one big mess but God loves us anyway.

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Christianbook.com, Deeper Shopping or Books-A-Million.

Visit Jill’s website here.

Win a copy by leaving a comment by February 16th at 5:00 pm. (U.S. residents only)

A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

 

Write Your Story February 7, 2014

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book-textbookI heard this song by Francesca Battistelli the other day and thought this should be the Genesis 5020 theme song 🙂

That’s what this blog is all about, our stories for God’s glory. Whether that be through people sharing their personal stories or authors sharing the books God has laid on their hearts or the books I share with your through book reviews. It’s all about God and the stories He writes or the stories He places on others heart’s to write.

What’s your story? What is God writing on your heart? Are you ready to share it on this blog yet? Let me know. We all have a story, is it your time to share? Visit the Share Your Genesis 5020 tab on my blog page and fill out the contact info. and I will get back to you.

Click here to listen to the song. Be blessed.

 

Review and Giveaway: A Match Made in Texas February 6, 2014

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About

There’s a secret matchmaker at work in frontier Texas!

In the small town of Dry Gulch, Texas, a good-hearted busybody just can’t keep herself from surreptitiously trying to match up women in dire straits with men of good character she hopes can help them. How is she to know she’s also giving each couple a little nudge toward love?

A Cowboy Unmatched Neill isn’t sure who hired him to repair Clara’s roof–he only knows Clara desperately needs his help. Can he convince this stubborn widow to let down her guard and take another chance on love?
An Unforeseen Match Hoping to earn an honest wage on his way to the land rush, Clayton ends up on Grace’s doorstep, lured by a classified ad. He may have signed on for more than he expected though–and he may have found the one woman who can keep him from moving on.
No Match for Love Andrew can’t fathom how refined Lucy ended up as the caretaker to his dotty aunt, and somehow her arrival has prompted even more bizarre occurrences around the ranch. When they join forces to unearth the truth, will the attraction between Andrew and Lucy develop into more?
Meeting Her Match When the tables are turned and a tenderhearted meddler becomes the beneficiary of a matchmaking scheme, her world is turned upside down. As her entire life changes, will she finally be able to tell the banker’s son how much she cares for him?

My thoughts and giveaway:

What a great collection of stories all in one book.

This books has it all…heart wrenching romance, joy, sorrow, I even laughed out loud in one story.

The match maker is kept a mystery until the last story. I had to stop myself from peeking until I reached the end but I controlled myself. But if you pay attention you might start to figure it out 🙂 I love the connection each book shares, there is nice thread throughout.

If you have read Karen Witemeyer’s other books about the Archer brothers you will especially enjoy the first story as it is about the youngest brother. Very cool that way she did that.

The second story was about a woman who was going blind. I have never read a book with a blind heroine and wasn’t sure how that would come off. But the author did such a great job using the senses that I never felt like I was missing anything.

The third story is about a woman who has lost everything and is starting over in a most unusual situation.

The final story is about the mysterious match maker meeting her match 🙂

You can even find some Genesis 5020’s throughout the stories!

I highly recommend this book to you historical romance lovers. You will not be disappointed.

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Christianbook.com, Deeper Shopping or Books-A-Million.

Learn more about the authors here.

Win a copy by leaving a comment by February 12th at 5:00 pm to be entered in a drawing. (U.S. Residents only)

A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

 

Write to the Point with Fay Lamb February 5, 2014

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fay lamb Today we get write to the point with Fay Lamb. I interviewed her a while ago. You can read her first interview here. She has been very busy and has a lot to share with us (including a book that that will be free on Kindle soon and a giveaway).

Tell us about your newest book.

My most recent work is a novella collaboration. Write Integrity Press and Pix-N-Pens Publishing does this well, and I have been so blessed to be a part of all three of three of the novellas. Each center around a heroine who has some type of journey.

A Dozen Apologies is our latest. It is being posted on our publisher’s website: www.writeintegrity.blogspot.com, daily, Monday through Friday up until February 5. Here is the story:

Mara Adkins, a promising fashion designer, has fallen off the ladder of success, and she can’t seem to get up.

In college, Mara and her sorority sisters played an ugly game, and Mara was usually the winner. She’d date men she considered geeks, win their confidence, and then she’dA DOZEN APOLOGIES FINAL FRONT COVER (265x400) dump them publicly. When Mara begins work for a prestigious clothing designer in New York, she gets her comeuppance. Her boyfriend steals her designs and wins a coveted position. He fires her, and she returns in shame to her home in Spartanburg, South Carolina, where life for others has changed for the better.

Mara’s parents, always seemingly one step from a divorce, have rediscovered their love for each other, but more importantly they have placed Christ in the center of that love. The changes Mara sees in their lives cause her to seek Christ. Mara’s heart is pierced by her actions toward the twelve men she’d wronged in college, and she sets out to apologize to each of them. A girl with that many amends to make, though, needs money for travel, and Mara finds more ways to lose a job that she ever thought possible.

Mara stumbles, bumbles, and humbles her way toward employment and toward possible reconciliation with the twelve men she humiliated to find that God truly does look upon the heart, and that He has chosen the heart of one of the men for her to have and to hold.

On February 5, after the readers have met each of Mara’s heroes, they will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite. The winning hero will get the last chapter of the story, and you know what that means. He gets the girl.

Then from February 14 through February 16, the novella will be offered for free on Kindle.

I had the wonderful pleasure of interviewing each of the heroes, and those heroes have been posted on my On the Ledge blog: http://faylamb.com/ontheledge/on-the-ledge/ where I have also included a sort of “behind the scenes” look at writing for a collaborative novella.

Readers, Write Integrity Press has put out a couple of collaborative books and they are very well written. I have no doubt this one will have the same great quality of writing. You will want to grab this read when it comes out.

What do you do when you’re not writing?

I’m getting ready to sound like I’m having a pity party here, but it’s not that. I’m busy, and busy translates to being blessed for me. I keep the books for my husband’s appraisal business and my son’s lawn care. I’m an acquisition/copy editor for Pelican Book Group, and I also do freelance editing. I have been doubly blessed to receive multi-book contracts on multi-book series, so when not writing, I’m plotting, and editing.

Where do you get your ideas?

My ideas come to me in various ways:

I see an actor/actress on television and something catches my eyes. I begin to watch their various roles and somewhere within the different characters they play, I develop my own and place him or her into a situation. Gideon Tabor the hero from my novel, Charisse, is actually a mix of Brendan Frazier from The Mummy and a lesser known serious film entitled Gods and Monsters.

I’m asked for an idea, and the Gals in the Steno Pool start sending messages to me. That’s how Mara developed in A Dozen Apologies and my hero, Jonathan Swain from A Ruby Christmas was born the same way.

I visit a place, and it stays within my heart. I begin to mix reality with my imagination, and the characters are created for the location. The characters in my Serenity Key series (book one to be published later this year) and my Amazing Grace series (Stalking Willow and Better than Revenge have released) came to me this way. They were simply citizens of the town who waved their hands and said, “Boy, do we have stories for you.”

Do you outline or are you a seat-of-the-pants writer?

I used to be a 100% seat of the pants writer. Now, I’m finding it a little more difficult to do. I have not yet succumbed to the dreaded outline. I tend to either adapt the LOCK system as taught by James Scott Bell or to use Scrivner and actually put the titles and the scenes on the pages and write into there. Scrivner is a God-send.

Have you written a book you love that you have not been able to get published?

Storms in Serenity was that book for me. Then I got brave and I sent it to my editor. She contracted it. Storms, as I have affectionately called it for thirty-five years (yes, you read that correctly), is the story of my heart. It is a massive undertaking, a modern-day retelling of the aftermath of David’s sin with Bathsheba. With its fourteen characters, two main plots, and six subplots developed to show that sexual sin is not a “private” sin as most believe, it is also the story I used to practice the elements of storytelling, so I always imagined it would be the book that would never see the light of day. I’m very happy for the opportunity to share the message of this novel.

Now I do have three books that I’ve started that have not received contracts, but the publisher just asked me to hold off until we publish the three series they have contracted. Then at least I know that those three are still available while I begin to work on others.

Are you like any of the characters in your book?

While Mara’s story is a multi-author (eleven, to be exact) collaboration, she is my brainchild. When I wrote the opening scene she came to life as a woman out of her element. For the story, that element was back at home doing lower pay grade jobs. In truth, Mara was always out of her element, in college and in the prestigious career she lost. As the other talented authors began to bring her to life, I think we all realized that Mara was just a bundle of insecurity, and that insecurity caused her to hurt people in order to build herself up.

Now, while I can honestly say that I never had the desire to tear anyone down to build myself up, I do think that Mara’s insecurities were presented because, like her, I am never comfortable in my own skin. I try to be as real as I can, and I try to be nice to everyone, but I’m always frightened in new situations, and I always second-guess my abilities. So, for Mara, that is definitely a part of me that she inherited.

Are you working on a new project now?

I’m working on several new projects at the moment: the third books in the Amazing Grace and Ties that Bind series Everybody’s Broken and Hope respectively. I’m currently editing Storms in Serenity, and I’m constantly throwing new ideas to my publisher.

Anything you would like to add?

My next novel in the Ties that Bind series, Libby, will release in winter/spring 2014.

And thank you for allowing me this opportunity to share my stories. I appreciate it so much.

BIO:

charisseFay Lamb’s emotionally charged stories remind the reader that God is always in the details. Fay has contracted with Write Integrity Press for three series. Stalking Willow and Better than Revenge, Books 1 and 2 in the Amazing Grace romantic suspense series are currently available for purchase. Charisse the first release in her The Ties That Bind contemporary romance series has been released.

Future Write Integrity Press releases from Fay are: Everybody’s Broken and Frozen Notes, Books 3 and 4 of Amazing Grace and Libby, Hope and Delilah, Books 2 through 4 from The Ties that Bind. Also, look for Book 1 in Fay’s Serenity Key series entitled Storms in Serenity.

Fay and her husband, Marc, reside in Titusville, Florida, where multi-generations of their families have lived. The legacy continues with their two married sons and six grandchildren.

Links for Fay:

http://faylamb.com (Fay’s website and blog: On the Ledge)

http://facebook.com/fay.lamb (personal FB page)

http://facebook.com/AuthorFay (Fay’s fan page)

http://twitter.com/FayLamb (Fay’s Twitter address)

http://faylamb.com/innersource/ (Inner Source Blog)

http://tacticaleditor.faylamb.com/ and http://facebook.com/TacticalEd

http://faylamb.com/ontheledge/on-the-ledge/

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1482814.Fay_Lamb

Giveaway!!!! Readers, Fay  is giving away your choice of one of her books. Click on the title to read what each book is about so you can make your choice. Leave a comment by February 11th at 5:00 pm to be entered.

Stalking Willow

Better Than Revenge

Charisse

 

Shadows of the Past by Patricia Bradley February 4, 2014

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Shadows of the Past

by

Patricia Bradley

About the book:

While she’s stalking the truth . . . someone is stalking her.

Psychology professor and criminal profiler Taylor Martin prides herself on being able to solve any crime, except the one she wants most desperately to solve–the disappearance of her father twenty years ago. When she finally has a lead on his whereabouts, Taylor returns home to Logan Point, Mississippi, to investigate. But as she works to uncover the truth, someone else will do almost anything to keep her from it.

Nick Sinclair pens mystery novels for a living, but the biggest mystery to him is how he can ever get over the death of his wife–a tragedy he believes he could have prevented. Now that his estranged brother is the only family he has left, Nick sets out to find him. But when he crosses paths with Taylor, all he seems to find is trouble.

Join the chase as Taylor and Nick search the murky shadows of the past for the keys to unlocking the present–and moving into a future they never imagined.

My thoughts:

What a great book to start a series. Each chapter pushed the story forward, which is exactly what a book should do.

Patricia did a great job dropping hints at the wounds the two characters carry, she keeps the reader on a string making us want to read more so we can find out exactly what did happen in the past of these two characters, Nick and Taylor.

The suspense in the story is just enough to keep you guessing. You know something is up but I really wasn’t sure what was going on, who was really stalking Taylor? Was it Nick’s brother or was someone using him to get to her, and if so why and who? Yes, these questions kept pushing me along and wanting to read more.

Then we have the romance between Nick and Taylor, both fighting the growing attraction but you know they won’t be able to deny it for long.

I would say this book has it all, strong but flawed characters and a great mystery. If you like romantic suspense this is a book you should check out.

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Christianbook.com, Deeper Shopping or Books-A-Million.

Visit Patricia’s website here.

A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

 

The Vicars’ Wife by Katherine Swartz February 3, 2014

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The Vicar’s Wife

by

Katherine Swartz

Description:

A powerful drama of domestic life following two memorable women who shared a house eighty years apart

A New Yorker all her life, Jane Hatton loved her job as the head of a charity championing women’s rights, but her fourteenyear- old daughter, Natalie, had fallen in with the wrong crowd at her Manhattan school. So Jane and her British husband, Andrew, have decided to move their family to the English countryside.

The Hattons have bought the large old vicarage in a small village on the Cumbrian coast, near Andrew’s new job. The silence and solitude of a remote village is quite a change. Natalie hates her new school, and eleven-year-old Ben struggles academically. Only seven-year-old Merrie enjoys country life. Has Jane made a horrible mistake? What of her career? Her own identity?

Putting on a brave face for the family, Jane tackles renovating the rambling, drafty old house. When she finds a scrap of a very old shopping list, she grows curious about Alice, the vicar’s wife who lived there years before.

As the twin narratives unfold—of Jane in the present and Alice in the 1930s—we discover that both are on a journey to discover their true selves, and to address their deepest fears.

My thoughts:

This is one of those books I wasn’t sure I would like after reading the first chapter. But I am so glad I kept reading. This was also one of those books I can’t really put my finger on what I liked about it but I did…a lot.

After the first chapter, which had a lot of back story, I was drawn into the life of Jane and Alice. Jane is our modern-day heroine and Alice is our past-day (not sure if that’s really a term) heroine. Both women are struggling to find their place in their new lives. Katherine (the author) does a great job of making the reader sympathetic to the characters. Although with Jane I did want to tell her to get over herself a couple of times. But I am sure I would’ve felt the same way she did, as I tend to have pity parties for myself when things don’t go my way.

I identified with Jane’s struggles as a mother, wanting to be a good mom but questioning her abilities and wondering if she really knew her kids as well as she thought. What mom doesn’t question if she’s doing a good job?

I loved visiting the English countryside, I could picture the sheep pasture and small church near by. I could feel the cold and the rain but still found that place intriguing.

There isn’t a whole lot of talk about God or Jesus even though this is consider Christian fiction but it is a clean read except for at least one word that I can remember.

If you’re looking for something a bit different you might want to give this book a read.

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Christianbook.com or Books-A-Million.

A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.