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Rise and Shine by Sandra D. Bricker May 15, 2014

Filed under: Book Reviews — Melissa Finnegan @ 11:52 am
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This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Rise and Shine
River North; New Edition edition (May 1, 2014)
Sandra D. Bricker


For more than a decade, Sandra D. Bricker lived in Los Angeles. While honing her chosen craft of screenwriting in every spare moment, she worked as a personal assistant and publicist to some of daytime television’s hottest stars. When her mother became ill in Florida, she walked away from that segment of her life and moved across the country to take on a new role: Caregiver.

The author says that it was her 8th novel that opened the door to finding her way as a writer. “I’m a Christian woman, first and foremost,” she says. “So it was a bit of a dream-come-true when Summerside Press chose me as one of two authors to launch the Love Finds You line.”

Sandie’s real-life role as cancer survivor has parlayed into her steadfast commitment to raising awareness and funds for ovarian cancer research. Spearheading a series of devotionals for Summerside Press (such as the popular His Grace is Sufficient…Decaf is Not), the author has stipulated that a portion of each contributor’s proceeds will go to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.

“Being allowed to combine my faith and my humor with raising funds for my pet projects … and still pursue my writing dream,” says Bricker, “well, that’s the best of all worlds, as far as I’m concerned!”

And one of the author’s pet projects is animal rescue, evidenced by the special bond she has created with one particular formerly-abandoned puppy — a red-haired collie with “killer brown eyes and the heart of the class clown.”


Shannon Malone thought she’d found her happy ending when she married Edmund Ridgeway, but a diving accident on their honeymoon left her in a coma. Waking
up to the news that she’s thirty years old would have been daunting enough . . . but she also learns that Edmund has lost his interim battle with cancer and the
world has marched on without her. Her gorgeous doctor, Daniel Petros, seems to know everything about her and becomes Shannon’s tour guide into a whole new world of
madness where reality television has taken over the planet and everyone’s life appears to revolve around a tiny screen on their cell phones!
As Shannon struggles to navigate through the changes-both in the world and in her-she also must discern real memories from imagined ones. Did she really ever wear capris pants and entertain in her living room, or was that Laura Petrie from her favorite classic TV show? And where is her beloved dog, Freeway? Oh, wait! That was Jonathan and Jennifer Hart’s dog, not hers. Shannon’s three elderly aunts flit through her life in true Sleeping Beauty style with her well-being always a priority.
And Edmund’s sister Millicent descends like the Evil Queen she is, trying to extract Shannon from any claim on the Ridgeway family fortune. When a tornado moves through town and Shannon is knocked unconscious, will Daniel’s kiss awaken her once and for all?
If you would like to read the first chapter of Rise and Shine, go HERE.
My thoughts:

What a fun book. I really enjoyed this one. I can’t even imagine how I would feel if I had missed my life for ten years and wake up to a whole new world.

I loved when Shannon wakes up she has totally missed the e-reader, iPad movement and this is all new to her. It also makes me realize how quickly things have changed from 2005 to 2014.

I loved the character of Daniel and I kept wondering how these two would fall for each other, although it is pretty evident from the beginning that Daniel cares for  Shannon more than on a doctor-patient level. My heart stirred to think of the relationship he formed with Shannon’s husband and that Daniel was able to see Shannon through her husband’s eyes and grew to care for her because of another’s great love.

Hmmmm, kind of reminds me of how God sees us through Jesus and because of Jesus we can enter into a relationship with the Holy One. Love can do amazing things 🙂

Overall, I think this is a book you will enjoy whether you have ever read Sandra’s books before or not. A great story and a great romance.

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


6 Responses to “Rise and Shine by Sandra D. Bricker”

  1. johuddleston Says:

    I love Sandra’s writing. This book will no doubt be another winner!

  2. Judy Says:

    This looks like so much fun! I’ve added it to my wish list and will use it as a celebration for completing a currently difficult project. I’m looking forward to reading it. Thanks for reviewing it, Melissa. I wouldn’t have know about it otherwise.

  3. Roxanna s. Ford Says:

    I am definitely going to add this book to my to read list. I have been in the medical field for many years, this book sounds intriguing and fun and romantic.

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