Love And Grace
Juliette Duncan is a delightful contemporary Christian romance and the first in
a new series. The story is charming and covered by the love of God.
The main themes are of mission and trafficking.
The novel is mainly set in Australia but moves to Cambodia and Thailand. Here
the effects of trafficking are keenly felt on young girls and boys. People,
called by God, want to make a difference. The reader sees that both time and
money is needed to help change traumatised lives.
The novel is also about dealing with the
effects of loss. When we lose a loved one it may “seem that all of your dreams
died.” We have to learn to live again and we have to learn not to feel guilty
when we smile again. “You are allowed to be happy again.”
Sunshine And Sweet
Peas In Nightingale Square by Heidi Swain is a delightful contemporary feel-good novel that
celebrates community and friendship.
The reader is in for a real treat as we ‘feel’
included in the welcome in Nightingale Square. There is an eclectic mix of
characters with huge hearts and a sense of community. The characters work
together to meet needs.
Nightingale Square is a place where wounds are
healed as hearts begin to bloom again. From babies to octogenarians, Nightingale
Square is multi-generational. It is a place where people discover what is
really important – and that is people.
The Monster Within
Once A Liar by A.F. Brady is a marvelous contemporary psychological
thriller that will have you hooked from the start.
The story is set in two time
periods – ‘then’ and ‘now.’ It is told from just one point of view. The
intricately woven plot line produces an ending that I did not spot coming.
The main protagonist builds their life on a bed
of lies. “I just lied so much that I believe myself.” In the end even they do
not know where the lie ends and the truth begins. Unsteady foundations mean
lives are sure to topple.
All That Glitters
Desert Gold by Rick Nau is a marvellous
Christian allegorical tale and just perfect for ages ten years and above. It is
the third book in the Tales Of Hope series but can be read as a stand-alone. I
have read all three books and would put them on a par with C.S. Lewis’ Narnia. They
are all cracking adventure stories on the surface and also grounded in God with
lessons for us all to learn.
Desert Gold focuses on the theme of treasure for
where your treasure is there is your heart. True treasure will always be found
in a ‘who’ and never in a ‘what’. True lasting treasure is to be found in God
and in others. To put our desires into possessions will merely corrupt us and
take our focus away from what really matters. When gold is all we see dancing
before our eyes, the state of our heart is wrong.
The novel shows that true beauty is internal.
Outward appearances are never as important as the condition of our hearts. “It
was difficult to believe that people so beautiful could be so despicable.” The
reader is reminded that God is more concerned with our inner beauty.