A Rumor Of Roses by Sally Klein O’Connor

The Power Of Love

A Rumor Of Roses by Sally Klein O’Connor is a powerful book about God’s love that heals the hurt and the power of forgiveness.

Sally Klein O’Connor is a Jewish lady who loves Jesus. She wants to help heal the nations that are torn apart. She undertakes “a tour of roses” in places of conflict – the concentration camps of Europe, Ireland on Orange Day and Palestine. She gives out roses in the name of God’s love.

The author’s first visit to the concentration camps was in 2007. She wondered “How can You [God] be in this place? I Am. I Was. And I will be.” God is always to be found with us in the dark places of life, shining His light into our hearts. For many, there is no distinction between Germans and Nazis. Sally Klein O’Connor seeks to heal this thought process. She “may not have the answers but desires healing.”

The memorial at Dachau reads “Never Again” but still wars and genocide happens. The Nazis were seen as monsters, doing despicable things. The author urges us to look at life “through the lens of God’s mercy.” She comments “No human being was ever created to be a monster… God’s love… can turn monsters back into men.”

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Her Perfect Lies by Lana Newton

Where Does The Truth Lie?

Her Perfect Lies by Lana Newton is a marvellous contemporary psychological thriller that draws the reader into a dark world of truth and lies, reality and illusions. Everyone appears plausible but some manipulate the truth for their own ends.

The lead character has suppressed memories. She searches to rebuild her past, to separate the dreams from the nightmares. Everywhere she turns, people tell her contradicting tales of her past. “Everyone’s truth was different.”  Who can be trusted? Whose face is it that looms in her nightmares?

Finding a diary and old photos from childhood may bring answers or just more questions as the search for the truth continues.

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It Happened At Christmas by Christen Krumm

Totally Charming

It Happened At Christmas by Christen Krumm is the most delightful contemporary tale that will have you believing that wishes really do come true.

The novel was reminiscent of Cinderella, A Little Princess and While You Were Sleeping all wrapped up into one charming story. The lead characters were wonderfully drawn and totally realistic and lovable. Being down-trodden but bouncing back takes much courage.

There is the search to belong and an orphan longing for a home. She is a breath of fresh air, breathing life wherever she goes.

Being set during the Christmas holidays adds to the nostalgia and festive atmosphere. With delicious descriptions from Christen Krumm, I ‘floated’ through the novel, savouring every minute.

True friends are worth their weight in gold. We all need friends who will love us for who we are and not for the size of our bank account.

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A 21st Century Christmas Carol by Dennis J Beesley


A 21st Century Christmas Carol by Dennis J Beesley is a very beautiful and serene retelling of the famous story brought right up to date. It is also told from a Christian perspective.

Dennis J Beesley has given a unique take on a timeless classic. It is familiar yet different.

This new tale is all about learning to see and discern the hand of Jesus on our lives at all times.

I loved the new set of characters. There was genuine warmth enveloping the whole story. It was beautifully told and has left me feeling very peaceful. I can highly recommend it.

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