Time To Heal
Amish Wanderer by Laura V Hilton is a contemporary Amish romance and I really enjoyed it.
The novel has God at the centre. God loves each and every one of us with an everlasting love but there are times when we cannot see Him. “Silence. Gott where are you? Nothing.” God’s silence never equates with His absence. God longs to have a relationship with us all. Sometimes we wrongly disqualify ourselves. “Gott didn’t listen to her. Didn’t hear her. Didn’t care.” We think we have to be ‘good enough’ and we forget about grace but “Gott has never left you.” God does care and God does see and God does hear.
The story shows how relationships are built between us and God and each other. Relationships may be complicated but God just wants us to have faith and trust Him.
Super Sleuthing By Sixty Somethings
Baby Bunco by Julie B Cosgrove is a delightful Christian cosy mystery and I really enjoyed it. It is the second book in the Bunco Biddies series but can be read as a stand-alone.
Baby Bunco has all the elements that entertain – a murder, a mystery and mayhem caused by a group of super sleuthing sixty something ladies. Very reminiscent of a group of Miss Marples and highly amusing.
The crimes are serious but the ladies are not. They are keen to solve the mystery but grounded in routine and they love their food and pets.
There is a camaraderie between the women and between them and the police. Their age is respected, as is their opinion. Their friendship is clearly visible.
Warm And Wonderful
Finding Home by Caroline Denny is a contemporary Christian novel. It is about a community who pull together and who function as the church described in Acts. They look out for each other.
The novel focuses on one woman who does good deeds anonymously. This in turn leads to a ‘pay it forward’ attitude of the town.
There is a delightful sense of community. With in depth descriptions, the reader really ‘feels’ like they are there and witnessing the action.
The main protagonist is in her sixties. She shows that no matter how old you are, there are no retirement plans in God’s kingdom. If you are still breathing, God’s not done with you yet!
The Orphan’s Tale by Pam Jenoff is a historical story. I loved it and was totally immersed in the action.
The Orphan’s Tale is a story of courage, of love, of friendship, of a fight to survive in Hitler’s Germany. The leading ladies, Noa and Astrid are both strong personalities with a sense of loyalty and a will to survive. The novel tells of their rivalry, their friendship and their love.
The circus community “presents everything Hitler hates: the freaks and the oddities.” The circus is also a family, showing more loyalty than some blood ties. Their reliance on each other is a daily necessity, not only in life but also in some of the acts. The trapeze artists have to work with tremendous trust – as one lets go, they are trusting the other to catch them.