A Fun Read
Rescued Hearts by Hope Toler Dougherty is a Christian romantic suspense which I really enjoyed.
The novel had a fun, witty element which contrasted with the menacing air of suspense. It was a light hearted read that will brighten any Autumn afternoon.
Characters were well drawn and welcoming. There were some wonderfully amusing moments where characters bounced off each other. I loved Grandma Gigi, described as looking like Audrey Hepburn – elegance combined with gun ownership.
There were many themes including that of trust. Trust does not always come easy. Sometimes our jobs teach us to be suspicious. At other times it is life. Sooner or later we do need to place our trust in someone. We can always trust God.
Devastation, Distractions And Direction
Where We Belong by Lynn Austin is a marvellous Christian historical novel that I could not get enough of. It is based on fact. Lynn Austin has woven a fabulous tale that educates, informs and entertains.
The novel alternates between 1890 and 1860 moving forwards. The action is seen from four different viewpoints, with the result that the reader becomes intimately acquainted with the main characters. We understand their motivations as they explode from 2D into glorious 3D Technicolour in our minds.
The leading ladies are sisters, fearless, forward thinking young women. Pioneers of their time. Their hearts and lives are fully focused on Jesus. They present themselves as His hands and feet to a hurting world. “The Almighty has given us so much, and I have to try to make a difference.” Their riches are not their possessions, their riches are their faith in God. “God gives us wealth so we can use it to build His kingdom, not our own.”
The Visiting Moon by Celia Furse is a Christmas historical novel. Written in 1955 but set in Victorian times, the reader really is transported back to a bygone era. With exquisite illustrations by Charles Stewart, the reader is in for a real treat.
Set over the two weeks from Christmas Eve, the extended family celebrates at Grandmama’s house. The action is seen through the eyes of eleven year old Antonia but written in the third person. The reader ‘experiences’ all the Christmas traditions from decorating the house to skating to a play. It is all very delightful and nostalgic.
Politics And Dodgy Dealings
An Accidental Messiah by Dan Sofer is a marvellous end times thriller. It is the second book in the Dry Bones series and continues where book one left off.
Politics is a nasty business with some underhand dealings but “this isn’t personal. It’s just politics.” This world throws up some unusual surprises.
There are the themes of new life and second chances. It is never too late to have a second chance. This links to choice – we all have the choice to do the right thing.
Another theme and choice is that of forgiveness.
The thrust of the novel is the second coming. We may try to predict it but no one knows the time or the place.