Tomorrow Is Just Another Day You’ll Never Forget
Our Road To Adoption by Earl Robinson is a powerful and heart wrenching account of the adoption process in England by an American couple. It was a long journey from start to finish but well worth the wait to experience a day you’ll never forget.
The story is told in ‘real’ time interspersed with blog excerpts and biblical tales with commentaries. Through it all the overwhelming message is that God is faithful. He orchestrates our lives. “There aren’t any coincidences, just the handprints of God.” We must be prepared to be patient, accepting God’s timing which is perfect and not rush things as Abraham did.
There is adoption into human families and there is adoption, available for us all, into God’s family. I loved the phrase, “Jesus moved into the neighbourhood.” “He became little and walked the lonely and dusty streets.” Wow, imagine having Jesus as your brother. We do! God is His Father and God is our Father too.
Christmas Every Day
Love And Lies At The Village Christmas Shop by Portia Macintosh is a wonderful feel-good contemporary novel that focuses on the importance of family and memories. Every day we have the opportunity to not only look back and smile but to make new memories. The warm glow that Christmas brings shouldn’t only happen just once a year but every day.
The novel is a learning curve and a journey of discovery. “Some people put so much emphasis on things… but at the end of the day, it’s just money that gets you those things. Money can’t buy you a family.” Once again this week, I was reminded of something our pastor Leon Evans said “some people are so poor, all they have is money.” Money cannot buy you love, only stuff. Where will you aim the focus of your life?
Loss hits hard. No matter how warm our memories, sooner or later we have to face the fact that we need to adapt to a new ‘normal.’
Nostalgic Crime Solving
A Quarter Past Dead by T.P. Fielden is a nostalgic crime drama set in Devon in the late 1950’s. It is the third book in the Miss Dimont Mystery series but can be read as a stand-alone.
The reader is in for a real treat as we step back in time to a quieter age – or is it? Wealth, power, status and riches still have a hold over people. For some, manipulation is the order of the day.
A Quarter Past Dead is very reminiscent of an afternoon drama, with Miss Dimont reminding me of Joan Hickson’s portrayal of Miss Marple in the ITV series. With wonderful musings by Miss Dimont, the reader enters the world of the small town 1950’s style.
Your Worst Nightmare
My Name Is Anna by Lizzy Barber is a fabulous compulsive psychological read that drew me in from the start. The book is written in the first person from the point of view of two sisters. Each chapter alternates the voice as we intimately get to know the girls.
The novel deals with the pain of loss. A loss that occurred when you were too young to remember but has defined your every waking moment for fifteen years. Your whole family is frozen in time, unable to move forwards as their focus is one day fifteen years earlier.
The other side of the coin is stifling obsessive love. It feels like something is missing. Your memory has filed a traumatic event away, just out of reach.
Obsessive compulsive behaviour rules a character. Brain washed as a teen, struggling to come to terms with a devastating loss, a character battles to face reality, with denial being the order of the day.