And All Shall Be Well
The Night Train To Berlin by Melanie Hudson is a beautiful dual time-line love story that will lodge deep in your heart.
The stories are set in 1944 and present day. There were parallels in the two time periods between the two couples who meet on a night train to Cornwall. The two females are linked by a friendship thread from 1944. The chapters alternate the action as present day is aiming to recreate the war period. It is romanticized. The reader hears about the true horrors of war as we follow a war artist from Britain to mainland Europe.
Desire Of My Heart by Heidi Gray McGill is a delightful Christian historical novel fully grounded in God. It is the first book in the Shumard Oak Bend series.
The novel is about trusting God and waiting on His perfect timing. “He’s [God] never late, we’re just impatient.” As we journey through life we desire things NOW but it is only in the waiting that we are learning and growing.
When life seems uncertain we can always trust God. He has perfect plans for our lives. He knows just what we need and when. “She cried out to God… She knew He heard her, but His response seemed silent.” In God’s silence he is still active.
Prayers are communing with God. We need to be sure to remember to be silent and to listen for His answers. We ‘hear’ Him in our hearts. Sometimes we do not know what to pray but God hears the longings of our hearts. “God hears our prayers even when we aren’t able to voice them.”
Adopt A Christ-Like Stance
7 Attitudes Of The Helping Heart by John Christopher Frame is a powerful little book that will aid your Christian walk as our eyes are opened to those around us.
This book is infused with the heart of God. We want to go through life with eyes that see, hands that help and a heart that cares.
Within the world there is much poverty. It may be spiritual. It may be physical. We need to help where we can. We are all very similar in our desires for a family, having hopes and dreams even though our circumstances may be very different.
Poverty is not something that defines us. It is something we are going through. If we can offer a helping hand, we should do so – no matter how small it seems to you, it could make a huge difference to someone else.
Everyone has problems. “It doesn’t matter how small my problems are. They’re still real problems. Everyone’s problems are big to them.” We need to develop empathy and walk beside others.
We are called to offer compassion and to be carriers of hope. Compassion calls for action now. Hope is for future events. “Hope includes believing, with God, that our actions can make a difference.”
Secrets And Lies
The Wild Girls by Phoebe Morgan is a compulsive psychological suspense that I just could not put down and I read it in just one sitting.
The reader is aware from the start that something has happened in the past to destroy a close friendship of four girls. As the novel begins, the four friends are about to embark on a holiday to rekindle their friendship. It is a dream scenario but the nightmare is just beginning.
The novel is written from the point of view of the four individuals and has two time periods – ‘now’ and ‘before.’ As the story progresses the reader tries to join the dots – and we all know how good I am at that, I failed (again!)
As the action unfolds, the atmosphere becomes creepier. Suspicion and suspense are all around. The reader realises everyone is hiding something and all is not as it seems.