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Love At First Bark by Dana Mentink

Real Life Superheroes

Love At First Bark by Dana Mentink is a heart-warming Christian short story that will leave you smiling.

There is the theme of being just who God created you to be. Sometimes we struggle to mould ourselves into someone we were never created to be. We must be prepared to lay down our plans and line our wills up with God’s.

I loved the inclusion of a scruffy dog called Charlie. His antics made me smile. He really was a real life super hero.

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The Bright Unknown by Elizabeth Byler Younts

Of Angel And Grace

The Bright Unknown by Elizabeth Byler Younts is a powerful, moving and heart breaking Christian historical tale. I am not ashamed to say that the tears fell as I read some of the truly horrifying scenes of great cruelty from those who were supposed to care for the most vulnerable.

The novel has two timelines – 1990 and 1937 moving forwards to 1941. It is told through the eyes of one woman born into the state asylum. The reader becomes completely entwined into the story as we witness the appalling and barbaric treatment. State asylums were places of great cruelty. People were incarcerated into them and left, abandoned by the world and their families in the misguided belief that it was ‘best’ for them. The world was a cruel place – people were placed into these institutions for terrible reasons as disability was not understood but feared and seen as a stigma. Women and children had few rights and these could be overridden by domineering males in society. “See the person behind the frightened eyes. Not just the diagnosis.” The inmates were all people in need of love, care and attention. They did not deserve to be treated so abominably.

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Red Cabbage Blue by Annie Try

A Journey Of Discovery

Red Cabbage Blue by Annie Try is a powerful contemporary tale about discovery – just exactly what makes us who we are. It is part of the Dr Mike Lewis series but can be read as a stand-alone.

The novel is told from two points of view – psychologist Dr Mike Lewis and his patient Adelle. The reader becomes intimately acquainted with both. Interestingly they are both dealing with similar issues but in very different ways.

Our pasts shape us whether we consciously realise it or not. Some things in our past are buried so deeply that we do not even realise they are there. We do not realise the significance of why we do what we do.

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The Hope Of Christmas Past by Stephenia H McGee

A Time Of Miracles

The Hope Of Christmas Past by Stephenia H McGee is a delightful Christian timeslip novella that will warm your heart.

There are all the elements to make a perfect Christmas wrapped up in tantalising descriptions. A warm welcome awaits the reader.

Themes of taking care of widows and orphans, and the all encompassing love of God swell the reader’s heart. God loves us forever and always, even when we think we have messed up. His love is unconditional.

Christmas is the time for snow and miracles and love. The Hope Of Christmas Past is a most charming tale that will entertain you and leave you feeling good.

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