God’s Perfect Timing
Since You’ve Been Gone by Tari Faris is a delightful contemporary Christian novel. It is the third book in the Restoring Heritage series but can be read as a stand-alone.
There is the theme of dreams. We all have them. We need to pursue our own dream and not take on the dreams of others. We need to make our own paths.
Like-wise “she was no longer defined by her past or her father’s choices.” We are defined by who we are in Jesus.
We all have a past. Sometimes we view our shared pasts in a different way to others. We were so involved in our feelings and had a fear of rejection that we fail to see what is staring us in the face.
Friends are important. We all need friends who will support and encourage us.
There are some misunderstandings in life. We see something but fail to interpret it correctly. We judge when we should be loving. My heart broke for a character who as a teen wore make-up to disguise the bruises… and no one saw the hurting teen beneath.
Of Love And Community
Under The Bayou Moon by Valerie Fraser Luesse is a most delightful Christian historical novel about community.
The tale is set in 1949 in Bernadette in the Bayou. It is an area where the Cajun people live. The community all exist side by side, it is outsiders who make all the rules and disturb the balance.
The white superintendent’s father is prejudiced against the indigenous population. He outlaws the speaking of French in schools and prevents those who are not white from a right to education. School has been hard and unhappy for all the children until a new teacher brings love, light and care. She believes in education for all and sets out to achieve this.
Greed is a dreadful master. Greed prompts people to behave in awful ways, believing they are above the law and some are guilty of hubris.
The community welcomes strangers into their midst. It also pulls together when a need is spotted. People are welcomed as they serve each other.
There is much love that infuses the novel. It reaches from the pages to encompass the reader.
Power Play by Rachel Dylan is a fabulous Christian contemporary political suspense. It is the third book in the Capital Intrigue series but can be read as a stand-alone.
Rachel Dylan has once more produced and executed a first-class plotline that had me glued from the start.
The characters are well drawn and realistic. As the action unfolded, I could easily picture the scenes due to comprehensive descriptions. The characters elicited a variety of emotional responses from me.
Suspicion is heightened and trust in short supply after two murders and one attack. The characters need to work out the perpetrator. I had my suspicions from the start – but was only partly correct. See if you can spot the villains.
Family is important. After the loss of her parents (years before the book opened, no spoilers here), the leading lady appreciates her sister even more.
A Christmas In The Alps by Melody Carlson is a most delightful contemporary Christian festive read. Every year Melody Carlson releases a new Christmas book which I eagerly look forward to and greedily devour.
The setting of Paris followed by the snow-covered Alps warms the reader’s soul. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming and perfectly complemented by the crisp cold air outside. Melody Carlson has captured the essence of Christmas in a book.
A character is searching for her inheritance and her history. She discovers that riches turn up in the most unexpected places. As she relentlessly searches, the reader is reminded that God passionately pursues us as He longs to bring us home.
Family rifts and feuds need putting to bed. Life is too short to live with self-erected barriers between us.
Once again Melody Carlson has produced a wonderful festive offering. I love her annual book release that is full of warmth and love.