God With Us
To Love A Prince by Rachel Hauck is a most charming contemporary Christian novel and the first book in the True Blue Royal series. I cannot wait for the rest of the books.
I am a huge Rachel Hauck fan and was delighted to have cameo appearances from characters in her previous books.
To Love A Prince is a wonderful love story. It is also the love story of God for His people. We are all sons and daughters of the King. His Presence in the novel is calming and soothing. He knows just what we need and when. Jesus also has a sense of humour. He is fully God and fully man.
Secrets have a way of surfacing when we least expect it. Events should not be buried but brought out in to the light, the truth faced and then we can move much freer into the future.
Sometimes hurts in our lives mean we barricade our heart. We think we are protecting ourselves but we are actually imprisoning ourselves. We must break the walls down and take a risk on love.
Learning God’s Life Lessons
The Adventures Of Teddy by Olly Goldenberg and Laura Hilton is a perfect series for very small children to learn about having a relationship with God.
The main character Teddy is easy to relate to. He is simply and colourfully drawn and will appeal to all small children. Teddy has fears and questions about life that are explored in the books.
The stories use simple language and repetition enabling easy access for children. The stories are perfect starting points for parents to have discussions with even the smallest of children about life and faith and God.
All Shall Be Well
Eudora Honeysett Is Quite Well, Thank You by Annie Lyons is the most beautiful novel about love, friendship and life. You will fall in love with all the characters as they take up residence in your heart.
Life is for living. At eighty five years old Eudora Honeysett thinks she’s seen it all but then ten year old Rosie moves in next door and life begins again for Eudora. Rosie opens her eyes to a new world of excitement as Eudora catches her enthusiasm for life. Rosie is a beautiful breath of fresh air that will light up the reader’s life too. Life for Rosie is an adventure with her new found friends Eudora and fellow octogenarian Stanley. I adored their outings, conversations and friendship.
The story is set in present day and also in the form of flashbacks over Eudora’s life beginning in 1940 when she was seven years old. The reader becomes intimately acquainted with her. Eudora is kind, caring and self-sacrificing. Her heart is always for others. She is her own worst critic as she looks in the mirror and passes the guilty verdict over her life.
Fascinating On Both Sides
V2: A Novel Of World War II by Robert Harris is a fascinating historical novel set over just four days in November 1944.
Robert Harris has used his knowledge to create a fictional story set around Germany’s V2 missiles. The novel is written from both the German and English point of view with alternating chapters. The reader sees life in London, Oxfordshire, the Netherlands and recently occupied Europe. It is a marvellous novel enabling the reader to understand some of the complexities of war.
There is the theme of trust – remembering that ‘loose lips sink ships’, war work was classified. The reader witnesses lies being told to both sides in order to keep up morale. By November 1944 the Nazis were in retreat but no one would admit this for fear of imprisonment or worse.
Not all Germans were Nazis. Those who were not, had to tread very carefully.