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Sunshine And Sweet Peas In Nightingale Square by Heidi Swain

Restoration

Sunshine And Sweet Peas In Nightingale Square by Heidi Swain is a delightful contemporary feel-good novel that celebrates community and friendship.

The reader is in for a real treat as we ‘feel’ included in the welcome in Nightingale Square. There is an eclectic mix of characters with huge hearts and a sense of community. The characters work together to meet needs.

Nightingale Square is a place where wounds are healed as hearts begin to bloom again. From babies to octogenarians, Nightingale Square is multi-generational. It is a place where people discover what is really important – and that is people.

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Once A Liar by A.F. Brady

The Monster Within

Once A Liar by A.F. Brady is a marvelous contemporary psychological thriller that will have you hooked from the start.

The story is set in two time periods – ‘then’ and ‘now.’ It is told from just one point of view. The intricately woven plot line produces an ending that I did not spot coming.

The main protagonist builds their life on a bed of lies. “I just lied so much that I believe myself.” In the end even they do not know where the lie ends and the truth begins. Unsteady foundations mean lives are sure to topple.

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Desert Gold by Rick Nau

All That Glitters

Desert Gold by Rick Nau is a marvellous Christian allegorical tale and just perfect for ages ten years and above. It is the third book in the Tales Of Hope series but can be read as a stand-alone. I have read all three books and would put them on a par with C.S. Lewis’ Narnia. They are all cracking adventure stories on the surface and also grounded in God with lessons for us all to learn.

Desert Gold focuses on the theme of treasure for where your treasure is there is your heart. True treasure will always be found in a ‘who’ and never in a ‘what’. True lasting treasure is to be found in God and in others. To put our desires into possessions will merely corrupt us and take our focus away from what really matters. When gold is all we see dancing before our eyes, the state of our heart is wrong.

The novel shows that true beauty is internal. Outward appearances are never as important as the condition of our hearts. “It was difficult to believe that people so beautiful could be so despicable.” The reader is reminded that God is more concerned with our inner beauty.

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Tate by Susan May Warren

Just Show Up

Tate by Susan May Warren is a marvelous Christian contemporary romantic suspense. It is the second book in the Montana Marshalls series but can be read as a stand-alone.

Domestic terrorism is at the height of the novel. It is designed to upset the internal workings of America and spread fear and distrust. We cannot always be living in fear, we need to trust that God has got this. “Stop living in fear that it’s all going to crumble.”

The reader enters the world of bodyguards. We see the dedication, bravery and resilience needed to protect others as bodyguards put themselves in the line of fire. “He doesn’t know the word quit.”

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