A Heart Reclaimed by Elizabeth Maddrey is a delightful contemporary Christian romance. It is the second book in the Peacock Hill Romance series but can be read as a stand-alone.
The novel is about restoring the past. A house and garden need renovating. The old will become new. This is a motif for our lives. God is the gardener who will replant and prune us according to His will. Likewise He is the master renovator who will restore our old selves into His likeness.
God is also the third partner in a marriage. “That’s… the secret to a long marriage. God. You keep Him front and centre, and everything else will fall into place.” We need to fix our eyes on Him.
Prayer is important. “We should only marry someone we can pray with.” We need to pray about everything. We also need to be equally yoked in marriage.
A Pure Delight
Donuts And Daydreams by Elizabeth Maddrey is another delightful contemporary Christian offering in the Baxter Family Bakery series. It is also part of the Arcadia Valley Romance series and is a wonderful warm read.
Meeting up with familiar characters meant I felt right at home. People bond over food and there were some deliciously tempting moments.
God is at the centre of lives. He longs to hear from us. Sometimes life is confusing and we have no words to say. We are “trying to find the words to pray, thankful… that the Holy Spirit knew her [our] heart.”
At times there are no words, but we can turn our worship into prayer. “Worship music… when she needed to pray but couldn’t find the words.”
Fully Rely On God
A Heart Restored by Elizabeth Maddrey is a wonderful Christian romance. It is the first book in the Peacock Hill Romance series and I cannot wait for the rest of the books.
Elizabeth Maddrey always writes charming stories that are grounded in God. A Heart Restored explores relationship with God. Sometimes life intervenes and we push God away. “She and God hadn’t been on speaking terms.” It is hard to trust God when life seems to be falling apart but He always has our best interests at heart.
Relationships work best when we communicate and are honest – with others, with God and with ourselves. We need to be sure to listen too. “You’ll hear God more clearly if you’re working on your relationship with Him.” That means praying, listening and going to church where we can meet with a body of believers that will help in our journey. Relationship with God is not about being a Sunday Christian but about including Him in every aspect of our lives.
Learning To Trust Again
A Tidbit Of Trust by Elizabeth Maddrey is the most delightful contemporary Christian romance. It is the fifth book in the Taste Of Romance series but can be read as a stand-alone.
As with all Elizabeth Maddrey’s books, I adored it. Elizabeth Maddrey always writes novels with Christian values at the core and a great storyline.
As the title suggests, a key theme was trust – trust in God, trusting others and trusting ourselves. Knowing our past behaviour means we may have a hard time trusting ourselves but if we focus on God and ask Him for help, we can put the past where it belongs – in the past.
This theme links to forgiveness. “You need to forgive yourself.” We know that God forgives us, so why do we find it so hard to forgive ourselves? In god we are a new creation.