Open Hearts And Homes
Surf Smugglers by Melody Carlson is a fantastic
historical romance and the third book in the Legacy Of Sunset Cove series but
can be read as a stand-alone.
I loved returning to familiar faces. The year
is 1917 and the war that was far away overseas has finally caught up with the
American people as the draft is introduced. It is a difficult time waving young
men off to war. The patriotic American spirit is alive for all to see.
There is a strong female camaraderie running
throughout the novel. There are huge hearts who see the plight of others.
Brave, forward thinking modern women are not afraid to rock the status quo.
Family is important. “Family… some we are born
with and some we gather along the way.” What a beautiful image.
Meet The Misfits by Melody Carlson is a fabulous
start to a new Christian series aimed at girls aged ten and over. There are
powerful lesson on forgiveness to be learnt by us at any age.
Zoey is an eleven year old girl and the voice
of the story. We ‘hear’ her fears and worries about life. She is not a
Christian but after going to a Christian camp she sees just what it means to
live as a follower of Jesus.
Pre-teen girls are not always the nicest and
the reader witnesses the underhand bullying that occurs. We see how friendship
rivalry plays out and the struggle between the flesh and the spirit response.
Being given a Bible for the first time is
special. We want to write our names in it. This reminds the reader that God
thinks we are special and He has written each one of our names on His heart. We
are all ‘misfits’ who belong in Jesus’ eyes.
Puppet On A String
Odd Girl Out by Melody Carlson is a contemporary
Christian novel aimed at girls aged ten and over. It is the second book in the Being
Zoey series but can be read as a stand-alone.
Once again the reader sees the action through
the eyes of eleven year old Zoey. The book focuses on the first few weeks at a
new school where friendships are being established. The reader sees how easy it
is to feel lonely in a crowd.
Zoey, as a new Christian tries to balance her
responses to situations as she wars between the spirit and the flesh.
Bullying is a major theme. It has always been a
problem but today we have the added pressure of cyber bullying through social
media. There seems to be no escape.
Small Town Living At Its Best
Riptide Rumors by Melody Carlson is a delightful
Christian historical novel. It is the second book in the Legacy Of Sunset Cove
series and continues where book one Harbor Secrets ended. It can be read as a
stand- alone but I would recommend reading Harbor Secrets first.
With America on the brink of war in 1916, there
is a patriotic feeling that counter balances the feeling of uncertainty. People
are proud of their community and heritage. There are thoughts of signing up if
war is declared.
The population of Sunset Cove is recovering
from events in book one and still trying to come to terms with it. The rum
runners are present as the prohibition laws still stand. Suspicion falls in the
most surprizing places.