Saturday, December 21, 2019
When I saw that author, Rachel Dylan had published a new book, End Game – Capital Intrigue Book 1, I was excited to read it.
When FBI Agent Bailey Ryan and NCIS Special Agent Marco Agostini were called in to investigate the murder of Navy Petty Officer Sean Battle little did they know that they would be drawn into a complicated, ever-widening case that would prove to be dangerous and deadly. Where would it end? Just who was involved? How deep did the corruption go? Who can they trust? Where would their investigation lead?
I loved this book. It was filled with suspense and intrigue from beginning to end. What I liked most about this book were the characters. They were nice, decent, honest people who sought the truth, no matter where their case led. I liked the lead characters Bailey and Marco as well as the secondary characters Isabella (Izzy) Cole, Jay Graves, Lexi Todd, Tobias Kappen, and Derek Martinez. They were people of integrity whom I liked and cared about. They worked together in pursuit of the truth. They considered the evidence and when things didn’t make sense or didn’t look right, they dug deeper. Even when it meant risking their own lives.
In today’s culture where we’ve seen the compromise and dishonesty from prominent government officials, it was refreshing to see the integrity of these characters.
I appreciated how the Christian faith was woven into the storyline and supportive friendships. I liked seeing the cooperation and teamwork between the various military branches and the legal system. I enjoyed the friendship, trust, and romance that developed over time as Bailey and Marco got to know one another.
If you like intrigue and suspense, mixed with good characters, an interesting story and a little romance, be sure to read End Game by Rachel Dylan. You won’t be disappointed. End Game – Capital Intrigue Book 1 will be published on January 7, 2020. When Rachel Dylan writes a book, I want to read it!
I would like to thank Bethany House Publishers and NetGalley for providing a complimentary copy of End Game and the opportunity to read it. I was under no obligation to give a favorable review.
Monday, December 16, 2019
Today is a sad and grievous day
As news of Hallmark’s comprise with sin
Has been made known far and wide
It’s ironic that the definition of hallmark includes
Attesting to purity
A distinguishing characteristic
Instead of being part of our culture
Helping us celebrate the holidays
With cards, gifts and ornaments
Hallmark will now be known as an emblem of compromise
Conceding to the loud voices of political correctness
Approving of sin which God has clearly condemned
How is it that a channel once known as family-friendly
Is now putting on display
Applauding and approving same-sex marriage
While our culture and standards are ever-changing
On a slippery slope that approves and promotes sin
God’s Word and His perfect righteous standard will never change
What God in the Bible has declared sin
Remains sin today
How can one embrace and promote that which God will judge
As far back as I can remember
Hallmark has been a part of the Christmas season
But how can I spend money on a company that celebrates sin
Christmas is about Christ Jesus the Lord
A Savior was born, God incarnate
To redeem and save sinful man
It is particularly gross that at Christmastime
Hallmark embraces sin
Sin for which Christ died
Hallmark has bowed its knee
To the loud and vocal groups
That demand acceptance and approval of their sin
Forgetting about families
Trying to raise their children
In truth and righteousness
Disregarding religious groups
Christians and Jews whose standards come from the Bible
God’s Word, which is uncompromising and unchanging
Hallmark is on a slippery slope
Accepting and promoting sin
How long until it works its way into their movies and cards
Why would I now spend money on a Hallmark
It’s not just the TV channel I will turn off
It’s ornaments I will not buy, no more Hallmark cards to send
Though Hallmark has approved of sin
I must stand firm with God
Because at the end of the day
It’s about a human being created in God’s image
One who needs to hear the truth about sin
And forgiveness to the repentant sinner through Christ
By Susan Bunts Wachtel
December 16, 2019
I think Hallmark is shortsighted in giving way and compromising with the politically correct groups that demand acceptance and approval. Hallmark is not calculating that they have offended conservatives who believe that marriage is between one man and one woman and Christians and Jewish believers who believe the Bible is God's inerrant Word.
It’s not just the Hallmark Channel or Hallmark movies that will be impacted. I won’t be buying Hallmark products, including cards and gifts. I hope that they will revisit this poor and wrong decision that they’ve made. But if not…Hallmark will no longer be a part of my life.
I did call Hallmark at 1-800-425-5627 and spoke with a representative. I asked her to relay that this will impact more than just the Hallmark Channel. She gave me the phone number for the Hallmark Channel, 888-390-7474, which I will also call. I will also follow up with an email to Hallmark (https://care.hallmark.com/s/contactsupport).
Wednesday, December 11, 2019
When we look at Ron & Carol
We think what a perfect match
Simply made for one another
How many roads have they traveled together
How many places have they seen
How many seas have they sailed
Together they have enjoyed and delighted in
Fishing at the camp
Cooking and trying new recipes together
Fine dining or even the occasional dive
Traveling to places near and far
Simply living everyday life together
How well they have embraced, loved and cared for
Their children, families and friends
Both have a keen intellect
A good sense of humor
They are always willing to lend a helping hand
A listening ear
And a heartfelt prayer
They have delighted in one another
In their joys and successes
And bearing one another’s burdens
When we think of Ron & Carol
We can’t imagine one without the other
We thank God for them
Rejoice and celebrate their Anniversary
15 Years together
By Susan Wachtel
December 7, 2019
Friday, November 22, 2019
Lake Season by Denise Hunter – Likeable characters, in a lovely town with a blend of mystery and romance. I didn’t want this story to end.
I love a good mystery and when it’s tied to a little romance that’s a book I’ll want to read. That’s why I was excited to read Denise Hunter’s newest book Lake Season (A Bluebell Inn Romance).
Molly, Levi and Grace Bennett are siblings whose parents had died in a tragic accident a year ago. Grace is 18 years old and set upon staying in Bluebell. But it will take the commitment of all three of them to fulfill their parent’s dream and turn their home into a bed and breakfast inn. Ten months later, their inn is about to open when their first unofficial guest Adam Bradford walks in. Little do they know but under their roof is the famous author, who writes under the pen name Nathaniel Quinn, whose work Molly loves. Adam is in town to do a little research to help him get inspired so he can write his next bestseller. Adam is quite taken with Molly whom he considers his muse and he gets distracted when he tries to help Molly find the writer and recipient of a letter that’s been lost for 57 years.
That’s the background of Lake Season, which is set in the lovely lakeside town of Bluebell, North Carolina. My favorite character was Adam, he was kind and caring. He was rather shy and had some insecurities you wouldn’t expect for an accomplished writer. Molly was sweet, unpretentious, passionate and caring. She even cared about people she never knew. But she knew the importance of the letter she had in her possession and wanted to get it into the hands of the people it belonged to. I appreciated the caring and commitment that Levi, Molly, and Grace had for one another, a self-sacrificing love. I especially liked the relationship between Adam and Molly. They got to know each other and their attraction more than skin deep. I enjoyed the unfolding mystery of who Lizzie and Ben were and what had happened to them all those years ago.
Lake Season was a story that I didn’t want to end, so I took my time reading and savoring this story. When I finished, I felt a little sad leaving behind the characters I had come to care about. The characters were very likable and the town seemed inviting and like a place I would like to visit. I loved the blend of mystery and romance. Denise Hunter is on the shortlist of writers whose work I want to read. When I was reading Lake Season, I thought this would be a perfect Hallmark Channel movie.
I wish there had been more of the character’s faith included in the story, I think it would have been a richer story. I appreciated that the novel was clean in content and language.
If you like a blend of romance and mystery be sure to read Lake Season by Denise Hunter.
I would like to thank Thomas Nelson Publishers and NetGalley for the opportunity to read a complimentary copy of Lake Season and the opinions expressed are entirely my own.
Wednesday, November 06, 2019
Tuesday, November 05, 2019
As someone who loves to read mysteries, I really liked reading Elizabeth Goddard’s newest book Always Look Twice the second book in her Uncommon Justice series. There was so much to like about this book, starting with the characters. But what first drew me in to Always Looks Twice was the opening scene.
Crime scene photographer, Harper Reynolds, has taken a much need break because of the toll that her work has taken on her. She and her sister Emily have been traveling to National Parks and are finishing up their travels in Jackson Hole, Wyoming where they lived as children. Harper has been photographing the beauty found in nature only to have that beauty marred by witnessing a murder through her camera lens. In her quest to escape she lost her camera, a memory card, her phone and was injured. So, when Harper reports the crime she witnessed, there’s no corroborating evidence to be found. Will the Sheriff believe Harper? Will law enforcement diligently investigate the crime she witnessed? What will happen when she is reunited with her childhood friend Heath McKade?
I really liked the main characters in this book. They are interesting, kind and caring and people and because of that I was invested in their story. Harper and Emily carried emotional scars from trauma in their childhood and they dealt with its lingering effects quite differently. I especially like the friendship between Harper and Heath. They were friends in a pivotal time in their lives and now they are reunited.
One of the things I liked best about Elizabeth Goddard’s writing is her ability to write a scene so the reader can imagine it in their head. She does it without being too wordy. Reading the story was almost like watching a movie. I appreciated that the story was clean, there was no profanity or sexual immorality. There was some mention of the character’s faith. I would like to have seen even more the faith aspect of the character’s lives.
If you like mystery, intrigue, and action I would encourage you to read Elizabeth Goddard’s new book Always Look Twice. This one kept me guessing until the end. This is the first book I’ve read by Elizabeth and I look forward to reading more of her books.
I would like to thank Revell Publishing for the opportunity to read Always Look Twice by Elizabeth Goddard. I was provided a complimentary copy of the eBook through NetGalley. I was under no obligation to give a favorable review.
Saturday, October 19, 2019
Irene Hannon is one of my favorite writers. I’ve loved her books that I’ve read, the characters and the Christian faith that’s been a part of the storylines. That’s why I was excited to read her newest book Dark Ambitions.
Unfortunately, I thought Dark Ambitions was not as good as her other books. I’ve read the two other books in the Code of Honor series and liked them. What was different about Dark Ambitions? I found the character development was not too deep in this novel, the characters were rather flat and one dimensional.
From the beginning of this book, the focus was on the physical attraction between Rick Jordan and Heather Shields dominated this book. So much so that it took away from the character development of the main characters. Rick, who has a heroic background as a former Army Night Stalker and runs a camp for foster children, seemed like a superficial jerk with his unkind judgmental opinion of the receptionist Nikki. If you took away one thing from this book, you knew that Rick and Heather were physically attracted to one another because of the numerous references to looks and their physical attraction.
In most of Irene’s books, I find some likable relatable characters. In Dark Ambitions, not so much. Maybe Heather’s dad. As a reader, I want to have characters I like and care about, but that was missing in this book.
A great deal of research went into getting the technical details right. The storyline of Dark Ambitions has some possibilities of making a good story. Where it fell short for me was the character development. Also, I missed having faith and God being a part of the character’s personal lives. While there was action in the story, there wasn’t a lot of suspense, nor twists and turns.
While this book seemed to be a one-off, I do look forward to reading more of Irene Hannon’s books in the future.
I would like to thank Revell Books and NetGalley for the opportunity to read Irene Hannon’s newest book Dark Ambitions. I was provided with a complimentary copy of the book and was under no obligation to give a favorable review.
Wednesday, September 04, 2019
My Dearest Dietrich by Amanda Barratt – A beautiful and sorrowful love story during a pivotal time in history
When I first saw that there was an opportunity to read My Dearest Dietrich: A Novel of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Lost Love by author Amanda Barratt, I wasn’t interested. Mostly because this novel would be hard to read emotionally and learn more about the evils that happened during World War II. But I’m so glad I took a second look and decided to read it.
Before I read My Dearest Dietrich, I had basic knowledge of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, that he was a Christian pastor and had participated in a plot to have Adolph Hitler assassinated and that he was executed for his part in that conspiracy. But other than that, I didn’t know the details.
This book is wonderful. I learned about Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s life, family and his beloved fiancée Maria von Wedemeyer. How decent, God-fearing Germans citizens were impacted by what Hitler was doing. While not everyone was able to personally fight the evil things they saw happening, so many citizens were gravely impacted by the maniacal and brutal dictator and were just trying to survive. It was heartening to learn of the Bonhoeffer family, their friends and many others who sought, albeit unsuccessfully, to put an end to Hitler’s reign of evil.
In Dietrich and Maria’s story, I saw that love must be brave. It was inspiring and touching to see how Maria sought to be there for Dietrich, breathe life and hope into their future, even if it meant risking her own life. They managed to deepen and grow their relationship through letters and monthly one-hour visits at Tegel prison under the watchful eye of the guards. Dietrich, in turn, sought to protect Maria and his family and accepted the severe consequences of his actions.
I took my time reading My Dearest Dietrich because I didn’t want to rush by and miss some of the treasures contained therein. This is a beautiful love story between two very different, but uniquely suited, people during a pivotal time in history. Amanda Barratt did a wonderful job in writing this true and fictionalized, account of Dietrich and Maria’s love story.
I would like to thank Kregel Publications and NetGalley for a complimentary of the book and the opportunity to read My Dearest Dietrich by Amanda Barratt. It’s a love story to remember. I was no obligation to give a favorable review.
Wednesday, August 21, 2019
Mountains of Grace by Kelly Irvin – Mixed feeling but worth hanging in for the themes of grace and forgiveness
I had never read Kelly Irvin’s books until about a year ago. After reading one of her Amish themed books I loved how she developed the characters and how they grew and changed through the story. That’s why I was eager to read Kelly’s newest book Mountains of Grace.
Mountains of Grace is different from the other Amish themed books that Kelly Irvin has written. This novel is set in NW Montana in a community called West Kootenai. I never knew that there were Amish communities in Montana. From Mountains of Grace I got the impression that this Amish community, though they lived separate and different lives than the English people, the community seemed to be more closely allied with their English neighbors.
I have some mixed feelings about this book. It wasn’t until about halfway through that something changed and captured my interest.
I struggled with the two main characters, Mercy, a 22-year-old single Amish school teacher, and Juliette Knowles, her English friend and neighbor. The two young women couldn’t be any different from one another. Mercy seemed quite immature especially in the scene when they were fleeing their homes because of a fast-approaching wildfire. Mercy’s response and that of her younger siblings seemed childish and didn’t demonstrate that they comprehended the seriousness of the situation. Juliette, on the other hand, seemed to be a vapid, shallow, mouthy gal who wanted attention and would flirt with any male who came nearby. I didn’t like either Mercy or Juliette.
It wasn’t until about halfway through this book I found someone I liked, Spencer, who was a smoke jumper that was injured at the beginning of the book. It was his interaction with Mercy that made me pause. Something about Spencer was honest and he took a liking to Mercy. It was interesting how their very different characters interacted with one another.
There were a lot of characters to keep track of in this book, family, friends, and neighbors of Mercy and Juliette. I liked Tim, the man who was in love with Juliette. Why he like her I didn’t understand because Juliette was such a pill. I appreciated his integrity and his willingness to obey God’s command that he should not be unequally yoked with an unbeliever. There some good examples of strong Christian faith. I loved some of the prayers offered by different characters.
I had a hard time imagining Mercy as a school teacher because of her immaturity and poor decisions that resulted in her being disciplined by the Amish elders. While it wasn’t made known, I wondered who it was that told on Mercy. What I did like about Mercy was her boldness and desire to befriend Spencer who was so different the Amish men she knew.
I liked the themes of forgiveness that were lived out by several characters, like Angie, Spencer, Tim. While it may not be easy, God does command us as believers to forgive those who have hurt and wronged us.
I never fully came to appreciate Juliette. Her character was very off-putting. I was glad that she finally disclosed what had happened to her and what caused her to turn from being a nice young lady to someone who was not so nice. I appreciated that she was a good friend to Mercy and even tried to protect her.
I’m glad I read this book to the end. It contains some good examples of forgiveness and mercy and God’s abundant mercy towards us as sinners. It also showed the importance of communicating with one another, even when it’s hard. It was almost like there were two lines of stories with the Amish and the English characters and a lot going on with multiple characters.
Would I recommend this Mountains of Grace, yes, especially if you are a Kelly Irvin fan or like Amish-themed novels. It was interesting to learn about the men that put their lives on the line to help protect life and property and put out wildfires in treacherous terrain.
I would like to thank Zondervan Publishers and NetGalley for providing a complimentary copy of Mountains of Grace by Kelly Irvin. I was under no obligation to give a favorable review.
Tuesday, August 20, 2019
Today is day seven since we officially put our home up for sale.
For a couple of years now, my husband Chris and I have been saying that we need to downsize and get a smaller one-story home. Our home has served us well and we love friends, neighbors and the neighborhood, but it’s time to move.
In July, we contacted a realtor in our neighborhood. For four and a half years, we’ve watched Lily’s work. We’ve seen the difference in people’s homes who’ve gone with our realtor and those who have used other realtors. When we had a question on remodeling decisions, she freely gave her advice on what buyers like. When the time came to sell our home, we contacted Lily.
Over the last 6 weeks, Chris and I have been working to get our house ready to put on the market. I can’t tell you the number of trips we’ve made to Good Will, or how much we’ve given away or thrown away or how many trips we’ve made to put things in storage to make sure our home is clutter-free. We’ve had handymen in to take care of some odds and ends repairs. We have thoroughly cleaned our home and worked in the garden. We wanted to get our home ready, not only to sell but also prepare it for new owners.
Family and friends have assured us that our home will likely sell quickly and that is what we are praying and hoping for.
This last weekend, we had our first open house. I had big expectations that we would get a lot of people coming to see the home and that perhaps we’d even have offers.
We had five families that came to see our home. They said it was clean and well maintained. Some people thought the yard was too small and some raised concerns about living near power lines. It didn’t seem like anyone was eager to buy our home. We’ve had no realtors contact us to set up a viewing for their clients.
Can I confess…I was disappointed! Disappointed because I had the wrong perspective.
Since then, the Lord has been reminding me daily that everything, including the sale of our home, is firmly and fully in His control. Our home will sell when He brings the people that He wants to be the next owners and not before then.
If our home had sold on the first open house, I would have been attributing the success to our realtor. Or being prideful and thinking that all our hard work had paid off.
No matter what…whether it’s a quick sale or something that takes a while, the sale of our home will be the Lord’s work.
Each day…I go through a routine of getting our house ready just in case we get a call that somebody wants to see it. I vacuum our house top to bottom. Counters and bathrooms are cleaned, furniture, shutters, and blinds are dusted. Once a week, I’m thoroughly cleaning each area or zone.
While I’m cleaning, I’m praying for the family who will buy our home. Perhaps they don’t even live in Texas yet but will be making a move here. Maybe they are trying to sell their home and are waiting to look for a new home until it does. I’m praying that they will be the right family for our neighbors and neighborhood. If they have children that they will have an easy transition into new schools and make good friends. That the husband and wife will agree on what they want in a home and for wisdom in making decisions and for their finances. That perhaps the changes and improvements we’ve made to our home will be something that they will enjoy.
All the efforts from our realtor and our hard work to get our house ready and keep it ready are good and necessary.
During this time, we’ve looked at homes and have a better idea of what want to buy and where we want to live. So, it’s not been a waste of time. Perhaps the Lord’s timing is different than what we had hoped for because the right home for us is not on the market yet.
While I may not know why there is a delay in selling our home, I know that it’s perfectly in the Lord’s control, timing and plan. On those days, when I get tired or have doubts…I have to remind myself to trust the Lord, know He is good and that He has a good and perfect plan that He is working out. I can trust and depend on God while we are waiting.
Saturday, July 27, 2019
Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour (and Giveaway!) for Clear Confusion by Kathy M. Howard, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!
ABOUT THE BOOK
Title: Clear Confusion
Author: Kathy M. Howard
Publisher: Ambassador International
Release Date: July 1, 2019
Genre: Inspirational Suspense/Thriller
Author: Kathy M. Howard
Publisher: Ambassador International
Release Date: July 1, 2019
Genre: Inspirational Suspense/Thriller
What am I going to do, God? Who am I?
Charlotte Hallaway needs to come to terms with her father's death. He had been her only family, and she wasn't handling her grief well. It was just supposed to be a few weeks of peace and quiet to process it all, but then she saw them-a drug deal and a murder within seconds of each other.
And they saw her.
Now running for her life, Charlotte boards a bus to escape her pursuers and wakes up the next morning in the woods of Jennings, Georgia, without a memory of how she got there or of who she is. All she knows is an underlying fear she can't seem to shake.
When two hunters find her battered and scared, can she put aside the clear confusion she's experiencing to trust them? She wants to trust them, especially Nicholas, but fear is holding her back. Trust is incredibly hard when one is so clearly confused. Could it be he and his friend are not who they claim to be?
Who are they really . . . and who is she?
Clear Confusion Excerpt
The woman awoke to the sound of wind dancing rather loudly through the treetops and a strange sense of fear. Underneath her, a cool, hard ground gave off a scent of wet mud, causing her nostrils to crinkle.
Inside, her head pounded with her heartbeat. She squeezed her eyes shut, giving herself a minute. It didn’t do much good. Her mind was too fuzzy to successfully decipher her bearings. Somehow an internal fog blocked her ability to reason.
God, where am I?
Although she heard evidence of early morning hours, it was dark, practically pitch black. Nothing visible beyond a few feet, and even that was blurry. Another gust of wind blew, bringing a breeze across her left cheek. A few goose bumps appeared. The other side of her face, shielded from the gust, remained impressed in dried mud. Although it was hard, it felt icky pasted against her skin. She tried to gently pull herself out of the crusted grime but found the movement harder than she’d expected.
The muscles in her arms and legs were sore—really sore. But why? She sat up tenderly, placing a hand on her forehead. The effort to lift her body proved difficult. Carefully and ever so slowly, she stood the rest of the way. With one hand steadying her head and the other outstretched, she inched her feet forward, searching for something sturdy.
Why do I have on only one shoe? Where is my other shoe?
My Review -Clear Confusion by Kathy M Howard – Gripping Suspense, Romance and Grounded in Faith
Clear Confusion is the first book I’ve read by Kathy M Howard and what a great introduction into this author’s work. I loved this book!
Just who is Charlotte and what in the world did she see that caused her to flee? How did she end up in a tree in the forest, scratched, bruised and hurting? Who are these men that awakened her? Friends or foes? Most of all why can’t she remember anything? Not even who she is or where she came from?
From the get-go, the reader will be dropped into the middle of a suspenseful story that will grip you until the very end. The truth about what happened to Charlotte will be unveiled as she has to trust and depend on Nicholas Nelson and his family as they provide a safe haven for her.
I love mysteries and suspense and this book is filled with both. But it doesn’t stop there, the story and characters are well developed. I loved that the Nelson family were kind, decent and caring people that come alongside Charlotte when she is vulnerable, hurting and doesn’t know who she is. Romance is a part of the story and developed slowly as Nicholas is interested in Charlotte, but he doesn’t rush her, instead he gives her the time to heal and remember first.
What I appreciated most about Clear Confusion is that the Christian faith and the Gospel are woven throughout this story. Though Charlotte didn’t know who she was, she knew that God and Jesus Christ were part of her life. Even in her fear, she knew she should pray and read the Bible. Faith is a big part the Nelson family’s life too.
I appreciated that Kathy Howard didn’t have the characters make stupid decisions that put themselves in danger to advance the story or heighten the suspense. Her characters were smart and reasonable. I loved that the Gospel of Christ was clearly presented in this book and how faith was lived out by the characters in what they said and prayed and how they lived their lives.
While I suspected who the bad guys were, there remained some mystery because, until the end, I didn’t know who two of the villains where and how they were connected to other characters.
Clear Confusion by Kathy M Howard was a great story. Interesting, filled with suspense and made just right by characters living out their Christian faith. I give Clear Confusion a big thumbs up and look forward to reading more of author Kathy M Howard’s books in the future.
I would like to thank Ambassador International and Just Read Tours for providing a complimentary copy of Clear Confusion. I was under no obligation to give a favorable review. The views expressed are solely my own.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kathy M. Howard resides in south Georgia with her husband and two children. She has been involved in some form of education since 1998 as an elementary school teacher, a private school principal, and presently as a homeschooling mom. As a child, she despised reading, dreading every assignment the subject gave. As an adult, Kathy finally learned to appreciate the written word, so much so that she is rarely seen without her nose in a book.
She loves the Lord and wants to share Jesus where she can, using words written and spoken. By God's goodness and with the support and love of her family, she has written two novels, From Dishes to Snow (October, 2014), and its sequel, From Driftwood to Sapphire (August, 2015).
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Monday, July 22, 2019
After reading the description of Yours Truly, Thomas I found myself intrigued at the storyline and setting of Rachel Fordham’s newest book.
Following the death of her father, Penny had taken a job to support herself and her mother. For three years she has been working as a clerk at the Dead Letters Office in Washington DC. It’s at work that she comes across romantic letters written by a man named Thomas to a woman named Clara Finley in Alexandria. Penny takes it upon herself to try and get the letters to Clara, only to find out that she had died in a tragic accident. That’s just the beginning and soon Penny finds herself on a train going to a place she’s never been, Azure Spring Iowa, to try and find the man who has touched her heart through his letters to another.
I found the idea of a Dead Letters Office intriguing and how, over 135 years ago, they would have researched to try and find a recipient of an undeliverable letter. I liked the character Penny, she was kind, thoughtful, caring and romantic. She was also very brave, adventuresome and a bit naïve.
In the story about Thomas, there was a bit of a forgiveness and redemption theme going on. Thomas was a better man and he changed and grew through difficult circumstances and wrong choices he had made in the past. In this story, you can see how friendships can impact others and make a difference for good, people like Dinah, Margaret and Abraham.
The Christian faith is not an overt part of the story, but God, prayer, and providence are mentioned. I think it would have been a richer story if faith had played a more prominent role. The story is clean and free of sexual immorality and profanity.
Yours Truly, Thomas was a pleasant and enjoyable read. This is the first book I’ve read by Rachel Fordham and I look forward to reading more of her books in the future.
I was provided with a complimentary copy of Yours Truly, Thomas by Revell Publishing and NetGalley. I was under no obligation to provide a favorable review.
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