Friday, April 26, 2013

Take a Chance on Me

In “Take a Chance on Me” by Susan May Warren, we are once again transported to the small town of Deep Haven. Ivy Madison has just arrived to Deep Haven where she will be starting a new job as assistant county attorney. Her first day there she is talked into attending a bachelor auction. She feels sorry when nobody bids on Darek Christiansen so she does. She did not bargain for the cold, dark man that he is. Darek grew up on Evergreen Lake outside of Deep Haven and his family roots run deep there. Darek seemed to have it all until three years ago when his wife was killed in a tragic vehicle accident leaving him a widower with a young son. The man that was driving the car that night was Darek’s former best friend, Jensen. Since the accident Darek has harbored ill feelings towards Jenson. Darek does the best he can to raise his son but there is something missing from their lives. After spending time with Ivy, Darek realizes that she has filled a void in his life and his heart, but Ivy is keeping something from him. She is the reason Jensen is a free man and still in Deep Haven. Will Darek be able to forgive Jensen? Will he and Ivy’s relationship survive?

“Take a Chance on Me” is another great Deep Haven novel. This book brings back familiar faces from Ms. Warren’s previous books and introduces new ones. This is a great story of how hatred can break a person and make them into something they do not want to be. This is also a wonderful story of finding God and how He heals people and allows them to forgive. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Tyndale House Publishers. Click here to read the author Q & A. Click here to read the first chapter.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Gone South

In “Gone South” by Meg Moseley, we meet Tish McComb. When Tish helps her mother move from Michigan to Florida she decides to take a detour to Noble, Alabama. That is where her ancestors are from. She thought she would see the house they built and be on her way back to Michigan. What she did not count on was falling in love with the house and the town. On an impulse she buys the McComb house and moves to Noble. She soon realizes that not all southerners are friendly and some seem downright hostile toward her. She does make a few friends though, George who owns the antique store in town and Mel a homeless girl that nobody trusts. George enlightens Tish on why the people of Noble do not want to have anything to do with her. It seems that Tish’s ancestors were not the nicest people and the townspeople now hold their actions against her. Tish also has another problem in Mel. Mel ran away from home and has now decided to come back but her family will not let her return. She has been accused of stealing. Mel claims she was framed but Tish catches her in several lies and does not know what to believe. Will Tish and Mel find their places in Noble?

This book was a very well written book and you will feel like you are there with Tish and Mel as they struggle to find acceptance. This book shows us that no matter what is in our past we can always start over. It also shows us that sometimes we should not judge others when we do not know the whole story or know their struggles. I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. Click here to read more about the book.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

The Icecutter's Daughter

In “The Icecutter’s Daughter” by Tracie Peterson we meet Merrill Krause. Merrill lives with her father and brothers in Minnesota. Before her mother died, Merrill promised to look after the men of the family. She has the responsibility of taking care of the household and she also works alongside them to harvest the ice in the winter. Merrill does not have time for most things others girls her age enjoy, but she does wonder if she will ever fall in love. Rurik Jorgenson comes to Minnesota to help his uncle in his furniture shop. His uncle’s health is failing and he wants Rurik to take over the business. When Rurik left Kansas his fiancĂ© ended their engagement. Rurik did not believe she was the one God intended for him and believes that the time apart will be good for them. When he meets Merrill he immediately falls for her. Merrill begins to have feelings for Rurik as well but then she is led to believe that he is engaged to another. When Rurik’s best friend and former fiancĂ© arrive in town it makes matters worse. They try to pressure him to marry even though he knows he loves Merrill. Will Merrill and Rurik be able to trust that everything will turn out the way God has planned?

This book is the first in the Land of Shining Water trilogy and what a wonderful story it is. Ms. Peterson has hit another homerun with this book. She makes you feel like you are there in the bitter Minnesota cold along with Merrill and Rurik. You will smile as Merrill and Rurik discover a new and wonderful love. This book is a sweet story of how good things come to those who wait and who also trust in God. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Bethany House Publishers.