Monday, October 27, 2014
Ruth finds her new life hard for many reasons, but finds some solace tending a forgotten garden along the River. Here she meets Jake Spencer, a man recovering from a serious fall (or so he says). He also is in town hiding his identity so he can "get the scoop" on Ruth for the newspaper he works for. Both have a lot they are hiding from each other and so their whole relationship is based on lies. But love does begin to bloom. Then the secrets come out and that tender blossoming love will see if it can stand the test of time.
I liked the story, but was a little confused throughout the story why Ruth's father did what he did with the child and with his daughter Ruth. It will become clear near the end of the story. It was not a fast paced, action packed, romance read, but a "slow and steady wins the race" kind of book.
Monday, October 20, 2014
Jake is a ranch hand who has a lot of things from his past he is hiding. But his feelings for Lucinda and his new found faith in the Lord help him come to terms with his past and face the consequences for his wrongdoing. Can they trust their God to work things out for good? I think you all know the answer, but it is still enjoyable watching how everything works together. I look forward to reading more in this series as I liked the way this author wrote and felt a part of the life on the Oklahoma Territory.
Saturday, October 11, 2014
I liked the way the author kept taking you back in time and letting you read some of Elisa Lindheim Murphy's diary entries. It helped you in a small way see how she got to where she was at the present in the story. The people on this small boat, both young and old, you will come to know; some you will like and some you will want to throw overboard. As it says on the back cover, "Zion Diaries ventures into the lives of the inspiring and intriguing characters who loved intensely, stood up for what was right, and fought boldly during Hitler's rise to power and the dark days of World War II".
This was a hard story to put down once I started, with an ending I wasn't expecting. I will say no more, except I look forward to more in this series!
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
I enjoyed all three stories and getting to know the Miller family. They were a family that had a love for the Lord and convictions that they lived by and it made a difference in their life. Each story was different but all had a common thread and that was keeping God in the center of your life and waiting upon Him through difficult situations. All three had a good love story built in and I enjoyed my time in Dayton, Ohio!
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
This is a story of Samuel and Annie Truelove. Samuel is a gifted heart surgeon who married the love of his life, Annie. They had their home in the mountains of North Carolina and were blessed with a little girl. Tragedy will strike this family and deep sorrow will overtake them and they will run from each other and from their God. But God is faithful and will send people and circumstances into their life to draw them unto Him and back to each other. Be prepared to feel their sorrow and heartache and to shed some tears, but you will also see the hand of God at work and rejoice in how He works things out.
I will close with a poem you will read near the end of this story which if you never read this story you should at least read this poem,
"My life is but a weaving between my Lord and me.
I cannot choose the colors He works so steadily.
Oft times He weaves in sorrow, and I, in foolish pride
Forget He sees the upper, and I the underside.
The dark threads are as needed in the Weaver's skillful hand,
As the threads of gold and silver in the pattern He has planned.
Not till the loom is silent and the shuttles case to fly
Will God unroll the canvas and explain the reason why."