Book Review: That Certain Spark by Cathy Marie Hake

May 28, 2010 at 6:42 am | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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I had the privilege of interviewing Cathy Marie Hake, on our radio show “Kingdom Highlights”, for her new book, “That Certain Spark”,  Book Four in The Only In Gooding series published by Bethany House.  I wish there was a town called Gooding so that I could move there and meet and live with the amazing residents of that town, that’s how good a story teller Cathy Marie Hake is.

This time Ms. Hake returns us to Gooding when siblings Enoch and Taylor Bestman arrive to take up their positions as Veterinarian and Physician.  The town does not have a problem accepting Enoch but there is real controversy over Taylor.  See Taylor is a woman doctor and this is a practically unheard of thing in 1892.  The story is about how Taylor goes about trying to get the town to approve her so that she can stay despite the fact that she has a four year contract.  Then there is the additional romance that blossoms between Taylor and the Blacksmith, Karl Van der Vort.

Ms. Hake is a master with names that have double meanings.  The name of the town is Gooding which means there is good in the town.  Taylor really is the Best man for the role of physician despite the fact that she is a woman; there are all these little additions that heighten the reading of the book.  Then there is the title is that certain spark the spark between the town and Taylor Bestman for her to be physician or is the spark the romance between Karl and Taylor or is it something else.  That is for the reader to decide.  I just want the reader to come into this book knowing there are deep treasures to be found if only someone would look.

I recommend this book highly and am highly looking forward to the next book in the series.

If you missed the interview for “That Certain Spark” and would like to listen to it and/or other interviews with Cathy Marie Hake please go to http://www.kingdomhighlights.org where they are available On Demand.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Book Review: Almost Forever by Deborah Raney

May 26, 2010 at 9:32 pm | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Deborah Raney in her new book, “Almost Forever” Book One in the Hanover Falls series published by Howard Books introduces us to the small town of Hanover Falls and the wonderful people who live there.

In an effort to avoid the lonely house when her firefighter husband, Adam, has to work through the night, Bryn Hennesey volunteers at the Grove Street Homeless Shelter.  Just as she is about to win at a card game with a shelter resident fire breaks out.  Bryn and the Director rush to get everyone out of the building as the Fire Department with her husband show up to battle the blaze.  Five firefighters die in the blaze including Adam and Molly, the only female firefighter.    Now the survivors and the town must begin the mourning and go through the process on the road to healing.

However, this healing process will be a little slow as there are questions as to the cause of the fire and Garrett Edmonds, the husband of Molly, wants the answers so he can know the truth and move on.  Bryn doesn’t want the answers as she might know the real cause of the fire and she doesn’t want the truth made known.  As Bryn and Garrett begin the steps to a relationship what will happen when the truth is finally found out?

This book is all about relationships and how these relationships can affect those we come in contact with.  It is a book about forgiveness:  forgiveness of others and even ourselves.  It is a story about faith and redemption where redemption does not seem possible.

All the characters are likable and Ms. Raney has a way of making the characters lives very real so that we feel that we are living the moments with them.  I, for one, am looking forward to book two in the series.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Howard Books.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Book Review: “A Measure Of Mercy” by Lauraine Snelling

May 26, 2010 at 8:00 am | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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I had the privilege of interviewing Lauraine Snelling, on our radio show “Kingdom Highlights”, for her new book, “A Measure Of Mercy” Book One in the Home To Blessing series published by Bethany House.

This is the fourth series of books that return us to the Red River Valley in North Dakota and the fictional town of Blessing.  This time the focus is on Astrid Bjorklund who has been studying under her sister-in-law, Dr. Elizabeth Bjorklund, to be a doctor.  Now the time has come to go to Chicago and learn everything that she can over there and receive a medical degree.  After that Astrid will return home To Blessing to help Elizabeth build and open a hospital which the two of them will run.  Just before she is to leave a medical missionary from Africa comes and Astrid feels that this man is talking directly to her and that God wants her to go to Africa to be a much needed doctor for two years.

Compounding things Joshua Landsverk returns to Blessing with two things on his mind:  1) to make a living not farming and to court Astrid.  He manages to get work and begins to build a home but the courting comes to a halt due to her leaving for Chicago.  While the focus is on Astrid that does not mean that all the other cast members of Blessing are missing.  No indeed, they are all present and all have a part in the ongoing story.

The people of Blessing are so easy to fall in love with and Ms. Snelling is such a wonderful writer that we easily get caught up in everyone’s life.  These are wonderful people and we wish that we had these kind of people for our neighbors.  There are wonderful themes that flow throughout the story,  Family, love of God, friendship, hard work and Ms. Snelling makes them all elegant.  To really understand what I am trying to say you would have to read the book.  I guarantee that you will enjoy it and be looking out for the second book in the series.

If you missed the interview for “A Measure Of Mercy” and would like to listen to it  please go to http://www.kingdomhighlights.org where it is available On Demand.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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