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Book Review, “Just Look Up,” Courtney Walsh author

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Just Look Up, by Courtney Walsh, is a charming novel.  Set in the present day, it tells a story of love and forgiveness not just with friends and coworkers, but also within one’s own family.

Lane Kelly is a busy interior designer climbing to the top of her Chicago-based firm. When she receives a call with news that her brother has been involved in an accident and is in a coma, the last thing she wants to do is return home to Harbor Point, Michigan, to help.  She left her family behind years ago and has no interest in returning to them.  Ryan Brooks never thought he would settle in Harbor Point. But after returning from fighting overseas with the army, he found himself drawn to the place that brought him peace as a child.  When the two reunite over Nate, Lane’s brother and Ryan’s best friend, Ryan realizes that he has always loved Lane and sets about building a relationship with her.

This was a wonderful story. The many examples of patience and love, not just with Lane and Ryan but with the entire family, are inspiring. I especially liked the contrast between the busy city life and the peaceful life of a small town. I also was drawn to Betsy, the patient and loyal friend.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christian romance novels.

Kara

I received this book free from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.

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Book Review, “A March Bride,” Rachel Hauck author

a march bride coverA March Bride, by Rachel Hauck, is the fourth wedding story in the A Year of Weddings Novella series.  It tells the story of Susanna Truitt of Georgia and King Nathaniel II of Brighton.  The two must deal with governmental rules, family illnesses, and paparazzi in order to have the wedding of their dreams.  This, however, proves to be more difficult then they realized.

Having already fought to change an ancient law in order to be allowed to marry Susanna and retain his throne, Nathaniel is reluctant to tell her of the latest requirement from the Brighton government.  When Susanna learns that she must relinquish her American citizenship and become a citizen of Brighton in order to marry her king, she begins to doubt whether this is God’s will for her life.  With her grandmother too ill to travel and her pregnant best friend on bed rest, Susanna travels back to Georgia both to think and pray.  Nathaniel soon follows but has to risk everything he has worked for in order to marry her.

I enjoyed this book.  It was charming and full of self-sacrifice.  I also appreciated the strong family theme in this story.  I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a Christian romance story.

Kara

I received this book free from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.

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Book Review, “A December Bride,” Denise Hunter author

A december bride coverA December Bride: A Year of Weddings Novella, by Denise Hunter is the perfect story to launch this series.  Addressing a multitude of issues, this story captures one’s attention and holds it until the end.

Layla O’Reilly is working part-time waiting tables until she can get her staging business up and running.  When she ends up attending her ex-fiancé’s wedding to her cousin with the man responsible for breaking them up, and walks out in a mock engagement to him, she is furious.  But when she discovers that this engagement may open doors to launch her business, she agrees to continue the farce for a few weeks.  Seth Murphy has loved Layla for years, but her anger toward him made it impossible to take any action.  This situation is exactly what he has been waiting for.  So he begins trying to win Layla’s forgiveness, and prays that he can win her heart.

I enjoyed this book.  The characters deal with low self-esteem, anger, embarrassment, forgiveness, bitterness, and difficult family members. They attend church regularly.  They appear to be believable, everyday people, and they captured my heart throughout the story.

I would recommend this book to all who enjoy reading Christian romance.

Kara

I received this book free from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.

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Book Review, “A February Bride,” Betsy St. Amant author

a february bride coverA February Bride: A Year of Weddings Novella, by Betsy St. Amant, is a wonderful story.  It tells of a situation in which someone feels bound to their family’s history, unable to shed their reputation and attitudes.

Allie Andrews loves Marcus Hall and is about to marry him when she notices a tear in her wedding dress.  Reminded of the “curse” on her family of short marriages and many divorces, she runs away, thinking she has saved Marcus from a heartbreaking divorce later on.  When her best friend, Marcus’ sister, asks her to be a maid of honor at her wedding four months later, she finds herself face to face with him once again.  Marcus still loves Allie and knows he should move on with his life, but cannot seem to completely walk away from her.  When his mother reveals a repaired and remade wedding dress, Allie knows what she must do to remedy the situation.

I enjoyed reading this short story.  Its characters were loyal and had a consistent Christian attitude.  I especially liked the Hall family and their forgiving attitudes.

I would recommend this story to anyone who enjoys a good Christian romance.

Kara

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Book Review, “A January Bride,” Deborah Raney author

a January bride coverA January Bride: A Year of Weddings Novella, by Deborah Raney, is a charming story.  A short story set in modern times, this book tells of two people who never expected to fall in love, but find themselves hopelessly drawn to each other.

Madeleine Houser finds it difficult to write her latest novel in the midst of the renovations on her house.  Still living out of boxes from her recent move from New York to Kansas, Maddie decides to accept her neighbor’s offer to ask a friend if she can write at his inn.  Arthur Tyler is happy to allow his friend’s neighbor the use of the house during the day while he is teaching.  Both assume the other is much older, and begin leaving each other notes each day.  When they finally meet and realize their mistake, they are already intrigued by each other.

I enjoyed this short story.  It addressed issues such as feeling too old to find love, finding love after the death of a spouse, intergenerational friendships, and caring for parents with Alzheimer’s disease.  The characters’ flaws and problems were common, and their personalities drew me into the story.

I would recommend this book to all who enjoy a good Christian romance.

Kara

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