I first became acquainted with June Foster’s writing with her second work in the Bellewood Series, As We Forgive. I loved the characters, and she let me know Pastor Tim first appears in her first book. I’ve wanted to read Give Us This Day for a long time, and I’m so glad I did.
June “writes real.” Her characters have flaws and struggle. And I think my favorite character in the Bellewood series comes from Give Us This Day, Jess Colton. Jess is a man battling his weight. He isn’t just heavy, he is obese. June writes Jess with sensitivity, but I could feel myself tense anytime Jess’s dad or Holly’s sister entered the scene.
Jess struggles with more than food, and I love that his problems aren’t taken care of in one chapter. June illustrates forgiveness and new beginnings, but also that no one can force us to choose to live free.
Holly has a past and the consequences are a daily part of her life. Jess’s friendship helps her, but she’s afraid to reveal her whole self to him. She sees people, even those closest to Jess, be cruel. Will her full disclosure push him away? Could they be more than friends? Can she ever forgive herself?
This was a gripping read, and because I’ve read books 2 and 3, I can tell you, she doesn’t let up. Her books continue to feature realistic situations and beautiful redemption stories. Keep an eye on June Foster because I think you are going to see a lot more of her, and that is a very good thing.
When Jess Colton asks Jesus into his life, he gives up alcohol but replaces it with a food addiction. The three-hundred pound man is baffled when the beautiful Holly Harrison declares her affection.
Holly Harrison lives with the results of an ungodly past. What Christian man would want a woman who lost her unborn baby and her lower leg due to her own carelessness? She doesn’t plan on falling in love with Jess yet she sees past his bulk to the godly man inside. When Jess drives a wedge between them, Holly loses all hope of a future with him.
Only God has the power to restore a hopeless food addict to good health and teach a young woman how to forgive herself, opening the door for an unlikely romance.
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This is a review I’m posting because I want to. It isn’t part of a blog tour or any promotion.
Well, this is new! I’m so excited to present Desert Breeze author June Foster with you. She is a gifted writer and I’m blessed to have her in my Scribes critique group. June’s blog today features an interview with—me! It’s a swap, and I love it. Please leave her a comment today! Want to read my interview on her blog? Go here.
The things I’m thankful for each year change as circumstances change. But one thing which remains consistent is my gratitude to the Lord. I am thankful for salvation through Jesus Christ, for Christian fellowship, and at my age I’m especially thankful for good health. If you ask me next year, I’ll say the same thing.
But I do have a story to share for which I am indebted to the Lord, something I never thought would happen to me. Only the Almighty God could’ve orchestrated it.
For seven or eight years I had a story incubating in my mind. I even visualized the scenes and the characters. You may not think that so unusual, but I’ve never had an interest in writing—much less a romance. End time prophesies intrigued me. I read every single one of The Left Behind Series.
All this retired school teacher wanted to do was travel in an RV with her husband doing all the touristy things. But God had a different plan. In November of 2009, I told my daughter about the story. She made a remark which was the spark the Lord used. “Why don’t you write it, Mom?”
I went home that day and knew my life had changed forever. I got a new Toshiba laptop, a Sprint air card, and a printer. My husband and I set out on our latest RV adventure on January 1, 2010. My dear spouse took the couch out of the RV and replaced it with a writing table and file cabinets. I purchased every “how to” book I could get my hands on, and joined ACFW and Scribes.
I think at first, my husband scratched his head and figured I was going through a “phase,” a post-midlife crisis. But when I continued to pound the keys of my computer, he became convinced. And supportive. He helps me considerably with facts, details and even plot ideas.
Now less than two years later, the Lord has blessed me with publication of four of my six novels. The first one, the story that lurked for so long, is not published yet. But I’m praying for God’s open doors.
I think the reason I’m so thankful for this is the assurance that God does intervene in our lives. And when He wants to take us in the opposite direction from the way we were going, He gives us the grace to do it. He is sovereign.
Give Us This Day – Feb. 1, 2012
As We Forgive – Sept. 1, 2012
Deliver Us – April 1, 2013
A Hometown Fourth of July – July 1, 2012