“After the tragic death of her husband, timid Melody Jamison moves to the city of Saskatoon, hoping for a peaceful life, an escape from the nightmares that haunt her, and the safety and salvation of her son, Will.
However, Will is determined to prove he doesn’t need anyone, and God isn’t even a blip on his radar. He’s doing just fine, if you don’t count the times he’s had to crash at a friend’s or sleep in a downtown Vancouver alley. He’s not deliberately messing up; trouble just seems to follow him. But he’s strong enough to deal with it. He can deal with anything—at least that’s what he wants to believe.
Melody keeps praying, even though she’s not sure God hears her. With her faith as fragile as yesterday’s dream, she is shaken when dying friend Rose Martens predicts that God will use her to be a blessing to their neighborhood. As she gets to know her new neighbors, Melody finds herself on a faith journey through demonic attacks, domestic violence, and the revelation of a secret that could destroy everything she’s gained.”
I was surprised to learn this was Kathleen Friesen’s first book because she penned a captivating story that had my attention right away. I could feel the fear and transition in Melody as she is a widow trying to find her way. The anxiety was palpable, I really felt for Melody as if she were real.
I also enjoyed the other characters. They have purpose and are not superficial. More than anything, Melody’s Song has an affirming message on the power of prayer. No matter what your faith level, I believe you too will be drawn in and encouraged by this sweet story.
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I received a copy of Melody’s Song in exchange for an honest review.
Building a Romance
Young widow Lainie Hollings will do anything to protect her daughters—even if it means accepting help from Shaw McKinney. Though she blames Shaw for her husband’s death, he’s the only one she can turn to when a robbery forces her to take shelter in his home. Soon she’s surprised by the handsome contractor. He’s kind, charming and determined to protect her and her girls. Being with Lainie makes Shaw want to give up his bachelor life and become a family man. But he’ll need to win over the pretty librarian and prove to her he’s the right man for her future.
This is one of six books sent to me from the Love Inspired Line as part of their Mother’s Day promotion. The books are on sale from April 21-May 28.
I really enjoyed this book because it took an interesting plot and ran with it. Lainie is a widow with two young daughters trying to make a fresh start. She’s barely made it to the town line before trouble starts and it doesn’t let up. Everything that can come against her does. The hardest thing? The man Lainie feels is responsible for her husband’s death is the only one available to help her. That sets up immediate conflict and I loved that.
I also loved the conflict. As an author I’ve learned our job is to give each scene, each chapter an action and reaction. Keep the conflict. Raise the stakes.
By the end of the book I felt like I knew Lainie, Shaw, the girls and the townspeople. It was a fast read and a very satisfying one. Bachelor to the Rescue belongs in your beach bag for your summer reading.
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I received Bachelor to the Rescue from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This week I’m interviewing characters from Entrusted to give readers a better chance to get to know the characters. Today I interview Sara Bivins, matriarch of Speculator Falls and Ben Regan’s feisty grandmother.
Peaceful. Quaint. Good people. Family.
Like Jenna, you didn’t grow up there. What drew you to the Adirondacks?
God’s leading and my late husband, John. We met at a conference and it was instant. I left my city life to marry him and follow him to Speculator Falls. Together we built JB’s grocery store and raised our girls.
I heard that you went behind the council and placed an ad to re open the senior center, hiring Jenna after one phone interview.
Guilty as charged. I know my grandson Ben is on the council and that he was the driving force behind closing the center. But, I know a good thing when I see it. The center is a necessary part of the area. And Jenna’s the best one for the job.
Did you also give Jenna your late husband’s vehicle?
I did. She needed a sturdy winter vehicle and I had one sitting in my driveway collecting dust. I know Ben was upset to see the truck all over town again, but he got over it.
Is it hard seeing reminders of your husband’s handiwork everywhere? It certainly seems to be a struggle for your grandson.
It was difficult at first but then I realized the store, our hunting cabin, Ben’s home, the truck—they are all comforting. Just as John was. Next to Jesus, he was my rock. I miss him so much but I have the promise that I’ll see him again.
Does Jenna remind you of you? You both seem to have similar backgrounds.
I definitely see some similarities. That girl belongs in Speculator Falls. I can’t wait until she figures that out.
Want to learn more about Sara and the rest of the friends you’ll meet in Entrusted?