He'd been prepared to follow her off the island until tragedy struck, leaving him to run the family dairy farm. He's done the best he can with the life that was thrust upon him--but with Natalie back in the picture, he begins to realize just how much joy he's been missing.
After Natalie's reception venue falls through, she must scramble to find an alternative, and the only option seems to be a barn on Justin's property. As they work together to get the dilapidated building ready for the party, Natalie and Justin may discover that there is more between them than broken promises and an old friendship.
senate president. He carries the secret burden of a dysfunctional family and a below-the-surface temper. The road Drew must navigate is fraught with career upheaval, a reawakening heart, substance and domestic abuse, a violent assault, and the struggle for forgiveness and restoration. Will Drew finish his journey to embrace the hope God offers, the love Allison shares, and the guidance Chris needs, or will he turn his back on all three with catastrophic consequences?
Author: Ann Marie Bryan
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Crushed by heartache and desperate for an escape, he makes a life-changing choice.
When Chandler Peynard staggers into Sabrina Benjamin’s life, he is desperate for an escape route. Battling feelings of isolation, he has erected barriers around his heart, often times leaving a trail of broken dreams behind him.
Sabrina’s happily-ever-after was ripped away months ago, but she hasn’t given up on finding love. Still, she is caught off guard by her feelings for Chandler, a man who could hardly be described as a model man of God. As an unexpected bond develops between them, she wants more—a lot more than Chandler is prepared to give, because falling in love and putting down roots are not a part of his plan.
Touched by Sabrina’s kindness and faith, Chandler makes a life-changing choice; however, complication is inevitable when the past he’d thought was long buried, pushes him to confront matters he would have given anything to forget. As he struggles to release himself from his past and embrace the future, he offers Sabrina a place in his heart, but she demands all of it.
In a season that has brought so many changes, Chandler longs for peace in his soul and yearns for love. Will he trust God with all of his heart in order to overcome his past? Will he be able to testify that God’s grace wins every time? Will he find the strength to take a chance at life and love with Sabrina?
before her ideal summer turns into more than she bargained for: a snooty gallery employee who's determined to force her out, a displaced adolescent roosting in the attic, and two of her childhood friends--who also happen to be brothers--vying for her attention.
With the backdrop of a gorgeous historical city, incredible architecture, and even an alleged ghost or two, combined with the opportunity for romance . . . anything can happen!
Bestselling and award-winning author Melody Carlson invites you to spend the summer surrounded by splendor . . . and tantalizing possibilities.
As the summer unfolds, three young women learn love and faith go hand in hand, not everything is black and white, and sometimes in a fast-paced world you have to slow down, breathe a little, and find your own definition of love.
first crush and her first kiss, rides back into her life atop a buckskin mare. A former Marine, Gabe is at loose ends after serving a prison sentence for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. He sees beyond Amy's hard exterior to the girl he once knew and loved, and he longs to see her open her heart. Yet with his vision clouded by shame for his past and fears about the future, it's difficult to see the path ahead.
But the memory of that long-ago kiss just may have the power to reignite a romance that brings out the best in both of them.
drops into his world and turns it upside down. He's far too busy carving beautiful shapes out of chunks of wood to be babysitting a gal from Pasadena. Even so, his father’s promise to an old friend obligates him, despite a looming deadline that could make or break his career in the art world. He’s praying for anything but Raine when she comes along.
Neither Declan nor Raine is prepared for the seemingly divine influence of Paradise Pines—and Miss Angelina Love. A mysterious lady who may or may not own the lodge, Miss Angie possesses an amazing talent for mending ruffled feathers, spouting proverbs, and somehow bending even the most determined of hearts to the power of love.
Reviewer: Mary Hosmar
When I read the back cover blurb of this book, I thought this might make an interesting read. Unfortunately, for me, this book did not live up to its promise.
While the story premise has merit, the way in which it was presented, disappointed. I had a hard time finishing the book. Perhaps, because of this, I may have missed some references or forgotten some details. For example, the back cover blurb talks about Diedra, the main character, hearing about the stories of two women named Tamar in the Bible. These women both suffered rejection and shame. The connection with Diedra was not clearly established. Yes, Diedra was rejected by the father of her children, but this seems to be glossed over rather than become an integral part of the story. As a matter of fact, the most prominent time Tamar is mentioned is when her name is spoken by someone in the prayer ministry at church who was praying over Diedra’s friend and not in connection with Diedra herself.
At the beginning of the book Diedra is very upset with James, her husband because of his attitude and unwillingness to help around the house. Then, seemingly without a lot of struggle or time passing, it seems all is changed and James becomes a perfect example of a loving and helping husband.
There were several more inconsistencies in the story which I found confusing. One of the first things that turned me off were the many grammatical errors.
The story does have the potential to speak to people and needs to be told, but it would be much more effective if the author used show rather than tell on more occasions. Both the grammar and writing could benefit from a good editor.
There is a very strong and clear message of Christ’s love and redemptive power throughout the story. Sometime, though, I found those passages so long they detracted from the story.
I know some people will love this story, and each reader needs to make up his or her own mind.
Reviewer: Sabrina Wade
Impressive. While this book is not a style of writing I favor, the author most certainly kept my attention and drew me into each scene on purpose. From a Christian standpoint there were many things throughout the book that I do not agree with as biblical. Nonetheless, because this book is listed as fiction, all beliefs put aside, I thoroughly enjoyed Dreams of Tamar.
Pryor wrote this novel in a way that both read as a novel and a personal devotional. I truly felt as though the words came off the page and spoke directly to me. Mind blowing. The Good Lord’s Word without addition or subtraction has a way of doing that.
Readers picking up this book with just the intent of passing time will be taken aback. Dreams of Tamar had me experiencing every emotion each character experienced and left room for me to introspectively examine my own past and my future. Forget about Diedra, YOU THE READER will walk away equipped to speak life into your trials and troubles. You will look at the people within your circle and question whether they are supporters or drainers. Get your copy and experience a journey of fictional characters that will without a doubt collided with your real life.
Reviewer: Beverly Wallin
Redemption’s Whisper is a well-written Christian romance. Hayley runs away from her job in Toronto. She suffers from the trauma of a broken relationship. Trevor returns home from an interview in Toronto for a dream job, building motorcycles. They’re drawn to each other, but he disappears at the Saskatoon airport.
When Trevor gets his dream job, he still wonders if he should take it. Something seems fishy about it, and he’s torn. He finds out his adoptive parents have left their farm to him and they need his help. He has also fallen for Hayley, and she wants to stay in Saskatoon. Another problem, everyone is trying to make him a Christian. Trevor is angry at God and can’t understand how Christians can allow bad things to happen to them, and yet still praise Him.
There were some minor grammatical errors but nothing to distract the normal reader. The ending was fairly predictable, but interesting all the same. Hard to put down, riveting from beginning to end.
I really liked passages like: "Wonder flitted through her mind, but pleasure overrode it. Hayley sat at the round oak table, sipped her coffee, and marveled at the stark beauty of Lydia’s garden outside the bay window. Nothing bloomed yet, of course, as temperatures still dropped well below freezing most nights. But the cedar gazebo and benches, metal fire pit, and bare but stately trees and shrubs created a still life picture which promised more loveliness to come.”
In the end, redemption was indeed whispered.
Who would like this? - anyone who enjoys romances, who has struggled with past abuse, or has questions about God’s love and why he lets bad things happen to good people.
Reviewer: Kelly Potts
“Redemption's Whisper” is Kathleen Friesen’s third novel and aptly named. The novel is ripe with the main characters quest for redemption and grace. Trevor and Hayley are easily identifiable because all of us have made bad choices, questioned God’s plan, and sought forgiveness. I like how this book touches on both the need for asking God’s forgiveness but also forgiving yourself for your past blunders. Hayley and Trevor are blessed with a strong devoted support group who, at the drop of a hat, will stop what they are doing and pray as a group to God. You can’t help but cheer on the whole team as each person finds healing in God’s grace.