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Surrendered Hearts

Carrie Turansky

Price: FREE

Several thematic elements wove together to make for a compelling read. One was the issue of “beauty” – the heroine struggles with the emotional and physical scars from disfiguring burns she suffered in a fire. After her fiancé’s rejection, she fears no one will ever love her and she questions why a loving God would allow such tragedy. Throughout the story we see her regain her confidence and begin to understand true love as the people around her extend their acceptance and as the hero proves his unconditional love. I enjoyed the way the author wove the idea that earthly love, though imperfect, is a glimpse of God’s matchless love for us. I loved that at the end, the heroine sees just how much the hero’s love and acceptance of her mirrors (in human form) God’s love and persistent wooing of her. That thread was beautifully woven.
The author’s passions – for truth, for healing, for growth – permeate every page of the story, and the spiritual message comes through with a compassion that’s clearly felt without leaving the reader feeling preached-at. The main conflict between the hero/heroine is internal and faith-based (he is a strong Christian and she is not), and although many in the publishing industry feel that is not sufficient conflict to drive a novel, I appreciated the author’s willingness to share this story, leaving faith as the central driving conflict in the romantic arc, because it is a real conflict and often a central struggle for today’s Christian singles. I liked the author’s focus on the internal wrestling that arises when emotion collides with the cold reality that the developing relationship is spiritually mismatched. How does one untangle everything without deluding oneself, turning a blind eye, or justifying one’s behavior?
It is a struggle many Christians face – how do you submit to God? How do you verbalize how essential your faith is while not ostracizing the other person, making them feel inferior, or worse, risk adopting the “if-only-you-were-a-Christian-we-could-date” attitude? Though I understand why this should not always be the sole driving conflict of a book, I really thought the author did an excellent job, and I believe the story let the struggle unfold and resolve beautifully, avoiding trite solutions.
This story left me wanting to read Along Came Love, Lauren and Wes’s story, as well as the novellas published through Barbour. I would recommend this author, based on this novel alone. Well done!

Emily Hendrickson

Winner of the International Digital Award, Inspirational Novel Category

A gas pipeline explosion and fire destroy Jennifer Evan’s apartment and change her life forever. Not only does she lose her home and beloved dog, the ugly scars that cover her arm, neck and shoulder steal her confidence and cause her fiancé to desert her. With her funds depleted and her job on hold, she heads for Vermont where she hopes to reconnect with her brother and find a way to rebuild her shattered life.

Bill Morgan, head naturalist at the Wild River Nature Center and her brother’s roommate, is a strong quiet man whose faith runs deep. He and Jenn’s brother determine to help Jenn make a new start in Vermont. Bill’s stumbling attempts to share his faith with Jenn seem to fall flat and push her farther away, but she can see the difference his faith makes in his life, and her heart is still drawn to him. Will she hold on to the pain of her past, or will she surrender her heart and finally find the faith and love she longs for?

Endorsement:
“Fire stole Jenn’s career, possessions, beloved dog, the affections of a fiancé who couldn’t see past her scars, and any remnant of faith she possessed. But struggling through her fears leads Jenn to an amazing God who cherishes her just as she is, and to embrace a love and life she could not have imagined. Surrendered Hearts is one more example of Turansky’s ability to draw a reader’s heart toward its Heavenly home, filling it with determination, hope, and romance for the journey.”

Cathy Gohlke, Christy award-winning author of William Henry is a Fine Name, I Have Seen Him in the Watchfires, and No Greater Love.

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Six Miles From Nashville

Elaine Littau

Price: FREE

Elaine Littau has done a wonderful job in writing her first “contemporary” romance book. I have already enjoyed reading all of her historical western fiction books, and I was excited to get this one as soon as it came out. This book about a young woman who goes through devastating events and experiences losses in her early adulthood grows up quickly when she settles in a small town just outside of Nashville. I enjoyed the way Elaine presented the gospel in this story. In many instances, I found reference to places in the Oklahoma panhandle that are so familiar to me, and that made it an even more fun read. I highly recommend this book…and I especially can’t wait to read the next installment, as it appears this is book 1 of a new series. Yay!

RJ Price

Betty Barnes finds herself hundreds of miles away from her Guymon, Oklahoma home. Since leaving for a large Bible College in Missouri, her life has been twisted around. Not that things weren’t already a challenge for her with her brother in Vietnam and her heart bleeding from a recent break up.

Faced with unbearable loneliness and loss, she arrives at a diner six miles from Nashville. There, she has a chance to pick up the pieces and build a new life for herself as an independent young woman with a great future ahead of her.

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Speak Now

Chautona Havig

Price: 99 cents

Rather than a good vs. evil theme, Speak Now explores right vs. wrong in a situation where emotions are trying to take the lead. Jonathan struggles to balance his roles of father and businessman with his conflicting emotions of grief for the wife who died too young and love for the very different woman who would take her place. Cara is a very confident young woman who struggles with body image, yet is very secure in the other areas of her life. Both are very caring and considerate characters, thinking of the needs of others and responding to them.
All in all, this was a very intriguing story of an unconventional, long-distance relationship that dealt with temptation, boundaries, understandings, misunderstandings, and dreams of happily-ever-after.

Colleen

They met at a wedding and his children stole her heart. What started as a polite dance at the reception initiated a whirlwind romance. He admires her heart–not to mention her beauty. She feels more comfortable with him than anyone she’s ever met.

Their chemistry–so intense that they can’t risk affection. Their temptation threshold is simply too narrow to risk.

Cara has a unique talent for making anyone feel at ease. Jonathan prefers to listen rather than speak.

But some things must be spoken–never assumed.

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The Wedding Dress

Rachel Hauck

Price: $3.49

I’ve never read anything by Hauck before, so wasn’t sure what to expect from the author when beginning The Wedding Dress. But she won me over almost instantly! The way she transports her readers between historical and contemporary times was really neat, unique, and well done.
The writing style was sharp and vivid, grabbing my attention from the first page. There were several passionate kisses between characters, but Hauck keeps the details down, making The Wedding Dress a book to be recommended for both older and younger readers–anyone who is a true romantic at heart will be heaving sighs and wiping tears by the end. I highly recommend!

Katie McCurdy

Four brides. One Dress.

A tale of faith, redemption, and timeless love.

Charlotte owns a chic Birmingham bridal boutique. Dressing brides for their big day is her gift . . . and her passion. But with her own wedding day approaching, why can’t she find the perfect dress…or feel certain she should marry Tim?

Then Charlotte discovers a vintage dress in a battered trunk at an estate sale. It looks brand-new—shimmering with pearls and satin, hand-stitched and timeless in its design. But where did it come from? Who wore it? Who welded the lock shut and tucked the dog tags in that little sachet? Who left it in the basement for a ten-year-old girl? And what about the mysterious man in the purple vest who insists the dress had been “redeemed.”

Charlotte’s search for the gown’s history—and its new bride—begins as a distraction from her sputtering love life. But it takes on a life of its own as she comes to know the women who have worn the dress. Emily from 1912. Mary Grace from 1939. Hillary from 1968. Each with her own story of promise, pain, and destiny. And each with something unique to share. For woven within the threads of the beautiful hundred-year-old gown is the truth about Charlotte’s heritage, the power of courage and faith, and the timeless beauty of finding true love.

“The story of four loveable women, miraculously bound by one gown, whose lives span a century . . . will take your breath away.” —Beth Webb Hart, bestselling author of Love, Charleston

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