Synopsis: Christine Bennett always loses the people she loves in life. Her parents died when she was a child, and her grandfather –whom she had been living with- passed away when she was nineteen. When her grandfather’s will was read, it said that should Christine die everything would go to her grandfather’s partner Vince Jeffers. Christine knew her grandfather would never write such a thing and that her life was in danger, so she fled and ended up in the town of Baxter. There, Christine met the Cameron family and just may have found a place to finally call “home”.
Author: Lori Wick is a fabulous Christian author of many inspirational stories. Some of her books are historical-based and others have a more contemporary setting. She has eight series, and a few stand-alone novels as well. No matter what book you pick up that Lori has written, it is an amazing testament of faith.
Format: This book is a Thorndike Press large print hardcover novel. I have never been overly fond of hard covers only because they are uncomfortable in my hand, and, to be honest, the cover art is often less than impressive when no dust jacket is in evidence. While I don’t need a large print novel at my age, I like the idea that this book is available for people with failing eyesight, that those who have vision problems are not overlooked and can enjoy reading.
Writing Style: Lori includes a fair amount of scripture within her tales, as opposed to Steeple Hill that often only has a single verse at the beginning. One of the verses in this book is from Proverbs 3:5-6, which is “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and not your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your path.”
Plot: It is hard to define what genre this book is. Definitely an inspirational novel, yet it has both elements of romance and –sort of- mystery or suspense. Christie’s life is in danger, and, as a reader, we know the villain and have a pretty good idea why, but what we don’t know is which incidents were coincidental, which were murder attempts, and when the next might happen.
Character: Calvin and Charles are two little boys who are far more generous than most adults. While they could be selfish and think to their own pleasure, instead they prayed for God to make something happen that they thought would make Christine happy. We can learn from children’s easy faith, their ability to believe is amazing.
Quote: You didn’t withhold your love from a person just because it might be risky.
God won’t hide His answers from you. If this is what God has for you, you’ll know. If you continue to trust, He’ll continue to be your guide.
No one knows how long his time on earth will be. Don’t wait! Go to Christ and open your heart to Him. He is waiting for you with open arms.
The Verdict: If you cannot stand books that include scripture, this is not a story for you. But if you are willing to have an open mind, or enjoy reading about those with faith in God, Lori Wick definitely someone you should be reading.