Saturday, June 18, 2011

ARC Book Review: Love Finds A Home

Love Finds a Home: 3 Historical Romances Make Falling in Love Simple and Sweet
Author: Wanda E. Brunstetter
Title: Love Finds A Home
Publisher: Barbour Books
Publish Date: July 1, 2011
Buy: Amazon
Review Copy Provided By: Net Galley
Book Blurb: Bestselling author Wanda E. Brunstetter brings you three historical stories of finding room for love. Glenna Moore is desperate after she watches her gambling father jump hurriedly from the back of a moving train. Will a young reverend bring stability and love back into her life? Judith King’s life as a new schoolteacher takes an unexpected turn when a widowed father begins to captivate her thoughts. Will she muster enough courage to seek his love? Bev Winters’s job is an answer to prayer until her boss complicates her widowed life. Will her pride allow love after loss?

Review: This collection is a depature from the stories I'm used to reading by Wanda Brunstetter. This book features 3 stories, each around 90 pages. It is historical Christian fiction, with an emphasis on Christian, though Wanda doesn't shove any particular religion at the reader, her characters are all very religious.

The first and the last stories were the best. Daddy's Girl had Glenna finding love and God after her father jumps off a train, but there is more to the story then that. The story reminds us that we all have faults and we all have good in us. The relationship develops a bit fast in this one, but then again, Glenna wedded her minister, David to help her start over. This one was very bittersweet. The relationship between Glenna and her father.

Dear Teacher was the weakest story in the collection. Judith is a school teacher and Ernie is an undereducated canal boat captain. Both struggle with self-esteem issues that keep them apart. It is Judith's love for Ernie's children Grace and Andy that really bring them together over the course of her time teaching them.

Twice Loved is the final story and the most contemporary. The setting is Easton, PA shortly after the second world war. Both Bev and Dan have lost spouses, and they find each other because Bev lost her job. She takes over working at Twice Loved, the used toy store Dan's late wife opened and loved. This was the strongest story, with characters that you really cared about. I loved watching their relationship grow, even though they had some struggles.

Wanda Brunstetter proved with these stories that she really is a master of Christian fiction. Her stories are always light and sweet and easy and enjoyable to read and this was no exception.

Rating: 4 flowers


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